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

Royal City Athletes Take Medals at BC Summer Games

From August 21-24, the 2016 BC Summer Games were held in Abbotsford. Royal City athletes Shea Janke, JV Patry-Smith, Max Jones, Jeremy Belcher, Ryan Jensen and Gavin Fan all qualified for the games in the very competitive Zone 4 region.

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Hot off his outstanding pole vault performance at the BC Athletics Championship Jamboree, Max’s opening height was after all other competitors were already out of the competition. He won gold with a jump of 3.20m.

JV, feeling the high of just having been named to Team BC, took gold in javelin with a season’s best throw of 39.44m. She also took home a bronze in shot put with a performance of 11.67m. JV also competed in the hammer throw.

Sprinter, and new comer, Gavin, raced his way to a bronze medal in the 300m with a time of 38.12s. He also competed in 200m and 4×400 relay team with fellow Royal City athlete, Shea. The relay team finished just out of the medals in 4th spot. Shea also competed in the 2000m and 1500m steeplechase.

Jeremy jumped to a new PB with a performance of 11.08m in the triple jump and also competed in the 200m hurdles. It was hurdles all the way for Ryan, putting in a solid performance in both the 100m and 200m hurdles.

Three Royal City Athletes Named to Team BC for National Championships

Three Royal City athletes were recently named to Team BC to compete at the Legion National Youth Track and Field Championships to be held in Ste. Therese, Quebec, from August 5-7, 2016.

Grace Fetherstonhaugh was named to the team for her season dominating 2000m steeple chase performance and having won the event at the BC Athletics Championship Jamboree in Nanaimo. Max Jones surprised everyone with leaping over 3.40m in pole vault at the championship meet and taking the gold medal, thus securing a position on the team as well. Finally, despite having not finished first at the championship meet, JV Patry-Smith was named to the team for her national level performance in javelin during the season.

In order to be named to the team, athletes at a minimum must meet a performance standard that gives them a realistic chance at a medal at the National championship meet.

Brianna Bates, Lauryn Savela, and Ryan Jensen from Royal City will also travel to Quebec for the National meet having met the meet standard in youth and midget javelin and midget hurdles respectively.

Royal City XC Runners Finish Well at Break Creek Park

  • 11yr boys – Shea Janke 2nd, Jeremy Belcher 3rd, Noah Slotman 7th
  • 12yr boys – Ian Hunter 6th place
  • 12yr Girls – Grace Fetherstonhaugh 1st place
  • 13yr Girls – Emily Chilton 4th place

Meluka Yusuf competed in her very first JD XC race and faired well for her first outting. Lauren Vanee had a bit of hard luck when she took a tumble and did not finish. But congrats to all our competitors!

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Lauener Runs Under 11 Seconds to Meet Award Standard

Royal City athletes competed in the 2012 Trevor Craven Memorial Track & Field Meet on July 7th and 8th.

10 year old Megan Lauener ran the 60m hurdles in a blistering time of 10.99 seconds to meet the BC JD Award Standard – only 5 milliseconds out of the top 10 of all time! She also won the 600m race and a silver medal in the 100m. Sibling James Lauener also did well in the hurdles for 13 year olds winning a bronze medal. He equaled the performance in the javelin with another bronze medal.

Also of note was the medal haul by Maxwell Jones across all disciplines with a gold medal in the 60m, silver medals in high jump, long jump, and javelin, and a bronze in the 200m. Without question, Max dominated the 11 year old boys at this meet.

Other medals went to 11 year old Anaiyah Bernier with a 3rd in the 60m and 100m races. Also among the younger girls winning medals was Michelle Dadson with a surprising gold medal in the discus throw. The Dadson family also won bronze medals in the 12 year old boys’ 200m and high jump with Emmanuel, Michelle’s older brother.

Thrower, Jeneviève Patry-Smith picked up more medals with a silver in the 11 year old javelin and a bronze in shot put. The 11 year old’s showed their strength also with Ryan Jensen picking up a silver in the 800m race walk and two bronze medals in the 1,000m and discus. Jeremy Belcher picked up a bronze medal in the 60m hurdles.

Rounding out the junior development group were 11 year old Ian Hunter with a pair of bronze medals in shot put and javelin, Katie Bos with a bronze in the 1200 for 13 year old girls and Emily Chilton cementing her dominance in the 13 year old girls’ 2,000m with a gold.

In the midget age category, 15 year old Kinsey Weir picked up a bronze in the 80m hurdles and javelin. She also won silver in the pole vault. In the same age category Courtenay Vanee won silver in the javelin and Richard Wang did the same in the 2,000m.

The Royal City coach/athletes followed up on their performances in Kelowna with Cristina Weir winning the 35-39 year old pole vault and Alex Bouzane doing the same in the 40-44 year old master’s category.

Royal City Athletes Take Their Talents to the Interior

Over the Canada Day long weekend, over a dozen Royal City athletes competed in the 2012 Jack Brow Memorial Track Meet in Kelowna.

Medals were won by the following athletes:

Katie Stewart-Barnett in the 9 year old 60m hurdles; David Patry-Smith in the 9 year old 60m hurdles, 1,000m, and high jump; Megan Lauener in the 10 year old 60m hurdles, 100m, high jump, and shot put; Anaiyah Bernier in the 10 year old girls 60m and long jump; Jenevieve Patry-Smith in the 11 year old shot, discus and javelin; Ryan Jensen in the 11 year old 60m hurdles, 600m, 1,000m, long jump, and javelin; Jeremy Belcher in the 60m and 100m; Jamie Lauener in the 13 year old boys 80m hurdles and javelin; Kinsey Weir in the 15 year old girls pole vault and triple jump.

And, to prove that coaches are not just ex-athletes, coaches Alex Bouzane won the open men’s pole vault, Christina Weir won the open women’s pole vault, and Jason Delasalle medaled in open men’s discus.


Strong Performances from Over 40 Royal City Athletes at Coquitlam Meet

The Royal City’s Track Club excelled again at their second competition meet of the season at the 2012 Jesse Bent Memorial Meet in Coquitlam this past 9th-10th of June. With a squad of 42 athletes competing at this very competitive event the City Trackers once again rose to the occasion. The club won a total of 92 top 8 finishes with 6 Gold, 15 silver and 12 bronze medals for a total medal count of 33 for the weekend!

A highlight for the club were the Race walkers making their debut with great performances. Rebecca Larson won gold and teammate Olivia Noort won bronze in the 1999 girls 1500m Race Walk. Teammate and sister Katrina Larson took silver in her 800m R/W age group and Kathryn Oostenbrink did the same in her 800m R/W age group. In Javelin, Jenevieve Patry-Smith threw for a gold medal while teammate Shianne Lowka captured the bronze for 11yr old girls.

Other notable performances on the weekend were; Grace Vanee gold in the 800m and bronze 1200m races, Ryan Jensen silver 1000m race and silver in 800m R/Walk and silver in 60m hurdles, Emily Chilton bronze in the 2000m and bronze for 1200m races, Kinsey Weir bronze in Pole Vault, Meg Lauener silver in 60m hurdles, Fraser Stewart-Barnett bronze medal 1500m steeple chase and 4th place 2000m race. In throws events Michael Baxter got silver in Javelin and 5th in shotput for 10yr boys.

The next big meet for the Royal City Trackers will be the 2012 BCJD Pentathlon Championships 23rd June.

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