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.