Victoria Track Series Meet Number 4 Report

June 30, 2010

By Chris Kelsall

Saturday June 26th was another windy night at the Jack Wallace Memorial Track at Oak Bay High School. Despite the coolness, there was a decent-sized crowd gathered on the infield as well many people on or around the bleachers, add to that athletes and volunteers and we have atmosphere.

A lesson to runners about focus:

Focusing on pace and effort will perhaps allow you to run a personal best, which often is one of the primary goals of racing. However, when you are riding the edge of going too fast – straddling that fine line, you may just mis-count how many laps you have completed, say during a 5000m, 12.5-lap event. This happened to Melissa Ross, who was bound for a giant personal best, but stopped at 4600m, only to be frantically told by her coach to finish the last lap – SHOCK! With Melissa was Jessica Sedlock. Needless to say, they both finished well and at least Melissa I know, ran a personal best despite the premature finish-start-up again-debacle. Jessica may have also run a personal best; Results are here:

The Races:

A group of faster runners, decided not to risk coming over (from the lower mainland – Vancouver) to race, as their team are experiencing some injuries or threat of injury and backed out on the trip over, which killed one elite section – the 5000m men’s race. This and lack of participation from elite women at that distance caused the three 5000m races to be combined into one good-sized event. So runners of all abilities ran in the same race. I am sure the non-elite runners got a thrill everytime a 15-something minute runner flew by, perhaps in their wake, a swirling of tartan dust….

There were some notable performances throughout the night, for instance Ian Hallam ran 5000m in 15:29 for the win; he had a very solid race. Lemlem Ogbasilassie nearly ran a personal best with her 2:04 800m performance in a mixed elite race. Maurice Tarrant succeeded in accomplishing yet another Canadian age-group record, this time in the 1500m distance, and former Vike Nick Walker ran all three races.  Also, Kenyan, Willy Langat ran a solid 1500m race winning over UVic’s Matt Pietersen, Jerry Ziak, and Nick Walker with a finish line sprint effort that showed the whites of his eyes from over 100m away. His eyes were the size of garbage can lids.


BC High School Track & Field Championships on TV this weekend

June 30, 2010

One hour of highlights from the recent BC High School Track & Field Championships will be broadcast on Shaw TV 4 on Saturday July 3 at 4:00pm, and again on Sunday July 4 at 5:00pm.

A DVD of highlights from this year’s championship, as well as DVDs from previous years, can be purchased here:

800m Runners have Olympian Dream at Jerome

June 30, 2010

Via Doug Clement and the Harry Jerome Track Classic

Alice Schmidt, 2008 Olympian

 Most Canadians caught the Olympic Spirit at this year’s Winter Olympic Games. The Maple Leaf was seen everywhere and Canadians were proud to wave their colours supporting our athletes striving for the podium.  It is just two years until the 2012 Olympic flame will be lit in London.

 The road to London starts next Monday for many young athletes who dream of Olympic glory.  This is your chance to cheer them on their journey.  The 27th Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome International Track Classic is the launching pad for reaching their goal of representing their country in the Olympic Games.  Athletes from almost every province of Canada will compete in 17 international track and field events against competitors from the USA, China, Jamaica, Virgin Islands, Liberia, Kenya, New Zealand, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Iran, Guyana and Sierra Leone.  Seven athletes rank in the top 12 athletes in the world this year in their events. Dozens of these athletes from Canada and around the world may well complete their journey to the Olympic flame in London.  This your chance to be part of their journey. Monday July 5th at 5:30pm at Swangard Stadium Tickets are 10 dollars at the gate or


Geena Gall, 2009 World Championships

 Every event will be exciting but the women’s 800m may be a standout as Olympians will stimulate our young Canadians to reach the stiff standards needed to qualify for major event such as the Commonwealth Games set for Delhi this fall.  This will be an important stop on the road to London in 2012.

 Veterans of the Olympics and World Championships include Alice Schmidt of San Diego and Geena Gall of Eugene.  Alice, a graduate of North Carolina is a 2x NCAA champion as well as representing the US at the 2008 Beijing Olympics will compete with Geena Gall, a Michigan graduate in a battle of the border with a trio of SFU runners, Rebecca Johnstone, Helen Crofts and Jessica Smith.  These Canadian athletes have won a handful of NAIA titles in the last few years but they are seeking the magic 2 minute barrier in the 2 lap event. They will be joined by Lemlem Ogbasilassie from Quebec who may well be a factor in this race.  This Eritrea born, Canadian now trains at he National Training Center in Victoria.

Jessica Smith-left and Helen Crofts

 Complete entries

Geena Gall’87 US 2:00.44/2:02.16
Rebecca Johnstone’84 Bowen Island 2:01.80/2:03.63
Jessica Smith’89 West Vancouver 2:05.00/2:05.00
Anna Roche’92 New Zealand  2:07.30/2:07.30
Leanna Maclean’82 Halifax 2:04.19/2:05.44
Helen Crofts’90 West Vancouver 2:04.51/2:04.51
Lindsey Schnell’79 US 2:03.67/2:03.67
Celia Peters’86 Halifax 2:05.26/2:05.26
Melissa  Bishop’88 Windsor 2:04.70/2:04.70
Lemelem Ogbasilassie’87 Quebec 2:04.50m
Alice Schmidt’81 US  1:58.75/2:01.68

Point Grey Track & Field Club

June 30, 2010

BC Athletics welcomes the Point Grey Track & Field Club as an affiliated club.   Contact information is listed below.  Be sure to include them in all of your event communications.

Point Grey Track & Field Club (PG)

6081 University Blvd.

Vancouver BC  V6T 1Z1


Phone: (604) 822-6259

Bulkley Valley Athletic Society

June 30, 2010

BC Athletics is pleased to welcome the Bulkley Valley Athletic Society as an affiliated club.  Please make note of their contact information and be sure to include them in your communications for upcoming events.

Bulkley Valley Athletic Association (BVAS)

Box 2853

Smithers BC  V0J 2N0


Phone: (250) 847-8842

Fraser Valley Jumps Classic, June 29 at 6pm

June 29, 2010

On June 29th, Langley is once again the site of an evening jumps meet with expanded offerings this year to include high jump, long jump, and pole vault for both men and women. In addition to a brand new pole vault centre, the jumps areas have all been resurfaced in preparation for the BC Summer Games which get underway July 23. This meet satisfies the requirements for BC Athletics sanctioning and will have officials at all 3 events. 

The action gets started at 6pm and athletes can register directly by emailing their name/club/event/pb/BCA#  to Kevin Harrison at

For more details including entry standards and scheduling please visit our website using the following link:

Five-star athletes shine in warm-up

June 28, 2010

By Nick Greenizan, Peace Arch News

More than 100 young athletes, including 17 from Ocean Athletics, were on hand at South Surrey Athletic Park Saturday, competing in the 2010 B.C. Junior Development Pentathlon – a warm-up for next month’s JD Championships in Kamloops.

Saturday’s event, for athletes aged 9-13, saw competitors take part in five events – sprint hurdles, long jump, high jump, shotput and 800-metres – in a span of five hours. Results from each event are combined into a total score.

The best result for Ocean Athletics came in the 11-year-old girls age group, where Danielle Steer finished second overall and Jaime Sainte-Onge placed just off the podium, in fourth.

Read the complete story:

Junior Development Pentathlon Championship results here: