Four Vancouver Olympic Club Youth athletes, Jasper Schiedel and Anastase Eliopoulos as members of the BC Provincial Team, and Thomas Nobbs and Spencer Pratt representing the Vancouver Olympic Club, competed at Canadian Legion Track and Field Championships at Richard-Garneau Stadium, in Sainte Thérèse, Québec, on August 7- 9.
Jasper Schiedel is the 2015 Canadian Champion after a 3-way shoulder to shoulder battle for medals in the 400m Hurdles. All three medal winners crossed the line within 65/100th of a sec. The BC fans may even have out-screamed the many Team Ontario and Ottawa Lions fans as Jasper surged forward to capture Gold. Most significant for Schiedel was that his victory came against Team Ontario’s, Cody Pauli , who was ranked 13th in 400mH at World Youth Championship in Cali, Columbia, with a time of 52.52.
As a member of the U18, 4x400m Relay for Team BC, Jasper helped the team reach the lead position in his leg. Jasper and Team BC won the Bronze medal in this very competitive and dynamic event, which has historically been scheduled to finish at the end of the three days of competition.
Anastase Eliopoulos brings home the Silver from his championship performance in the 110 m Hurdles. With a very well executed technical run, Anastase maintains his number 2 position in Canada in the Youth Category, and a top ranking for 16 year olds. Eliopoulos was the anchor member of the Team BC U18 in 4×100 m Relay and sprinted the fastest split which gave Anastase and Team BC the Bronze.
Thomas Nobbs had two outstanding distance runs. On Saturday, in the 1500 m, Thomas performed very strongly and maintained a pace under 4 min., achieving a fantastic personal best of 3:59.26. On Sunday, in the 2000 m Steeple Chase, Thomas stayed with the front group throughout the race, hurdled very well, and with a strong finish placed 6th overall with an 11 sec personal best with a time of 6:06.33, and a top ranking for 16 year olds in this event.
Spencer Pratt, in his first year of hurdling, attended the Championship and ran a solid 400m Hurdles with a good time of 61.09.
All our “Four Fantastic” boys results in this National Championships, confirm the provincial and national strength of the Vancouver Olympic Club’s hurdling program.
After completing 4 medal years in Midget/Youth Legion Championships, Shiedel moves on to Junior level competition next year. Eliopoulos, Nobbs and Pratt have provided fair warning that they will return to the podium in 2016.
Congratulations to all of our VOC boys and all competitors in the 2015 Royal Canadian National Youth Legions Track and Field Championships.