The Valley Royals Distance Group had a breakthrough day on Sunday, April 24, in the Universal April Opener. Riley Simmonds, Arata Nakanishi, Will Van Schagen, Sam May, Mark Molina, Arie Wassenaar, William Burke, and Sam Rasquinha represented us on the men’s side while Zoe Unger, Adrianna Buitelaar, and Jasmine Halwas represented us in the women’s.
Mark Molina took on 27 open men in the 800m event and was just edged out at the tape finishing 3/100s of a second behind Max Holmes, the defending provincial champion. Mark ran a personal best of 2:00.88.
Jasmine Halwas had a big day and stepped up her performance to a whole new level in the 800m, with a personal best of 2:34.83 – over ten seconds faster than her last performance.
Riley Simmonds, Will Van Schagen and Arie Wassenaar ran big personal bests also moving up a level, and Samuel May and Arata Nakanishi are starting to come back to form after re establishing consistent training with big runs and personal bests of their own. William Burke and Zoe Unger placed great opening marks on the board in the 3000m event with 10:11.22 and 10:58.13 performances respectfully.
Almost every athlete on our team set a personal best at 800m or 3000m, and those that did not were right on their marks.
Super day Royals. – Coach Scott
Our Jennifer Swan Memorial Meet is coming up Saturday May 7. It takes a LARGE group of individuals to host a track meet and we need you, your family members, and friends. Even if it’s just for an hour or two, every hand helps.
No experience is necessary, and if you have a preference for any particular event or set up/take down crew, let us know.
Please contact Naomi Booth via email [email protected] to find out more and to volunteer. You can also often find her at the track for JD and Power and Speed practices.
Register today using Trackie (link below) for this special Valley Royals’ annual meet. We are excited this year also to host the BC Games Trials for Zone 3 and 4.
May 7, 2022
Track: 9am to 4pm Field: 9am to 330pm
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, May 4, 2022 (11:59pm)
For more information, including specific event details, download the Meet Package: Meet Package 2022 Jennifer Rogers Swan Memorial Meet & Zone 3-4 BC Games Trials
There will be regular practice on Saturday, April 16, for:
- JDs (Coach Scott and team)
- Middle Distance (Coach Scott)
- Pole Vault (Coaches Makaila and Gio)
There is no practice on Saturday, April 16 for Coach Trevor’s Power and Speed Group.