Royal City Track and Field Club wins big at the B.C. track and field championships in Nanaimo

The Royal City track club won the B.C. Athletics junior development provincial championships in Nanaimo last weekend.

The provincial meet followed a winning weekend at the Trevor Craven Memorial track meet at Swanguard Stadium in Burnaby, where club athletes performed exceptionally well, winning a total of 41 medals including 15 gold, 12 silver and 14 bronze, along with an additional 45 top-eight finishes in preparation for the provincials.

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This past weekend 18 Royal City athletes, between the ages of nine and 13, reached amazing heights in Nanaimo with many personal-best performances.

The club walked away from the championships and a total of 50 awards, including 18 medals and 32 additional top-eight finishes.

Silver medals were won by Grace Fetherstonhaugh in the 2,000 metres, Devin Strome in high jump, Jenevieve Patry-Smith in javelin, Ryan Jensen in the 80m hurdles, Jeremy Belcher in the 100m dash, 200m hurdles and long jump, Emmanuel Dadson in the pole vault and Tomas Ward in shot put.

The 11-year-old girls' distance medley relay team made up of Michelle Dadson, Anaiyah Bernier, Lauryn Savela and Elizabeth Bowles also won silver.

Bronze medals were won by Katelyn Stewart-Barnett in both the 600m run and high jump, Fetherstonhaugh in the 1,200m, Patry-Smith in shot, Michelle Dadson in discus and Jensen in the 200m hurdles.

The 10-year-old girls' 4x100 relay team made up of Kaia Polanska-Richardson, Annette Scott, Malena Kalisch and Stewart-Barnett took bronze, as did the boys' 13-year-old relay team made up of Belcher, Jensen, Ward and Dadson.

There were an additional 32 top-eight finishes achieved by the following club athletes: Bernier, Malena Kalisch, Bowles, Amanda Scott, Fetherstonhaugh, Strome, Patry-Smith, Michelle Dadson, Brianna Bates, Joelle Pinvidic, Lauryn Savela, Jensen, Emmanuel Dadson, Belcher and the 13-year-old girls' relay team made up of Brianna Bates, Fetherstonhaugh, Scott and Strome, which placed fourth in both the distance medley relay and the 4x100.

This was an outstanding finish to a very successful season for the Royal City Track Club athletes.

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