Registration open for the 2013 Canadian Cross Country Championship – Vancouver: Nov 30 @AthleticsCanada

September 12, 2013

September 11, 2013 

The technical manual is now available, and registration is open, for the 2013 Canadian Cross Country Championship. The event takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia on Saturday November 30. 

Full information: http://www.xcountry.athletics.ca/news.php?id=36


Sprinter wins gold at Legion track and field nationals #LegionNationals @BurnabyNOW_News

August 16, 2013

By Tom Berridge – August 14, 2013

BURNABY NOW NEWS – Burnaby sprinter Zion Corrales-Nelson took home three gold medals from the 2013 Legion Canadian youth track and field championships in Langley last weekend.

The junior St. Thomas More student won both the under-16 girls’ 100 and 200 metre sprints, while also anchoring Team B.C.’s 4x100m relay team to gold in the open event at McLeod Park in Langley.

Corrales-Nelson was favoured in the 100m dash and won in a time of 12.12 seconds, over runner-up Gracia Muamba of Alberta.

The Burnaby Strider club runner added the 200m gold to her mantel with a race-winning time of 24.53 over silver medallist Kyra Constantine of Ontario.

In the relay, New Westminster’s Nina Schultz shared the gold with Corrales-Nelson as B.C. won easily, breaking the tape at 47.69, nearly three seconds ahead of second-place Alberta.

In the under-18 division, New Westminster’s Mihailo Stefanovic won both hurdle events, placing first in the 110 and 300m races.

In the hurdle sprint, Stefanovic clocked a winning time of 14.49, while schoolmate and New West Spartans club runner, Bogdan Pavel, placed third two-tenths of a second behind.

In the 300m, Stefanovic beat Matthew Bedard of Ottawa by more than twotenths of a second, clocking a gold-medal time of 38.31 in the race.

Stefanovic also teamed with Ethan Strome of New Westminster for a fifthplace finish in the 4x400m relay.

Stefanovic and Strome also competed for B.C. in the 4x100m relay, but the team did not finish in the open final.

Burnaby’s Ahmad Nizamani helped the Vancouver Thunderbirds club to a fifth place in the u-18 boys’ 4x100m club relay event.

File Photo, Burnaby Now / Track star: Zion Corrales-Nelson of Burnaby, seen here at the B.C. high school championships, won three gold medals at the Legion national meet in Langley last weekend.

Full article: http://www.burnabynow.com/sports/sprinter-wins-gold-at-legion-track-and-field-nationals-1.586883


Bains national meet’s top female athlete #LegionNationals

August 14, 2013

By Don Bodger – August 14 

COWICHAN NEWS LEADER PICTORIAL – Chicago Bains stood out among all the females during the prestigious Legion Canadian youth track and field championships in Langley while the other six valley athletes entered all attained a measure of success.

Bains was honoured as the winner of the LeRoy Washburn Award as the most outstanding female athlete of the national competition and also received recognition as outstanding female B.C. Team member at the meet.

“I know as I am still in a state of disbelief of what transpired, she must be overwhelmed,’’ noted coach John May of Black Creek.

Bains was due back from the Lower Mainland on Tuesday afternoon.

She created considerable fanfare with three gold medals that caused eruptions from a large personal and Team B.C. cheering section.

Mom Karmyn didn’t get to see Bains  compete in P.E.I. last year so she was obviously ecstatic to have this opportunity. “It was unbelievable,’’ said Karmyn. “I’ve never witnessed the support like that.’’

Retired former teacher/principal of George Bonner School, Herb Jawanda, now living in Delta, even stopped by to see some of Chicago Bains’ magic for himself. “I applaud Chicago’s parents for making the extra effort to get her the coaching and training to give her the opportunity to bring out the best of her ability,’’ noted Jawanda.

Bains won the gold medal in the U16 80-metre hurdles in 11.48 seconds, breaking the meet record of 11.60 dating back 31 years to 1982.

Bains also won gold in the 200 hurdles in 27.91 and ran the opening leg for the victorious U16 4×100 relay team that included Ladysmith’s Rachel Jerome.

Rounding it out for Bains was an eighth place in the 200 metres.

