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North Okanagan athletes capture bronze at B.C. high school track finals

Leah Funk of Vernon Christian School and Jessica Rands of A.L. Fortune collect hardware
Leah Funk of the Vernon Christian Royals (far left) won the school’s first-ever medal at the B.C. High School Track and Field Championships in Langley, capturing bronze in the junior women’s 300-metre hurdles. Jessica Rands of Enderby’s A.L. Fortune Secondary (right) won bronze in the Grade 8 girls javelin. (Facebook photos)

Leah Funk put her name in the record and history books at Vernon Christian School.

Funk became the first athlete from the school to win at the medal at the B.C. High School Track and Field Championships June 8-10 in Langley.

Funk came third in the junior women’s 300-metre hurdles in a time of 48.90 seconds.

Jessica Rands from Enderby’s A.L. Fortune Secondary added a second North Okanagan bronze medal, finishing third in the Grade 8 women’s javelin with a heave of 24.30 metres, just one centimetre away from a silver medal.

Defending junior men’s discus champion Nicholas Newman of Clarence Fulton Secondary just missed a podium placing in his first year in the senior men’s division. Newman placed fourth with a toss of 32.98 metres.

Eula Palmer Bird from W.L. Seaton Secondary had two top-six finishes on the track for Grade 8 women. She was fifth in the 3,000-metres and sixth in the 1,500.

Vernon Christian’s Zion Ellis was ninth in the Grade 8 women’s triple jump. Funk was ninth in the same event for junior women.

Riley Weiler of A.L. Fortune was ninth in the Grade 8 men’s pentathlon (high jump, long lump, 100m hurdles, shot put, 1,000m run). Teammate Shaden Cormier was 12th.

Anna Melvin from Pleasant Valley Secondary in Armstrong was 10th in the junior women’s long jump.

Other results from North Okanagan schools:


• Andrea Beaumont - Women 1500 Meter Steeplechase Junior (24th)

• Gabi Koebel - Women 400 Meter Dash Junior (29th);

• Hendri Redelinghuys - Men 400 Meter Dash Senior (27th);

• Stefan Schuch -Men Long Jump Junior (29th);

• Ben Tishenko - Men 100 Meter Dash Senior (31st) & Men High Jump Senior (30th);

• Paisley Wallis - Women Triple Jump Grade 8 (22nd);

• Relay Team - Men 4x100 Meter Relay Senior - Hendri Redelinghuys; Tristan Thompson; Zack Barry; Ben Tishenko (46.81 team personal best, 21st);


• Kaelan Zacharias threw a PR in Junior boys javelin with 38.61m, good for 12th; 13th in Junior octathlon;

• Kayden Loewen, 21st, Junior octathlon;

• Jacob Simpso managed 9.56m to take 18th place in Junior boys shot put.

• Declan Saner competed in the Junior boys 1,500m racewalk. He would have placed 23rd, but he was disqualified in the final 100m for not holding the proper form. So close!

Spencer Watts also accompanied the team on the trip.


Misha Parilak, Senior Women’s 1,500m, 14th;

Simon Heidt, Junior Men’s 1,500m, 27th;

Blake Frost, Senior Men’s 1,500m, 31st;

Aiden Canabe, Junior Men’s 1,500m Steeplechase, 29th;


Isabella Pighin, Senior Women’s 800m, 17th; 3,000m, 21st; 400m, 23rd;


Ila Isaac, Junior Women’s High Jump, 15th;

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Roger Knox

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I am a journalist with more than 30 years of experience in the industry. I started my career in radio and have spent the last 21 years working with Black Press Media.
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