Vernon AAA Track Club junior development (JD) athletes ruled the Centennial Track and Field Meet last weekend in Kamloops.
A total of 10 JD athletes, aged 9-13, combined to pocket 30 medals in the opening meet of the season.
“They were focused, determined and demonstrated a great sense of camaraderie, competing against kids from track clubs all over BC.,” said JD coach Darlene Loland. “Not only did they achieve personal bests, but they had a lot of fun doing it.”
Carter Leahy, 10, struck gold in the 600-metres, in two minutes and one second, also winning the 1,000-m, in 3:30.25, and the 60-m hurdles, in 12.90.
Leahy bagged bronze medals in the 60-m, in 9.64, the high jump, with a leap of 1.-5 metres, and the shot put, with a toss of 5.99 metres.
Eric Urquhart, 13, won the 100, in 14.72, and the 200, in 30.79, while helping the 4×100 boys relay team take silver. Urquhart was third in the long jump, at 3.70 metres, and fourth in the high jump, at 1.25 metres.
Brooke Lawlor, 11, took the 600-m, in 2:10.74, and the 1,000-m, in 3:54.17. She was fifth in the long jump, at 2.63.
Abby Lawlor, nine, also collected a pair of golds, winning the 100, in 18.01, and the 600, in 2:16.77. Lawlor was second in the 60, in 11.05 and the long jump, with a 2.41.
Connor Hamilton, 11, claimed the long jump, covering 3.57 metres of ground, and took silver in the high jump, with a leap of 1.27 metres.
Connor’s twin, Tyler, won the 1,000, in 3:42.67, and garnered bronze in the 200, in 34.10 and the 600-m, in 2:11.83.
Zach Loland, 10, recorded silver medals in the high jump, at 1.10, and shot put, with a throw of 6.16. He was third in the 60 hurdles, in 14.31, and fourth in the 600-m, in 2:15.17.
Mitchell Bond, nine, earned silvers in the 1,000, in 3:47, and the 600, in 2:12.76. Bond was fifth in the long jump, at 2.76.
Liam Van Wyk, 12, bagged bronze medals in the long jump (3.57) and high jump (1.20), while placing fourth in the 100 (16.7).
Zoe Plummer, 11, was third in the 1,000, in 4:13.41, and the high jump, at 1.10 metres.
“Our junior development program has doubled this year with 35 athletes learning technical progressions for run, jump, throw,” added Loland. “It is amazing to see such big improvements in all athletes since the start of the season in April. Practices run Monday and Wednesday from 6-7:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon at the Polson Park Oval. We sure are looking forward to training at the new sports facility next year.”
Vernon senior athletes, coached by Ian Cameron, also showed well in Kamloops with Tyson Holgate winning the 300 and placing second in long jump, in the 14/15 male division.
Rhys Larsen placed third in the high jump and fifth in the long jump, while Micah Martens was sixth in the long jump, in the same category.
In the 14/15 female class, Hannah Bennison topped the 1,200 and 2,000, while Trinity Hansma won the high jump was fifth in the 100. Czarina Wisse claimed bronze in the high jump, while Megan Loland was third in the pentathlon and Claire Oordt-Bosman won bronze in the 800.
Josie Sexsmith took the 13-year-old female shot put and was second in the javelin.
Jared Sexsmith won the high jump, while Chris Loland claimed silver in the high jump and javelin, in the 16-17 male category. Joey Kohut was third in the 200 and fifth in the 1,500 and 3,000.
In Masters Female, Lynn Claeys was golden in the 100 and the discus.
Meanwhile, Vernon tracksters making top-three at the Valley championships in Kelowna qualify for the B.C. High School meet next week in Langley.
They are: Kohut, Grade 10, Fulton: 3rd in the 1,500 and 2nd in the 3,000; Chris Loland, Grade 10, Kal: 2nd in high jump and javelin; Jared Sexsmith, Grade 10, Charles Bloom: 1st in high jump; Bennison, Grade 9, VSS: 1st in 1,500 and 3,000; Wisse, Grade 9, VSS: 3rd in high jump; Oordt-Bosman, Grade 8, Seaton: 1st in 800; Megan Loland, Grade 8 Seaton: 1st in 300 hurdles; Desiree Gosselin, Grade 10 Seaton: 3rd in 800.