VOC Cross Country Off to a Great Start

VOC athletes began the Cross Country season last weekend, on September 17th.

Thomas Nobbs had another great achievement, competing at the prestigious North American Cross Country Meet, Sundodger Invitational, in Lincoln Park, Seattle. He ran 5000m for the varsity high school. Nobbs had a solid race and finished second with a time of 14.57.80, a personal best of 35 sec. With this new time, Thomas Nobbs, is ranked 4th place in all-time results, and ranked as a first all-time Canadian athlete for this cross country meet.
Ben Paetzel ran a strong 4km race at Pinetree coming in 3rd with his best time of 14.00.
Thomas Nobbs is competing at the Portland Cross Country Invitational on Sept 24, and other VOC athletes will compete at the South Fraser cross country Meet and the Vancouver Spirit Run on Sept 25th at Jericho Beach Park.


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VOC End of Season Achievements

VOC Athletes

Thomas Nobbs, ranked # 5 in IAAF World List for Youth 2000mSC, and Double Gold Medal and Canadian Champion in 3000m and 2000m SteepleChase.

Devan Wiebe, three time University Games Standards with PB 2:03.21 in 800m

Eliopoulos and Schiedel, Silver and Bronze at Canadian Junior Championships

Seven BC Championship Titles at BC Jamboree Championships.

Two of our top youth athletes, represented BC Provincial Team at this championships:

Anastase Eliopoulos, ranked # 1 for 110mH, in the country for youth category and Silver medal for juniors with a great time and new BC Junior record of 13.84, and Thomas Nobbs, ranked # 1 in the country in 3000m and 2000m SC. Despite an ankle injury after the first hurdle, Eliopoulos could not finish his race, but for the season he still remains ranking # 2 in the country at his event of 110mH with 14.09 for youth category, and second for junior with 13.84, with his new BC record for this group age.

Thomas Nobbs was the top male athlete of the BC Province Team and the leader of distance events in the country.



Nobbs ran a great 3000m, winning the gold medal and Canadian Championship title with a personal best of 8:30.83. He is now ranked # 1 in the country, for youth category.

After a slow first km of 2:53 sec., he led the last 5 laps of the race against the strong wind, with a fast rhythm, and won the race, demonstrating  a high level of endurance.thomas2_sep2016


On Sunday, Nobbs ran a great 2000m Steeple Chase, achieving another personal best of 5:54.41, winning another gold and his second Canadian Champion title. Only 40 minutes after his great race, Nobbs, ran  a strong third leg of 400m at 4x400m relay, helping the BC Team to win the bronze medal.

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2016 Highlights of the VOC Track Season


Devan Wiebe, Senior category

800m Personal best of 2:03.21 (University Games Standard).

BC Champion in 800m.

Ranked # 4 in BC in 800m with 2:03.21

Member of the BC Provincial Team at Canadian National Championships

Jasper Schiedel, Junior categoryjasper

400mH, Personal best of 54.24

Bronze at Canadian Junior Championship,

BC High School Champion in Decathlon and 400m H and Silver in 110mH and Pole Vault

Ranked # 1 in BC in the Decathlon with 6091 points for the junior category

Ranked # 2 in BC in 400mH with 54.24 for junior category

Anastas Eliopoulos, Youth Categoryanastase

110mH personal best of 13.84 (99″)

Silver in Canadian Junior Championship in 110mH, with World Junior Standard

BC High School Champion

BC Champion for youth category in 110mH

Member of BC Provincial Team at Canadian national Championships.

Ranked # 1 Canadian Ranking for youth in110mH with 14.09

Ranked # 2 Canadian Ranking for junior in110mH with 13.84

Thomas Nobbs, Youth categoryThomas

2000m Steeple, personal best of 5:56.05

3000m, personal best of 8:31.99; and 1500m, personal best of 3:57.26

BC High School Silver medal in 2000m SC and 3000m

BC Champion in 2000mSC and 3000m and Silver in 1500m

Ranked # 1 in the country in 2000mSC and 3000m for Youth

Ranked # 10 in the world in 2000mSC for Youth

Spencer Pratt, Junior categoryspencer

PB in 400mH 57.97 at Canadian national Championships.

