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Xavier’s Raju Eyes Record

“Xavier College normally works on the field events and the long-distance races. They’ve been training in the morning and afternoon as students are also coming in at 7.30am to improve on their running skills.”
15 Feb 2020 12:53
Xavier’s Raju Eyes Record
Monfort House captain Viliame Vakatalesau, centre, accepts the overall award from Xavier College manager Brother Francis after the inter-house competition in Ba on February 14,2020 Photo: Salote Qalubau

Xavier College’s Year 11 student and long-distance runner John Aryan Raju said the school’s inter-house competition has helped in his preparations for the Western Division zone meet.

The 16-year-old said he is aiming to improve on his time and even better set a new record.

“I’ll just try to keep up with my pace,” Raju said.

“At times there is a lot of pain on my legs when I train but today was a good day because I came first in the 3000 metres and second in the1500 metres.”

Xavier College’s athletics coordinator Aseri Misimisi said the competition was tough but Monfort House was declared the overall winner.

“For the past few days Monfort has been challenged verbally but today they have defended their title in the boys’ division but Columban pulled up in the girls,” she said.

“Xavier College normally works on the field events and the long-distance races. They’ve been training in the morning and afternoon as students are also coming in at 7.30am to improve on their running skills.”

She said their aim is to meet the Coca-Cola games qualifying standards.

“The standout athletes are John Aryan from long distance. Trivet Lockington and Lisa Lockington from high jump. Evisake Nabuta in the high jump and long jump we have Maretino Naisulu who was a medal winner at the Coke Games.”
Results:

Monfort House won 30 gold medals, 17 silvers, 14 bronze. Chanel House came second with 27 gold, 26 silvers, 22 bronze medals while in third spot were Columban House with 22 gold medals, 27 silvers and 20 bronze.

Finishing fourth was Marist House with 19 gold, 20 silvers and 21 bronze medals.
Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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