Alexandra Siemens Posts Cross Country Win at Ocean Athletics Meet

Sat., September 29, 2012: Alex Siemens was first in the senior high school girls’ division of the Ocean Athletics meet held Saturday at Crescent Beach Park. Siemens covered the 4-k course in a time of 12:48 to place seven seconds in front of Miryan Bassett (Naniamo) and nine seconds ahead of the third place finisher Rebecca Basset.

It was a good test for Siemens as next week she will travel with her teammates to Yakima, WA for the Sunfair meet. The trip was originally scheduled for this past Saturday but brush fires in the area caused a severe smoke hazard and the organizers had to postpone the meet for health reasons. Cooler temperatures have now remedied the situation and all is set for this coming Saturday.

Placing 7th in the high school girl’s division was Sarya Ross (13:39) while Ashley Heisler came up with a good performance to place 11th (14:20). Oliver Jorgensen got his season off to a good start by placing fifth the senior boys 5-k race posting a time of 17:34. Teammates Peter Mitchelle, a grade 10 runner, was 14th (18:36) and Arsh Ganda finished in 32nd position.

Jennifer Kell had a strong effort in the 13-year old girl’s race placing second (12:26) with teammate Delaney Chapman, a much improved cross country runner, coming fourth (13:14).

Aidan Bingert, who has had limited practice time this season because of injury, placed 5th in the 15-year old boys’ division covering the 3-k course in 11:43.

A number of junior development runners took part in the meet. In the nine year old girls’ run Amy Brandt was sixth ((5:48) and Olivia McAuley 7th (5:18) while in the 10-year old boy’s 2-k run, Kai MacKenzie placed 8th followed by Parker Janzen in 11th (9:59) and Aaron Boschman 16th (11:07).

Nikki Janzen placed 20th in the 12-year old girl’s run while Katia Heppell came fifth in the 13-year old girl’s division 3-k race followed by Gabe McGregor was ninth (13:20) and Jensen Barker tenth (13:21).

Results for the First Week of the Lafarge Grand Prix are now available…

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Richmond, BC—July 27, 28, 29: Many young Valley Royals members wrapped up the 2012 track season in great style this past weekend at the BC JD Championships in Richmond. The weather was more than cooperative and the sun shone persistently throughout the weekend as our athletes achieved some excellent results
Vikramajit Gondara running the 200m
One of the Royal’s most impressive performances came from Vikramajit Gondara who earned himself three gold medals. Gondara dominated the 13-year-old boys throwing events with his winning performance in the hammer throw (33.14) was nearly 10m further than the second place finisher. Vik’s best throw in discus measured 33.43m and in shot put his best was 9.81m. Both performances were narrowly in front of teammate Joel Choboter who placed second in both events.
Parker and Maguire Wakelyn once again found themselves on the podium more than once over the three days of competition. Nine year-old Maguire earned gold medals in the 100m and long jump and bronze medals in high jump, shot put and the 60m dash. Parker easily won the 11-year old boys long jump with a best mark of 4.45m and placed second in the 60m hurdles. Along with his gold and silver medals, Parker also accumulated a total of 5 third place finishes. Gabrielle MacGregor demonstrated her versatility this past weekend by finishing in the top 10 in seven different events. Most notable was her 4:07 clocking in the 1200m that earned her the gold medal. In addition, Gabrielle had a 2nd place finish in the 800m and a 6th place finish in shot put. Gabe had a stressful start to the meet as traffic delays in the Masse tunnel almost caused her to miss the 60m hurdle race. But the Kajak meet management upon hearing of the problem delayed the start of the race to accommodate Gabe and in spite of her stressful arrival and next to no warm-up time she still won her heat and placed 5th overall. Gabrielle also had a 2nd place finish in the 800m and a 6th place finish in shot put. Other noteworthy performances include Joel Choboter’s 2nd place finish in shot put, Jensen Bako with sixth 6th in the 2000m, Jaskarn Rai’s 6th in shot put and Parker Janzen’s 2nd place finish in the 800m racewalk.
Full Results can be seen at
In other news, the BC Summer Games were held July 19-22 in Surrey and there were a few Valley Royal athletes in attendance. Spencer Spenst won pole vault, Jeewan Grewal placed third in hammer, and Hanna Konrad came 4th in the 800m. All three athletes did a great job in their events and represented both the Valley Royals and Zone 3 very well.