Solid Performances Recorded at Lafarge Abbotsford High Performance Meet

Abbotsford, BC—Wednesday, July 3:  An outstanding performance by Jernail Hayes in the women’s 400-meter hurdles highlighted performances Wednesday evening at the Lafarge International Track Classic held at the Swan track in Abbotsford.

Hayes, who represents the United States, simply ran away from the field and turned in the excellent time of 56.67 to easily outpace Wendy Fawn of the US who placed second (59.71).

Kyle Clemons (USA) turned in a solid performance to win the men’s 400 meters in 46.51 with Quentin Summers (USA) second in 47.36. The tightest race of the evening was the men’s 800 meters that saw less then a half second separate the first three runners.  Luke Pawlacezyk (Brooks) had a good finishing kick to win the race in 1:48.43 with fellow American Duncan Phillips second (1:48.65) and Kenya’s Silas Kisorio third (1:48.86).

In the men’s 100 meters the runners had to battle a stiff head wind but the first three finishers all managed to run under 11 seconds.  The race was won by Reginald Dixon (USA) in a good 10.65 with countrymen Jerome Avery second (10.78) and Trice Lawrence third (10.97).  

Other solid performance saw Allison Beckford (USA) win the women’s 400-meters (54.25), Sirena Williams (USA) first in the women’s 100 meter hurdles (13.97) and
Amanda Mergaert (USA) won the women’s 800-meters (2:08.91).

Mason Wins Silver Medal at Canadian Championships – Going to Russia…

Mike Mason leaped 2.28 meters to place second in the high jump on Saturday at the  Canadian Senior Track and Field Championships held in Moncton, New Brunswick.

Canadian record holder Derek Drouin (ON) won the event with a clearance of 2:31
meters.  Valley Royal Django Lovett had a fourth place finish with a leap of 2.08 meters.

The Royals had two athletes compete in the women’s 800 meters with Jessica Smith placing fourth (2:03.96) and Helen Crofts came 6th (2:05.70).  The event was won by defending champion Melissa Bishop of Ontario in a time of 2:02.84.

Mason’s effort assured him of selection to the 32 member Canadian team that   
travel’s to Moscow, Russia in August for the World Championship of Athletics. Both Lovett and Smith will also travel to Russia this summer but in their case it will be to the city of Kazan for the Summer Universiade (FISU Games) that take place from July 7 – 12.

Konrad & Wakelyn Win Medals at BC JD Pentathlon Championships

Hannah Konrad and Parker Wakelyn won medals for the Valley Royals at the BC Junior Development Pentathlon Championships held Saturday in White Rock. Wakelyn scored 2,732 pts and placed second in the 12-year old boys’ division while Konrad had 2,829  points for a third place finish in the 15-year old girls’ competition. Complete results of the Pentathlon Championships can be found at this link.

Happenings in the Past Week….

Manpreet Grewal tossed the 3-k hammer 54.36 meters last Saturday at the Valley Royals Invitational. The toss ranks Grewal number 2 in Canada (behind Naville Rutherford of Courtenay who has a toss of 54.81 meters). In addition, Grewal has tossed the 4-k hammer a distance of 44.74 meters for a third place Canadian ranking. A nice start to the season for the 17 year old grade eleven scholarship student.

Sarya Ross is overcoming a variety of health problems and at the Valley Royals meet this 17-year old recorded a 1500m personal best of 5:00.22. It was the culmination of a busy week of competition for the W.J. Mouat athlete who during the week ran a variety of events for her school at the Upper Fraser Valley Championships and had only one day’s rest before the VR meet. Ross was pleased with her performance but is now looking forward to breaking under that 5:00 minute mark.

Simon Fraser University is attending the team’s conference meet this weekend in Oregon. Several Royal athletes that include Travis Vugteveen, Helen Crofts and Chantel Crofts will be competing for SFU and all three will be vying for berths in the NCAA Division 2 National Championships that take place at Colorado State University in Pueblo. Croft is favored to win the 800 meters at both the conference meet and the forthcoming nationals.

