The BC Track and Field Championships were held last week. Collingwood's track stars headed out to Langley to test themselves against the province's very best. Here is Coach McLaughlin's report of the meet:
A small but mighty squad headed to Langley to compete in the BC Track and Field Provincials. And through weather, that was wild and unrelenting, the four Collingwood athletes did their best, almost all giving personal best performances.
On Thursday, Matthew Yu competed in the Bantam boys high jump, amidst the middle of an "atmospheric river". He tried to push through the puddles, jump into the rain, and land on a soggy mat. In an event in which all athletes struggled, Matthew still managed to capture a top 15 position.
Later that evening, Elise Miller took to the track to compete in the Bantam girls 1500 m. Elise put in a gutsy performance, 3 and 3/4 laps in wind and rain, she managed to set a personal best, shaving five seconds off of her entry time!
As the day changed from Thursday to Friday, so did the weather. Bright and early Friday morning saw the sprint hurdle heats take place. Michael Scherk was the first on the track competing in the 110 m Sr boys hurdles - Heat 1. He managed to fly to a first-place finish not only in his heat but the best time in all the heats, setting him up well for the finals later in the day. Shortly after, Matthew Yu returned to the meet to race the Bantam boys' 100m hurdles. Matthew's solid run managed to qualify him for the finals as well.
Fast forward 5 hours and the finals were set. Michael ran an impeccable race and just narrowly missed capturing gold, but the silver was his fastest time yet this season an impressive 14.54s.
Matthew ran afterwards in a highly competitive group, and he should be incredibly proud of his 8th place and a PB of 16.76s.
The final day of competition saw Michael Botti come out to throw the javelin. After having a busy spring season with other sports and disciplines it was awesome to see Michael set a PB of 31.08 meters. While he had entered ranked 24th, Michael finished 17 overall - a great achievement to move up so many spots.
And so ends another track and field season. Thank you to all the athletes who dedicated their time and efforts each morning, through some exciting weather, and achieved their best in their disciplines. Thank you also to our coaches, Ms. Harbich, Ms. King-Cohen, and Ms. Power for all their time and dedication to the athletes.
Hope to see many more athletes come out next year!
Michael Scherk with his silver medal.
As Ms. McLaughlin seeks shelter under her umbrella, Matthew Yu warms up for the high-jump competition.
Michael Botti competed in two BC Championships this spring. He was a member of the tennis team and then threw a personal best at the track championships.
Elise Miller also set a personal best in the girls 1500m.