The Royal City Track and Field Club’s junior development athletes finished fourth in the team standing at the 2013 South Fraser Junior Olympics meet held at Bear Creek Park in Surrey on May 18th and 19th. They finished just seven points back of the team hosting the meet, South Fraser. Finishing in the top two spots were the perennially strong and very large Langley Mustangs team and the other Surrey club, Oceans Athletics.
The girls’ team, who won the meet in 2012, couldn’t hold off the massive numbers of the Langley Mustangs and fell to second spot. Meanwhile the boys’ team finished 8th overall out of 20 teams.
Individually, Royal City athlete, Katelyn Stewart-Barnett, won the top 10 year old girl of the meet by finishing 1st in the 600m, 1,000m, high jump and 4th in the long jump.
Newcomer Annette Scott finished 6th in the 10 year old girls 60m sprint. Teammate Anaiyah Bernier, matched the performance in the 11 year old girls category. Anaiyah and Elizabeth Bowles both raced in the finals of the 100m sprint, finishing 4th and 8th, respectively. Anaiyah turned in a 7th place performance in the 200m sprint. Annette’s older sister, Amanda, finished 7th in the 12 year old girls 100m sprint. Newcomer Joelle Pinvidic joined Amanda in the 200m finals with Amanda finishing a strong 4th and Joelle in 8th. Rounding out the girls sprints, Devin Strome and Grace Fetherstonhaugh, finished 5th and 6th, respectively in the 13 year old girls 300m sprint.
In the middle distances, 9 year old rookie, Milena Kilesch, finished 7th in the 600m. In the 11 year old category of the race, Elizabeth Bowles finished 6th. At the 800m distance, which the 12 year olds run, Amanda Scott picked up a 4th place finish. The Royal City 13 year olds dominated the same distance with Grace Fetherstonhaugh finishing 1st followed by Grace Vanee at 4th and Taylor Morrison in 7th.
At the 1,000m distance Milena picked up a 4th place finish with the 9 year olds. Emma Stewart-Barnett and Joelle Pinvidic finished 4th and 8th respectively at the 1,200m distance in the 12 year old girls category. The two Graces, Grace Fetherstonhaugh and Grace Vanee dominated the 1,200m with a 1st and 2nd, respectively, with Fetherstonhaugh finishing a full 20 seconds ahead of the rest of the field.
The girls did well in the field as well. Anaiyah jumped a personal best in high jump to finish 7th. Jeneviève Patry-Smith and Emma Stewart-Barnett tied at 7th in the 12 year old girls high jump. Devin Strome finished 3rd in the 13 year old girls category and Milena finished 6th in the long jump. The 11 year olds, Anaiyah, Emma Celle, and Michelle Dadson, all finished in the top 8 in the long jump and Emma following suite for the 12 year olds. Devin Strome finished in a strong 3rd in the 13 year old girls long jump.
Michelle Dadson threw to a second place finish in the 11 year old girls shot put. Jeneviève and Emma both finished in the top 8 amongst the 12 year olds. Michelle took the top spot in the discus with a very strong throw of over 21m. Jeneviève finished second for the 12 year olds and Emma cracked the top 8 as well.
On the boys’ team, 9 year old rookie, Cameron Dewith, finished fourth in the 60m sprint. For the 12 year olds, Max Jones and Jeremy Belcher finished 3rd and 5th, respectively, in the 100m sprint. Both boys also finished in the top 8 in the 200m, as well. Jeremy braved the 300m alone and pulled in another top 8 performance.
In the middle distances, Cameron had a strong 3rd place showing in the 600m. Shea Jenke finished 7th in the 800m in the 12 year old boys category. Shea and Jeremy shared spots in the top 8 for the 1,200m.
In the field, 10 year old, David Patry-Smith, cracked the top 8 in the high jump with a personal best. For the 12 year olds, both Max Jones and Noah Slotman joined the top 8 in the high jump. The 12 year old boys, Max, Jeremy, and Ryan Jensen took most of the top 8 spots in the long jump with Jeremy holding the top spot amongst them at 3rd. Ryan also placed in the top 8 in shot put and discus with Noah joining him in discus.