Sprinter Taryn Smiley got into the act with two bronze medals in the U18 girls’ 4×100 and 4×400 relays. Smiley was also in the running for top placings in the individual events, finishing sixth in the 200 in 26.05 and seventh in the 100 in 12.48.

Smiley had an unfortunate situation of being required to run the heats twice due to a timing malfunction. She won her heat both times anyway, but her schedule was thrown off by not having time for a lunch break.

Injury restricted Tia Baker to two U18 running events. She was part of the 4×400 U18 club relay team that finished fourth and wound up 20th in the U18 400 metres in 1:00.23.

Casey Heyd and Nicole Lindsay also performed well in U16 girls’ events. Heyd came fifth in the 100 metres in 12.81 and did the 4×100 on a third-place finishing team that also included the valley’s Nicole Lindsay. Lindsay was 14th in the U16 300 metres in 43.09 seconds.

Ben Williams just missed a pair of medals in boys’ U16 events. He was fourth in both the high jump (1.75 metres) and the triple jump (12.84 m). Williams made Team B.C. but then was pulled due to a statistical error, but still attained strong results on a national scale under the CVAC Jaguars’ banner.

Liam Lindsay claimed fourth place in the U18 boys’ triple jump with a leap of 13.25 metres and 10th in the long jump, reaching 6.09 m.

Article: http://www.cowichannewsleader.com/sports/219458931.html


Ocean Athletics’ pair strike gold at Legion Championships #LegionNationals

August 14, 2013

By Nick Greenizan – August 14, 2013

PEACE ARCH NEWS – Ocean Athletics had two new national champions among its members.

At the Canadian Youth Legion Track and Field Championships – held last weekend at Langley’s McLeod Park – both Jake Hanna and Ben Ingvaldson set personal bests en route to gold-medal performances.

On the second day of the three-day competition, Hanna, a 16-year-old Elgin Park Secondary student, took top spot in the youth boys 400-m, clocking a time of 48.74 seconds.

It was the first time Hanna – who was one of three Ocean Athletics athletes to represent Team BC – had run the event in under 49 seconds.

“That was a pretty great moment for me. It’s what I had been working so hard for all summer, to get under 49,” he said.

Hanna was the second-ranked runner heading into the event – behind Ontario’s Cameron Nurse – but the South Surrey runner, knowing he’d be running against the wind, paced himself until the end, when he made a final kick.

“I knew there was going to be a pretty strong headwind – there usually is in Langley – so I saved a bit for the end and made a late push,” Hanna explained.

Hanna won by a few metres, with London, Ont. runner Davis Edward finishing second, in 49.27 seconds, and Nurse third, in 49.28.

Ocean Athletics head coach Maureen de St. Croix was thrilled to see Hanna clock a sub-49-second run, adding that it “puts him in a pretty rare group” of runners his age.

“It’s been just a tremendous season for him,” said de St. Croix. “And he’s just such a wonderful kid. No matter what he does, he’s always just the same old Jake – except that just keeps running faster and faster.”

Ingvaldson, a student at Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary who, like Hanna, competed for Team BC, also had a stellar weekend in Langley, winning three medals – including one gold.

Ingvaldson struck gold in the shotput, capturing a Canadian youth title with a personal-best throw of 16.15 m.

His mark beat second-place thrower Noah Rolph of Ontario by 0.55 m.

Ingvaldson also found himself on the podium in the Legion’s other two throwing events, winning bronze in both the discus – with a toss of 49.99 m – and the hammer throw, in which his best toss travelled 53.55 m.

At the club level, Ocean Athletics’ midget-aged relay teams also fared well.

Ocean Athletics’ boys team – Michael Aono, Dominic Luccock, Bryan Niwinski and Dawson Ribiero – won gold in the medley relay. The club’s girls team – which included Jessica Williams, Kira Pederson, Elise Burgert and Danielle Steer – also won the medley relay. The medley relay consists of runs of different lengths – it begins with a 400-m leg, followed by back-to-back 200-m lengths before wrapping up with an 800-m portion.

“It was just an excellent meet for everyone,” said de St. Croix. “The Legions will be back in Langley next year, so whether our athletes won medals or not, it’s a great experience and they’ll be even more prepared for next year.”

