Thunderbird JD athletes have had a solid start to the outdoor track season, competing at three major club meets thus far: The VOC Meet (Swangard Stadium), The Norwesters Elementary Meet (Swangard Stadium), and The Eagle Classic Meet (Golden Ears) in Maple Ridge.
In the sprint hurdles, Luc Primeau, Clarence Cheung and Anna Kruk, have all shown early season form; winning or earning a medal finish. Lucas Gonzales, Fergus Hay, Nyla Tukker, Harris Boomer, Roman Yeterian, Chloe Symon and Miller Dabbs have all performed admirably as well. In the distance hurdles Nyla Tukker, Madeleine Waraich, Clarence Cheung and Kai Martland have all looked strong.
Our sprinters have also exceeded expectations: Jordan Reed, Nickolas Jang, Adam Cole, Libby Dabbs, Toby Ford and Lucas Gonzales have all finalled and placed well in their respective short sprint events, while newcomers Akasha Chamberland and Maclean Carson have demonstrated great potential. The trio of Nyla Tukker, Libby Dabbs and Coco Clement have run strongly over 200m. Nyla, alongside teammates teammates Chloe Symon, Akasha Chamberland, Anna Kruk, Lauren Soobrian and Katie Evans have also showed promise while competing over the longer sprint discipline of 300m.
In the distance events, Maya Baechler has dominated; winning all of her races. Wins have also come from: Elijah Clarke, Luc Primeau, Kai Martland, Alice Barton, Gabriella Barton and Chloe Symon. Harris Boomer, Miller Dabbs, Libby Dabbs, Tessa Phillips, Lauren Soobrian, Anna Kruk, and Kate Logan have all medaled. Ruby Forsyth, Norah Bradley and Eva Kriebel are also inching closer and closer to the top three. Brayden Horlock is making steady progress and is ready for a major breakthrough. The trio of Chloe Symon, Akasha Chamberland and Kate Logan went 1-2-3 at the Maple Ridge Meet for a Thunderbird sweep in the 600m!
In the jumps, Elijah Clarke, Jordan Reed, Clare Logan, Anna Kruk, Luc Primeau, Chloe Symon and Nyla Tukker have all earned podium finishes in long jump, with Clarence Cheung, Anna Kruk, Maclean Carson winning gold. Libby Dabbs, Nyla Tucker Chloe Symon, Cole Griffen and Lucas Gonzales all came very close, finishing just off the podium. In Clarence Cheung’s first triple jump performance, he hop-skipped-and jumped right into the first place position! Our High Jumpers have dominated as well over the course of the three meets: Cole Griffin and Lucas Gonzales going 1,3; Nyla Tukker, Anna Kruk and Coco Clement going 1,2, 4; Harris Boomer, Elijah Clarke and Dente Marcellus going 1,3, 4; Alice and Gabriella Barton each picking up 2nd place, and Maclean Carson and Nyla Tukker also picking up medal finishes. Braden Horlock (as with his 800m) looks poised for a PB soon.
Our Throwers have had a quieter start to the season: Jessica Mills and newcomer, Lilly Horlock took second and third place finishes in shot; Roman Yeterian taking a silver and bronze in shot and a bronze in discus, while in javelin Jessica Mills, Cole Griffin and Mason Van Raamsdonk have all earned wins in their respective categories.
Finally, our relay teams have had fun winning six out of the seven total races run.
Thank you to all of the parents for their support, the athletes for their effort and coaches for their dedication.
- Graeme Fell, head coach JD Program.
Full meet results can be found here: