By Emma Glasgow, Athletics Coordinator

“Spirit and determination are very evident when we look at the participation and personal performances of our athletes” says Coach Deb Scott. The long-standing coach of the St. Margaret’s School Grade 3-5 Cross Country team has certainly instilled that “spirit and determination” within her team. Extending beyond the cross-country course, these words may be applied to all teams competing as they chip away throughout the season getting better week after week.

MY Soccer

The Middle Years Soccer Team (Grade 6-8) played its second Jamboree on Wednesday, October 3rd. As you may recall, nine players were brand new to the sport only a few weeks previous. The team continues to show confidence and courage as they tackle new opponents. Julia Mannall-Fretwell, carried the ball end-to-end to score St. Margaret’s first goal of the season. Though the goal didn’t make Sports Centre’s top ten of the week, it certainly made the team’s highlight reel for the season!

Cross Country 3-12

The St. Margaret’s Cross Country Team boasts another excellent two weeks on the course! A blend of rookie and veteran runners, and phenomenal fall weather has made for an exciting season. Highlights of late include a podium sweep, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, by the Grade 5 team last week at the Beacon Hill Park race, a come-from-way-behind victory by Peyton Harker in the Grade 7 girls race at Beaver Lake, and strong finishes at the Vikes High School Invitational Cross Country meet.

Top Ten Finishes

Iris Anderson – Grade 3 – 3rd, 4th
Nayla Atachahua – Grade 3 – 5th, 6th
Emme Ginnis – Grade 3 – 7th
Abby Nicholson – Grade 4 – 4th, 9th
Danica Vrabel – Grade 4 – 7th
Yashita Kaku – Grade 4 – 10th
Riley Greenfield – Grade 5 – 1st, 1st
Grace Tonks – Grade 5 – 2nd
Charlotte Bedford – Grade 5 – 3rd, 2nd
Peyton Harker – Grade 7 – 1st
Jamie Harker – Grade 9 – 4th @ Vikes Invitational

Coming Up:

Final League Meet Grade 6-8, Wednesday, October 17 @ Juan De Fuca Rec.

VISAA Championships, Monday October 22 @ Beaver Lake.

Island Championships, Wednesday, October 24 @ Beaver Lake.

ISEA Championships, Thursday, October 25 @ Jericho Beach, Vancouver.

 

Volleyball 9-12

The St. Margaret’s Senior Volleyball Team is entering their 4th week of league play with a record of 1-2. Playing host this past Tuesday, they had their best team effort of the year so far. Coach Krystal Cheveldayoff is happy with the progress the team is making, particularly in the areas perseverance and hustle. The team also looks forward to the ISA Senior Volleyball Tournament at Crofton House on October 26th & 27th.

 

Rowing

Last week the SMS Rowing Team had the amazing opportunity to go on water with Lindsay Jennerich, Olympic Silver Medalist in the lightweight double.

“It was an awesome experience and really fun! We worked on race day preparation and got to ask more specific questions about race technique,” said rowing team member, Stephanie Wardell.

The practice was the perfect lead into the team’s performance at the October Sprints Regatta. SMS had two Novice Quads, an Experienced Quad and an Experienced Double. Fantastic weather and strong athletes resulted in a 1st place finish for the Experience Quad and a 4th place finish for the Experienced Double.

1st Overall- Junior Women 4x- Ana Bird, Isabella Anderson, Nina Corwin & Stephanie Wardell

4th Overall- Junior Women 2x- Ana Bird & Stephanie Wardell

 

Swimming

Stay tuned for tales from the pool as the SMS Senior Swim Team takes the plunge this weekend at Commonwealth Pool for Island Championships. Good luck to Grade 9 racers Jamie Harker and Tahlia Reid.

 

MY Basketball

The team kicked-off their first practices this week. With an impressive 28 students from Grade 6-8, St. Margaret’s will enter two teams, one competitive and one recreational, into the Middle School League for the first time. The competitive team will head to Royal Oak Middle School for their first game on Wednesday, October 24, and hosts Glanford on Monday, October 29 @ 3:45 p.m., all fans welcome.