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
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 provincialbronze 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.
Thank you to all our athletes and their families for joining us for another successful Jennifer Rogers Swan Meet. A very big thank you must also go to all our volunteers and our officials. Without your time and expertise, the event would not be possible.
Congrats to members of the Valley Royals Power/Speed group for their excellent performances at the 2022 “Ice Breaker” meet, held in Langley on Saturday, March 5th. Although the meet offered only a limited number of events, athletes took the opportunity to show off all the hard work they’ve done over the fall and winter.
Evan Booth, Carter Thiessen, Luke Wight, Sanaa Musonge, Tristan Steiger and Charlie Franson all opened their seasons with personal bests in the 200m. Vanessa Piranni also performed well in both the 300meter hurdles and 100 meter hurdles. The power speed athletes joined forces with the athletes from the distance crew to run some strong 4 x 400meter relays.
Well done, team.
Our Valley Royals distance group took advantage of the bright sunshine and great conditions this past Saturday to record some outstanding season opening performances. In particular Mark Molina ran an amazing 4:14.11 in his first ever 1500m, a time that in years past would put him in the medals at BC high schools in the junior division. Halle May ran a huge personal best in the 1500m with a 5:05.76 which was just under 10 seconds faster that her peak season performance from last season, and virtually all our distance group athletes put strong opening marks on the board.
A big congratulations goes out to all our athletes who represented us proudly.
The Valley Royals Middle Distance group turned in some great performances this past week in Langley and Kelowna.
Halle and Sam May, Tristian and Will Steiger, Alyssa Hutchison, Arie Wassenaar, Damian Sutton, Riley Simmonds, Sam Rasquinha, and Zoe Unger turned in strong performances in the Fraser Valley Twilight meet, on Wednesday, June 30, in Langley.
Coach Scott, Valley Royals Endurance Coach
Riley Simmonds and Damian Sutton finished one and two in the U14 800m. Sam May had a great race in the U16 800m, finishing second with an astounding 2:08 run. Halle May placed a strong second against probably the fastest high school runner in the province. Sam Rasquinha, Alyssa Hutchison, Zoe Unger, Arie Wassenaar, and Tristian and Will Steiger also represented Valley Royals strongly in the 800m event. Mayci Falk looked very strong in the Senior Women’s 400 meter representing the Royals Sprint group proudly.
Reid Johnston and Andrew Thomson Shine in Kelowna
Two of our distance athletes Andrew Thomson and Reid Johnston shone in Kelowna this past weekend. Andrew Thomson continued to post huge personal record performances in both the open men’s 800 and 1500 meter events. Running 1:57 for 800 and 4:04 for 1500 Andrew is knocking on the door of scholarship level performance. Reid Johnston also continues to achieve PRs in the 800m with a 1:58 run this weekend, which starts to make him a runner to watch in the future. Well done boys!
Joshua Carsience Celebrates a New PR
At the Royal City PV Meet, in New Westminster, on Sunday, July 4, Joshua reached a new personal record of 4.15m in pole vault. Great work at pushing to new heights.