Excellent Showing at Langley Pacific Invitational Meet

Valley Royals athletes had an excellent showing both on the track and on the field this past Saturday at the Langley Pacific Invitational.   There were numerous personal bests and gold-medal winning performances.   Here are the Royals’ gold-medal winners: 

  • Haveer Nigah – 2009 Boys High Jump (1.55m) and 200 hurdles (29.85s) 
  • Gurpartap Sandhu – 2008 Girls 300 Hurdles – 54.12 
  • Alexia Smith 2009 Girls 800- 2:34.98 
  • Adrianna Buitelaar U16 Girls 800  – 2:27.29 
  • Eloise McKerrow 2013 Girls High Jump – 1.10m 
  • Dhea Kondolay – 2009 Girls Javelin – 24.97m 
  • Thomas Wight – 2013 Boys Shot Put – 6.26m 
  • Chloe McKerrow – 2011 Girls Shot Put  – 5.90m 
  • Gurman Sandhu – 2013 Girls Shot Put – 4.93m 

There were many other great performances.  Most importantly, Royals athletes came together as team, worked together and had fun in the process.   From here, Royals athletes now turn their training towards the final push of the season as they prepare for the provincial championships and/or BC Summer Games in July.   

Well done everyone.   – Coach Trevor

2022 Pacific Langley Meet

Valley Royals’ Stellar Provincial Championship

Distance Group
This past weekend was a moment in life when I was reminded of just how fortunate I am as a coach to have the privilege of working daily with the finest of young people in pursuit of their dreams. These young athletes come to practice day in day out, in sun, flood, rain or snow and display the kind of work ethic that leaves me completely in awe.  Without complaint and most often with a smile on their face, they take on the most rigorous and demanding of training in almost any sport.
This past weekend at our BC High School Provincial Championship, it became clear just what kind of dedication and commitment to their sport our athletes have. I think every Royals athlete rose to the occasion with not only a personal best but a massive personal best. Against the toughest competition in the Province of British Columbia, our athletes completely and totally stepped up. For this, I am truly honoured and proud.
 
I truly believe that every one of our athletes who competed this weekend is a champion.  -Coach Scott
 
Valley Royals’ Distance Group Results for BC High School Provincial Championships 2022                                                                                            
 
  • Mark Molina: Provincial Champion – 800m Event
  • Maggie Epp: Provincial Champion 800m and 1500m Events
  • Sam May: Provincial Silver Medalist 1500m S/C – National Funding Standard
  • Riley Simmonds: Provincial Silver Medalist 1500m Event
  • Adrianna Buitelaar: Provincial Bronze Medalist 800m Event
  • Zoe Unger: 4th 1500m Event; 7th 800m Event.
  • Will Van Schagen: 5th 1500m S/C 
  • Halle May: 8th 1500m Event; 8th 3000m Event
  • Luke Gibbons: 9th 1500m R/W
  • Arata Nakanishi: strong 1500m Event
Power and Speed Group

Valley Royals power/speed athletes brought their A-game to the BC High School Track and Field Championships this past weekend, in Langley.   In all, six Royals athletes competed in the sprints, hurdles, jumps and relays.  I am very proud of the hard work they’ve put in this past year.  Ry Trustham placed 25th in the senior boys 400.   

In the grade 8 division, Emily Tinsley place 17th in the long jump and 8th in the high jump.   Emily also ran two strong legs in both relays with her 4 x 100 team placing 13th and her 4x 400 team capturing 5th.   Also in the grade 8 division, Gurpartap Sandhu placed 16th in the 400 and 7th in the long jump.  Gurpartap’s 4 x 400 team captured provincial bronze medal in the girls 4 x 400 relay.   Luke Wight had massive personal best of 45.16 in the junior boys 300meter hurdles claiming 9th.    Luke and teammate Arie Wassenaar placed 24th in the junior boys 4 x 100 relay.  Though both only in grade 9, Luke and Arie moved up to the senior boys division in the 4 x 400 relay and claimed 13th with their team.   

