This past weekend saw the Thunderbirds take to the track and the field for the Junior Development Pentathlon in Maple Ridge, BC.
In the nine year old girls event Amelia Kristen came first with 1390 points; winning all individual events but one. Third place went to Maya Baechler who pulled into third place with a fast 600m run at the end of the competition.
Three T-Birds competed in the Girls’ 10 year old event. Finley Butler finishing 6th, Jessica Kieffer 10th and Sophie Forsythe 19th out of a field of 27.
Mac Bryden finished 5th in the ten year old boys event; performing consistently in all events with his strongest showing coming in the shot put where he finished 4th.
In the 11 year old event, Hella-Marie Dolman and Noel Yau finished 9th and 10th; their best individual performance coming in the shot put and high jump respectively; Noel scoring a big personal best in the high jump of 1.21m.
Xavier Kristen edged his way into bronze position with a second place jump of 1.31m in the high jump followed by a win in a fast time in the last event, the 600m. Paul Paetzel and Atticus Karakostas finishing 13th and 14th respectively.
Ruby Fox finished 10th overall in the 12 year old girls’ event; Maggie MacKay and Cynthia Wei finishing 20th and 21st respectively. Dylan Ulrich finished 7th in the boys event with strong performances in the hurdles and high jump.
Sophie Morris performed consistently in all events but narrowly missed out on a medal in the girls’ 13 year old pentathlon; losing out by just 78 points. Jack McColl also missed out on a bronze medal by less than 100 points
In the girls 14 year olds event, Danielle Miller finished 5th with strong performances in the shot and high jump. Paul Fisher won a close fought battle in the boys’ event by 64 points through wins in the hurdles and 1000m as well as some excellent jumping in both the long jump and high jump.
Congratulation to all who competed! All athletes will be looking forward to the BC Jamboree at the end of July in Kamloops, BC.