3rd-Place Team: Category A Boys and Girls
Two new school records: Ivan Linnikov '22—400m (55.43) & High Jump (1.65m)
1st Place = Raffaella Alencar Barros '19—3000m (12:32)
2nd Place = Zoe Wang '20—3000m (13:34)
3rd Place = Katie Kelly '19—3000m (13:38); Donee Rollins '21—Shot Put (7.70m); Ivan Linnikov '22—400m (55.43), Long Jump (5.15m), High Jump (1.65m); 4x100m Relay (50.37)—Linnikov '22, Eren Dana '19, Enzo Allanson '21, Adrian Esmoris '21
Multiple personal bests!
On Saturday, May 4, the TASIS Tigers were in Geneva for the annual SGIS Cat A and B Track & Field championships. This was the first of two major meets for the season. Although we had 23 athletes competing, for a majority of them, this would be their first Track & Field experience/competition. Our captains and a few veterans were instrumental in making everyone feel welcomed, ready to compete, and upbeat.
Unfortunately, we were missing some key athletes due to SAT exams, illnesses, and injuries, but that did not keep those who had been training from being ready to compete. The team pulled together to support one another as best as they could. There were a lot of anxious young Tigers who were able to channel their energy into some personal best performances along with a handful of podium finishes.
Highlights include two new school records set by freshman Ivan Linnikov '22 in the 400m (55.43) and the High Jump (1.65m). Additionally, Linnikov was able to medal in two more events with Bronze medals in the Long Jump (5.15m) and the 4x100m Relay (50.37). At the end, Linnikov medaled in four of his five events—pretty amazing! This young man has the talent, work ethic, and determination to be one of the best athletes that TASIS has produced in a decade. Keep an eye on him!
Captains Eren Dana '19 and Raffaella Alencar Barros '19 showed their leadership on and off the track. Barros was the only athlete with a gold medal, dominating the 3000m (12:32) and then competing in the 400m and High Jump, in which she earned much-needed points for the team. Dana was crucial in helping the team be successful, earning team points in the 100m, High Jump, and 4x100m Relay. Both captains lead by example and positivity!
Other highlights included TASIS's sweep of the Girls 3000m race, where captain Barros, Zoe Wang '20, and Katie Kelly '19 swept the podium, taking 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, respectively. Even more impressive was Kelly's performance near the end of the day in the 400m sprint. She ended up winning her heat and posted a personal best of 66.75, good for a 4th-place finish. Rookie Donee Rollins '21 gave her all in the field events, with the first medal of the day (a bronze) and a personal best in the Shot Put (7.70m).
As a result of everyone's effort and more than two dozen personal bests, the Tigers first championship meet was very successful. With more than 250 athletes from 11 schools throughout Switzerland competing, the Tigers were very proud of their third-place finish. This event will be a great platform for the team as they train and prepare for the last championship of the season, the ESC Championships in Munich on May 24–25. Good luck to the entire team, and go Tigers!