This weekend Thunderbirds were competing both in the States and locally. At the Fraser Valley High School Invitational at Bear Creek, Surrey there was a number of athletes racing and jumping. Sophie Pauls ran 16.79 in the 100m hurdles and went 4.96m in the long jump, whilst Alexander Savage went 1.75m in the high jump and 6.31m in the long jump. At this meet there were also a few personal bests for Kenneth Shultze and Hayley Madden. Shultze in both the 110m hurdles with 14.56 and the 200m with 22.38. Madden achieved a 59.62 personal best in the 400m.
Across the border in Bellingham a couple of Thunderbird athletes were in action at the 34th annual WWU Vernacchia Open, where Yuri Suzuki went 6.05m in the long jump. The highlight of this meet for the Thunderbirds was Grade 11 Michael Aono running a personal best in the 400m in 46.96, a time which takes him to 6th on the U18 World Youth rankings!!
Also competing in the USA was WAC Canada and Thunderbird athlete Dustin Walsh and guide runner Dylan Williamson, who ran 53.82 in the 400m at Triton to go number no.2 in 2015 IPC rankings.
Overall it was a great weekend with many successful performances and rankings for our athletes. We also have two very exciting new Thunderbird members to announce this week: Christabel Nettey, Canadian record holder in the long jump and Akeem Haynes, ranked 3rd in the 60m this year. We look forward to having them in the club!