RCTFC XC Athletes take 5 Gold at Frank Reynolds Meet & 1 Gold at UVic XC Race this weekend!

Congratulations to all the RCTFC athletes who competed at the 2017 Frank Reynolds’ Meet at Cates’ Park on Saturday, November 14th!

Competitors were Ashley Ko, Emily Forsyth, Katie Stewart-Barnett, Max Holmes, Allejandro Romero, Shea Janke, Ryan Perks, Emily Bowles, Monika Arcadi, Ava Forsyth, Finn Janke, Ryan Goudron and Ryan Roberts.

Highlights included the 5-count of Gold Medals won by Ava Forsyth, Alex Romero, Ryan Goudron, Emily Bowles and Max Holmes!

Congratulations also to podium performers Emily Forsyth (Silver), Katie Stewart-Barnett (Bronze), Shea Janke (Bronze) and Monika Arcadi (Bronze).

All results can be viewed here:


Congratulations to Grace Fetherstonhaugh for her performance at the UVIC Invitational Cross Country Race at Beacon Hill Park in Victoria on the same day for her 1st place finish in the 6km distance.

All results for that race can be viewed here:




RCTFC’s Forsyth sisters lead by example at Crescent Park Race

RCTFC XC Athletes Ava & Emily

At the recent Ocean Athletics’ hosted Festival of Cross Country Meet at Cresent Park, South Surrey, the Royal City Track & Field Club’s XC charge was led by young and determined Emily Forsyth in the youngest competitive group, with a very strong run to set the example.

Big sister, Ava Forsyth, took up the challenge and paced her way to a 1st place finish in the 1.5km race.

Katie SB, Grace, Monika & Em B

In his first season of club xc running, Finn Janke finished 12th in the field of 24 10yr-old boy runners.


11-year old Max Holmes finished with a strong 3rd place in his field of 24 runners.

In a repeat performance of last weekend’s Vancouver Spirit Run, Emily Bowles and Monika Arcadi finished 1st and 2nd respectively in the 13yr girls’ 3km race.

In the 14-year old girls race, Kate Stewart-Barnett finished with a strong 2nd place.

Ryan Roberts continues to improve as the xc season unfolds. In the Senior Boys’ race, Roberts put out a strong 9th place finish in the boys 5km event this weekend. Teammate Shea Janke, after a trail miscue, managed to still finish 5th place in a time of 18.47min.

Leading from start to finish with a well paced run, Grace Fetherstonhaugh finished the Senior Girls 4km race in a time of 12:12mins.

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Congratulations to all the XC racers this weekend!

Full results at the link here:


Royal City XC Athletes off to a Strong Start!

RCTFC Athletes Katie, Ryan G, Ryan R, Alejandro, Shea and Emily post Vancouver Spriit Run

The Royal City Track & Field XC Team have logged some nice results over the course of the last couple of weeks, racing in the Phoenix hosted Pinetree Classic in Coquitlam, followed by the South Fraser XC Meet and the BC Athletics hosted Vancouver Spirit Run at Jericho Park.

Emily Bowles races to 2nd place at Pinetree Classic

Highlights have included a string of top finishes for 13 year old Emily Bowles (2nd at Pinetree, followed by 1st place finishes at South Fraser and Vancouver Spirit Run).

Other highlights include 16 year old Shea Janke‘s 7th and 11th place respectively in the 16-17 category for Pinetree and Vancouver Spirit, as well as, Alejandro Romero’s 10th place at Vancouver Spirit Run and Ryan Roberts’ 2nd place at South Fraser.

Ryan Goudron is to be congratulated for his 4th place finish at Pinetree in the 14 year old category.

14 year old Katie Stewart-Barnett ran a strong Spirit Run and took 2nd place in the 14-15 year old girls category!

Monika Arcadi’s 4th place finish at Pinetree and 2nd place at South Fraser in the 13 year old age-group are also indicative of a strong start to the season.

Max Holmes finished 2nd at the South Fraser and took 1st place at Pinetree and in the younger group, congratulations to 10 year old racers Finn Janke and Ryan Perks for their 4th and 8th place finishes at Pinetree. As well, Finn Janke took 3rd place at South Fraser.

Congratulations to Ava Forsyth who took 1st at Pinetree and 2nd at Vancouver Spirit Run.

RCTFC alumni Emily Chilton (who now runs for SFU) took 5th place in the Vancouver Spirit Run 6k Open Women’s Category!