Article: http://www.peacearchnews.com/sports/219576591.html


Ellenwood grabs gold, silver at Legion Championships #LegionNationals

August 14, 2013

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Photo courtesy of Ellenwood family (from June BC HS Champs) 

By Gary Ahuja – August 14, 2013

LANGLEY TIMES – Mission accomplished for Dean Ellenwood. Heading into the Canadian Legion track and field championships over the weekend, the 15-year-old from Langley was intent on finding the podium.

“My goal was to medal in my events, but I really wanted to win the 800m,” he said. “That is my speciality event and there was some big competition and I wanted to prove that I could.”

And Ellenwood, who was representing the Langley Mustangs Track and Field Club, delivered, winning the 800m race and adding a silver in the 300m. Ellenwood was competing in the midget (U16) division.

He won gold on Sunday, the final day of the three-day championships which were held at Langley’s McLeod Park. The championships brought together close to 1,000 track and field athletes between the ages of 12 and 17. The event will again be held at McLeod Park in 2014.

In his gold-medal victory, Ellenwood crossed the finish line in 1:56.12, which was more than a full second ahead of Ezana Wossen of Centro Scuola, a track and field club out of Toronto. Taking bronze was Team Quebec’s Najib El Andaloussi.

On Saturday, Ellenwood was second across the finish line in the 300m race with a time of 36.67 seconds. The gold medal went to Team Quebec’s William Gagnon while Colesen Faunt of Team Alberta/Northwest Territories took third.

“I didn’t expect silver actually,” Ellenwood said. “I was ranked fifth going in (to the finals, after preliminaries) and finished second with a big personal best.”

Overall, Ellenwood said it was really fun competing at the Legion championships and an exciting experience. “It is a big meet and all the provinces are there, which makes it great,” he said.

Ellenwood, who enters Grade 10 at Langley Secondary next month, won a pair of gold medals in the 400m and 800m races this past June in the Grade 8/9 division at the B.C. high school track and field championships, which were also held at McLeod Park.

Article: http://www.langleytimes.com/sports/219611711.html


Island runner Levins leaves world track and field championships empty-handed #TimesColonist

August 13, 2013

The ever positive Cameron Levins is turning his focus to next years’ Commonwealth Games in Glascow and looking to peak at the right time for Rio. Good luck Cam, we’re always cheering for you! – BCA

 

August 12, 2013 – By Cleve Dheensaw, Times Colonist

It was a memorable summer personally for Cam Levins, who got married on Canada Day in Victoria at St. Ann’s Academy.

But it was highly forgettable on the track.

The runner from Black Creek, who will be among the big Canadian and Island hopes at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, has dropped out of today’s 5,000 metres at the 2013 IAAF world track and field championships in Moscow after his disappointing 14th-place finish in the 10,000 metres Saturday.

“It was a big transition year for me and a lot of things changed,” said Levins by phone from Moscow. “I got married and also had breathing and health issues that affected me. The training was not there.”

Little known coming out of G.P. Vanier Secondary in Courtenay, Levins only got a U.S. NCAA offer after scouring the Internet. He seemed to come out of nowhere last year with Southern Utah to sweep the 2012 NCAA titles in the 5,000 and 10,000 metres before making the finals in both those events at the London Olympics.

“I didn’t feel overbearing pressure to have another campaign this year like I did last year,” said Levins. “I just want to continue to move in the right direction. But sometimes you have off years.”

Now training under the former great runner Alberto Salazar, he doesn’t plan on having any more of those.

“The Commonwealth Games next year [in Glasgow] are going to be very competitive and another test to see where I’m at. Ideally, this all works up to where I’m in a position to be a medallist in Rio [2016 Summer Olympics].”

Meanwhile, fellow Islander and Olympic finalist Mike Mason of Nanoose Bay begins competition in the high jump qualifying rounds today with the final scheduled for Thursday. Only a quivering bar, that eventually dropped, denied the graduate of Parksville’s Bellenas Secondary a bronze medal last year at the London Olympics.

Full article – http://www.timescolonist.com/sports/island-runner-levins-leaves-world-track-and-field-championships-empty-handed-1.579878


Okanagan Athletics Club athletes enjoy strong summer on track

July 31, 2013

Kelowna Capital News – July 29, 2013

Kelowna – The Okanagan Athletics Club’s middle-distance athletes have had a productive summer on the track, winning 11 provincial championship medals,  including three gold.

