Thunderbirds Busy in June

May 27/29

BC Elementary T&F Championships – Richmond

A number of TBirds took part in the BC Elementary Championships, competing either for the club or schools. Highlights of the meet were strong performances from Marie Louise, Michael Mitchell and Kieran Lumb. Marie Louise finished first in long jump with a distance of 4.34m, second in discus with a throw of 24.80m,third in Triple Jump with 9.17m , and a fifth place in the 300m in a time of 47.82. Michael earned three third place finishes in the 200m (29.66), 600m (1:54.75) and Long Jump (3.92) and topped this off by winning a god medal with his school relay team. Kieran had strong runs in both the 800m (fourth in 2:25.68) and 1200m (Fifth in 3:55.40). 

There were also good showings from Hayley Madden(5th in the 100m and 10th in the 200m), Shaunika in the 60mH (7th in 13.71) and long jump (6th in 2.66),and Thomas Palaty (7th in the high jump in 1.25) 

Track results can be found at:

Field Results can be found at :

BC High Schools – Swangard

Vancouver Thunderbirds had great representation in the power/speed category:

Sajeda Win - 100m

Amabel Stokes - 400m, 200m, 4x100m, 4x400m

Isabella Aversa - 100m, 200m, 4x100m, 4x400m

Bashir Khan - High Jump, 4x100m

Jake Powrie - Decathlong,110mh, 400mH, PV, 4x100m, 4x400m

Ben Daly Grafstein - Decathlon, 110mH, LJ, PV, 4x100m, 4x400m

Andrew de Visser - 100mH, Long Jump (8/9 Division)

Jake Powrie and Ben Daly Grafstein finished 3rd and 4th respectively at the opening weekend of the BC High School Championships, competing in the Decathlon.  While an unfortunate injury would keep Ben from competing at the second weekend of the meet, Jake would go on to add a Bronze in the 400mH and be a finalist in each of his other events.  All of his performances were personal bests.  Bashir Khan had his best jump of the season at 1.95m and captured the Silver medal, only missing the Gold on a count back.  Andrew de Visser produced a massive Jump to win the 8/9 Long Jump at 6.42m, a distance that would have medalled in the Senior division.  This was on top of his dominant win in the 100mH run in 13.67.

Emily Huser got things started with a 5th in the Triple Jump and a 10th in the Long Jump.  Sajeda Win had a Season's Best to finish 19th in the Women's Long Jump.  Isabella Aversa was 20th in the women's 100m and 13th in the women's 200m.  Isabella would team with Amabel Stokes and the York House Girls to win an exciting 4x400m 3:57 to Walnut Groves 3:58!  Amabel added a silver in the 400m running 55.66 seconds and a bronze in the 200m running 25.13 to complete her set of medals.

Several athletes from the Thunderbirds middle distance group had outstanding results at the BC High School Track and Field Championships,  led by bronze medal performances from Katrina Allison, Kansas Mackenzie, and Christian Gravel.

Katrina ran a great race in the 3000m to capture the bronze medal with a new personal best of 10:05.25. She went on to show impressive racing instincts and kicking ability to capture another bronze in the 1500m with a time of 4:44.75. Kansas came into the BC's sharp and ready for a breakthrough in the 800m. She ran with great confidence and poise in the heats to win her heat and qualify for the final. In the final, she followed the aggressive pace set by Sarah Bailey and ran a significant personal best of 2:16.11 to earn the bronze medal spot on the podium. Christian was part of a tactical 3000m race that saw a big pack still together with a lap to go. His sprinting speed came in handy as he sped around the final 400m in 57 seconds to capture the bronze medal. His time of 8:47.58 was a new personal best. He came back the next day to finish 5th in the 1500m with a time of 3:56.11. This was a 6 second personal best and has earned him a spot on the Canadian team travelling to the Commonwealth Youth Games in Isle of Man, Great Britain.

Other athletes also turned in notable results. Matthew So ran a determined 800m heat to qualify for the 800m final. He finished a very credible 6th in the final. His training partner, Patrick Riddell, finished 12th in the 800m. Paula Tannert and Megan Nantel finished 12th and 16th respectively in the 800m. Will Cliff ran personal best times to finish 8th in the 3000m and 7th in the 2000m steeplechase. Will is off to UBC in the fall to compete for the UBC Thunderbirds. Ryan Wong and Gaelen Moore finished 21st and 24th in the 1500m and Tomo Newton finished 21st in the grade 8 and 9 3000m and 22nd in the 1500m. Mackenzie Wong ran a personal best of 52.56 to finish 12th in the 400m. Madison Wong finished 6th in the grade 8 and 9 200m with a time of 27.75. She also ran well in the 100m and 400m events.