Congratulations to all the racers! Good luck in your upcoming cross country races! Full results for these events can be viewed at the following links:

Pinetree Classic results here: http://phoenixrunningclub.com/pinetree-classic/2017-results 

South Fraser Track Club Cross Country Race results here: http://www.southfrasertrackclub.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/2017-south-fraser-cross-country-meet-results.pdf

Vancouver Spirit Run results here: http://vancouverspiritrun.com/results/

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Royal City Track and Field Club Home to U18 National Champions

Team BC athletes and Royal City Track and Field Club members, Grace Fetherstonhaugh and Jv Patry-Smith, returned from the 2017 Legion National Track & Field Championships in Brandon, MB as National Champions!

Grace continued her phenomenal season with another two gold medals in the 3,000m (6:41.5) and the 2,000m steeplechase. Her wins were uncontested as she led the field in both races by well over 100m. Her time of 6:41.5 in the steeplechase was a personal best and a new National Meet Record!

Jv surprised both herself and the field of 16 other very strong javelin athletes with a string of personal bests over her 6 throws. She went into the finals in second spot and stole the win on her final throw with a toss of 46.70m. She also recorded a 5th place finish in the shot put with a personal best throw of 12.73m.

Royal City athletes also competing at the Nationals were youth girls javelin thrower, Brianna Bates, and midget girls javelin thrower, Lauryn Savela. Brianna threw in the same competition as Jv and was sitting high in the rankings after the first round of throwing with a toss of 40.20m. However, Brianna suffered a shoulder injury on the big first throw and was unable to muster anything further in the competition. She finished 5th on the day. Lauryn also finished 5th in the younger midget aged category with a throw of 34.61m.

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Fetherstonhaugh Golden at Canada Games

17 year old, Grace Fetherstonhaugh, correction, Steepletonhaugh, recorded yet another personal best on the season to walk away from the U23 Athletics event at the 2017 Canada Games in Winnipeg with a gold medal in the 3000m steeplechase.

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Steepletonhaugh, bested her rivals from the Junior Nationals from earlier in the season recording a personal best time of 10:15.32. Her time moves her into the first place in U20 rankings on the season in Canada and 6th within the Open category.

Two Royal City Athletes Named to Team BC for Youth Nationals

Grace Fetherstonhaugh and Jv Patry-Smith were named to Team BC for the Legion Youth National Championships in Brandon, Manitoba, August 11-13th, 2017. Grace was named to the team for two events, the 2000m steeple chase and the 3000m. This will be Grace’s third Team BC showing this year as she competed on the team for the Junior Nationals in Ottawa earlier in the year and will be competing at the Canada Games on the team just prior to the Legions.

Jv was named to the team for javelin but will also be competing in the shot put and discus.

RCTFC JD Athletes Run, Jump & Throw to win at Championships!

Congrats to 13 year old distance medley team silver medal champions Naseeb, Emily, Kate and Indira!

A strong contingent of Royal City Track & Field Club Junior Development athletes ended their long season of training by competing at the 2017 BC Athletics JD Championships hosted by Ocean Athletics in South Surrey July 21-23.

Naseeb Shokar, Christopher Mayer, Markus Savela, Levi Tuura, Cameron Dewith, Kairo Chiang, Marek Laga, Mikhyle Sayani, Mahmoud Mballany, Indira Chiang, Nicole Blatherwick, Abby Brolin, Ava Forsyth, Maresa Loconte, Kate Bowles and Emily Bowles are each and all to be congratulated for their committed training, strength in competition and dedication to sportsmanship at the provincial meet against JD athletes from clubs all over the province. It was a long season for the JDs this year; they showed true grit! Podium and top 8 performances, commitment to multi-event competition over the course of the weekend for some and personal best runs, jumps and throws were prevalent for these athletes!

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Top 8 Highlights in the 9-year old age-group included: Mikhyle Sayani’s Gold medal in 60mH, Bronze medal which was also a pb in long jump, 4th place finish in the 600m and 7th place in 100m; Marek Laga’s 4th place in 60mH and 5th place in 600m; Abby Brolin’s 8th place in the 60m; Maresa Loconte’s 7th place in shot put and high jump and 8th in 60mH; and Ava Forsyth’s double Gold in 600m and 1000m (a 1 second pb to boot) and 5th place in 60mH.

For 11 year olds, highlights included: Markus Savela’s 5th place win in javelin with a throw of 18.89m; Noah Brolin’s 4th place in shot put, Mahmoud Mballany’s 4th place in 60m and 100m and 5th place in 60mH; and Indira Chiang’s 4th place in shot put, 5th in high jump, 6th in 60m and 8th in 100m.Representing the 12 year old age-group, Levi Turra brought in a Silver in high jump with a height of 1.45m and a 6th place finish in shot put; Nicole Blatherwick earned a 4th place finish in hammer with a new pb of 17.12m; and Kairo Chiang took 4th in 80mH, 5th in 200m and 7th in long jump (along with a new pb) and 7th in 100m.The 13 year olds rocked it on the track and in the field with the following highlights:



Jaden Knight – North American Indigenous Champion!