BC Champion at BC Jamboree Championships

Bronze medal at BC High School Championships with 58.27, in 400mH

Logan Bovell,
Youth categorylogan

100m PB 12.30 and 200m 25.68.

Silver medal at BC High school Championships in 100m and 200m

Bronze medal at BC Jamboree Championships in 100m and 200m

Ranked # 3 in BC for 100m

Hannah Johnston, Junior categoryhannah

PB 14.96 in 100mH; and 400mH with 1:04.11

Bronze medal in 400mH at BC High school Championships

Bronze medal in 100mH and 400mH at BC Jamboree Championships

Kendra Lewis, Midget categorykendra

BC High school Champion in 3000m with 10:48.36, and Silver in 1500m with 4:50.11

BC Jamboree Champion for Midget category in 1200 with 3:45.27 and 2000m with 6:40.93

Ranked # 1 in BC in 1200m

Jessica Urban, Youth categoryjessica

4th place at BC Jamboree in long Jump with 5:07m

Personal best in 100m 12.76 and 200m 26.89

Jillian Wong, Youth categoryjillian

Silver in triple jump at BC Jamboree with 9.86m





Julia Ho, performed very well in triple Jump at the BC High School Championshipsjulia

Paris Eliopoulos was selected with zone 5 at the BC Summer Games performing very well in the Long Jump at 5th place with 4.89m

Quinn Bovell performed very well at the final of 300m at BC Jamboree Championships

Ben Paetzel, Thomas Broatch, Sam Correa, Dylan Cheng, Tyler Hicks, Julia Ho, Jillian Wong, Sidney Pavao, Paris Eliopoulos, and Quinn Bovell, achieved great results at their high school and BC Athletics meets in their respective events.

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Spotlight on Jasper Schiedel


The Courier and Province have recently profiled VOC decathlete, Jasper Schiedel.  Click on the links below to learn more.

Vancouver Courier


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Devan Wiebe

Devan Wiebe won the 800m heat for High Performance at the Portland Track festival on June 12.
She ran 2:03.21, a personal best time of 1.7 sec. There were very positive comments regarding her race. The announcer commented that Devan was a potential athlete for the Olympic Games.

Race Video

She will race tomorrow at 9:17 pm, at Harry Jerome Track Classic, against top world 800m women (two of them with silver and bronze in World Championships.)
Below are her comments about the race in Portland.

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South Fraser Success

13 year old Thomas Ma was the VOC star of the meet winning 5 medals: 4 gold and one silver. Ma ran a great 300m with a personal best of 41.00, and achieved the BC Athletics Standards Award winning the Triple Jump with 10.91. He also won the 80m and 200m hurdles with 12.85 and 28.36. In the long jump, he had a personal best of 5.09m achieving a silver medal.

There were huge improvements for Pirro Ifti, who ran 1200m and 800m. In 1200m, Ifti, controlled his pace carefully and exploded in the last 300m, winning the gold medal with a time of 3:54.18. With a powerful sprint at the end in the 800m, Pirro had a personal best of 3.69 sec., winning the silver medal with a time of 2:26.56, missing the gold by only 19/100 of a second. Pirro also ran a strong 300m with a time of 47.63.

Sophie Fernback won the high jump with 1.45m and Triple jump with 9.88m, close to the BC Athletics Award Standard for this event. She won silver in Long Jump with a huge personal best of 4.68m, missing the gold medal by only 4 cm. Sophie ran well in the 80m hurdles, 100m, 800m, and shot put in preparation for the pentathlon championships.

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VOC Athletes Shine at Norwesters and Payton Jordan Meets

Devan Wiebe ran a great 800m race at Payton Jordan track meet with the time of 2:05.53, finishing second in her heat. This result is 2.2 sec. faster than her time at the same meet last year, and is promising for a new personal best in her future competitions.

The Junior Development athletes competed at Norwesters Elementary Track Meet.

13 year old, Thomas Ma, ran a great 300m race with the time of 41.87, reaching the BC Athletics Standards Award in this event. Ma won the 80m hurdles with 12.95, and a bronze in long jump.