Daniel Goh showed great stamina by placing well in the grade 8 and 9 800m, 1500m, and 3000m. He recorded personal bests in all 3 events. He was 4th in the 800m with a time of 2:04.52, 4th in the 1500m with a time of 4:22.21, and 6th in the 3000m with a time of 9:44.11.

Great showings were had by all athletes!


Grade 8 and 9 Results:

Jun 11/12

Jessie Bent Memorial T&F Meet

Taking advantage on good weather and a fast track, the TBirds recorded some great performances at the Jessie Bent Memorial Track Meet.

Katrina Allison front ran a great race in windy conditions in the 3000m, beating the Legion Standard, but just falling short of the BC Team standard. Madison Wong had a triple outing in the 100m, 200m, and 300m running 13.39, 27.73, and 44.06 for 5th, 7th and 5th respectively. Megan Nantel scored a PB in the 400 and 800m; the later in 2:32.64.  Kansas MacKenzie showed consistency in the 800 and that she is ready for another faster time this year by running 2:16.96 in the 800m and Mackenzie Wong ran a PB in the 800m of 2:04.47 followed closely by Buckshon, Joseph in PB of 2:04.75.

Thomas and Willem Palaty ran PB’s in the 80mH finishing 9th and 6th and then went on to throw 15.96m and 23.58 respectively in the javelin for 1st and 3rd place finishes. Deirdre Reynolds ran a PB in the 60m and Hayley Madden had a great race in the 200m to finish 3rd and break 29seconds for the first time, later finishing 4th in the 100m in 14.00

Marie Louise Forsyth finished first in the 300m by running a PB of 46.68 and later recorded a PB in the Discus of 28.27 in second place and rounded out the day by winning the javelin with a throw of 21.22m

Noah Wilding ran a fast time in the 800m of 2.43.64 and finishing 6th in the 100m in 15.24, and  Maya Motyka produced another consistent result in the high jump, clearing 1.40m

In the field, the high jumpers showed good form; Alyx Treasure winning with 1.75m with Emily Huser 6th with 1.50m. Bashir Khan finished 2nd with a jump of 1.90m. In the senior high jump Michael Mason cleared 2.15m for the win with Paul Little second with 2.05m.  Jacob Cutts finished 4th in the javelin with a throw of 32.44m and Shaunika Suriya finished 5th in the long jump with a jump of 2.78m

Jun 18/19

Langley Pacific Invt'l – Langley

A small number of TBirds competed in Langley. Katrina Allison, coming off great performances at the High School Provincial Championships ran a solo 10:12.49 to win the 3000m, while Daniel Goh came close to winning the 2000m, running a time of 6:08.48.

Other medalists on the day came from: Andrew DeVisser earning first place in the 100mH in a time of 14.03m, Christian Gravel finishing 2nd in the 1500m in 4:11.10 despite being sick, a second in javelin from Ivan Staeheli with a throw of 50.50m, Jacob Cutts earned a bronze in Javelin with a 33.15m effort, and Shaunika Suriya earned a bronze also in the 1000m with a time of 4:30.93.

Patrick Riddell ran a PB in the 800m of 2:02.61 in finishing 4th.

Jun 25

BC Junior Development Pentathlon Championships – Surrey

The BC Pentathlon Championships in Surrey provided an opportunity for the athletes to test themselves in five different events: hurdles, long jump, high jump, shot and a distance run.

Shaunika Suriya finished eight; her best results coming in the long jump (1st in 3.06m) and the 600m where she ran a gutsy race to, running a PB of 2:19.84.

Willem and Thomas Palaty finished eighth and twelfth respectively with point scores of 1817 and 1611

Kirstie Merkt-Caprile finished twelfth with 1367 points; earning a PB of 1.18m in high jump.

The best performance of the day came from Andrew DE Visser who finished third in his age group with a total of 3056 points; coming close to the provincial record of 13.58 with a 13.62 clocking and achieving a solid second place in the long jump with 6.01m

June 23 – 25

Senior Nationals in Calgary, AB

Alyx Treasure finished in 5th place at her first Senior Nationals with a  jump of 1m78.  Mike Mason finished with the bronze medal, with the top 4 jumpers all clearing 2m19.  Paul Little finished in 5th with 2m03.

July 1st

Harry Jerome International Track Classic

Alyx Treasure won the event with her 1m81 jump, her best jump in 3 years.  Next up for her are Junior Nationals in Winnipeg.  She has already made the 1m75 standard for the Pan Am Juniors, and needs to finish in the top 2 in Winnipeg to secure a spot on the National Junior team.  Mike Mason cleared 2m15 (winning height 2m20) for 4th spot while Paul Little again finished in 5th place, this time with a jump of 2m10.  Next up for the men are the Provincial Championships on the new Coquitlam Mondo track.