Royal City Record – by Tom Berridge – December 10, 2013
New Westminster’s Mihailo Stefanovic was named the 2013 youth male Athlete of the Year at the B.C. Athletics annual banquet Dec. 7.
Earlier this year, Mihailo made it to the semifinals in the 110-metre hurdles at the world youth championships, qualifying in a personal-best time of 13:98 in Doetsk, Ukraine.
The New Westminster Secondary student also won a pair of gold medals in the hurdles, including the 300m distance, at the Legion youth nationals.
New West Spartans long-distance runner Jemal Reta was named the junior male cross-country athlete of the year at the banquet.
The 15-year-old Reta competed up in the older junior age group, earning a spot on the provincial team.
At the Canadian national championships last month, Reta finished the eight-kilometre race placing 24th overall in a fine time of 27:12.25.
Reta shared the Athlete of the Year award with John Gay of the Okanagan Athletics Club.