Cheetah runs fast at track and field national

New Westminster high school champion makes senior women's finals at the Canadian championships

New Westminster sprinter Raquel Tjernagel competed well in the senior women’s division at the Canadian track and field championships in Edmonton last weekend.

The 17-year-old high school champion placed sixth in both the women’s 200 and 400-metre dash.

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Tjernagel, who gave away as much as 10 years to 400m champion Carline Muir in the metric quarter-mile, finished with a sixth-place time of 53.18 in the senior women’s final on Saturday.

On Sunday, the New Westminster Secondary School grad, was again the youngest in the field of eight in the 200m final.

Tjernagel’s time in the 200m was 23.90. Her personal best is 23.34, just a tick or two off the Olympic standard of 23.20.

Earlier in the track season, Tjernagel posted even better times at a pair of high-performance track meets in California.

The Coquitlam Cheetahs club runner shattered her own personal best in the 400m, clocking a sub-53-second 52.52, which, at the time, was the fastest time by an under-20 female in the world.

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