Potential Record Smashers To Track At SPH Relay C'ships (st)
APART from the individual division titles, two major trophies will be at stake at this weekend's Singapore Press Holdings Schools Relay Championships - the Overall Challenge Trophy and the Tay Cheng Khoon Memorial Trophy.
The former is awarded to the school that wins the most number of divisional titles while the latter - named after the then sports editor of The Straits Times who died in 2007 - is given to the team that breaks a meet record by the biggest margin.
Last year, the Singapore American School won the Memorial Trophy, after their 4x800m A Division girls' team knocked nearly 10 seconds off the previous record set by their seniors in 2008.
Which begs the question: Where will this year's record-breaking time come from?
Local coaches are remaining coy.
Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) athletics coach Loh Chan Pew said his A and B Division boys stand a 'very good chance' of winning most of their events, except the 4x800m.
This is because his charges were among the top eight at the Singapore Athletic Association's Third All-Comers Meet held last weekend.
However, he declined to predict whether they can smash a record.
Loh also coaches the CHIJ Toa Payoh athletics team but felt his girls' chances of breaking a record are slim as their best runner, Charlene Oh, is not fully fit.
The Secondary 3 student grabbed a 400m silver at last year's Schools National Track and Field Championships and would have been converted into a short-distance sprinter this year if not for a hamstring injury.
Currently placed in the middle-distance races (4x400m, 4x800m), she may not be at her peak this weekend, said Loh.
Finally, there is the Singapore Sports School to look out for.
They hold records for 13 of the 24 events in this annual meet, and may raise the bar further this year. However, Chan Wai Lin, its assistant director of sports, said the school will be using the meet to blood some of its untested runners.