Taryn O’Neill, 13, returned from the B.C .Athletics Junior Development Championships this month  in Nanaimo with a bronze in the 800m (2:29.17), a silver in the 1200m (3:50.90), and a gold in the 2000m (6:36.69). O’Neill’s winning time of 6:36.69 in the 2000m smashed the Junior Development Championship meet record by almost 20 seconds.

The B.C. Athletics Championship Jubilee, held July 19 to 21 in Kamloops, marked another successful outing on the track for the OACs middle-distance group whose older athletes took home a combined total of eight medals over the course of the three-day event. Headlining the group’s showing was Sean Bergman, 15, who raced to a commanding first-place finish in the Midget Boy’s 1500m Steeplechase (4:27.31). Bergman’s winning effort in the steeplechase was followed by a clocking of 3:24.07 in the 1200m, good for third place despite losing a shoe in the early stages of the event.

Con’t…

Full article: http://www.kelownacapnews.com/sports/217438151.html


#Sherbrooke2013 Canada Summer Games – National Broadcast & Webcast Schedules @CanadaGames

July 30, 2013

National Broadcast Schedule

Athletics will be featured in the National Broadcast coverage of the Canada Summer Games on TSN: Thursday, August 15th from 15:30 – 16:30 EST*

TSN will be featuring the Men’s and Women’s 100m and 400m.*

*Schedule subject to change

To view the full National Broadcast Schedule visit: http://www.canadagames.ca/Groups/News/2013/TSN_TSN2_2013%20Broadcast%20Schedule.pdf

Webcasting Schedule

Over 800 hours of webcasting coverage will be made available during the games through the Canada Games portal, canadagames.tv. The portal allows users to interact via twitter, view live webcasts and watch archived Games footage for the 2013 Games and from past Games editions.

Coverage will begin with the Opening Ceremony on Friday, Aug. 2 at 7 pm EST

Athletics coverage is scheduled on canadagames.tv on: Mon Aug 12, Tues Aug 13, Thurs Aug 15 and Fri Aug 16. Check schedule for times. 

To view the full Canada Games Webcasting schedule visit: http://www.jeuxducanada2013.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Webcast-Scedule_2013.pdf

 

Sherbrooke 2013 Website: http://www.jeuxducanada2013.ca/en/ 

Twitter: @CanadaGames / #Sherbrooke2013


TRACK AND FIELD: Stroda helps spark gold rush #kamloops2013

July 25, 2013

The Daily Courier – July 23, 2013

Kelowna-area athletes ran, jumped and threw to eight individual gold medals at the B.C. Athletics provincial track and field championships in Kamloops on the weekend. Aaron Stroda, 17, led the way with three first-place finishes while adding a bronze medal with a personal-best performance in the youth division (16 and 17 years old) javelin event. The Okanagan Mission Secondary School student started the provincial competition with a huge personal best in the hammer throw, a discipline he took up just 15 months ago. His longest throw of 57.30 metres was almost 4.5 metres better than his previous best.

“I was expecting to throw over 55 metres and was very happy to pick up my first gold early on in the competition,” said Stroda, adding he felt he was in “great shape – both physically and mentally” going into the weekend.

Verena Stroda, Aaron’s mom and coach, remembers her son’s introduction to the hammer throw at a spring training camp in Las Vegas with John Powell, a U.S.A. Olympian and world-record holder in the discus. “Aaron started in John’s backyard with a rope and chain links turning and turning until he became dizzy. He doesn’t experience dizziness anymore but all the top hammer throwers are turning four times and Aaron made the transition from two turns to just three turns. Each turn translates into speed, and, of course, distance. But Aaron still has time to learn the technique and to keep the balance at high speed so that his release allows for the best possible trajectory of the hammer.”

Stroda, ranked second in the nation in the youth division in shot put, came close to his personal best (16.33) with a gold-medal toss in Kamloops of 16.13 metres – one metre better than his closest competition. While his throw of 48.76 metres in the discus was well off his PB of 50.57 – making him the top-ranked thrower in the country – the distance was good enough for his third gold of the B.C. championships. Stroda’s bronze medal in the javelin came on a throw of 51.36 metres. He is third in the nation with a personal-best distance of 53.80.

