SAISA Track and Field Meet in Chennai, India
Twenty-eight students from TAISM’s Middle School and High School headed to Chennai, India, for South Asia Inter School Association (SAISA) Track and Field action. All three days resulted in many personal bests for our athletes and some impressive results. Students in almost every category set new records for themselves and performed well, displaying great sportsmanship and team spirit along the way.
On the track, some of the team’s best results came from Alex Stacofsky and Drew Turner who placed 2nd and 4th respectively in the very competitive 100m dash (15-19 boys), as well as Phoebe Valdez in both the 100m and 400m dash (silver and bronze respectively). Ethan Brink also picked up a 4th place finish in the 1500m. Relays always prove to be some of the most exciting events on the track, and this year was no different. The 13-14 year old girls category composing of Hannah Turner, Antonia Andersson, Mary Ann Vacha, and Phoebe Valdez finished with a silver medal. Senior boys Alex Stacofsky, Drew Turner, Stephen Swain, and Vilhelm Andersson blazed to a bronze medal in the 4x100m relay which ended in an exciting photo finish between all medalists.
Moving to the field events, Natalia Castano received a bronze medal in shot put, closely followed by Hannah Turner in 4th place. Jake Hoffman leaped 1.51m in high jump, capturing 4th place. His brother, Joey Hoffman later matched 4th place in his own category of 13-14 year old boys, while Natalie Baltimore achieved bronze in her category (13-14 girls) for high jump. Alex S. finished his day with a gold medal in the senior boys long jump, standing on top of the podium for his jump of 5.66m, but not to be outdone by Austin Holmes who brought home a gold medal as well in the senior boys category for shot put.
Overall, the track meet in Chennai was a huge success. Athletes worked extremely hard throughout the season and saw they could achieve their goals and set new personal records through their hard work. Great job, Eagles!
Caitlin Hutchinson, Coach