Distance Athletes Shine at BC High School Track and Field Championships


I am sitting here the morning after myself and my family got back from this year’s BC High School Track and Field Championships, in Nanaimo. I must say I am feeling a little in awe of the wonderful athletes, families, and club members who gave so much of themselves to make this event such a resounding success for all of us.
From Christa, Nancy Steiger, our board members, and the wonderful Booth family, who stepped up for my family and myself and made it possible for me to be there for our athletes.  To Coach Trevor, whom I love to have enthusiastic discussions and debates with over optimal coaching practice and who has actively supported athletes in my group with both hurdles and speed development, and of course our ferociously competent and big hearted parents who support both their athletes and myself and are really the people who run things for our group when we are on our trips, I would like to say a resounding thank you.
When I step back and look at it all I realize that we have become truly and completely a team, and what a team we have become. I cannot emphasize enough that great results in track and field are the result of not only our hard working and talented athletes, who give so much of themselves every day, but of a great team, and I think that this has been made clear yet again this past weekend in Nanaimo.
Results: Valley Royals Distance Group – BC High School Track and Field Championships
Riley Simmonds –  BC High School Champion 1500m and 3000m
Adrianna Buitelaar – BC High School Champion 1500m and 3000m
Laken Olson – BC High School Champion 3000m and silver medalist 1500m
Sam May – BC High School Champion 2000ms/c and bronze medalist 3000m
Maggie Epp – BC High School Champion 800m, 5th 400m
Zoe Unger – BC High School Silver Medalist 2000ms/c, 8th 3000m
Will Van Schagen(with sprint group) – BC High School Silver Medalist 400m Hurdles, 8th 400m
Miles Graham – BC High School Silver Medalist 2000ms/c, 12th 3000m
Arata Nakanishi – BC High School Bronze Medalist 2000ms/c, 15th 3000m
Malcolm Reid – 4th 2000ms/c, 9th 3000m, 20th 1500m
Jonah Dyck – 6th – 1500ms/c
Santos Svelander(with sprint group)- 12th 300m Hurdles
Syra Dhaliwal – 24th 1500m, 31st 3000m
A big congratulations to all of our Valley Royals Athletes who competed this past weekend,  your hard work and dedication to our sport is inspirational. – Coach Scott