The three days we have been waiting for - the BC High School Track and Field Provincial Championships are finally here! Hundreds of athletes from all over British Columbia will descend upon the McLeod Athletic Park in Langley, BC, June 8th through June 10th, to compete and put it all on the line to become a Provincial Champion. With a lot of anticipation already in place, let's jump into some of the details so you can follow along.
*note the meet records document is updated as of June 2018
As with any championship meet, we are always in for a treat, because great performances are bound to be on the way and with how the season has been unfolding, there are some serious meet records in threat of being broken. Unfortunately we can't possibly highlight everyone, but below are just some of the names to watch out for.
Lofstrom is the island record holder in the 100m and 200m and he is definitely one of the favorites heading into the junior boys sprint events this weekend. He has already ran an impressive 10.80 over 100m and 21.73 over 200m this season, well under the junior boys meet records of 11.12 and 22.46. It will be exciting to see what pair of performances he can put together in Langley.
Aniamaka is the only competitor in the senior boys triple jump to have surpassed the 15m mark this season. At the South Fraser High School Championships, he jumped a distance of 15.10m to break the Surrey record and tie the BC HS Track & Field Championship record held by Nick Fyffe of Vancouver College from 2012. Aniamaka will also be making an appearance in the long jump and 400m hurdles (36''), where he holds personal bests of 6.24m and 1:03.69 respectively.
Last year, Dow placed first in both the junior girls 800m and 1500m, setting two new provincial high school records in the process. She ran 4:25.29 over 1500m, breaking the BC U16 record of 4:26.33 set by Olympian Malindi Elmore in 1995. Dow also ran a time of 2:10.11 in the 800m, shaving off 1.86 seconds from the previous record. This year already Dow has run 2:09.08 and 4:22.99.
In the Grade 8 girls shot put, Sandhu has the furthest seed by over one meter. Her best throw of the season - 11.09m - which she threw at the Delta High School Track & Field Championships betters the current meet record of 10.61m, thrown in 2018 by Vicki Wideski of R.A. McMath.
Be sure to follow this space for updates throughout the championship and check out our Instagram page for photos and videos as great performances roll in!