Well done to the Valley Royals power speed group for a great weekend, on July 24-25, at the BC Athletics Group Challenge in Langley for sprints, jumps, and hurdles. After a season with limited competition, the group took full advantage of the opportunity, achieving many personal best performances.
Josh Carsience continued to improve his hurdling running the U20 110m (39”) hurdles in a best time of 15.96 seconds, which got him silver. Josh followed his silver up with a gold in the pole vault with a clearance of 4.10 meters. David Murray ran well in both the 400m and 200m, running 55.63 seconds and 25.42 seconds respectively. Emmanuel Akapoviroro and Thane Timmerman both performed well in the 100m, each coming off limited training due to injuries.
On the women’s side, Mayci Falk ran a personal best time of 17.04 seconds in the open women’s 100m (33”) hurdles, which won her silver. Vanessa Pirani snagged two PBs over the weekend; one was in the 100m (30”) hurdles, with a time of 15.33 seconds, for which she claimed the bronze, and the other was in the 200m, with a time of 27.54 seconds. Sanaa Musonge, Aya Belway, and Parvina Malhi all performed well in the U16 girls 100m and 200m. All claimed PBs in the 200m running 28.69 seconds, 29.88 seconds and 32.07 seconds respectively. This same trio was joined by Pirani to perform exceptionally well in the U18 girls 4 x 200m relay, running an excellent time of 1:56.61 seconds.
The Valley Royals represented themselves in a fine manner this past weekend in the BC Regional Challenge at Jane and Gerry Swan Track. Our young athletes were outstanding, with many showing themselves to be some of the best in the Fraser Valley. Lexi Smith and Adrianna Buitelaar finished one and two in the U14 girls 800m with virtually identical times. Evan Booth jumped a huge personal best of 1.50m in the U14 boys high jump to tie the winning competitor in height, and Damian Brown won the U12 boys discus. Many of our athletes turned in top 3 performances and virtually every one of our young athletes turned in performances to be proud of.
Our club did a first-class job in hosting the meet, and a big thank you goes out to all our volunteers and officials who donated their time to run a great event for all our young participants. Make sure to check out the results to see how your young competitors did, and a big congratulations to all of our club members who participated. Well done.
Coach Scott Svelander
BC Athletics Multi-Events Challenge (July 17-18)
Joshua Carsience had eight personals bests in Kelowna last weekend. He brings home silver in Men’s U20 Decathlon with a points total of 5705! Decathalon includes the following events (with personal best results noted with “PB”).
The Valley Royals Middle Distance group turned in some great performances this past week in Langley and Kelowna.
Halle and Sam May, Tristian and Will Steiger, Alyssa Hutchison, Arie Wassenaar, Damian Sutton, Riley Simmonds, Sam Rasquinha, and Zoe Unger turned in strong performances in the Fraser Valley Twilight meet, on Wednesday, June 30, in Langley.
Coach Scott, Valley Royals Endurance Coach
Riley Simmonds and Damian Sutton finished one and two in the U14 800m. Sam May had a great race in the U16 800m, finishing second with an astounding 2:08 run. Halle May placed a strong second against probably the fastest high school runner in the province. Sam Rasquinha, Alyssa Hutchison, Zoe Unger, Arie Wassenaar, and Tristian and Will Steiger also represented Valley Royals strongly in the 800m event. Mayci Falk looked very strong in the Senior Women’s 400 meter representing the Royals Sprint group proudly.
Reid Johnston and Andrew Thomson Shine in Kelowna
Two of our distance athletes Andrew Thomson and Reid Johnston shone in Kelowna this past weekend. Andrew Thomson continued to post huge personal record performances in both the open men’s 800 and 1500 meter events. Running 1:57 for 800 and 4:04 for 1500 Andrew is knocking on the door of scholarship level performance. Reid Johnston also continues to achieve PRs in the 800m with a 1:58 run this weekend, which starts to make him a runner to watch in the future. Well done boys!
Joshua Carsience Celebrates a New PR
At the Royal City PV Meet, in New Westminster, on Sunday, July 4, Joshua reached a new personal record of 4.15m in pole vault. Great work at pushing to new heights.