VOC Athletes from 11 Vancouver High Schools EXCELLENT at BC HIGH SCHOOL Championships

Eleven Medals (3 Gold, 6 Silver and 2 Bronze) in individual events and 3 gold in relays.

Three BC Champions, Stephanie Cho in 400mH, Jasper Schiedel and Hannah Johnston in 300mH, and Jasper Schiedel winning the Decathlon as exhibition.

Stephanie Cho broke the BC record in the 400mH and achieved the World Junior championship standard and is now ranked # 1 in the country. 

It was an amazing presentation of 19 VOC athletes at 2014 BC High School Championships. VOC athletes competed for 11 high schools including Crofton House, David Thompson, Eric Hamber, TREK (Price of Wales), Little Flower Academy, Point Grey, Sir Charles Tupper, Sir Winston Churchill, Templeton, Vancouver College, and Vancouver Technical.

A record-breaking victory was Stephanie Cho (Sir Winston Churchill) in 400mH on Saturday winning the race with 1:00.09. On Friday she had another great performance in 100mH winning the silver with a personal best of 14.75.

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Tatjana Mece (left) with Stephanie Cho (centre).

Jasper Schiedel (Vancouver College), a week after placing first in the decathlon with six personal bests, won strongly the 300mH with 39.73.  Achieving the BC standard for Canadian Youth Championship. Schiedel also showed great performance in the 100mH winning the silver medal.

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Antother gold for Jasper Schiedel

Amazing performances from Hannah Johnston (Vancouver Technical) yielded three medals, Gold in 300mH with 44.47 (BC standard for Canadian Youth Championship), silver in long jump and bronze in 100mH.


Hannah Johnston in the foreground

Jessica Hanson (Little Flower Academy) as always, had a great presentation in her favorite event of high jump winning silver with 1.65m and ranking 5th in 400mH.

Back in the podium this year was Samantha Cho (Vancouver Technical) with great results of 7:27.54 in 1500m race walk winning silver.

It was unbelievable to measure the speed endurance capacity of Javier Sanches Mejorada  (Vancouver College) running 5 amazing races on Saturday with 300mH and 200m qualifications and finals and in the end 4x400m with Vancouver College.  He won the silver in 300mH with 40.89, with huge improvements.

Javier and Jasper powered the Vancouver College 4x400m relay team for the Junior age group victory and gold medal.  

This championship was a great triumph for Michael Merrin  (Vancouver College) who closed his HS running career with a great run in the third leg of the 4x100m and won gold.

The highlight was our VOC “Irish” team with the contribution of winning the BC Championship Title for Boys and Overall for the Junior category.

Megan Picken (David Thompson) ran solidly in 300mH missing the medal by 15 hundred of a second but achieving a great result and the BC standard for the Canadian Youth Championship.

William Hoy (Vancouver College) had a personal best in the 2000mSC with a new time of 6:05.99 at 4th place and James Hoy (TREK / Vancouver College) had a solid run in 1500mSC for 7th place.

Running against older athletes was Thomas Nobbs (Point Grey) in 800m and 1500m who achieved amazing results with the times of 4:15.19  and 2:04.99 giving great promise for his upcoming competition at BC Summer Games.

Our sprinters group with, Kyle Yang (Templeton ), Ben Wang (Point Grey), Jacob Knights (Point Grey), Jaden Konishi (Point Grey), Ron Joseph Gualto (Sir Charles Tupper) , Roy and Leo Ando (Eric Hamber)  and Lam Janice (Crofton House) ran very well.

But is not only the matter of the medals. All athletes achieved personal bests in their events with great contribution to their school team.

Congratulation to all VOC athletes for their great achievements at 2014 BC High School Championship.

Additional Note from VOC President, Maureen Connelly:

I would like to acknowledge Tatjana and Besnik Mece for the support they gave at the BC High School championship over the last week. Our VOC coaches ran between all the diverse events to support VOC athletes as they wore their school colours. Our coaches collaborated with school coaches and jumped in when an athlete did not have any coaching support at all. The hurdles are of special note, as Mece-trained VOC and Spartan athletes cleaned up on the Gold medals. As the school year comes to an end, these VOC teammates and training partners will don the VOC singlet and continue training together under the careful coaching of the Meces and carry the banner of the Vancouver Olympic club through the rest of the season into June July and August and to the  Canadian Nationals.