One of Nanaimo’s fastest kids made it to the international stage, and kept on running.
Eleven-year-old Madison Heisterman represented B.C. this past weekend at the Hershey’s Track and Field Games in Hershey, Pa., winning a silver medal in the 800-metre race.
The four-day event brought together 450 qualifiers from all over North America, whittled down from 250,000 competitors at regional tryouts.
It was a sweet deal for Heisterman – Hershey’s flew out the athletes for the weekend, where they got to tour the chocolate factory. The kids who didn’t turn into giant blueberries or fall into a river of chocolate got to race on Saturday.
Heisterman finished her 800m in a time of two minutes, 30.21 seconds, three seconds back of 12-year-old winner Camryn Steckel of London, Ont.
The meet capped off a record-setting season for the Nanaimo Track and Field Club star – Heisterman set B.C. records in the 600m, 800m and 1,000m, set school district records in the 800m and 1,500m and won gold medals at provincials in the 600m and 1,000m.