[UPDATE] New West juniors show strength at track champs

Supporting cast of BurWest junior athletes a highlight of B.C. high school track and field meet

The future continues to look bright in track and field for the Burnaby/New Westminster district.

St. Thomas More Collegiate placed 10th and New Westminster Secondary was 14th in the junior combined aggregate at the B.C. high school track and field championships held in Langley last weekend.

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STM’s junior boys also placed eighth, while the New West girls combined for 18th place overall.

Oak Bay won the junior combined with 79 points, closely followed by Vancouver College and Semiahmoo.

Shiloh Corrales-Nelson took first place in the Grade 8 girls’ shot put with a winning heave of 11.02 metres. Shiloh was also eighth in the 100m.

The STM junior boys’ clocked a fast gold-medal time of 44.67 in the 4x100m relay that would have earned them a medal in the senior final.

Yousef Mian also earned a bronze medal in the bantam boys’ 1,500m for the STM Knights.

Ben Tjernagel of New Westminster won a silver medal in the junior boys’ 100m in a time of 11.27. Tjernagel also finished fifth in the 200m.

Diego Medrano of Burnaby South captured a bronze medal in the junior boys’ 100m hurdles in a time of 15.51.

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Sarah Forgie of New Westminster won a bronze medal in junior girls' high jump with a personal-best leap of 1.60 metres at the B.C. high school track and field championships in Langley. - Larry Wright

New Westminster’s Sarah Forgie placed third in the junior girls’ high jump with a leap of 1.60m. Hyack teammate Devin Strome was fifth in the high jump at 1.55m.

Amanda Scott gave Cariboo Hill its only medal of the meet, finishing third in the Grade 8 girls’ 800m in a time of 2:24.44.

“It’s not a (personal best) but it’s pretty close,” said Scott.

Just missing a medal was New West’s Grace Fetherstonhaugh with a fourth-place finish in the junior girls’ 3,000m. The Grade 9 Hyack runner put together a fine final lap to put her near the podium. She also placed eighth in the 1,500m a day earlier.

“Normally the finish is what I’m not so good at,” said Fetherstonhaugh after the race.

Jack Foster of New West had quite a meet, placing fourth in both Gr. 8 boys’ long and triple jumps. Foster also came tied for seventh in the high jump.

Glenbrook Middle School's Nisa Reehal won a silver in the bantam girls' 400m and finished ninth overall in the 200m. Jeremy Belcher also represented Glenbrook with a seventh-place finish in the triple jump.

New West junior Brianna Bates placed fourth in the girls’ pole vault and fifth in the javelin behind fourth-place finisher Giovanna Janes of STM.

Andrew Juni also placed fourth for STM in the junior boys’ 1,500m.

Emmanual Dadson of STM finished fifth in the junior boys’ pole vault.

Another Knight thrower Sam Steele was fifth in the Gr. 8 boys’ javelin. Andreas Kobryn also placed fifth for Byrne Creek in the shot put.

Amanda Silvieri was seventh in the girls’ shot, while Jasmine Lyck of South also came seventh in the girls’ 100m.

Stephanie Zaborniak of Burnaby Central placed 10th in the 3,000m.

“It’s one of our better years (in track and field),” said STM track coach David Mattiazzo. “It’s more spread out and becoming more so. There are a lot of kids who are contributing.”

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