Three members of the Okanagan Athletics Club won gold competing against the top track and field athletes in the province.

B.C. decathlon champion Rostam Turner took gold in the junior boys (18-19) discus event with a throw of 42.37 metres, while Sean Bergman finished first in the midget (14-15) 1500 steeplechase. The OAC’s Keely Watts-Watling, still in training for the Canadian Legion junior heptathlon championship in Langley next month, recorded a leap of 5.52 metres to win the junior long jump in Kamloops.

Keefer Joyce of Kelowna, running as an unattached, earned another gold for the Central Okanagan. He took top spot in the 100 metres with a time of 10.76 seconds.

Article: http://www.kelownadailycourier.ca/local-sports/track-and-field-stroda-helps-spark-gold-rush-72413.html


Kelowna’s Stroda dominates at B.C. Track and Field #kamloops2013

July 23, 2013

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Kelowna’s Aaron Stroda won four medals in throws at the B.C. track and field championships. (contributed photo)

July 22, 2013 – Kelowna Capital News

It was a weekend to remember for Kelowna’s Aaron Stroda who topped all youth competitors with four medals at the B.C. Track and Field Championships in Kamloops.

The 17-year-old OKM student won gold in hammer throw, shot-put and discus, and a bronze medal in javelin.

In the hammer throw, a sport he only took up 15 months ago, Stroda improved on his previous best mark by 4.50 metres, to 57.30m.

“I was expecting a throw over 55 metres and was very happy to find quickly into the competition with my first win of the day,” said Stroda.

Stroda then came close to his personal best in shot put, winning the gold medal in the male competition with a toss of 16.13m, one meter ahead of closest competitor. “I expected to win with a distance of over 16m. My next goal is to come close to the 17m. We’ll see what is possible for the rest of the season.”

On Day 2,  Aaron secured a bronze medal in javelin (51.36m), then finished the weekend off with his third gold medal win—this time in discus with a toss of (48.76m).

“Aarons overall performance this weekend was remarkable,” Stroda’s coach, Verena Stroda. It is paying off to train Aaron multi-faceted all winter and during the season. His overall fitness helps him to perform well during those weekends. It’s a joy to watch him having fun at a high level.”

Read more: http://www.kelownacapnews.com/sports/216474661.html


Track athletes running fast #kamloops2013

July 18, 2013
By Don Bodger – Cowichan News Leader Pictorial – July 17, 2013

A big weekend is coming up for top track and field athletes from the valley. The valley’s elite is heading to Kamloops for the B.C. Athletics provincial championships at Thompson Rivers University.

The Trevor Craven Memorial meet at Burnaby’s Swangard Stadium was the latest tune-up for the athletes. Chicago Bains again put on a show there with first place in the 80- and 200-metre midget hurdles and second in the 200 metre dash. Bains continues to attain personal bests, shaving even more miniscule amounts of time from previous remarkable races. “For me, it’s hard to tell,’’ she said of those subtle improvements. “I can’t tell when I’m racing.’’ Bains smashed through the 11.60 second barrier at the Jack Brow meet in Kelowna to 11.57 in the 80 hurdles and then beat that again by going 11.55 at Burnaby. She did the same in the 200 hurdles, going under 28 seconds to 27.89 at Kelowna and then exceeding that to 27.53 at Burnaby.

Bains even amazes her coach John May. “We have not unleashed her full potential yet, saving it for a meet of higher importance,’’ May noted. “Concurrently, we have been increasing her sprint speed and also her 200 hurdle event speed — something that is most difficult to do, in fact rare, at the speeds she is running. Very rare.’’

In other events, Taryn Smiley, who’s also receiving coaching from May, topped the 100- and 200-metre youth dashes.

Tia Baker was second in the 100, but was scratched from the 200 due to a knee injury.

Baker also competed in the long jump and finished fourth, unable to complete all of her jumps because of the injury.

Chase Peleshaty sprinted to second place in the men’s 20 to 22 100 and 200 dashes.

