Vancouver Olympic Club Girls and Boys Midget Relay teams Strike Gold. Jasper Schiedel wins Pentathlon Gold for Team British Columbia and claims national record with unprecedented points total.
The Royal Canadian Legion National Youth Track and Field Championship took place Friday August 9 through Sunday August 11 in Langley, B.C., at McLeod Athletic Park. The national championship, hosted by the Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary BC/Yukon Command, saw 736 provincial team athletes competing and with club/unattached entries became 1149 entries in total for the 2013 Legion Youth Championship.
Two VOC athletes were selected for Team British Columbia. In the Youth team category (ages 16-17) Stephanie Cho and in the Midget team category (15) Jasper Schiedel. In addition to having 2 representatives on the BC team the Vancouver Olympic Club had 8 additional athletes competing in the national event.
Day 1 Friday August 9th
GOLD Medal for the girls VOC Midget girls team in the 4 x 100 club relay: Megan Picken, Hannah Johnston, Cassidy Gee and Cristina Novakovic. This team fought and won against high caliber fields of regional Midget club teams! With a time of 50.73 seconds they would have won against some of regions older Youth teams as well. Watch out for next year!
GOLD Medal for the VOC Midget boys team in the 4 X 100 club relay: Javier Sanches-Mejorada, Ben Wang, Kyle Jang and Alexander Akpata with a time of 46.24 seconds.
GOLD medal for VOC Jasper Schiedel as member of the Midget Team British Columbia Boys 4 X 100 Legion team relay – Jasper ran an exceptional fast leg of the relay passing 3 competitors to bring home the Gold for BC.
Megan Picken ran a personal best of 12.75 seconds in the 80m hurdles.
Hannah Johnston ran a personal best of 12 seconds in 80m hurdles and made the finals.
Cassidy Gee was introduced to the Nationals as a 13 year old and competed in the Midget girls triple jump with a jump of 10.58 meters for 7th place.
Day 2 Saturday, August 10th
Javier Sanches-Mejorada had a solid run in the 200m dash and Hannah Johnston placed 6th in the long jump, which because of a tie was actually the 5th best distance of the event.
Day 3 Sunday August 10th
Megan Picken performed a personal best in the Midget Girls 800m of 2:15.69 placing 4th. It was anyone’s race as only 49/100s of a second separated first and 4th place.
BRONZE for Stephanie Cho in the Youth Team British Columbia Girls 300m hurdles with a time of 43.58 seconds.
GOLD for Jasper Schiedel in the Midget Boys Pentathlon (100m hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump, 1000m). In the event, extending from 8:35 AM to 3:35 PM, Jasper, as the Team British Columbia entrant, earned a personal best in long jump at 6.10 m, won the 100m hurdles, and 1000m race, placed second in the shot put and high jump for a total points score of 3257. This established a new Canadian Pentathlon record.
We also want to acknowledge VOC’s favorite training partner from NW Spartans Nina Schultz who won GOLD, as a member of Team BC, in the Midget Girls Pentathlon and set a new Canadian Record.
It was a season of dedication on the part of the athletes, families and our world-class coaches. Besnik and Tatjana are now abroad for a few weeks on a well-deserved family visit, and are expecting to see us all on September 10th at the opening of the cross-country season.
All the best to you all for the remainder of this beautiful summer!
Maureen Connelly, VOC President