Sanaa Musonge was the performer of the meet with two huge personal bests.   She joined the 26-point club in the 200 to capture 6th in the junior girls division with a time of 26.97. In the junior girls 100, Sanaa joined the 12 second club running 12.82 in the finals to claim the provincial bronze medal.  As far as we know, Sanaa’s bronze is the first medal by a female athlete from her school (Robert Bateman Secondary) in at least 10 years (if not in her school’s history) as well as the first medal by a Royals athlete in the sprints in quite some time.   

Well done team. – Coach Trevor  

Register soon for Pacific International Meet, on June 18 in Langley

https://www.trackie.com/online-registration/event/43rd-annual-pacific-invitational-track-field-meet/478529/#.YqAPoKjMLicRegistration closes midnight of June 13, so register today.

Track Rascals, JDs and all other Valley Royals athletes can register to participate.

Download the meet package for all the details: Langley 2022 Pacific Invitational Meet Package

Register on Trackie: https://www.trackie.com/online-registration/event/43rd-annual-pacific-invitational-track-field-meet/478529/

 

Strong Jesse Bent Meet Performances

Our JDs had a great weekend in Coquitlam, at the Jesse Bent Memorial Track and Field Invitational. Our young athletes were running jumping and throwing their way through sun, rain, and flood, and they represented us with distinction. The competition was fierce, and despite everything our athletes competed very strongly across the board; many finished in the top places in their respective events. Notable mentions go to Mathias Warkentin, Emmett Redekop, Harveer Nigah, Jake Mills, Damian Brown, Averie Westbrook, Gurman Sandhu, Jessie Booth, and Dhea Kondolay, who all were event champions. A big congratulations to Dhea Kondolay on a monster javelin throw of 23.35m!!

So very well done all our young athletes and families. – Coach Scott

Valley Royals Javelin at Jesse Bent Meet 2022

 

Great job to members of the Royals’ power speed group at the Jesse Bent Meet, this past weekend (June 4) in Coquitlam.  Though many of the group are preparing for the BC High School Championships later this week and opted not to compete, those who did represented the Royals well.   Gurpartap Sandhu was the work-horse and performer of the meet capturing 3rd in the long jump , 2nd in the triple jump with a massive leap of 9.25m, 3rd in the 300 with a PB of 47.30, 4th in the 80meter hurdles and topped it all off with another PB in the 200 with a time of 30.33.     Evan Booth and Emily Tinsley both had strong showings in the long and high jumps.   Ry Trustham also ran well in the men’s 400.    

Well done team and best of luck to all Royals competing at the BC High School Championships June 9-11 in Langley. – Coach Trevor

Big Week of Great Performances at Meets

It was a big week for the Valley Royals, with the Golden Ears Invitational for our JDS and the Eastern Valley Championships for our high school athletes.
 
Our JDs had a great meet in Maple Ridge, with a very strong turnout to represent our club. Our kids really liked the great trophies and did their part in raking them in. A good time was had by all and a big well done to all the parents and athletes who participated. Honorable mentions go out to Emmett Redekop, Harveer Nigah, Josiah Boulter, Logan Sutherland, Damien Brown and Jessie Booth, who all won their respective events on the boys side; and to Eloise Mckerow, Violet Languard, Leah Tinsley, Chloe Wellington, and Deah Kondolay who won their events on the girls side. 
 
The Valley Royals distance group made a definitive statement at the Eastern Valley Track and Field Championship. It was very clear to all who watched that our athletes are really coming into their own. Zoe Unger came through with more personal bests and ground breaking races to win the 800m, 1500m and 3000m events and was named outstanding Junior Girl of the meet. Riley Simmonds had big races and personal bests on his way to winning the 800m 1500m and 3000m and was named outstanding grade 8 boy of the meet. Sam May won both the 3000m and 1500m steeplechase events in the Junior Boys division and Maggie Epp and Adrianna Buitelaar finished first and second in both the 800m and 1500m events in the grade 8 girls. Mark Molina ran an impressive 2:00.8 to win the junior boys 800m. Most of our athletes finished strongly and are looking forward to making an impact at the provincial level in the BC High School Championships in three weeks time.
A big shout out goes to our athletes and the parents that support them. Well done Royals. – Coach Scott