A trio of Vernon girls swept the podium in the 1,500-metre race at the B.C. Athletics Championships Jamboree last weekend at Rotary Stadium in Abbotsford.
Sasha Schoch, a member of the Vernon AAA Track & Field Club, claimed gold in the 16-17 Girls 1,500-m, finishing in four minutes, 37.53 seconds. Schoch also struck silver in the 3,000-m (10.06.91).
Tessni Carruthers was runner-up in the 1,500-m (4:43.97), and uncovered bronze in the 3,000-m (10:19.58). She added a fourth-place showing in the 800-m with 2:22.30.
Sarah Bailey rounded out the all-Vernon podium finish, placing third in 4:47.17. Bailey secured silver in the 800-m with of 2:15.30.
Competing in the 14-15 Girls division, Ella Brown earned seventh-place finishes in both the 100-m (13.33 seconds) and 300-m (43.66).
Brown is competing for Zone 2 Thompson-Okanagan in the same two events, plus the 4×100-m relay, at the B.C. Summer Games this week in Langley.
Vernon AAA’s Chris Watson is also competing in Langley in the 800-m.
Shawna Noble was eighth in both the 100-m (17.65) and 300-m (49.63) hurdles.
Running in the 18-19 men’s division, Pepijn Ramakers was ninth in the 400-m (54.08), and 15th in the 800-m (2:08.01).
The Vernon AAA girls have qualified for the 2010 Legion Canadian Youth Track & Field Championships that will take place Aug. 6-8 at the Terry Fox Athletic Complex in Ottawa.
Vernon AAA Track Club athletes claimed 21 medals, including eight gold, at the 26th annual Jack Brow Track Meet last weekend at the Kelowna Apple Bowl.
Lydia Lavigne-Evely – competing in the Female 10 year olds division – won the 60-metre sprint in 9.86 seconds, topped the 100-m in 16.2 seconds and ruled the long jump at 3.18 metres. She also struck silver in the high jump at 1.15 metres.
Sarah Bailey was in the Women’s 16-17 class and took gold in the 800-m in two minutes and 18.52 seconds. She ran a personal best 4:46.9 in the 1,500-m. Bailey was fourth in the 400-m in 61.37.
Ella Brown ran a personal best 26.79 to take the 200-m race in Girls 14-15. Brown placed fourth in the 100-m in 13.26 and was fifth in the 300-m in 43.29.
Jared Sexsmith of the Boys 12 year old category uncovered gold in the high jump at 1.36 metres, while placing fourth in the triple jump at 8.83 metres.
Tessni Carruthers – competing in Women’s 16-17 – was first in the 3,000-m in a blistering 10:23.69, taking one second off her personal best.
Carruthers also claimed silver in the 1,500-m in 4:47.73, shaving seven seconds off her personal best.
Shawna Noble was in the Women’s 16-17 and garnered a silver medal in the 100-m hurdles in 18 seconds and bagged bronze in the 300-m hurdles in 49.62.
Christopher Watson ran in the Boys 14-15 category, pocketing silver in the 2000-m in 6:57.12, placing third in the 1200-m in 3:47.98 (PB). He was fifth in the 800- in 2:25:03 for another personal best.
Amelia Smart produced a pair of bronze medals in the Girls 11-12 division, recording a 5:48.84 in the 1,500-m and leaping 1.25 metres in the high jump. She was fifth in the 800-m in 2:51.59.
Claire Oordt-Bosman of the Girls 9-10 year olds group earned a silver in the 800-m in 2:57.05.
Corrinne Lavigne-Evely (Girls 12-13) posted a huge personal best by taking bronze in the high jump at 1.35 metres. She was eighth in the long jump at 3.55 metres and 10th in the 200-m in 37.09 and the 800-m in 2:48.45 (PB).
Nicholas Stanhope of the Boys 13 year old category earned bronze in the long jump at 4.48 metres and finished fourth in the high jump at 1.40 metres.
Pepijn Ramakers competed in Men’s 18 year olds and secured a bronze in the 800-m in 2:08.72, breaking his personal best by three seconds even though his shoes were untied for the entire race. He was fourth in the 400-m in 54.66 (PB).
Sasha Schoch, in the Women’s 16-17 group, collected a bronze in the 800-m.
Eleri Smart, in the 9 year olds class, placed fourth in the 60-m dash in 10.27 seconds and the 100-m in 17.18.
Liam Brown (Men’s 12-13) was fourth in the 1500-m in 5:24.96 (PB) and seventh in the 800-m in 2:36.47.
Bryan Carruthers (Boys 12-13) placed fourth in the 3,000-m in 11:40, and sixth in the 1,500-m in 5:38.30, both personal bests.
Taylor Dasilva (Girls 11-12) was eighth in the 200-m in 36.46 and 10th in the long jump at 2.52 metres (PB).
Taylor Ostrass (Girls 12-13) placed ninth in the 800-m in 2:47.83 setting a new personal best.