Athletics: Big medal hauls for two Vancouver track stars

Seven athletes reach the podium more than once at BC track and field championships

Five Vancouver runners hauled in two medals apiece from the B.C. high school track and field championships last weekend in Nanaimo while two more athletes brought home three medals and logged provincial records.

Vancouver College’s Jasper Schiedel won gold in the senior boys 400 metre hurdles, setting a B.C. record for his time of 55.99 seconds. He also claimed silver medals in pole vault and the 110m hurdles, which he came second to Grade 11 teammate Anastasse Eliopoulos.

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Kitsilano relay anchor Matthew Leighton eyes the competition as he takes the baton and races for the finish line. The Blue Demons won silver in the senior boys 4x400m relay by one quarter of a second behind W.J. Mouat secondary. Photo Richard Abbot

Schiedel raised his medal haul to four since he also won gold the previous week at the multi-event meet in Surrey. The decathlete trains with the Vancouver Olympic Club, is the Canadian champion in the distance hurdles and is the No. 1 ranked youth in the decathlon. Last year, he finished 20th at the World Youth Championships in Cali, Colombia while winning gold in shot put and high jump.  

Eliopoulos ran a record-setting time of 14.35 to beat the benchmark Schiedel set last year in 110m hurdles and he also took silver in the senior boys 100 m sprint.

For the second year, Vancouver College won the overall aggregate for the most team points, a remarkable feat for a single-sex school that only competes in half the meet’s events.   

Magee talent Julie Kawai Herdman was the second triple-medallist from Vancouver. Taking gold in the junior girls long jump, she tied a two-year-old record of five metres and 44 centimetres. She won silver in the high jump and bronze in the 100m sprint. Herdman also competed as an underage athlete in the multi-event competition May 28 and finished second in heptathlon behind a record-busting day from New Westminster stand-out Nina Schultz.

The five double medallists were St. George’s Quinn Litherland, Tupper Tiger Paul Fisher, West Point Grey Academy’s Katherine Lucas and Point Grey’s Thomas Nobbs.

Litherland, a Grade 11 sprinter who trains with the Thunderbird Track Club, took gold in the senior boys 200m and 400m events, winning in times of 22.51 and 47.57, respectively.

Paul Fisher won gold for Tupper in the junior boys 400m in 50 seconds flat and silver in the 800m in 2:05.30.

Long-distance runner Thomas Nobbs ran to a silver medal in both the 2000m steeplechase and 3000m foot race, coming second in both cases less than 10 seconds behind the winner.

Katherine Lucas, a sprinter from West Point Grey Academy, was second in the 100m and 200m races winning silver both times behind Zion Corrales Nelson of St. Thomas More. Lucas ran a 25.42 in the longer race and 12.13 in the shorter sprint.

Killarney won triple gold in the race walk, with Philip Ng winning the junior boys 1500m event and Zoe Zhang and Alger Liang cleaning up in the senior events. Ng and Zhang both set meet records. Peter Jeong also came second in the junior boys race and Joanna Yu came third out of the junior girls.

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Killarney Cougar Zoe Zhang, in green on the inside lane, leans in for the start of the senior girls 1500m race walk before she won the gold medal. Photo Richard Abbot

Vancouver schools claimed five medals in the relay races. Little Flower Academy took gold in the junior girls 4x400 and 4x100 races while Vancouver College won the 4x100 relay with Schiedel running second. West Point Grey Academy won silver in the senior girls 4x400 and Kitsilano raced down to the wire, coming from behind to take silver in the senior boys 4x400.

 

More Vancouver medal winners

                                                               

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West Point Grey Academy Wolf Katherine Lucas won silver in the senior girls 100m and 200m sprints. Photo Richard Abbot


Anika Austin, Kitsilano Blue Demons, junior girls 1500m steeplechase — silver

Diana Voloshin, Point Grey Ghosts, senior girls triple jump — silver

Kenneth Ng, St George’s, senior boys long jump — silver

               

Ryan Denman, Vancouver College, junior boys long jump — bronze

Serena Woo, Eric Hamber Griffins, senior girls triple jump — bronze

Hannah Johnston, Van Tech Talisman, senior girls 400m hurdles — bronze

Hayley Madden, Kitsilano Blue Demons, senior girls 400m — bronze

Gurleen Bhandal, Churchill Bulldogs, senior girls discus — bronze

Alex Pescitelli, West Point Grey Academy Wolves, senior boys 200m — bronze 

Iqam Bhandal, Churchill Bulldogs, senior boys hammer — bronze

Luka Poljak, Churchill Bulldogs, junior boys pole vault — bronze

 

Meet Photos

 

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Tupper Tiger Paul Fisher, in red, finished second in the junior boys 800m sprint, coming second to Jordan Schmidt of R.E. Mountain, at the B.C. high school track and field championships in Nanaimo June 2 to 4, 2016. Photo Richard Abbot

 

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Kitsilano Blue Demon Annika Austin won silver in the junior girls 1500m steeplechase and finished fourth in the 3000m run at the B.C. high school track and field championships in Nanaimo June 2 to 4, 2016. Photo Richard Abbot

 

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Van Tech Talisman Hannah Johnston won bronze in the senior girls 400m hurdles at the B.C. high school track and field championships in Nanaimo June 2 to 4, 2016. Photo Richard Abbot

 

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Point Grey Hound Diana Voloshin won silver in the senior girls triple jump with a leap of 11.44 metres at the B.C. high school track and field championships in Nanaimo June 2 to 4, 2016. She also finished fourth in the 100m hurdles and long jump. Photo Richard Abbot

 

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On their way to a bronze for Vancouver College in the senior boys 4x100 relay Anastasse Eliopoulos takes the baton at the B.C. high school track and field championships in Nanaimo June 2 to 4, 2016. The Fighting Irish also won silver in this event. Photo Richard Abbot

 

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Brendan Chandra finished fourth for Vancouver College in the senior boys discus at the B.C. high school track and field championships in Nanaimo June 2 to 4, 2016. Photo Richard Abbot

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