SPORTS IN BRIEF: Junior wins double gold at national road cycling championships; World Youth Games; Street Soccer to host benefit tourney; Vikes’ runner bests track series 3,000m; Jr. Rocks host Nanaimo; South Island win U16 B.C. rugby title

Annie Ewart won double gold at national road cycling championships; World Youth Games; Street Soccer to host benefit tourney; Vikes' runner bests track series 3,000m; Jr. Rocks host Nanaimo; South Island win U16 B.C. rugby title

Annie Ewart is the national junior champion in the 16-kilometre sprint and 68-km road races.

Brentwood Bay cyclist Annie Ewart spun to two golds and a silver medal at the junior nationals in Ontario, June 30 to July 3.

The next big thing in Victoria cycling, 17-year-old Ewart of Stelly’s secondary participated in the Junior Road Championships.

Ewart won the junior women’s 16.7-kilometre race in 24 minutes and eight seconds on and followed it up with a second place finish in the criterium on the second day.

After a day off, Ewart won the July 3, 68-kilometre road race, breaking from the peloton with three laps to go for a total time of two hours, two minutes and nine seconds.

Ewart will represent Canada at the Junior World Championships in October.

High schoolers at track and field World Youth Games

High School track athletes Brendon Restall (Oak Bay High) and Katelyn Hayward (Mount Douglas) represented Canada at the World Youth Games for 16- and-17-year-olds in Lille, France, last week.

Restall managed seventh overall in the 400-metre final, running 47.34 seconds, 1.33 seconds back of the gold medal winner, Arman Hall of the U.S.

Hayward was less than two seconds shy of the final heat qualification in the 2,000m steeplechase with a time of six minutes, 47 seconds.

Both set personal bests, better than the marks they set as winners at the high school track and field provincial championships in June.

 

Tourney to send player to Paris

Victoria Street Soccer is hosting a fundraising tournament next weekend, featuring a barbecue, music and good karma.

The team draws its players from people living in shelters, or who face addiction or mental health issues.

One of the Victoria members was selected by Street Soccer Canada to play for Team Canada in the Homeless World Cup in Paris in August. All proceeds from registration for the tournament go toward the cause.

The tournament is four-on-four street soccer rules at Topaz Park’s Finlayson Turf July 23 and 24.

Teams of six to eight people can register by emailing victoriastreetsoccer@gmail.com. Registration is $100 per team.

 

Vikes runner bests 3,000m at track series

University of Victoria Vikes runner Clifford Childs took the lead from the start and never let up, setting a personal best in the Victoria Track Series men’s elite 3,000-metre race, July 9 at the University of Victoria’s Centennial Stadium.

Childs’ time of eight minutes and 21.9 seconds was 20 seconds ahead of the race favourite, Trevor O’Brien (8:28.30), and third-place finisher Josh Clouthier (8:42.60), also a UVic Vike.

Up-and-coming Nanaimo firecracker Madison Heisterman, 11, came down to set the B.C. provincial record for her age group, 11-13, in the 800m with a time of two minutes, 24.1 seconds (record pending official approval). Overall Heisterman was fourth in the 800m race with Myriam Bassett winning in two minutes, 18.5 seconds. Jennica Moore was second, Caleigh Bachop (Mount Douglas) third.

Victoria’s Julien Marceau won his first Victoria Track Series race in the men’s 400m open, crossing the line in 61 seconds.

The Q’s Victoria Track Series is an eight-meet series that happens between May and August at at Oak Bay High’s Jack Wallace Memorial Track and University of Victoria’s Centennial Stadium.

Full results are available at www.victoriatrackseries.ca/results.

 

Jr. ’Rocks draw T-men in round one

For the second year in a row the Victoria junior Shamrocks are opening the B.C. Junior Lacrosse League playoffs against the Nanaimo Timbermen.

The Jr. ’Rocks ended the regular season in fourth place, winning the final match 15-11 in an overtime road victory against the Burnaby Lakers.

Brody Eastwood scored five goals and two assists against Burnaby. Eastwood ends the year tied for eighth overall in league scoring with 38 goals and 39 assists for 77 points.

Also scoring seven points against Burnaby was explosive captain, Karsen Leung, with three goals and four assists. Transition rookie Jesse King had a hat trick, veteran Jake Emms a goal and three assists.

On Saturday the Shamrocks fell to the Port Coquitlam Saints, 12-11.

The playoff schedule opened Tuesday against the T-men, a best-of-three quarterfinal.

Check www.vicnews.com for results.

 

South Island win B.C. youth rugby trophy

A 12-5 victory over Vancouver North in the last round robin match won the Vancouver Island South the Men’s Under-16 rugby provincials championshp on Sunday. Island South went undefeated in six, 40-minutegames over the weekend.

In their final match, the Island South squad recorded tries by Ollie Nott and Brody Penn, with a conversion by Giuseppe Du Toit.

 

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