Belmont leaps to provincials

Two Belmont students are headed to the provincials for track and field.

Megan Koblun is travelling to the  provincial championships representing Belmont secondary school in track and field . Koblun is competing in both long jump and triple jump events.

Megan Koblun is travelling to the provincial championships representing Belmont secondary school in track and field . Koblun is competing in both long jump and triple jump events.

Five and 11 are lucky numbers for Megan Koblun.

Both marked significant strides for the track athlete in her final year at Belmont secondary, scoring a spot at provincials as well as a scholarship.

She first dabbled in track and field in Grade 4 and began to take it seriously in Grade 7.

Now in Grade 12, the 17-year-old long jumper and triple jumper broke her personal record for long jump, leaping exactly five metres during Island Championships. The jump earned her a spot at provincial championships.

“It’s awesome, I have been wanting to break five metres for a while,” Koblun said.

The week before, she broke her triple jump record with an exact 11-metre finish during Lower Island Championships.

“A triple jump is when you add a hop, step and a jump to it,” she explained.

Her athletic performance earned her a scholarship to the University of Regina in the fall.

“Megan has been serious about track and field for a long time and she puts in a lot of time and effort into her training,” said Belmont coach Tiffany Evans.

Koblun is also on the Pacific Athletics track and field team.

Belmont high jumper Riley Gestwa, Grade 11, also earned a spot on the provincial team.

“He has an incredible natural ability, he is competing against Grade 12 students,” Evans said.

The two-day provincial competition is in Langley starting May 31.