Elementary school athletes attain new heights

It’s back to the track this week, continuing our summary of the Nanaimo and District Elementary Schools’ Track and Field Championships,

Twelve-year-old Liam Moody of Cilaire Elementary school clears the bar in high jump competition June 6 at the Nanaimo District Elementary School Track and Field Championships at Rotary Bowl stadium.

Twelve-year-old Liam Moody of Cilaire Elementary school clears the bar in high jump competition June 6 at the Nanaimo District Elementary School Track and Field Championships at Rotary Bowl stadium.

It’s back to the track this week, continuing our summary of results from the recent Nanaimo and District Elementary Schools’ Track and Field Championships. We look now at the top three finishers from events in boys’ competition…

In the tyke (born 2003-04) division, two new district records were set. Rutherford runner Aidan Collery’s time of 14.35 seconds in the 100m final established a new standard and Mitchell Finner from Mountain View raced to a new record by winning the 200m in 29.72 seconds. Finner also won the 400m and 800m events, while Collery was runner-up in the 200m. Nathaniel Paris from Hammond Bay was second in the 100m as well as third in 400m. Chase River’s Miles Carson took third in 100m and 200m, with Scott Taylor of Uplands second in 400m. Brendan Carlson of Pleasant Valley was the 1500m winner. Cinnabar’s Gage Zanette was second and also took third in 800m. Second in 800m was Luke Lavery from Cilaire and third in 1500m was Rock City’s Jake Seaman.

With field events, Alex McLaughlan from Randerson Ridge won the tyke boys’ long jump and was third in high jump. Second and third in long jump were Scott Taylor of Uplands Park and Cameron Martiniuk of Forest Park. Rutherford’s Dexter Berry was the high jump champ, with Brett Schlitz of Cinnabar second. Top three in softball throw were Aidan Collery of Rutherford, Gus Johnson from Mountain View and James Joyce from Ladysmith Intermediate.

Turning to peewee (born 2001-02) boys’ track results, Seaview athlete Ben Toth was a triple winner, placing first in the 100m, 200m and 400m races. Second and third in the 100m were Victor Fort of Forest Park and Carter Ekland from Frank J. Ney and Colton Horsley from Ladysmith was runner-up in the 200m. Third in both 200m and 400m was Hammond Bay’s Matthew Brown, while teammate Ian Grabher took second in 400m and 800m and third in 1500m. Winner of both the 800m and 1500m races was Nate Seaman of Rock City. McGirr’s Brendan Rogers was second in 1500m, with Parker Davie from Frank J. Ney third in the 800m.

Drew Johnson of Rock City, Jack Harrison from Hammond Bay and Nathaniel Richmond of Coal Tyee were the top three peewee high jumpers. Forest Park’s Benny Munger won the long jump, outleaping Nate Seaman from Rock City and Kole Postema from Park Avenue. In triple jump, Gabriola’s Adin Brenner was first, ahead of Drayden Cairns of North Cedar and Parker Davie from Frank J. Ney. Victor Fort from Forest Park won the shot put event, with Mountain View’s Jordan Wasmuth second and Kurt Schnablegger of Hammond Bay third. Cole Baines from Ladysmith was first in discus, Justin Sexton of Pleasant Valley second and Tosh Paziuk from Quarterway third. In softball throw, the top three were Dakota Cullum of Rock City, Park Avenue’s Colby Neff and Wyatt Dorman from Mountain View.

Track events involving bantam (born 1999-2000) boys featured Dominic Bertrand of Pleasant Valley winning both the 100m and 200m finals. Second and third places went to Cinnabar’s David Wicks and Uplands Park’s Hamish MacMillan in the 200m and Thomas Wright from McGirr and Grayson McDonald of Davis Road in the 200m. Hammond Bay runner Nathan MacGougan took first in the 400m, with Alex Stevens from Forest Park the runner-up. Rutherford’s Linden Kaps won both the 800m and 1500m and was third in 400m. Taking second and third in the 800m were Colin Nutting from Park Avenue and Ryder Jenks of Rock City. In the 1500m, Austin Dendl of Uplands Park was second and Jackson Isnor of Randerson Ridge third.

In field events, the top three high jumpers were Dawson Heathcote from Rock City, Zach Taylor of McGirr and Declan D’Eath from Uplands Park. Seaview’s Matt Lorenz was best in long jump, beating out Thomas Wright of McGirr and Dion Dennis-Martin of Rock City. Colton Goldsbury from Randerson Ridge won the triple jump, with Ryder Jenks of Rock City second and Seaview’s Matt Lorenz third. Winner in shot put was Fairview’s Donovan Davidson-Collie. Shea Peoples from Uplands took second and was also third in discus. Forest Park’s Alex Stevens was first in shot put. Third went to Bryce Riesack of North Cedar and second in discus to Blayne Ellis from Ladysmith.

Whatever your sport, a reminder in closing to play your hardest, play fair, and show good sportsmanship.