Bennison sets track mark

Hannah Bennison set an official record. Trinity Hansma set a junior record officially, but not a senior record.

Morning Star Staff

Hannah Bennison set an official record. Trinity Hansma set a junior record officially, but not a senior record.

The two were among a number of North Okanagan athletes who qualified for the B.C. High School Track and Field Championships June 5-6 in Langley, based on their results at the Okanagan Valley championships held Wednesday at Hillside Stadium in Kamloops.

Bennison, a Grade 10 Vernon Secondary student, was competing in the senior grades, and set a new senior record of 9:43.22 in the women’s 3,000-metre run, breaking the old mark of 9.50.50, set in 2004.

Bennison also qualified for Langley in the 1,500-m, a race she won in 4:41.81. Hannah Mehain of Seaton Secondary was third in 5:04.51.

Top four seniors and juniors in each event at the Okanagan finals qualify for the provincial meet.

Hansma, an Armstrong Grade 9 Pleasant Valley Secondary School student, won the junior girls high jump with a record leap of 1.66-m, breaking the old record of 1.63-m, set 25 years ago in 1990.

The senior record, set twice in 1983 and 1998, is 1.65-m, but because Hansma was competing as a junior, she’s not eligible for the record, though she will have three more chances to break it.

Vernon Secondary’s Czarina Wisse was third in the junior girls high jump (1.40-m).

Hansma and classmate Candace Vuong finished second and third, respectively, in the junior girl’s long jump, and Hansma also qualified for provincials by finishing third in the 100-m race. Other North Okanagan athletes to qualify for the provincials:


Jacquelyn Kolotylo, A.L. Fortune, first, high jump (27.54-m);

Megan Loland, Seaton Secondary, third, 400-m (1:05.81),  4th, 300-m hurdles (51.95);

Seaton 4 x 400-m A relay team, fourth, 4:58.29);


Desiree Gosselin, Seaton, third, 800-m (2:34.27) fourth, 200-m (28.92);


Brenden Boyd, Seaton, second, 800-m (2:16.33);

Jacob Molitwenik, Vernon Christian, Tied second, high jump (1.65-m);

Jordan Campagnolo, A.L. Fortune, second, shot put (11.96-m);

Austin Millar, A.L. Fortune, fourth, 100-m hurdles (19.03);


Landon Matties, Vernon Christian, first, 100-m, (12.01); fourth, long jump (5.38-m);

Mack Moody, Pleasant Valley Secondary, firstm 3,000-m (9:27.38), third, 1,500-m (4:35.67);

Jared Sexsmith, Charles Bloom (Lumby), first, high jump (1.85-m);

Sukh Bajwa, A.L. Fortune, second, 100-m (12.32); second, 200-m, (25.88);

Joey Kohut, VSS, second, 1,500-m (4:26.25), third, 3,000-m, 9:39.88;

Chris Loland, Kalamalka Secondary, second, high jump (1.75-m); fourth, javelin (41.23-m);

Dalton O’Donaghey, PVSS, second, shot put (8.29-m); third, discus (22.27-m).

North Okanagan Grade 8 event winners at the Valleys were Olivia McLennan, Seaton, 1,500-m (5:44.88); Josie Sexsmith, Bloom, javelin (22.93-m); Braden Kersey, Seaton, 1,500-m (4:59.43).