15th February, 2008
THE WINNERS …. the athletes representing their respective schools after receiving their prizes and trophies.
KOTA KINABALU: SM Sains Sabah emerged as the overall champions of the fifth edition of the Kota Kinabalu South MSSD Track and Field Championship that ended at the Likas Stadium on Wednesday.
SM Sains Sabah, who finished second last time around, hauled a total of 26 gold, 15 silver and 11 bronze medals to finish top.
Former champions SMP Tshung Tsin finished second overall with a total of 11 gold, 12 silver and 11 bronze medals, followed by SM Stella Maris in third with a total of nine gold, two silver and five bronze medals in their bag.
Hosts Kota Kinabalu High School also had an impressive outing by finishing fourth overall. They managed to win a total of eight gold, seven silver and nine bronze medals.
Sabah College claimed fifth spot with five gold, 15 silver and 11 bronze medals, while dethroned champions St Francis Convent finished a disappointing sixth with five gold medals, 11 gold medals short of what they won last year when they lifted the overall crown.
They also won another eight silver medals and seven bronze medals to their collection.
SM La Salle finished seventh overall (2G, 1S, 3B) followed by SMK Taman Tuan Fuad (1G, 6S, 4B), SMK Agama KK (1G, 2B), SMK Sanzac (1S, 2B), and SMK Pulau Gaya (1B) in eighth, ninth, 10th , and 11th respectively.
In the Primary School category, SJK © Chung Hwa KK emerged as the overall winners by clinching six gold medals, followed by SJK © Shan Tao in second with four gold medals, two silver and two bronze medals, while SK Sembulan claimed third spot with two gold medals and one bronze.
A total of 23 meet records were shattered during the three-day event with two records being equalled.
Besides winning the overall crown, SM Sains Sabah also proudly bagged the boys’ Under-18 and Under-15 titles.
It was Stella Maris girls’ that denied them of making a clean sweep as they finished third in the Under-15 girls behind Stella Maris and Kota Kinabalu High School, who finished second.
In the U-18 girls’ category, SM Sains Sabah won a total of eight gold, three silver and two bronze medals, followed by St Francis Convent with four gold, three silver and three bronze medals, while SMP Tshung Tsin claimed third spot with three gold, five silver and four bronze medals.
In the boys’ category, SM Sains Sabah hauled seven gold, four silver and six bronze medals, while SMP Tshung Tsin won six gold, four silver and four bronze medals to finish second, followed by Sabah College in third with one gold, six silver and four bronze medals.
SM Stella Maris won the U-15 girls’ crown after accumulating a total of seven gold, two silver and three bronze medals, while Kota Kinabalu High School finished second with six gold, two silver and three bronze medals. SM Sains Sabah claimed third spot with two gold medals, two silver medals and one bronze medal.
In the boys’ category, SM Sains Sabah walked away with the crown after hauling a total of nine gold, six silver and two bronze medals, followed by Sabah College with three gold, three silver and four bronze medals. SMP Tshung Tsin won two gold medals, one silver medal and one bronze medal to finish third.
A total of 11 secondary schools and 23 primary schools took part in the three-day meet organised by Kota Kinabalu High School.
The MSSD Kota Kinabalu South is using the championship to select athletes for the MSSD Kota Kinabalu Combined Championship scheduled to be held on Feb 20 and 21 at the same venue.