Spirit of Competition and Sportsmanship Alive and Well at Royal City Track and Field Club

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Royal City Track and Field Club athletes represented the club very well at the BC JD Championship Meet at Bear Creek Park, Surrey July 26-27. Royal City athletes won 23 medals over the two days and more than 30 top 8 performances were demonstrated over the weekend. Head Coach Sean Dixon also commented that the spirit of competition and sportsmanship was alive and well amongst the athletes. It was a powerhouse weekend for the club!

In the 13 year old category highlights included Amanda Scott’s silver medal in the 300m and bronze for her performance in the 800m, as well as, Joelle Pinvidic’s top 10 performance in the 200m dash. Jenevieve Patry-Smith took home 3 medals, including bronze for pole vault and shot put and a silver for javelin. JV also accomplished 4th place for both discus and hammer throw! Max Jones took home a gold medal for pole vault and a bronze for 80m hurdles, and he placed top 8 in both 200m hurdles and 200m dash, as well as high jump. Jeremy Belcher took bronze for triple jump, placed 4th for 200m hurdles and placed top 8 for 80m hurdles and long jump. Ryan Jensen won 4th place for his performance in 80m hurdles. A shout out also goes to Shae Janke who came out to support his club while recovering from injury!

In the 12 year old age-group, highlights included Lauryn Savela’s huge pb in javelin, throwing 25.08m which earned her a strong 4th place and her 5th place finish in discus! Elizabeth Bowles’ won a pair of bronze medals for the 800m and the 1200m. Michelle Dadson won a bronze medal for the 800m RW and placed 6th for shot put and 7th for long jump and Emma Dolman won 10th for her performance in the 300m.

In the 10 and 11 year old girls’ category, highlights were rampant. Katie Stewart-Barnett performed a personal best in every event she entered. Her gold medal win in the 1000m which was an exciting fight to the finish with the second place runner earned her a BC Athletics JD Standard. Katie also took silver for her pb performance in high jump and placed 4th in the 600m. Milena Kalisch won a trio of bronze medals in 600m, 800m RW and 1000m! Stewart-Barnett and Kalisch finished the season ranked 1st and 2nd in BC for their agegroup in the 1000m and 3rd and 4th in the 600m with pb’s less than 1/10th of a second apart in both events. Riley Storms accomplished many personal best performances and competed in a whopping 6 events, highlights being her 9th place finish in javelin and 13th for both shot put and the 200m dash! Annette Scott finished 13th in the 100m and took home a silver medal for her run in the medley relay! Emily Bowles took home a silver medal for her performance in the 1000m and immediately (literally 3 minutes later) went on to accomplish a huge pb in long jump (her first over 3m); she also finished 4th in the 600m.

Best team spirited performance was by Grace Hodges (otherwise known within the club as G3) who stepped up to run in the 11 year old girls’ 4 x 100m relay when the team was down a girl (Katie S-Barnett was busy jumping her way to a new pb and silver medal in high jump). Because of this, the team, which also included Kate Bowles, Riley Storms and Milena Kalisch, went on to race to a provincial bronze medal! Hodges also competed in 5 other events over the weekend; her 10th place finish in javelin was a highlight amongst many person best performances. The medley relay in the 11 year old girls’ category, comprised of Storms, Scott, Kalisch and Stewart-Barnett, also won silver for their performance!

Dominating on the track in the 9 year old boys’ category, Angus Steele took home 4 medals, winning gold in the 600m and 1000m (leading start to finish in both races), silver in the 60m and bronze in the 100m dash.

Congratulations to all the Royal City athletes who performed at the JD Champs for their strong showing of competition and sportsmanship.