Track athletes among nation’s fastest, highest

Even with Canada’s best track athletes lining up in the lanes, Nanaimo youths were among the frontrunners.

Seven members of the Nanaimo Track and Field Club raced at the Legion Canadian Youth National Track and Field Championships in Langley this past weekend, with four of them medalling.

Madison Heisterman raced to a silver-medal finish in the U16 800 metres, reaching the finish line in two minutes, 12.86 seconds.

Jason Clare earned silver in the U18 pole vault competition, Rachel Jerome took bronze in the U18 long jump and Hassy Fashina-Bombata was part of Team B.C.’s bronze-medal-winning U16 4x100m relay team.

“It’s very impressive to see our athletes compete so well against the best in the country,” said Terri Doughty, a track club director, in a press release. “Congratulations to them, their coaches and their families for all the hard work and support needed for this kind of achievement.”

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