Read the full article: http://www.bclocalnews.com/sports/215716211.html


Volunteers needed for Legion Track and Field Championships

June 17, 2013

With the Legion national track youth track and field championships less than two months away, volunteers are still needed.

More than 1,000 of the top youth (ages 14 to 17) track and field athletes from across the country will be competing at Langley’s McLeod Athletic Park.

The championships, which will also be held at MAP in 2014, run Aug. 9 to 11.

Some of the positions which need to be filled include technical field assistants, gate admission, crowd control, general support, bloggers, interviewers, radio announcers, photographers, videographers and more.

Contact Ted Stout at ted@roi3.net or at 604-282.4408 for more.

Article: http://www.langleytimes.com/sports/211462701.html


Stefanovic and Tjernagel big winners #bchschamps

June 4, 2013

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Mihail Stefanovic of New Westminster Secondary, winner of the boys 110 metre hurdles (photo BOAZ JOSEPH/BLACK PRESS)

New Westminster News Leader – June 4, 2013 

Mihailho Stefanovic and Raquel Tjernagel of New Westminster were big winners at the B.C. high school track and field championships held in Langley last week.

Stefanovic beat out Hyack teammate Bogdan Pavel to win the boys 110-metre hurdles. He crossed the finish line in 14.99 seconds, two-tenths of a second faster than Paval.

Tjernagel captured the girls 200-metre final in 24.30 seconds beating out Zion Corrales-Nelson of Burnaby’s St. Thomas More Collegiate. In the 400 metres, the results were reversed with Corrales-Nelson winning in 54.94 and Tjernagel finishing in 55.45.

New West’s boys 4×100 metre relay team came second in 44.32, finishing behind STM (43.23). Stefanovic and Pavel were joined on the team by Ethan Strome and Simon Rokeby.

Fiull article can be found in the New Westminster News Leader here: http://www.newwestnewsleader.com/sports/210091621.html


Speedy Knights second, win boys title #bchschamps

June 4, 2013

Burnaby NewsLeader – June 4, 2013

The St. Thomas More Knights came close to knocking off the perennial provincial powerhouse for the overall title at the B.C. high school track and field championships in Langley last week.

STM came second finishing with 82 points losing out to the Victoria school by 11 points. The Knights, however, did claim the boys title with 46 points, five more than Oak Bay.

More’s boys relay teams dominated. The 4×100 squad ran around the McLeod Athletic Park track in 43.23 seconds finishing ahead of New Westminster (44.32). In the 4×400 final, STM racked up a winning time of 3:25.83.

Read the full article in the Burnaby NewLeader here: http://www.burnabynewsleader.com/sports/210097261.html


Silver, two bronze for Gators’ Robyn Buckingham #bchschamps

June 4, 2013

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Walnut Grove’s Robyn Buckingham won silver in the heptathlon at the B.C. high school track and field championships. She later added a pair of bronze medals in the high jump and as part of the Gators’ 4×400 relay team (photo John Morrow/Black Press)

By Gary Ahuja – Langley Times – June 3, 2013

Robyn Buckingham added a pair of bronze medals over the weekend, to go along with a silver she won the week before, to wrap up a strong showing at the B.C. high school track and field championships.

The 15-year-old Grade 10 student at Walnut Grove already had a silver in the heptathlon from the multi-event championships held in Abbotsford on May 24 and 25.

She then added a bronze in the high jump and helped the Gators place third — along with Keara Graham, Dallas Tilley and Megan Notting — in the 4×400 relay.

Buckingham also had a fourth-place finish in the long jump, just missing the podium. Buckingham’s best leap was 5.17m, 0.6 behind third place.

Read the full article in the Langley Times here: http://www.langleytimes.com/sports/210011211.html


Kastelein hurdles to gold medal #bchschamps

June 4, 2013

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Langley Christian’s Eli Kastelein won gold in the men’s 400m hurdles at the B.C. high school track and field championships at McLeod Athletic Park (photo Gary Ahuja/Langley Times)

By Gary Ahuja – Langley Times – June 3, 2013

It was fitting that Eli Kastelein won his first provincial high school track and field gold medal at McLeod Athletic Park.

“It felt amazing to win and it is really nice getting to do it right here in Langley,” Kastelein said.

