By Harold Morioka (June 19, 2012)
The 2012 BC Masters Track and Field championships were hosted by the Langley Mustangs Track and Field Club from June 15-17. Held in conjunction with the Pacific Invitational Track and Field meet, the Masters Championships were held at Langley’s McLeod Park. For the first time, a racewalk (3Km) was included in the meet.
For the few events (steeplechase, racewalking, weight throw and men’s hammer) held on Friday evening, weather conditions were good. But on Saturday it was cold with heavy rains falling most of the time. It rained again on Sunday morning and although it stopped raining in the afternoon, it remained cold and windy. A few athletes fell attempting their throws while the runners ran through puddles and against the wind. Despite the difficult conditions, the athletes did very well.
The athletes broke one World Record, six Canadian records and nineteen BC Masters records. One other Canadian and BC record was tied.
Christa Bortignon (W75) broke the most records. Despite running against a -2.8 m/s headwind, she broke the World Record in the 200 metre hurdles (41.70). She also set a Canadian record in the 200 metre sprint (34.93). Christa also bettered the 2011 Canadian records in the triple jump and long jump but she has better Canadian records pending from a meet earlier this year in Raleigh, NC.
Also breaking Canadian records were Lenore Montgomery in the W80 3000 metres (16:47.89), Gabriella Moro in the W65 shot put (9.29m), Rose Hare in the W60 weight throw (12.28m) and Ellie Halcrow in the W65 3000m racewalk (18:47.30). Margaret Rhebergen tied the Canadian record in the W55 high jump (1.30m).
Christa broke the intermediate hurdles world record by the slimest margin possible (0.01 second). Lenore broke the Canadian 3000m record by more than 2 and a half minutes. Gabriela broke her own Canadian shot put record of 9.23m which she set earlier this year. Rose broke her own weight throw record of 12.05m which she set two years ago. Ellie has competed in many BC Seniors Games but this was her first BC Athletics competition. She broke the Canadian 3000m racewalk record by 15.54 seconds. Margaret, despite jumping in the rain, tied her own Canadian and BC high jump record.
Breaking BC Masters records were: Juliette Christie W50 3000m, Lynette Baldock W65 3000m, Jeanette Van Den Bulk W35 400m hurdles, Nancy Craig W45 pole vault, Sandy Anderson W70 weight throw, Dave McDonald M55 weight throw, Les Robson M85 triple jump, Dmitry Babenko M35 3000m racewalk, Gerald Dragomir M60 3000m racewalk and Nardene Hammond W40 3000m racewalk.
Jeannette would have had another BC record in the 200m sprint but the wind was +2.1 m/s, just over the allowable limit of +2.0 m/s. She just missed a Canadian record in the 400m hurdles but she did break the Canadian record just a week earlier, running the event in 1:03.53.
There were several positive comments regarding the newly designed BC Athletics Championship medals. Special “thank you’s” go to our dedicated officials and volunteers who always do an excellent job.