Valley Royals Distance Athlete Halle May signed her letter of intent this week with University of New Brunswick and will be attending the school with a scholarship in Track and Field and Cross Country. Halle has been a core member of our club for the past four years and has been an example to those athletes who train with her. Halle has shown constant dedication and her positive attitude and work ethic set a tone in the distance group that is contagious. She has been a pleasure to coach and deserves every bit of the success that she has experienced. All the best on your upcoming season Halle and congratulations on your acceptance to University of New Brunswick.
A big congratulations goes out to our Valley Royals Cross Country runners. Yesterday (Nov. 6) at Jericho Beach Park in Vancouver, we wrapped up our season with some of the strongest performances of the year.
In the Junior Boys Division, Mark Molina finished 11th, Sam May finished 15th, and Arata Nakanishi finished 31st in a field of 265 runners. In the Junior girls, Adrianna Buitelaar finished 21st in a field of 240, which can only be described as a fantastic result for this grade 8 competitor. Zoe Unger did not have her best race and still finished a very strong 39th!
In the senior division William Burke and Halle May finished strongly with 46th and 51 place finishes respectively. As many of our competitors are not at the top of their age division, we should be ready to start challenging for medal positions at the provincial level over the next 12 months.
A big thank you goes out to all the people who supported our Cross Country runners through the fall. Well done Royals.
Great athletes are the result of great programs and our board members, parents, volunteers and coaches have all done a fantastic job this fall in developing our athletes. – Coach Scott
Our Valley Royals Cross Country runners were in Victoria this past weekend (Oct 22) representing us at the British Columbia Cross Country Championships. Our young and developing group did extremely well in what was for many their first cross country race on the provincial stage. Our top finishers in their respective divisions were Nicholas Jirot with 2nd, Averie Westbrook in 3rd, Adrianna Buitelaar in 6th, Riley Simmonds with 7th, Damion Sutton with 7th, Mark Molina in 9th, and Zoe Unger in 12th. Our crew of 24 runners almost without exception rose to the occasion and turned in personal best performances. As we can see from these results, our young group has worked very hard over the past two years and have put themselves in a position where they will soon be challenging for medal performances, team titles, and continued personal bests, at the very competitive provincial level.
So very well done for all our Cross Country Runners and their families who support them. – Coach Scott
This Saturday, October 23, we wish the best of luck to all our Valley Royals runners who are taking part in the 2021 Provincial Cross Country Championships. Enjoy your ferry rides over to Victoria, and have great runs!
For the JDs, there WILL BE PRACTICE on Saturday, at 10:15am in Clearbrook Park.
This year the Cross Country Provincial Championships will be held at Beaver Lake, just outside Victoria, on October 23rd. Open to runners aged 9 and up, distances range by age. Details and registration can be found using the BC Athletics link (below).