Very impressive was the 800m race for this category, where Pirro Ifti, ran a tremendous race with a powerful print in the end, winning the bronze medal with a personal best of 2:30.25

Sophie Fernback had great performances in high Jump with 1.45m and 80m hurdles with a personal best of 13.64, winning silver in both events.

Adria Sellers ran a spectacular 80m hurdles with a time of 14.94, winning the silver medal and Tilda Cressman had very solid performances in the 800m with 2:44.96, and 80m hurdles with 15.49, winning the bronze medal in both events.

Great job in high jump from Mackenzie Fernback with 1.10m, winning the silver medal for 10 year old category.

Congratulations to all the participants!

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VOC Athletes Open Great Outdoor Season

Last weekend, the Junior Development athletes competed at the season opening VOC elementary track meet in Richmond.



For the 9 year old division, Nayan Soma, in his first track meet with the team, ran an impressive 60m hurdles race winning a silver medal with a time of 12.64.  Great efforts in the 60m and 100m coming in second in his heat with times of 10.73 and 17.07, and ran a solid 600m with 2:24.23.



For 10 year olds, Sage Miller and Sadie Lee, both running their first races. Miller ran a strong 60m and 100m with respective times of 10.34 and 17.18. Lee with 10.65 and 17.34. Both had strong performances in the long jump and Lee also in hurdles.

For 11 year olds, Tiana Ho, had great improvements in the 60m with 10.29, the 100m with 16.61 and she ran well in the 60m hurdles. Katelyn Sussey ran a strong 200m with 37.54 and 600m with 2:23.91.

For 12 year olds, Adria Sellers ran a fantastic 800m winning the race with a strong sprint in the end with the time of 2:49.13, followed by her teammate, Tilda Cressman, winning the bronze medal with 2:50.01.  Zoe Cheng also had a strong sprint at the end with a good time of 3:17.43 and Meera Soma with a time of 3.25.28.

Cressman, Sellers, and Mosley, ran a great 80m hurdles, with the respective times of 15.26; 15.41 and 15.47, finishing 5th, 6th, and 7th.


Zoe, Adria, Tilda, Lauren



In the race walk for this category, Sellers came in 2nd with 5:51.12; Cheng came in 3rd with 5:51.13; Mosley 4th place with 5:51.16, and Cressman was 5th place with 5:51.24. Tilda Cressman ran a solid 1200m with 4:34.42 in 4th place. Sellers, Mosley, Cressman, King, and Meera Soma, did a great job in Long Jump.

Mosley achieved a 1.20m in high jump, coming in 5th place. The girls ran a strong 4x100m relay coming in 5th place. In this age group, Victoria King ran a great 100m with 15.49 followed by Lauren Mosley with 16.02 and Meera Soma with 17.43.  Sellers, Cheng and Mosley ran a good 200m and Soma in 300m, which showed potential for better results in the future.



Clara, Victoria, Katelyn, Karina

For 13 year olds, Clara Tjoa, had great achievements in many events. She ran an impressive 200m, coming in second with the silver medal, behind the winner, Alicia Bremer, of NW Spartans with a time of 29.95. Clara ran a strong 100m in the final with 14.38 in 6th place. Kaitlyn Loo, as a first time participant, had great meet results, winning a silver medal in triple jump with 9.16m and came 4th in long jump with 4.08.  First time participant, Karrina Shuen, had great results in 300m with 49.78 in 6th place, and strong sprints and jumps results.

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Thelma Wright Trophy Presented To Selin Tasdemir


Selin Tasdemir and Thelma Wright

Selin Tasdemir is the first recipient of the Thelma Wright trophy for coming in first place in the 2003 girls 1200 metre race at the Vancouver Olympic Club Track meet on April 22, 2016.  She completed the race with a time of 4:07.13

Thelma Wright, former VOC alumnus, who competed in the 1972 and 1976 Olympics came to present the trophy to Selin.

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2016 VOC Elementary Results

Thank you and Congratulations to all of the participants!  Our 30th Annual VOC meet was a huge success.  We look forward to seeing you all next year.

Meet results are posted below:


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