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


Savage leaps to gold medal at Legion Championships #LegionNationals

August 15, 2013

By Gary Ahuja – August 14, 2013

LANGLEY TIMES – It wasn’t an easy task to get to the Legion Canadian track and field championships, but Alexander Savage ended up right where he wanted: atop the podium with a gold medal draped around his neck.

The 15-year-old from Langley leaped a personal best 6.66m — bettering his previous mark by 35cm — to take gold in the midget (16 and under) long jump at McLeod Park over the weekend.

Not bad for an athlete who had to be convinced by his father, Mike, to pay the entry fee and give it a shot at the Legion championships.

“He told me I had put so much time into it, I should go do,” Savage recalled.

Savage’s hesitance to enter stemmed from the fact he had gone to Kamloops last month with the intention of earning his way onto the Team B.C. roster — which would have waived his entry fee for the Legion championships.

To earn a spot, Savage needed to finish top-two in his event, and he thought he had with a leap of 6.00m.

But when the roster was later announced, the teen found out his best jump had been deemed illegal and voided.

Savage said he was shocked at what had transpired but finally agreed to pay the entry fee and compete on his own. He trains with the South Fraser Track and Field Club and coach Robert Esmie although it was just Savage and his father working on his long jump out at McLeod.

He also credited Flip City Gymnastics owner Rusty Pearce, who helped him working on his jumping technique and getting used to rotating his arms while he was in the air and keeping his balance.

And it all came together on Sunday, the final day of the Legion championships.

Jumping with what he called “a little chip on my shoulder”, Savage won the gold with a leap of 6.66m. The silver medal went to Team Quebec’s Ivan Nyemeck (6.57m) while Team Manitoba/Northwest Ontario’s Thomas Walser (5.99m) won bronze.

“I performed well; I was happy (with my jump),” Savage said. “It felt great.”

Savage is a newcomer to the sport, only taking up track and field seriously, this past May.

He also plays basketball with the Walnut Grove Gators junior boys’ team.

Entering Grade 10 next month at Walnut Grove, Savage plans to pursue both sports to see where they will take him.

Article: http://www.bclocalnews.com/sports/219673871.html

Kamloops athletes perform well at Legion Youth National Track and Field Championships #LegionNationals

August 14, 2013

KAMLOOPS THIS WEEK – August 13, 2013

Four Kamloops Track and Field Club athletes had notable performances at the Legion Youth National Track and Field Championships, which wrapped up in Langley on Sunday, Aug. 11.

Kendall Fitzgerald won silver in the midget girls’ 1,500m steeplechase and placed third in the 2,000m race.

Fitzgerald has the fastest midget girls’ 2,000m time this year in B.C.

Braden Derker won silver in pole vault and Alex Smith placed fifth. Both athletes are coached by Ryan Jensen.

Bryce Turner placed seventh in the midget boys’ 1,500m steeplechase and 12th in the 2,000m race.

Turner and Fitzgerald are coached by Bruno Mazzotta.

Article: http://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/sports/219438231.html

Canada Summer Games update – 5 BRONZE medals for BC Team Athletics #jcg2013 #2013athletics

August 14, 2013

August 14, 2013

Today marks the half-way point in the Athletics competition at the 2013 Canada Summer Games. Moving in to the final 2 days of competition (Thurs and Fri),  Team BC Athletics has already captured 5 BRONZE medals! Congratulations to everyone thus far and continued luck for the duration of the competition.

Team BC Athletics Medals:

BRONZE               Justin Kent, 3000m Steeplechase Male

BRONZE               Regan Leanne Yee, 2000m Steeplechase Female

BRONZE               Rostam Turner, Decathlon Male

BRONZE               Jessye Marika Brockway, Para Discus Female

BRONZE               Jessye Marika Brockway, Para Shot Put Female

More Team BC athletes in action during the first two days of competition:

Serena Mercedes Graf, Shot Put Female – 9th

Andrew Davis, Shot Put Para Male – 4th

Colin Edward Morrow, Shot Put Para Male – 6th

Patrick William John Psotka, 3000m Steeplechase Male – 4th

Fiona Benson, 2000m Steeplechase Female – 7th

Visit the Canada Games website to see the full schedule for Thursday and Friday!


Voth leads TWU Spartans at Coquitlam Cheetahs meet

June 13, 2013

Last weekend’s meet served as trials for the 2013 Canada Summer Games 

LANGLEY ADVANCE – JUNE 13, 2013 – Trinity Western University track athlete Chris Voth had the race of his life in the 5000m to lead the Spartans at the Coquitlam Cheetahs Annual Jesse Bent Memorial Meet.

The Abbotsford native finished first with a time of 14: 46.10 at Coquitlam’s Percy Perry Stadium on Sunday.

