Royal City Track athletes take gold, achieve JD Standard at Junior Olympics Meet

Just over 30 medals, almost 70 top 8 performances and 2 BC Athletic JD Award Standards were achieved by 26 Royal City Track and Field JD-aged athletes at the South Fraser Junior Olympics trackmeet May 17-18. As well, a group of Royal City Track and Field Club Track Rascal athletes participated in their first track meet of the season.

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Many personal bests and winning performances were accomplished by all RCTFC athletes competing this weekend but of particular note is the BC Athletic Award Standard performances by Michelle Dadson in the 12-year old discus (26.04m) and by Milena Kalisch in the 11-year old 1000m (3:22:55). Both achieved gold for their outstanding accomplishments.  Kalisch also took silver in 600m and Dadson achieved 4th in shot put and 6th in long jump.

In the 9-year old boys’, Angus Steele won gold in the 100m dash and 7th in shot put, and in 10-year old boys’ Cameron Dewith won bronze for his performance in the 1000m.

In the 10-year old girls’ category, Emily Bowles led the pack in both the 600m and 1000m, taking gold in both. Other highlights included: Monika Arcadi taking 5th in high jump and 11th in her 600m, Kate Bowles winning 8th place in both 600m and high jump, Sydney Christiansen completing her first ever race in 60m hurdles, Grace Hodges taking 8th in 60m dash, 11th in 60m hurdles, and 12th in both 100m and long jump and Kaia Polanska-Richardson’s 5th in discus, as well as competing in 60m dash, 60m hurdles, long jump and shot put! The 10-year old girls relay team also took gold for the 4 x 100 relay!

Also in the 11-year old girls’ category,  Kate Stewart-Barnett won silver in high jump and bronze in 600m, newcomer Shankara Rajkumar took 10th in 600m, Annette Scott took 5th in 600m, 7th in 60m dash,  and 12th in both 100m and 60m hurdles while Riley Storms accomplished 7th in shot put and 13th in 60m hurdles. The girls won silver in the 4 x 100m and 4 x 200m relays.

SFJO 11 year girls relay

The rest of the 12-year old girls with Royal City Track accomplished much with Elizabeth Bowles taking bronze in 1200m and 5th in 800m, Emma Celle taking 5th in long jump, 7th in high jump, 8th in shot put, 9th in 200m, 11th in 100m, Lauryn Savela accomplishing 8th in discus and top 10 in long jump and high jump, newcomer Sabine Girt taking gold for 1200m, silver for 800m and top 8 in 100m, 200, 300m and 80m hurdles.  This team took silver in their relay.

For 13-year old Royal City Track and Field girls, Jenevieve Patry-Smith won silver for discus, 4th for shot put and 6th for high jump,  Joelle Pinvidic took 5th in 200m and 9th in long jump and Amanda Scott finished up with a silver in 300m, 800m and long jump, bronze in 1200m and 4th for 200m dash. The girls won bronze in their relay.

The 5 Royal City Track boys in the 13-year old category hauled in 9 medals including: Jeremy Belcher taking silver in long jump and bronze in 200m hurdles (4th in 300m and 7 in 100m), Shea Janke taking  silver in 800m and 1200m, Ryan Jensen winning silver in triple jump (4th in 80m hurdles and 7th in long jump), and Max Jones accomplishing silver in 200m hurdles and high jump and bronze in 80m hurdles (4th in long jump, 5th in 100m and 200m).  Other highlights included newcomer Nicholas Lovell’s personal best accomplishments in 200m, 80m hurdles, shot put and long jump. The boys also took silver as a team for the relay.

Congratulations also to Track Rascals Oliver Livesley, Sadie Storms, Benjamin Talbot, Corinna Talbot, Christina Hodges, Livia Russo and Apollo Polanska-Richardson who competed in their first track meet of the season as Royal City Track and Field club athletes!