ABA Oman students break 7 records in MESAC Track & Field Championships

Muscat, Oman – Students of ABA Oman International School created history by breaking 7 records at the Middle East South Asia Conference (MESAC) Track and Field Championships held at the American School of Doha. ABA athletes took 8 gold, 4 silver and 4 bronze to break records previously unbeaten for 11 years!  In addition, the Junior Varsity (JV) Boys team secured the bronze medal overall.

Aqil Shameer and Magnus Gohring broke 3 MESAC records each. Aqil secured the top spot with the best timings in JV Boys 800m in 2:05.35, JV Boys 1500m in 4:21.27, and JV Boys 3000m in 9:39.40. Magnus made a historic record in the Varsity Boys 100m heats with a record time of 10.90, breaking a 14-year old record of under 11 seconds being witnessed for the first time ever. He also broke the Varsity Boys 200m record in the heats with a time of 21:75. Magnus then went on to break his own Varsity Boys record from day 1 in the 100m final on day 3 in 10.72 seconds! The ABA Varsity Boys team of Aqil Shameer, Magnus Gohring, Christian Sutton and Marat Lukmanov also broke the MESAC record for the 4 x 400m relay in a time of 1:33.08.

Sarah Harman, Athletics Director at ABA, commended the dedication and hard work of the students and coaches, stating, “This achievement is a testament to the dedication, skill, and hard work of our students and coaches. We are immensely proud of their accomplishments and the mark they have left in MESAC history.”

“The tournament, featuring 350 athletes from around the region, was a truly memorable experience for both players and spectators. MESAC provides a great opportunity for our students to not only excel in sports but also to learn from different cultures and build lasting friendships,” she added.

In addition to showcasing prowess in track and field this season, ABA students also exhibited remarkable skill and resilience in badminton, softball, and Speech and Debate competitions. In badminton, both Junior Varsity and Varsity teams displayed exceptional talent and determination securing 2 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze from individuals and doubles teams. The JV team secured the silver medal, showcasing their dedication and teamwork. ABA also saw a very young Speech and Debate team compete at MESAC this year, with Zara and Elvira winning the silver medal in the debate finals. In a remarkable debut on the softball field, the first ever ABA girls softball team walked away from a 14-13 run loss in their first match at MESAC.

ABA is one of six member schools of the Middle East South Asia Conference (MESAC), dedicated to fostering inter-school collaboration through a range of sporting and academic activities. The MESAC conference brings together six of the top international schools in the Middle East and India, including ABA, American Community School of Abu Dhabi, American Embassy School, American School of Doha, American School of Dubai, and Dubai American Academy.

ABA Oman International School is the leading not-for-profit IB Continuum School in Muscat, Oman, providing international education of the highest quality in a multicultural environment. More information regarding MESAC can be found on the website www.abaoman.org.

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