This past weekend in White Rock, the Valley Royals JD squad finished off a banner season at the Provincial Junior Development Championships for nine to thirteen year-olds. In all, the team stepped up to produce sixteen podium finishes, further adding another sixteen top eight performances.
The Royals were led by the trio of rookies Mark Molina and Benjamin Wright (both age 11) and Luke Wight (age 10). Mark Molina took the silver in both the 60meter and 200 meter sprints, further adding a 4th in the 100. Benjamin Wright was the definition of consistency, producing bronze medal performances in the 60meter, 100 meter and 200 meter sprints, with a further bronze in the long jump. Iron man Luke Wight, competing in six individual events, took the bronze in the high jump and 1000 meter run, silver in the long jump, further adding fourth place finishes in the 100 meters and 600 meters and a sixth in javelin.
The trio of Molina, Wright and Wight dominated the eleven-year old relays. Joined by veteran Arie Wassenaar in the 4 x 100 relay, the squad easily took the gold. The same trio were joined by rookie Aryan Sidhu to take another gold in the distance medley relay.
Our top female performers were the Royal’s young nine year olds. Emily Tinsley captured silver in high jump, Gurpartap Sandhu took bronze in the long jump, and Bhavneet Grewal placed fourth in long jump and fifth in high jump. Sandhu and Grewal joined eleven-year olds Sierra Greene and Sarah Thiel to take silver in the 4 x 100 relay.
There were numerous other gutsy, clutch performances by the rest of the squad, too many to mention.
Coaches Trevor Wight and Alexis Krieg were thrilled with the team’s performance. “All year we’ve stressed having fun, teamwork, and participating in variety of events. We believe that the team’s success at the JD championships is a direct result of this approach.”
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Results of the 2017 BC JD Championships (July 21-13) are available at this link: http://static1.1.sqspcdn.com/static/f/48937/27633889/1500857012810/bcjdchampionshipsresults2017.pdf?token=4ciI53%2F5CYo3Q9%2B3HHaIOefUoIA%3D