“I’ve spent hundreds of long days training at the McLeod track so it was nice to end off my high school career there with such a great memory.”

Kastelein, a Grade 12 student at Langley Christian, won gold in the 400m hurdles on Friday afternoon, crossing the finish line in 55.26 seconds. The time shaved almost two seconds off of his personal best.

“I knew I was capable of running a winning time, it was just a matter of doing it at the right time,” he said.


Marshall obliterates PB, wins gold #bchschamps

June 4, 2013

By Gary Ahuja – Langley Times – June 3, 2013

There is setting a new personal best and then there is what Adam Marshall accomplished, which was smashing his PB.

The 18-year-old Grade 12 student at Brookswood Secondary not only won the gold medal in the men’s 2000m steeplechase event, he obliterated his previous best time of 6:25.00.

Marshall crossed the finish line in 6:08.77 at McLeod Athletic Park on Saturday afternoon at the B.C. high school track and field championships.

Marshall’s previous best came a few weeks ago at the Fraser Valley championships, when he placed third.

But Marshall fully expected to make a better showing at provincials.

“For Fraser Valleys, I had the 800 heats and finals the same day as the steeplechase,” he explained.

“So for provincials, I scratched the 1500m (event) so that I would be able to be fresh for the steeplechase.”

And that is exactly what happened, as he won by three and a half seconds over North Surrey’s Ephraim Tadesse.

Read the full article in the Langley Times here: http://www.langleytimes.com/sports/210011961.html


Chilliwack athletes take on track and field’s best #bchschamps

June 3, 2013
By Staff Writer – Chilliwack Progress – June 3, 2013
Chilliwack athletes fought tooth-and-nail at last weekend’s BC High School Track and Field Championships, doing their best against the province’s best.

The meet was held May 31 and June 1 at McLeod Athletic Park in Langley.

Rosedale middle school’s Tasha Willing led the way, competing in three events.

Against older competition in senior girls discus, Willing was 11th with a throw of 31.34m. She competed in hammer throw, finishing seventh with a toss to 38.47m. Willing’s third event was the shot-put where she finished seventh with a mark of 9.80m.

Read the full article in the Chilliwack Progress here: http://www.theprogress.com/sports/209953121.html


Siemens superb at high school track provincials #bchschamps

June 3, 2013

By Dan Kinvig – Abbotsford News – June 2, 2013

Heading into the final meet of her high school track and field career, “Faith over fear” was Alex Siemens‘s mantra.

The W.J. Mouat Hawks’ Grade 12 runner has struggled at times with the weight of expectation – both from others, and from herself – since bursting onto the scene as a precocious Grade 9 star in 2009-10.

Siemens won the B.C. cross-country title and took bronze in the 3000 metres at track provincials that season, but hadn’t climbed the podium at a provincial high school meet since then, as she battled injuries and grappled with nerves.

The 17-year-old rectified that situation in a big way at Langley’s McLeod Athletic Park on the weekend, winning a trio of medals – silver in the 3000m (10:01.11), bronze in the 1500m (4:38.71), and silver with the Mouat 4x400m relay team (4:05.43) which also featured Callum Pilgrim, Hailey Gibson and Amanda Thompson.

Read the full article in the Abbotsford News here: http://www.abbynews.com/sports/209866481.html


Two silver medals ‘a good meet’ for Tadesse #bchschamps

June 3, 2013

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Ephraim Tadesse (388) ran to silver medals in the 1,500m and 2,000m steeplechase at the B.C. High School Track and Field Championships in Langley (photo BOAZ JOSEPH / THE LEADER)

By Rick Kupchuk – Surrey North Delta Leader – June 3, 2013

Long distance runner Ephraim Tadesse of North Surrey Secondary won a pair of silver medals at last weekend’s B.C. High School Track and FIeld Championships, finishing as the runner-up in both the boys 2,000m steeplechase and the 1,500m race.

He completed the steeplechase in 6:11.12, 2.25 seconds off the pace. He was bumped up into the runner-up position in the 1,500m race after crossing the line in third place. His time of 3:57.28 was good for the silver medal, after a competitor was disqualified for interference.

Read the full article in the Surrey Leader here: http://www.surreyleader.com/sports/209982211.html