Next week will be a busy one for Valley Royal secondary school athletes as the Fraser Valley Championships take place on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Swan track. Royal athletes are favored to medal and qualify for the BC High School Championships in a number of events. These athletes include Manpreet Grewal (hammer), and Callum Pilgrim, amongst others.

Siemens, Pilgrim & Gibson Propel Mouat to 3rd

Three Valley Royal athletes led W.J. Mouat Secondary School to a third place finish in the senior girls’ division of the Gran Forza Relay held last Saturday at the Richmond Olympic Indoor Facility. The third place finish earned Mouat a prize of $500 that can be used for the track and field program at that school.

Sixteen teams took part in the senior girls division that was won by Pitt Meadows (3,757 pts.) with Oak Bay second (3753 pts) and Mouat third (3729 pts.). The scores were calculated by utilizing international scoring tables.

Mouat’s points came from Hailey Gibson with a third in the 60 meters (7.00), Jory Smallenburg with fifth in the standing long jump (2.15m) Alex Siemens who was second in the 800-meters (2:22.43) and middle distance runner Callum Pilgrim who placed 14th in shot put (6.07 meters). The above four girls combined to place fifth in the 4×200 meter relay (1:56.57).

Katie Crivello and Hannah Konrad were members of the Yale Secondary team that also took part in the senior girls’ competition. Crivello recorded a very respectable time of 7.10 in the 60 meters and grade 9 runner Konrad ran 2:27.97 in the 800 meters.

Peter Mitchell ran the 800-meter leg (2:10.55) for the Mouat Senior Boys’ team.

This coming Saturday a number of Valley Royal athletes will take part in the Emilie Mondor meet hosted by Simon Fraser University.

Sunny in Yakima, Mason at UBC…

A group of Valley Royal athletes got the 2013 outdoor track and field season off to a start last Saturday by traveling to Yakima, Washington to take part in that city’s Holder Relays.

Club performances were led by a couple of medal performances as Hailey Gibson placed third in the women’s 100 meters and Alex Siemens’ captured the same position in women’s 1600 meters.

Other notable performances by Royal athletes included Aidan Bingert who took part in the Sophomore 800 meters whose finishing spurt propelled him to fourth place. Erika Johnson put on a determined effort to win her section of the freshman girls’ 800 meters.

Ashley Heisler showed nice improvement by running her 400-meter leg of the distance medley relay in the low 62-second range. Ashley, who will be attending university in New York next year on a lacrosse scholarship, is deciding whether to concentrate on the 400-meter hurdles or the 800-meter event during this track and field season.

Meanwhile at the UBC Invitational Mike Mason of the Royals got his season off to a good start by winning the men’s high jump with a leap of 2.25 meters. In two week’s time Mason will travel to Los Angeles where he will compete in the Mt. Sac Relays.

This coming Saturday Hailey Gibson, Alex Siemens and Callum Pilgrim will be part of the Mouat team that will compete in the Gran Forza team pentathlon that will take place at the Richmond Indoor Oval.

Royals Athletes Lead SFU to 12th at NCAA DII Championships

Birmingham, Alabama—March 7-9—Valley Royal athletes Helen Crofts and Chantel  Desch were instrumental in guiding the Simon Fraser University Clan to a 12 th place finish in that school’s first appearance at the Division 2 NCAA Championships.

Crofts was the big point scorer for the Clan as the fifth year student won the 800 meters and teamed up with Desch, Sarah Sawatzky and Michaela Kane to place third in the distance medley relay. The two Valley Royal athletes were also members of the Clan team that placed eighth in the 4x400m relay.

Crofts won the 800-meters in the excellent time of 2:05.96 just missing the meet record of 2:05.75 but her time did break the facility record of 2:06.41. Desch recorded a personal best 55.48 for her 400-meter leg of the distance medley relay while Crofts ran the 1600-meter anchor leg of that event in 4:47.53.

Crofts made the following comments concerning her 800-meter victory, “I had an inside lane placement and didn’t want to get boxed in. I was a bit concerned because I was a little sore from the previous night’s relay but once we got going I felt great.”

The clan scored 22 pts in the competition to place 12th in the field of 50 schools that scored that took part in the championship. The placing meant that only one other school in their conference outscored SFU with Alaska Anchorage garnering 23 points.