Large Group of Royals Competing at BC High School Championships

This Friday and Saturday the BC Secondary School Track and Field Championships will be held at the Langley Langley’s McLeod Stadium track and the Valley Royals will be represented by a number of athletes representing their various schools.

Mouat middle distance runners Alex Siemens and Callum Pilgrim swept the gold medals in three middle distance events in their respective age divisions at the Fraser Valley Championships. This will be the last BC High School Championship meet for grade 12 student Siemens who has accepted a scholarship to attend University of Idaho this coming September. Siemens is running with confidence this year and it’s expected that she will be a medal contender in both the 1500 and 3,000 meters this weekend. Pilgrim was the junior girls aggregate winner at the FV Championships and this all round athlete, although just in grade 10, is considered to be a definite threat in both the 1500 and 3,000 meters.

Oliver Jorgensen will concentrate on the 2-k steeplechase event in these championships and his time of 9:07.68 in the Fraser Valley meet ranks him second in the province going into Saturday’s meet. Manpreet Grewal is one of the very best teenaged hammer throwers in Canada and is expected to shine in that event even though she will have to contend with Aisanna Covington, another highly ranked Canadian thrower. Adam Lambert at the FV meet won both the shot put (13.45m) and discus (47.88m) and placed second in the hammer and he will contest all three of those events during the weekend. Fraser Valley pole vault champions Spencer Spenst and Catherine Taekema are ranked second and fourth respectively in the male and female vault events respectively and they will both be looking for medal performances this weekend. Zach Choboter will join Spenst in the pole vault and also compete in the long jump and 100 meters. As a grade 9, Hannah Konrad will compete in the junior division of the meet and she is expected to do well in the 400 and 800m events.

The championship runs from 9:00 am to 7:15 pm on Friday and commences again at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday.

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 Win Aggregate at Upper Fraser Valley Meet

Alexandria Siemens and Callum Pilgrim each placed first in three events to win aggregate awards at the Upper Fraser Valley Championships held at the Swan Track on Wednesday and Thursday of last week.

Siemens had little trouble winning the senior girls division 800m (2:21), 1500m (4:55) and 3,000m (10:23). For the most part the Mouat Secondary School senior ran conservative races but won by wide margins ranging up to 150m. For good measure, Siemens ran a leg of the Mouat 4x400m relay that placed second.

Meanwhile, Pilgrim performed the same feat in the junior girls division but she had to display a good fighting spirit to secure the victories. Pilgrim fought hard to win the 1500m (4:56.9) and staved off a challenge by Walnut Grove’s Isabella Bercia who placed second (4:57.5). The other two victories by Pilgrim came in the 800m (2:23) and the 3,000m (10:39).

Oliver Jorgensen (Bateman) ran a personal best 9:05 to win the senior boy’s 3,000m and came back on Thursday to place second in the 1500m (4:11) and 2-k steeplechase.

Other multiple medalists included Sarya Ross (Mouat), second in both the senior girls 1500 and 3,000m events, Hannah Konrad (Yale) with a first in the junior girl’s 400m (61.10) and second places in both the 800m (2:23.7) and triple jump (9.96m). Spencer Spenst (Abbotsford) won the senior boy’s pole vault (3.10m) and Catherine Tackema was first in the senior girls vault (2.48m). Aiden Bingert (Mouat) had a second place finish in the junior boys 1500m (4:32) while Ashley Heisler (Chilliwack) came second in the senior girls 800m and third in the 400m.

In two week’s time the Fraser Valley Championships take place in Abbotsford. Athletes in that meet will be fighting to gain entry marks for the BC Secondary School Championships scheduled for Langley on May 31 and June 1.

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.

Mouat, Led by Alex Siemens, To Participate in Gran Forza

Mouat SS and Dover Park SS ups the total to 26 teams that will compete in the Richmond Olympic Oval’s 200m indoor track.
Alexandra Siemens of Mouat SS

Cameron Smith’s team will be lead by Alexandra Siemens  in the 800m and Hailey Gibson in the 50m. They will be joined by Callum Pilgrim in the shot put and Jory Smallenberg  in the standing long jump. Alicia Unruh may join them in the 4x200m relay.

Crofts & Desch Lift SFU to 5th Place

NAMPA, IDAHO—Sat., February 9
Valley Royal members Helen Crofts and Chantel Desch were leaders for the Simon Fraser Women’s team that placed fifth out of nine teams at the Great Northwest Conference Championships.

Crofts, the Canadian international, won the women’s 800 meters in a time of 2:12.29 and Desch ran a personal best 57.23 seconds to place second in the 400 meters. Later in the meet Crofts and Desch teamed up with Sarah Sawatzky and Michaela Kane to win the 4×400 meter relay in a conference record clocking of 3:48.36.

Other Valley Royals that took part in the meet included Kayla Lennea with 12th in the 800 meters and Travis Vugteveen who ran the men’s 800 meters.

Both Crofts and Desch will now represent SFU at the Division 2 NCAA Championships that take place in two week’s time in Birmingham, Alabama. This will mark the first appearance for SFU at the Division 2 NCAA Indoor National Championships.