Several Thunderbird middle distance runners were in action over the weekend at the Jesse Bent Memorial Cheetah Meet in Coquitlam. Madison and Mackenzie Wong both contested the 400m, clocking times of 1:02.82 and 53.53. In the women's 800m, Amanda de Faye ran a personal best of 2:29.23 and Kansas Mackenzie ran a solid time of 2:16.99. Jennah Lay ran 2:38.40. New member, Manon Plouvier, ran the 800m (2:44.52) and the 1200m (4:27.26) in her Thunderbirds debut. In the men's 800m, Matthew So and Max Trummer ran personal best times of 1:53.49 and 1:56.15. Special mention goes to Christian Favreau for breaking the 2:00 barrier for the first time. His time of 1:57.30 is a massive breakthrough! Other men in action were Alex Kilpatrick (1:53.86) and Kapil Anand (2:01.73). Kansas Mackenzie ran a 7 second personal best in the women's 1500m with a time of 4:34.57 and Christian Gravel ran 3:57.69. Calli Charlton won the 2000m with a new personal best of 6:42.97.
At the Portland Track Festival at Lewis and Clark College, Rachel Cliff and Erica Digby contested the women's 1500m. Erica finished in a time of 4:22.20 and Rachel recorded a new personal best of 4:16.45.
A number of TBird JD athletes also competed in Coquitlam, many achieving PB’s and gold standards. Max Marshall came away with a time of 13.5 in the 100m and second place, Sophie Morris, also picking up a second place with a time of 14.08. In the 300m , Meg Swaffield ran a PB of 45.94 for a third place finish. In the 800m both Paul Fisher and Callum McKenzie had huge PBs, Paul winning in 2.20.4 and Callum clocking 2.33.5. Delia Warrington broke 4mins for the first time in the 1000m with a 3;59.5 clocking. In the 80m Hurdles, Conrad McCallum and Jack McColl went 1,2 in their heat running 14.71 and 14.90 respectively. On the field the highlight was in in the high jump with Alyssa Chong clearing 1.30m and Jessica Kieffer, Delia Warrington and Finley Butler taking the top three spots. The 13 year old girls (Alyssa, Danielle, Clara and Sophie crushed the opposition in the 400m relays in a time of 55.81.