More Results from FV Championships

Harold Willers’ throwing group had excellent results at the Fraser Valley Track and Field Championships and all in all qualified seven athletes that will participate in 18 events at the BC High School meet.

In addition to Tasha Willing and Vik Gondara whose performances were reported with last week’s report, the following throwers qualified for the BC Championships:  Ben Invaldson led the way by winning both the senior boys hammer (50.87m) and discus (39.91m) and placed second in the shot put (14.31m).  Jayden Driver had second places in the senior discus (37.25m) and hammer (49.0m) and came fourth in the shot put (11.06m).  Nate DeBoer was third in the Sr. men’s hammer (45.82m), fourth in the shot put and seventh in the discus.  Rowan Hamilton was second in the junior men’s hammer (41.91m) and fourth in the shot put.  Rounding out the throwers results was Abressia Foote with a fourth in the junior girls race walk and an eighth place finish in hammer.

Middle distance runner Aiden Bingert was also missing from last week’s Fraser Valley write-up.  Aiden, who since January has struggled with a leg problem, seems to be making good progress now and qualified for the BC Championships by placing fourth in the final of the senior boys 800m (2:03.61).

Kular Wins Silver at BC HS Combined Championships

Devon Kular amassed 2,535 points to place second in the junior boys division of the BC High School Pentathlon Championships held Saturday in Abbotsford.  First place went to Seaquam’s Dominic Luccock (2,535 pts.) with the bronze medal taken by Jorrin Lenton (2185 pts.)  Jorrin is the son of Andrew Lenton a former Valley Royal who was an outstanding middle distance runner.

Kular’s best performance in the five-event competition came in the 1,000 meters an event he won in 2:57.10 score 693 points.

In two week’s time Kular will join a number of other club members when he competes in the junior 300-meter hurdles and pole vault at the BC Secondary School Track and Field Championships.

Gondara & James Shine at Fraser Valleys

May 12, 13, 14—2015:  With a pair of victories apiece, Vikramjit Gondara and Daniel James led Valley Royal athletes at the Fraser Valley Track and Field Championships that took place in Abbotsford during this past week.

Gondara obliterated the junior boys hammer record throwing the ball and chain 57.99 meters, a full 10.27 meters further than the former record established by Abby Christian’s Derek Kampman in 2004.  Not satisfied with his hammer record Gondara tossed the junior discus 46.10 meters to break the former record of 43.52 meters set by Barry McBain of Newton in 1969.   It was a great start to the season for Gondara who at 16 years of age is considered to have all the ingredients needed for both the national and international stages in his specialty.

On the track, 15-year old Daniel James won both the junior boys 1500 and 800 meter events.   James had little trouble winning the 1500m as he ran away from the field over the last 150m to win in a personal best time of 4:19.23.  But James’s 800-meter victory was not as nearly as easy and it came after a hard fought battle with Walnut Grove’s Will Riley.  With 150-meters to go Riley had a 30-meter lead on James but in final dash to the tape James put on a spurt that caught the Walnut Grove runner just two meters before the finish line and won with a personal best time of 1:59.75 to Riley’s 1:59.85.

As usual Tasha Willing was a busy young lady winning the senior girls shot put (11.98m) and added to that by placing second in the discus (35.08) and fourth in the hammer (44.47m).

Parmvir Waring had a busy three days of competition competing in three events that included four races.   But despite the ambitious undertaking, Waring won the silver medal in the junior boys 1500m (4:23.33), came fourth in the 3-k run (9:36) and placed sixth in the 800m.  

Michael Lambert won the junior boys high jump with a leap of 1.88m and then showed his diversity by placing third in the discus ((33.41m).  Tim Bertness won the senior boys pole vault (3.40m) and was third in the javelin (44.37m) while Jayden Driver was the silver medalist in both the senior boys discus (37.25m) and hammer (49.06m).

Josh Adhemar had a few problems with his pacing between barriers but still had a convincing win in the senior boys 400-meter hurdles finishing with a personal best time of 56.77 finishing almost four seconds in front of his nearest competitor.   Devon Kular was first in the junior boys pole vault (2.60m) and came fifth in the 300m hurdles (45.74).

The senior girls’ 800m was a close race with the first four runners finishing within a one second difference of each other.  Hannah Konrad came second in the two-lap race (2:18.03) with Catlin Leblanc placing fourth (2:18.83).  Konrad also placed second in the 400m (61.10) while Leblanc was fourth in the 1500m (4:51.87).

Kate Sokolowski placed fifth in the junior girls 1500m with a personal best 4:57.92 and was second in the 800m with another personal best 2:20.83.  Angela Gourley secured a third place finish in the senior girls 100m hurdles (16.73) and was sixth in the 400m hurdles (72.52) an event she was running for the first time.

All the above athletes have advanced to the BC High School Championships that take place on June 4, 5, 6 in Langley.

VR Athletes at the Upper Fraser Valley Championships

Many of the Valley Royal’s distance crew were hard at work this past week competing for their high school in the Upper Fraser Valley Track & Field Championships.  It was a chance to them to see that, yes,  their hard work is paying off.  Josh Adhemar lead our Grade 12  boys contingent taking a 1st place in the 400m Hurdle event and running a new personal best in the 400m to take 3rd.  Aiden Bingert is coming back slowly from an injury that has hampered him for 3 months.  He was able to take home two 3rd place finishes in the 800m and 1500m.   Caitlin LeBlanc led the way for the Grade 11 & 12 Girls with a 3rd place finish in the 800m and 4th in the 1500m while Delaney Chapman was close behind in the same races placing 7th and 6th respectively.    Katrina Palmer also qualified for the Fraser Valleys in the 800m placing 11th,  both herself and Harneet Uppal will also move on in the 3000m while Erica Johnson will do so in the 1500m and 1500m Steeple Chase.

Our Grade 8, 9 and 10 athletes had a very strong showing.  Daniel James won both the 800m and 1500m in personal best times while Parmvir Waring also ran personal bests  taking 2nd in the 800m and 3rd in the 1500m, he also placed 2nd in the 3000m.  Kate Sokolowski took second in the 1500m, she also qualified in the 800m and 3000m while Gurleen Gill moves on in the 1500m.


Josh Adhemar         1st 400m Hurdles 51.67, 3rd 400m 51.67
Aidan Bingert        3rd 800m 2.06.9, 3rd 1500m 4.27.0
Caitlin LeBlanc        3rd 800m 2.24.6, 4th 1500m 5.03.3
Delaney Chapman    7th 800m 2.34.3, 6th 1500m 5.14.1
Katrina Palmer         11th 800m 2.59.9, 7th 3000m 13.47
Harneet Uppal         9th 3000m 16.03.4
Erica Johnson            7th 1500m 5.15.9, 2nd 1500m SC 6.00.2

Daniel James            1st 800m 2.08.3, 1st 1500m 4.25.6
Parmvir Waring        2nd 800m 2.09.5, 3rd 1500m 4.32.3, 2nd 3000m 9.43.5
Kate Sokolowski         6th 800m 2.33.2, 2nd 1500m 5.04.3, 3rd 3000m 10.55.4
Gurleen Gill                10th 1500m 5.53.1