Voth led a Spartans contingent that was competing in its third meet in the Lower Mainland in just over a week as part of an effort to push for an outdoor aspect to the Canada West and CIS competition schedule.

The University of Alberta and the University of Victoria also competed in this week’s three-event series.

This past weekend’s meet was also the Canada Games trials for Team B.C.

It’s expected the team will officially be announced sometime this week.

While there were plenty of quality performances from current Spartans, it was future Spartan Regan Yee who made waves by winning the 2000m steeplechase, and beating the Spartans’ Fiona Benson with a time of 7: 00.20.

Benson finished second in 7: 01.91.

Also of note was the performance of Canadian Paralympian Dustin Walsh, who broke the T11 Canadian 400m record with a time of 53 seconds.

Walsh, who was also the previous record-holder, bettered his old mark of 53.05.

Spartans track athlete and Langley resident Dylan Williamson is Walsh’s guide runner.

Read more:http://www.langleyadvance.com/Voth+leads+Spartans+Coquitlam+Cheetahs+meet/8519103/story.html#ixzz2W73ufD9i

CSI Victoria: Sport Performance Speaker Series – June 12 at 530 pm

June 7, 2013



The Sport Performance Speaker Series in Victoria returns on June 12 with a presentation by Dr Trent Stellingwerff –

Recovery Strategies for Peak Performance:  Nurition / Compression / Sleep

Register today for FREE – http://www.eventbrite.com/event/6825793131#

Helen Crofts named GNAC Female Co-Athlete of the Year

June 6, 2013

Portland, OR – Simon Fraser University track athlete Helen Crofts (West Vancouver, BC) has been named the Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s Female Co-Athlete of the Year along with Seattle Pacific’s Ali Worthen.

The award is voted on by the conference’s 10 athletic directors, who rank their top three choices for the award. Crofts and Worthen each received 18 ballot points in the voting process.

Crofts won two national titles and earned four All-American awards in the 2013 NCAA indoor and outdoor national championships.

At the indoor meet in March in Birmingham, AL, she won the 800-metre in a meet-record time of 2:05.96 and also led SFU to a third-place finish in the distance medley relay (11:37.62) and an eighth-place finish in the 4×400 relay (3:47.14).

She completed a sweep of the 800-metre titles at the outdoor meet in May at Pueblo, CO, finishing first in a time of 2:08.18.

A week prior to the outdoor national meet, she finished ninth in the USA Track & Field High Performance Distance Classic at Occidental.  Her time of 2:02.10 was not only a GNAC record but also was the third fastest time by a collegiate athlete this spring at all levels.

Read the full article here: http://athletics.sfu.ca/news/2013/6/6/WTRACK_0606133015.aspx?path=general

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


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


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

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

June 3, 2013


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

Gold, bronze for Ingvaldson #bchschamps

June 3, 2013

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

Two athletes combined for five medals, lifting Lord Tweedmuir Secondary to 10th in the team standings at the B.C. High School Track and Field Championships in Langley.

Ben Ingvaldson, 16, won a gold medal, and he and teammate Jasmine Grant each collected a pair of bronze medals. Along with a fifth-place performance from the school’s 4x100m relay team, Lord Tweedsmuir totaled 38 points at the two-day meet, tying for 10th place with Langley Secondary.

Ingvaldson won his gold medal in the boys shotput, with a throw of 15.64m that was almost a full metre better than the runner-up. Chitraj Dosanjh of Delview Secondary placed fifth at 13.57m.

Ingvadlson was also the bronze medalist in the hammer throw and discus. His best effort was 51.93 metres in the hammer, while his throw of 45.26m in the discus edged the fourth-place athlete by eight centimetres.

Jasmine Grant won her bronze medals with two personal best times, bouncing back from a Grade 11 year that saw her performance slowed by illness.

Read full article in the Surrey North Delta Leader here: http://www.surreyleader.com/sports/209981891.html

Tweedsmuir, Marriott athletes excel at track provincials #bchschamps

June 3, 2013



Earl Marriott’s Ally Ginther (#142) looks back at a fallen runner as she leads the senior girls 1,500-m at BC High School Track and Field Championships Saturday in Langley (Bob Friesen photo)

By Nick Greenizan – Peace Arch News – June 3, 2013

Earl Marriott’s Kathryn Van Ryswyk won gold twice, and a pair of Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary athletes combined for five medals as the two schools both placed inside the top 10 at BC High School Track and Field Championships over two days in Langley last week.

On Friday, Van Ryswyk took top spot in the senior girls pole vault, clearing the bar at 3.45 m – besting the second-place competitor by 35 cm. Van Ryswyk, was the defending champion in the event, having won gold last year with a mark of 3.1 m.

A day later, the EMS senior scored her second gold medal of the event, winning the senior girls 100-m hurdles in 14.45 seconds, eight-tenths of a second quicker than Tumber Ridge’s Laura Sharman, who claimed silver.

