St. Benedict’s College won the overall championship at the Saints Quadrangular Athletic Meet which was revived after a lapse of 25 years. The meet was held at St. Peter’s College grounds, Bambalapitiya and was organised by the Track and Field Foundation of St. Peter’s College.
The Benedictines chalked up a massive 449 points followed by St. Anthony’s College, Katugastota (356 points). St. Peter’s College finished third with 274 Points followed by St. Joseph’s College with 230 points. The Benedictines also won the Relay Championship, the Under-15 Championship and the Under-17 Championship. Old Peterites won the Old Boys’ segment introduced for the first time. Old Bens emerged runners-up.
St. Benedict’s latest victory is the culmination of an excellent year for athletics at the school celebrating its sesquicentennial Jubilee (150th). They won the Colombo Zonal Championship, finished runners-up at the Sir John Tarbet Senior Public Schools Championship while winning the Junior Sir John Tarbet Public Schools Championship. They also finished as runners-up at the Western Province meet and secured the third place in the Sri Lanka National School Athletics Championship. The Benedictines were having high hopes to succeed in the relay carnival, but the event wasn’t held this year.
Captained by Yohan Chamuditha Dias and assisted by Shiran Angelo Jeganathen, St. Benedict’s created several new records this year. They dominated the relay events.
The performances of 15-year-old Sahan Rajapaksha, who excelled in several 100-meter dashes was the highlight for St. Benedict’s.
Rajapaksha clocked 10.89 seconds in the Western Province Meet to rewrite the record books. His timing is among the best in the world in the under-15 category. He went on to win a gold medal in the Under-16 Thailand Open Meet equalling the Thai Record.