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.

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!


Grade 11, New Westminster Hyack athlete and Royal City Track and Field Club member, Grace Fetherstonhaugh, set a new high school record in the women’s 1500m steeplechase with a blistering gold medal winning time of 4:54.81, breaking the old record of 4:58.85 set in 2011. Grace’s gold medal capped off a triple medal performance at the 2017 BC High School Track and Field Championships in Langley’s McLeod Athletic Park this past weekend. She also won a pair of bronze medals in the 1500m in a personal best time of 4:32.80 and the 3000m in a time of 9:51.03.


A Royal Flush of Medals at the BC High School Championships

34257465524_a602f4583b_oGrace wasn’t the only medal winner at the BC High School Championships. Grade 8 St. Thomas Moore athlete, Kate Stewart-Barnett, was the hardware Queen, running away with three gold medals in the 1500m in a time of 4:50.26, the 3000m in 10:37.02, and as part of the St. Thomas Moore 4×400 relay team. She took home a fourth medal in the high jump after capturing the bronze with a jump of 1.50m, which is even more impressive when you consider she jumped the height moments after completing her 1500m gold medal performance.

Coming in with a double medal performance was Terry Fox, grade 11 athlete, Jv Patry-Smith, who won a pair of senior division bronze medals in the shot put with a personal best put of 10.35m and the discus with another personal best throw of 34.78m. Jv had a trio of personal best performances by also making the finals in the senior girls javelin with a throw of 40.41m, placing her fourth.

Jeremy Belcher won a silver medal in the junior boys triple jump with a personal best of 12.17m. He also made the finals in the 300m hurdles. Max Jones won a bronze medal in the junior boys pole vault, tying his personal best of 3.40m. Lauryn Savela won a bronze medal in the junior girls javelin with a personal best performance of 37.00m.

Rounding out the phenomenal showing of Royal City athletes at the championship meet were senior girls javelin throw finalist, Brianna Bates, with a personal best throw of 39.47m, senior girls 400m finalist Emily Chilton with a personal best of 1:00.58, junior girls hammer throw finalist Zuzanna Liniewski, grade 8 boys javelin finalist, Jaden Knight, junior boys 100m hurdles finalist, Ryan Jensen, junior girls discus finalist, Deirdre Bos, Shea Jenke putting in a personal best performance of 4:46.42 and making the finals in the junior boys 1500m steeplechase, and senior boys javelin throw finalist, Evan Smith, with a personal best throw of 42.16m.

There were also personal best performances from Finnley Cookson in the senior boys pole vault, and Kaitlyn Hanger in both the high jump and hammer throw.

Royal City Athlete, Grace Fetherstonhaugh, Named to 2016 BC Cross Country Team

Grace Fetherstonhaugh, middle, named to BC Cross Country Team

Grace Fetherstonhaugh, middle, named to BC Cross Country Team

Following her strong showing throughout the 2016 cross country season, Royal City Track and Field Club athlete, Grace Fetherstonhaugh, was named to the BC Cross Country Team. She will be part of the six member team of youth aged girls representing BC at the Canadian Cross Country Championships held in Kingston, Ontario on November 26th.

Multiple National Medals for Royal City Athletes

Competing for Team BC at the 2016 Legion Nationals in Sainte-Thérèse, Québec, Royal City athletes, Max Jones and JV Patry-Smith, both brought home a pair of bronze medals.

Bronzed Jones and Patry-SmithMax Jones, competing in the U16 midget pole vault, jumped 3.20m to tie for second place which required the officials to go back to number of misses at previous heights to resolve the tie. Max also competed on the 4×100 relay team running the third leg. Team BC won the bronze in a time of 46.06s behind Team Alberta and Team Québec.

JV Patry-Smith won bronze in the U16 midget shot put with a personal best throw of 12.09m. JV also competed in javelin and snuck into the medals on her last throw of six with a toss of 38.21m, just missing out on silver by only 2cm.

Royal City also had three other athletes competing at the national meet. U18 youth javelin thrower, Brianna Bates, placed 5th with a toss of 37.98m, only 2cm off of 4th place. Ryan Jensen, U16 midget boy, ran a 16.17s 100m hurdler race into a very stiff headwind, putting him tied for 15th spot overall. Lauryn Savela competed in the U16 midget girls javelin but failed to advance as her three preliminary tosses were all called flat by the officials.

Royal City athletes at Nationals