Well done to all our Royals. A great way to start the season. – Coach Scott
Our Royals Distance Athletes had a great opening meet this past weekend at the University of Washington High School Invitational. Running against some of the best athletes in the Pacific Northwest, many of our crew posted personal best performances, and others were running very close to what they were running at peak season last year.
Riley Simmonds, Sam May, and Mack Lascelle recorded massive personal best times in the 3000m of 9:12.25, 9:09.58, and 9:16.80. Sam May ran very strongly, and Mack ran the last half of this race with one shoe. Riley Simmonds’ performance for a grade 9 athlete was simply astounding. On the Women’s side, Zoe Unger recorded a big PR of 10:41.22 to cap off a fantastic opening night.
On Sunday, our ‘milers’ and 800m runners had some great performances as well. Will Van Schagen came up with a great opening run and PR of 2:03.90 in the 800m, and Adrianna Buitelaar ran a fantastic 5:05.67 in the mile (approximately 4:43 for 1500m). Maggie Epp also recorded a personal best performance in the mile of 5:12.22. Mark Molina ran a strong 800m of 1:58.12 to finish 6th in the Invitational Section, and Miles Graham ran a strong opener of 2:11.57. A great time was had by all!
Congratulations to all of our Royals – both parents and athletes, who represented us with distinction at one of the premier high school events in the Northwest. – Coach Scott
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
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.