SMK SUBANG JAYA'S 21st sports day concluded with dashing action at the sprints at Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) sports complex running track in USJ 5 last Thursday.
Five teams – Saga, Satria, Wira, Putra and Perdana – tussled to lift the overall title
The three age groups for the meet were girls and boys' Class One (Form 4 and 5), Class Two (Form 3) and Class Three (Form 1 and 2).
Muhd Zulhilmi Jaafar, representing Satria, emerged as the fastest sprinter in the school, with a current enrolment of 1,400 students, when he broke the boys' Class Two 100m record.
Zulhimi, with a personal best of 11.3, clocked 11.59 to erase the 15 year-old mark of 11.75 set by Kamarul Bahrain.
“I have been in training since the beginning of the year. I had expected to do well at the meet. I could produce a better time but needed to conserve my energy for the following races,” said Zulhilmi, who won the boys' Under-15 4x100m gold at the recently concluded Selangor Schools Sports Council (MSSS) Athletics Championships.
In the boys' Class Two 200m race, Zulhilmi was forced to produce his best to fend off a stiff challenge from Ryan Jonathan Rodrigues.
Although Rodrigues led the race, Zulhilmi pulled it through towards the finishing line to win in 24.58, while Rodrigues settled for second place.
Zulhilmi, who is capable of doing 23.5, also rewrote the old record of 24.88 set by Yeoh Zhe Lin last year.
“I knew that I could not have taken him on. Zulhilmi is a better runner. But, I gave my best,” said Rodrigues.
In the girls' Class Two, Soh Sze-Jade did not face any problem winning the century sprint in 14.34 to add another gold medal to her winning leap in the long jump.
“I am pleased with my performance here. I am in good shape as I competed in the MSSS Subang Jaya Zone and Petaling District meets prior to this one,” said Soh, who aspires to represent the district next year as her silver medal effort in girls' Under-15 long jump this year was not enough to earn her a place in the Petaling district team.
Soh and Zulhilmi were awarded the Sportsgirl and Sportsboy of the Year award, respectively. Besides a trophy, both received a watch for their feat.
In the boys' invitation 4x100m relay, the SMK USJ8 quartet was the runaway winner, finishing the race ahead of seven other teams in 45.16.
Meanwhile, SM Sri Kuala Lumpur captured the girls' invitation 4x100m relay in 56.88 ahead of SMK SS17 in second (56.95) and SMK USJ13 in third (58.40).
Before the start of the half-day meet, Saga accumulated 99 points to hold the lead in the standings with the completion of cross country races, middle distance races and field events, followed by Satria in second with 88 points. Defending champion Wira was third (83 points).
“The schools athletics and cross country championships are compulsory annual events under Education Ministry guidelines. We are grateful that MPSJ president Datuk Mohd Arif Abd Rahman has given his consent for our school to utilise the running track for the meet,” said school headmistress Kasma Muni Che Hassan.
Subang Jaya assemblyman Datuk Lee Hwa Beng also applauded MPSJ's decision to share the facilities with the Subang Jaya community.
“It is vital that we encourage the students to pursuit sports activities. In the past, we were delighted that the school has registered the most participants for the Subang Jaya 10km Run,” added Lee, who pledged RM5,000 towards the school's sports fund after officiating the event following the march past by participating teams and uniformed units.
At the end, Wira defended the overall title with 228 points. Saga and Satria were second (203 points) and third (195 points), respectively.
OVERALL STANDINGS BEST PERFORMERS
1. Wira (228 pts) 2. Saga (203 pts) 3. Satria (195 pts)
Class 1: Chin Kit Yi (Wira)
Class 2: Soh Sze-Jade (Satria)
Class 3: Cherlyn Liew (Saga)
Sportsgirl: Soh Sze-Jade (Satria)
Class 1: Imran Harith (Satria)
Class 2: Muhd Zulhilmi Jaafar (Satria)
Class 3: Muhammad Hazim (Saga)
Sportsboy: Muhd Zuhilmi Jaafar (Satria)