Triumphant return for St Joseph's
By SAMUEL WAN
ST Joseph's College made a triumphant comeback to inter-school athletics by winning the boys' overall championship and the Grade A title at the Division Three Athletic Competition (HK Area) recently held at the Wan Chai Sports Stadium.
St Joseph's athletic squads displayed stamina throughout the three-day competition to score a 223-205 victory over title-contenders St Paul's College on the final day. St Louis School was third with 189.5 points.
The school's crucial success was due to their late surge in winning the 4 x 400 m relays. In the Grade A category, the St Joseph boys had to overcome strong rivals South Island and Rosaryhill to take the gold in 3 min 42.70 sec.
St Joseph boys proved their strength again in the Grade B event, beating St Louis and Rosaryhill in 3 min 54.86 sec.
St Paul's only took the Grade C 4 x 400 m relay and finished a shock second to HK Tang King Po College in the 4 x 100 m relay.
All eyes were on St Paul's Ku Wai-ming, the territory's fastest runner. He breezed past South Island's Kelvin Auon in the 100 m and 200 m, with respective winning times of 10.96 sec and 22.35 sec, but failed to set new inter-school sprinting records.
In the Grade A 500 m, Rosaryhill's Cheung Yat-hang finished the gruelling race in 19 min 4.37 sec, beating St Joseph's Wang Chun-chieh and Yu Chun Keung's So Chi-wai.
In the field events, Hon Wah Middle School's Chong Kwok-jung beat South Island's Asher Lockhart with his powerful throw of 33.7 m.
Expatriate schools made a strong impression in other events too. In the Grade A 400 m, James Wilson of South Island outran Man Kiu's Mok Wai-bun and St Joseph's Chan Chi-bun to win the gold in 55.24 sec.
In the Grade A 800 m, Daniel Keller of German Swiss led the field all the way the bag the gold in 2 min 11.73 sec.
In the girls' section, True Light Middle School clinched the overall championship comfortably with an overall score of 212.5 points, 45.5 points clear of the closest rivals Pui Kiu Middle School.
The school also captured the Grade A title and finished second and third in Grade B and C, respectively. St Stephen's Girls' College came third.
Mr Wan is an official of the HK Schools Sports Association