Tweedsmuir, meanwhile, was led by Ben Ingvaldson, who won a gold and two bronze medals, and runner Jasmine Grant, who also had a pair of bronze-medal finishes.

Along with a fifth-place performance from the school’s 4x100m relay team, Lord Tweedsmuir totaled 38 points at the two-day meet, tying for 10th place with Langley Secondary. Earl Marriott was ninth overall, with 45 total points.

Ingvaldson won his gold medal in the senior boys shotput, with a throw of 15.64-m.

Ingvaldson was also the bronze medalist in the hammer throw and discus. His best effort was 51.93-m toss in the hammer, while his throw of 45.26-m in the discus edged the fourth-place athlete by eight centimetres.

Grant won her bronze medals with two personal best times, bouncing back from a Grade 11 year that saw her performance slowed by illness.

Read the full article in The Peace Arch News here: http://www.peacearchnews.com/sports/209968101.html

Rostam Turner to join brother with U of T Blues

May 10, 2013

Kelowna Capital News – May 10, 2013 – With the likes of Olympic medalist Dave Steen and former Canadian decathlon champ Mike Smith among the school’s alumni, Rostam Turner will soon join a track and field program with a winning tradition.

Add in the fact that his older brother and fellow decathlete, James, is already a member of the University of Toronto Varsity Blues and Turner’s post-secondary choice was an easy one to make.

“They have a great program there and a great coach in Andy Higgins, so that will help a lot,” said Rostam Turner, who committed to U of T last fall. “It’ll be good to be together with (James) on the same team and at the same school. We’ve always helped each other out for training and things like that, so I think it’s going to work out. He knows the campus and the team and all that, so he’ll be able help ease me into things.”

Kelowna’s Turner brothers are among the best multi-event athletes ever to come out of the Okanagan. James won the Canadian junior decathlon (10 events) title in both 2011 and 2012, while Rostam struck gold in the octathlon at the Canadian youth track championships last summer in PEI.

Read full article: http://www.kelownacapnews.com/sports/206652651.html

Jade Richardson named Red Lion athlete of the week

May 1, 2013

April 30, 2013 – Simon Fraser University track and field athlete Jade Richardson was named the Red Lion athlete of the week in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

The Clan junior set a NCAA Division II provisional national qualifying standard in her first throw in the discus at last Friday’s Western Washington University Twilight meet.

Her distance of 48.68-metres ranks her eighth nationally among NCAA Division II athletes and is second on the conference all-time top 10 performance list. The throw also broke the 30-year old SFU record in the event.

Full article from Burnaby Now 

2013 Wheelchair Athletics Practice Sessions

April 19, 2013

Track nights for Surrey begin April 23, 2013

Tuesdays from 4 – 6 pm at Holy Cross High School, Surrey

Contact James Hustvedt for more information: 604.616.7106 or james@bcwheelchairsports.ca

*New and Experienced athletes welcome!

2013 Wheelchair Athletics

NCCWMA & CMA Championships (Aug 9-12, 2012) Saint John, New Brunswick

March 16, 2012

2012 North/Central American/Caribbean & Canadian Masters Track & Field Championships in Saint John, New Brunswick 

Less than 5 Months to go!

This masters track and field competition is a regional international event recognized by World Masters Athletics and the Canadian Championships for 2012. The event is open to athletes of age 30 and up. There are no qualification requirements other than your age and is a unique opportunity to compete in some different events against international and national competitors.

Meet information and registration located at: http://www.nccwma2012.com/


BCWSA Spring Clinic – Sunday March 11, 2012

March 8, 2012

BC Wheelchair Sports Association is hosting a 2012 Wheelchair Athletics Spring Clinic this weekend.

Sunday March 11, 2012 from 9 to 4 pm

Richmond Olympic Oval

Fee – $10 !!!


Try a racing chair, throwing, meet other athletes, learn new skills, have FUN!

For more information or to register:

James Hustvedt at 604.616.7106 – james at bcwheelchairsports.com

Holly Tawse – holly at bcwheelchairsports.com

Program Flyer & Registration Form



Best In The West Track & Field Tours: Hawaii 2012

October 7, 2011

Best In The West Track & Field Tours Presents: Hawaii March 16 – 26, 2012

The Best In the West Spring Break trip for 2012 has been announced!

Check out the flier HERE – and register today! 

Kick start your 2012 track and field season with a training camp in tropical Hawaii! The weather will be beautiful and we will be located within close proximity of Waikiki beach. We will be training at the track and field facility at the University of Hawaii as well as local parks and running trails. There will be an opportunity to compete at the Rainbow Relays on Saturday, March 24th, 2012. 

CONTACT: Chris Johnson (cjohnson@stgeorges.bc.ca  OR 604-818-5317)