Brooklyn Karey takes to the sky in the long jump competition. Vid Wadhwani photo

Nice haul at track and field provincials

Quesnel athletes scored three medals and six top-ten finishes in Kelowna

Quesnel’s track and field athletes put forth a terrific effort at the 2019 B.C. High School Track and Field Provincial Championships in Kelowna last week (May 30-June 1).

Competitors from Quesnel Junior School (QJS) and Correlieu Secondary School (CSS) combined to earn three medals and six top-ten ribbons.

“For our kids [to get top ten finishes] is huge,” says QJS track coach Becky Whitehouse. “We start training on April 1 and don’t even go outside until April 15, so for us to finish that high is a great achievement.”

QJS’s Josh Tilsner blew by the competition in the Men’s 100 m and 400 metre Special Olympic sprinting races.

This was the first time Special Olympics athletes had to earn their way into the provincial championships. Previous competitions had been by invite only but this year, the top athletes from the zones got to compete.

Although the competition was tough, Tilsner was more than up for it.

“He did phenomenal,” says Whitehouse. “He also ran on both relay teams and just steps up for his team.”

Long distance wunderkind, Ruby Nicholas earned a bronze for her performance in the Junior Women 1500 m Steeplechase.

This was the first year competing in that discipline for QJS’s Nicholas but she rose to the occasion.

“When we went down last year I pulled her aside and said, ‘OK Ruby, we’re going to watch the steeplechase this year because it’s something I think you’ll do really well in,’” says Whitehouse. “I know she was really surprised when we came back from the zones that her steeple chase was only nine seconds off her 1500 metre run, so I thought, ‘well, that tells me that A: you could have pushed your 1500 metre a little more but B: you are going to be quite competitive in the 1500 metre steeple chase.’”

Nicholas also earned a seventh place finish in the Junior Women 800m dash.

Brooklyn Karey had a wonderful meet too, earning a pair of ribbons. She placed fourth in Grade 8 Women’s Long Jump and eighth in Grade 8 Women’s 80m Hurdles.

Also landing a couple top-ten ribbons was Destiny Bautista. The first-year thrower placed eighth in Junior Women’s 3kg Hammer Throw and 10th in Junior Women’s 1kg Discus Throw.

Rounding out the ribbons were Baillie Jackson, who finished eighth in Junior Women’s High Jump.

FULL RESULTS:

Women 1500 Meter Steeplechase Junior

3rd place Ruby Nicholas 5:11:38

Women 1500 Meter Run Junior – prelims

19 Ruby Nicholas Quesnel JR School 5:08.

31 Megan Strand Correlieu 5:38.83

Women 4×100 Meter Relay Junior – prelims

18 Quesnel JR School ‘A’ 54.27

1) Emma Blair 2) Reese Jacobsen

3) Olivia Martins 4) Lidia Solecki

29 Correlieu ‘A’ 57.99

1) Lauren Pastachak 2) Megan Strand

3) Destiny Bautista 4) Kara Hanson

Men 4×100 Meter Relay Junior – Prelims

28 Quesnel JR School ‘A’ 53.69

1) Kyle Eggert 2) Joshua Tilsner

3) Caleb Woolends 4) Linden Spencer

Women Triple Jump Junior

23 Lidia Solecki Quesnel JR School 9.44m

Men Long Jump Junior

19 Rylan Murphy Correlieu 5.62m

29 Ryan Pugh Correlieu 5.33m

Women Discus Throw 1 kg Senior

23 Ally Fulton Correlieu 20.36m

Women High Jump Gr 8

13 Brooklyn Karey Quesnel JR School 1.35m

Women 80 Meter Hurdles Junior

24 Emma Blair Quesnel JR School 14.24

Women Shot Put 3 kg Junior

24 Destiny Bautista Correlieu 8.28m

Men Discus Throw 1.5 kg Junior

19 Kyle Eggert Quesnel JR School 28.29m

Men Discus Throw 1.75 kg Senior

22 Ian Mancor Correlieu 28.02m

Women Long Jump Gr 8

4 Brooklyn Karey Quesnel JR School 4.74m

Women Hammer Throw 4 kg Senior

26 Lexi Plante Correlieu 21.72m

Women Javelin Throw 500 gram Junior

29 Olivia Momer Quesnel JR School 21.02m

31 Kara Hanson Correlieu 16.36m

Men Shot Put 5 kg Junior

26 Kyle Eggert Quesnel JR School 9.76m

30 Caleb Woollends Quesnel JR School 9.00m

Men Hammer Throw 6 kg Senior

13 Ian Mancor Correlieu 30.91m

Women Long Jump Junior

31 Lauren Pastachak Correlieu 4.09m

Men Hammer Throw 5 kg Junior

20 Kyle Eggert Quesnel JR School 27.37m

Women 80 Meter Hurdles Junior – prelims

21 Lidia Solecki Quesnel JR School 13.89

Women 80 Meter Hurdles Gr 8 – prelims

6 Brooklyn Karey Quesnel JR School 14.79

Women 100 Meter Dash Junior – prelims

25 Reese Jacobsen Quesnel JR School 13.55

Women 80 Meter Hurdles Gr 8

8 Brooklyn Karey Quesnel JR School 14.53

Men 100 Meter Run Special O

1 Joshua Tilsner Quesnel JR School 12.64

Men 400 Meter Run Special O

1 Joshua Tilsner Quesnel JR School 59.02 10

Women 4×400 Meter Relay Junior – prelims

16 Quesnel JR School ‘A’ 4:32.42

1) Emma Blair 2) Reese Jacobsen

3) Olivia Martins 4) Ruby Nicholas

26 Correlieu ‘A’ 5:02.50

1) Lauren Pastachak 2) Megan Strand

3) Destiny Bautista 4) Kara Hanson

Men 4×400 Meter Relay Junior – prelims

30 Quesnel JR School ‘A’ 4:07.46

1) Kyle Eggert 2) Joshua Tilsner

3) Caleb Woolends 4) Linden Spencer

Women Discus Throw 1 kg Junior

10 Destiny Bautista Correlieu 24.90m

Men Javelin Throw 700 gram Junior

26 Linden Spencer Quesnel JR School 28.89m

Women Hammer Throw 3 kg Junior

8 Destiny Bautista Correlieu 32.44m

13 Olivia Momer Quesnel JR School 25.53m

Men High Jump Junior

18 Linden Spencer Quesnel JR School 1.65m

Women Shot Put 4 kg Senior

28 Lexi Plante Correlieu 7.72m

Women High Jump Junior

8 Baillie Jackson Quesnel JR School 1.50m

Men Shot Put 6 kg Senior

17 Ian Mancor Correlieu 10.53m

28 Christopher Henderson Correlieu 7.56m

Women 800 Meter Run Junior – prelims

8 Ruby Nicholas Quesnel JR School 2:23.71

Men 400 Meter Hurdles Senior

26 Christopher Henderson Correlieu 1:10.50

Women 300 Meter Hurdles Junior

12 Emma Blair Quesnel JR School 49.55 2

19 Lidia Solecki Quesnel JR School 52.01 3

Men 1500 Meter Race Walk Junior

— Andrew Armstrong Correlieu DQ

Women 200 Meter Dash Junior

23 Reese Jacobsen Quesnel JR School 27.97

Women 800 Meter Run Junior

7 Ruby Nicholas Quesnel JR School 2:23.57

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