JD Athletes Continue with Mid-Season Success

It has been a busy month for the Vancouver Thunderbirds Track and Field Club as the outdoor season is well under-way. Below is a recap of our Junior Development program's recent success, compiled by head coach, Graeme Fell. 

Vancouver Olympic Club Track and Field Meet:

At the first meet of the year, VOC meet, held at Swangard Stadium, the club had 40 of its JD members competing, either as members of their school teams or as part of our club. Those competing for the club notched up a first place finish amongst club teams beating out Ocean Athletics and VOC by a significant margin. Individualy, the athletes notched up 19 first place, 18 second place and 17 third place finishes, together with a 1st, 2nd and 3rd in relays. A great start to the season!

Norwester's Track and Field Meet

At the second meet of the season, the Norwesters Meet, again at Swangard, TBirds achieved 10 first place, 15 second place and 8 third place finishes, with notable performances from Loren Eisses (wins in both the 100m and 20m to match her VOC meet result), Maya Baechler (2.24 in the 800m), Clarence Cheung (4.74 in the long-jump), together with strong performances from our distance runners (Miller, Kai, Michael, Griffen, Brayden, Adam, Gabbi B, Kate, Libby, Ruby, and Christina B) all showed good early season form. High jumpers, Emily Frank, John Izdebski, Oskar Purcell all jumped well and Sophie Aitken and Miles Mantle had wins in the 20mH. Our sprinters all competed well as did our mixed relay team in winning their 4*100m.

Maple Ridge

At the Maple Ridge Meet, the 20 TBirds that took part again excelled, achieving 38 season best performances, including: Maya Baechler, 800m and Javelin, winning both; Gabriella Barton, 600m and High Jump; Coco Clement, 100m, 600m and high jump; Libby Dabbs, 200m, 600m, and long jump; Katie Evans, 800m and high jump; Sofia Kuzmanovic, 600m and High Jump; Juliette Levy-Gay, 100m; Kate Logan, 60m, 600m,long jump and shot put; Hannah Olund, 60m and high jump; Myah Olund, 100m and long jump; Chloe van Schalkwyk, 600m; Madeline Waraich, 600m and long jump; Madeleine Yee, 100m; Harris Boomer, 600m; Clarence Cheung, 100m, 200m and shot put; Miller Dabbs, 100m, 600m and long jump; John Izdebski, high jump; Adam Rentz 1200m and javelin; and Francis Sadleir, high jump.

The next meet is at Minoru Oval in Richmond on May 26th to 28th.