Nanaimo Track and Field Club athletes showed championship form at the B.C. Athletics Jamboree this past weekend.
The contingent from the club combined for nine provincial championships at the three-day meet.
Hassy Fashina Bombata won the midget girls’ 100-metre dash in 12.34 seconds and also took silver in the 200m with a personal-best time of 25.09 seconds.
Madison Heistermen won double gold, winning the midget girls’ 800m and running a personal best of 3:33.53 in the 1,200m to win that race, too.
Jenaya Pynn won the junior women’s 800m final in a close finish.
Sean Miller shattered his personal-best time by 24 seconds to claim the championship in the junior men’s 5,000m in 14:52.96, and Joel DeSchiffart ran a personal best of 9:13.46 to win the senior men’s 3,000 steeplechase. He also took bronze in the 1,500m.
Jessica Katzberg won the midget girls’ hammer throw with a personal best of 46.55 metres. Other B.C. champions in field events included Rachel Jerome in long jump and Maya Asselin-Debelic in pole vault.
Also at the jamboree, Dylan Kelso finished second in the senior men’s long jump, Steen Rasmussen was second in midget boys’ pole vault and Marina Andersen was runner-up in the 1,500m race walk.
Amy Morris placed third in the youth girls’ 3,000m and Carter Higgins was third in the youth boys’ 400m hurdles in a personal-best time of 57.85 seconds.
Local athletes representing other clubs also fared well. Thomas Oxland of the Oceanside Track and Field Club won the junior men’s 800m race and Jackson Isnor was third in the midget boys’ 800m. Thomas and Peter Oxland and Miles Huynh were members of Oceanside’s first-place entry in the junior men’s 4x400m and Yosef Bassett, Isnor and Linden Kaps were second in the youth boys’ 4x400m.
Nanaimo will host the jamboree meet again in 2016.