Range of Talent Displayed at Sea to Sky Zone Championships

As championship season ramps up, the Sea to Sky Zone Championships took place at the historic Swanguard Stadium, where athletes competed on a brand new surface. While the zone has many talented athletes, too many to mention all of them, here are some of the outstanding performances from the past week. 

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The theme of the championships was range, as several athletes showed that they could excel in multiple events. Several athletes racked up multiple podium finishes and showed that they will be strong contenders in more than one event at provincials. 

Sofia Varma-Vitug, crowned provincial champion in last year's Junior Girls Triple Jump, won the Senior Girls Triple Jump with a massive 10.97m leap, just shy of 11m. She looks to be in good shape to challenge for the win at provincials again this year, this time in the senior category. Varma-Vitug also won the long jump and was second in the 100m. 

Nickolas Jang also had an impressive performance in the pit and on the track. Jang won the Junior Boys Long Jump with a 6.10m leap, which puts him in podium contention for provincials. Jang also won the 100m in 11.53 and the 200m in 22.77. Both times could put Jang in the sprint finals at provincials. 

In the middle distance races, two athletes showcased their depth at the championships. Senior Girls Chloe Symon and Rory O'Brien battled in the 400m and 800m, with Symon taking the victory with a 57.61 and a 2:17 performance, respectively. O'Brien took silver in those events with a 1:01 and a 2:20 performance, and also took the gold in the 1500m. O'Brien was the only athlete under the 5-minute mark with a time of 4:57. 

Spencer Blomerus, last year's Junior Boys 400m Champion at the provincial championships, took home a medal in each sprint event. He won the Senior Boys 400m in a time of 51.33, just shy of his championship-winning time from last year. He also won the 200m and took the bronze in the 100m. 

A strong heptathlete, Deemah Almegbel demonstrated her ability to succeed in multiple event areas over the past week. Almegbel won the Junior Girls 300m Hurdles in a time of 48.31, which puts her in podium contention when the provincials head to Nanaimo in June. She also took second place in the shot put competition. 

Killarney Secondary tends to produce some of the province's best racewalkers, and this championship was no exception. Lowell Solmes, defending provincial champion, won the Senior Boys 1500m Racewalk by 45 seconds with a time of 7:19. Grace Wong won the Senior Girls event by a similar margin, in a time of 8:07, and will look to challenge for the podium in Nanaimo. 

In the Pole Vault, Senior Austin Li leapt to a 3.70m performance, the best performance in the event of the zone championships so far. A vault of 3.70 puts him in contention for a provincial medal this year, based on last year's results. Li also took 4th in the 110m hurdles. 

As provincials draw closer, we are excited to watch as athletes make their final preparations for the championships. More zone championship coverage is coming, so make sure to watch the Milesplit BC page for all the latest updates!