Royal City midget aged thrower, Jaden Knight, won double gold medals in javelin and discus at the North American Indigenous Games in Toronto. He also took home a silver medal in shot put with a put of 12.22m.

Jaden was the only athlete over 40m in the javelin competition and won it with a personal best throw of 41.12m. He also threw a personal best of 36.34m in discus to win the competition by a mere 4cm!

RCTFC athletes push limits at Jamboree

Congratulations to all RCTFC midget aged and older athletes for personal best performances and competitive placings at the 2017 BC Athletics Jamboree held this year at Percy Perry Stadium in Coquitlam.


In the throws competitions, congratulations are due all around to the outstanding performances by the RCTFC group at the BC Championships!

In Coach Kevin’s words, we had a repeat of the savage showdown in youth girls’ javelin from the BC High Schools with only centimeters separating key positions, with it all coming down to the last round… and our girls never gave up!

We took home an outstanding 8 medals in throws! Throws athletes Brianna Bates and Jenevieve (JV) Patry-Smith made Team BC standard in javelin in the meet!

  • Zuzanna Liniewksi (midget) took Silver in hammer (37.50m)
  • JV (youth) won Gold in discus (33.04m), Silver in javelin (41.27m) and Bronze in shot put (11.92m)
  • Brianna Bates (youth) won Bronze in javelin (41.11m)
  • Lauryn Savela (midget) won Bronze in javelin (34.83m)
  • Lauren Vanee (junior) won Bronze in javelin (27.71m)
  • Evan Smith (youth) won Bronze in javelin (41.73m)

Other notable performances included Joelle Pinvidic’s (youth) over 40m throw in hammer!! (6th place with a throw of 40.85m), Deirdre Bos’ (youth) 6th place finish in discus and Ryan Holloway’s (youth) 4th place finish in discus. Deirdre, Ryan, Kaitlyn and Zu are all also to be congratulated for competing in their first club championship!


Track athletes are also to be recognized for their standout performances:

Grace Fetherstonhaugh (youth) and Katie Stewart-Barnett (midget) both took Gold in steeplechase events and each also won a pair of Silver medals in the middle distance races for their age-groups as well.

Junior athlete Emily Chilton won herself a Silver in the 400m with a pb time of 59.98! As well, she competed to Bronze in the 800m! Also a junior, Lauren Vanee took 3rd place in 100mH with a time of 18:15.

Hannah Sidhu (midget) won Bronze in her 1500m racewalk while Nikhil Hirani won the Silver medal in his racewalk event.

Youth Hurdler Ryan Jensen also made top 8 in his 110mH with a pb time of 17.32.

Emma Dolman performed to top 8 with her 300m (44.08) and 300mH (51.33)!

Lauren Sidhu (midget) performed to 9th place and a pb time of 44.11 in the 300m!

Congratulations to distance athletes Alex Romero and Ryan Roberts for competing in their first BC Athletics Provincial Championships!


Following her triple medal win on the track, Katie SB also managed a top 8 performance in high jump, taking 4th place with a jump of 1:55m.

Ella Foster (midget) won well with her 4th place finish in pole vault and a new pb of 2.10m.

Jeremy Belcher (youth) won the Bronze in his triple jump.

Max Jones and Finnley Cookson both took Silver in pole vault in the youth category!

Full details and results can be viewed at the following link:


Good luck to RCTFC Senior Athletes Emily and Lauren!

Grade 12 graduates and Royal City Track & Field Club long term athletes Emily Chilton and Lauren Vanee are to be congratulated for their success in sport and academics!

Their coaches and peer athletes gave them a well-wishing send off at the final practice for the older athletes on Tuesday night where they gathered at Mercer Stadium!

Chilton has been a strong contender in both the 400m and 800m, as well as cross country for many years training with Head Coach Sean Dixon and Sprint Coach Yvonne Mensah, as well as conditioning with Coach Cristina Weir and Coach Jason Delasalle. Her plans for September include studying at Simon Fraser University in the Faculty of Science and being on the SFU Track & Field Team.

Lauren Vanee is also to be congratulated for her recent years of training and standout performances as a RCTFC athlete in javelin with Coaches Kevin Smith and Jason Delasalle and in sprint hurdles with Coaches Francis Hanson-Monnie, Yvonne Mensah, as well as conditioning with Coach Cristina Weir and some younger years in cross country with Head Coach Sean Dixon. Vanee will attend Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, US as both a student and athlete on the College’s Track Team.

Congratulations and best wishes to both athletes as they embark on their new athletic and academic journeys!

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