Dozens of Saanich athletes competed at the BC High School Track and Field provincial championships in Langley last weekend. Many came away with medals and other strong achievements, highlighted below.
Mount Douglas secondary school
It was a huge year for the throwing members of Mount Douglas secondary school’s track and field team, which is better known for its prowess on the track.
Leading Mount Doug was Sam Willett, who won the senior men’s hammer throw by nearly two metres over the next thrower, with a measure of 55.87 metres. Willett also finished fifth in the senior men’s discus.
Mount Doug’s Ru Beal made the senior men’s javelin podium with a 44.6 metre throw, third overall.
Lindsay Cole finished second in the senior women’s pole vault by clearing 2.85 metres, just 25 centimetres back of the leader. Cole’s teammate Moss Bruton-Joe was fifth in the pole vault, leaping 2.5m high, and Emery Whitney was ninth, 2.35m.
Lindsey Frederiksen nearly won the junior women’s hammer throw with a measure of 54.21, and finished with silver, two cm back of winner Camryn Rogers from Richmond.
Francis Abrill cleared 2.95 metres, fourth in the junior men’s pole vault.
Reynolds secondary school
Christina Martinusen made the podium with a 2.60 metre leap, the third highest in the junior women’s pole vault.
Kelsey Carrothers narrowly missed out on medaling in all three junior women’s throwing events, as she took first in the junior women’s shot-put with a 12.7-metre throw, fourth in javelin with a 34.62m throw, and third in discus with 32.27m.
Taylor Lyman led the way for Reynolds secondary with two trips to the podium. Lyman ran to second in the junior men’s 800-metre final with a time of 1:59.25, and was third in the junior men’s 400-metre run with a time of 50.87 seconds.
Reigning Island cross-country champion Erik Evans finished fourth in the track equivalent, the senior men’s 3,000m with a time of 8:49.81 (LINK: http://www.vicnews.com/sports/229178451.html).
Steven Schan was third in the junior mens’ 300-metre hurdle, 41.24 seconds.
Lambrick Park secondary
Following in the footsteps of former Lambrick Park secondary’s B.C. throwing champ Adam Keenan was Martin Eckard, who won the junior men’s shot-put with a throw of 13.41 metres.
Lambrick’s Brody Bruchbacher was fourth in the 100-metre junior men’s hurdles, while teammate Nolan Tesch was eighth.
St. Andrew’s Regional high school
The fab four of, Olivia Pearse, Brea Christie, Natalie McFall and Jordyn Piercy took silver in the senior women’s 4×100-metre relay.
A pair of St. Andrew’s Grade 8 students also showed well as Emily Blair was second in the women’s 400 metre dash and Bridget Mateyko, a highly touted cross-country runner, was fourth in the Grade 8 women’s 3,000m run.
St. Michaels University School
Saeed Shokoya sprinted to third in the senior men’s 100-metre dash with an impressive time of 11.26 seconds.