Track team returns home with 32 ribbons

  • May. 30, 2008 11:00 a.m.

Submitted by Neal Currie-The Queen Charlotte Secondary Track and Field team wrapped up its season in Smithers on May 23 and 24 at the Northwest Zone Championships. Even though we were by far the smallest school at the meet, we placed fourth out of the nine teams there. Our team was very close behind the second and thrid place teams, and if all of our athletes had been able to attend, we would most likely have placed second behind Smithers Secondary (which has won the zone title for about 25 consecutive years).The 10 athletes took home eight first-place ribbons, 13 second-place ribbons, 11 third-place ribbons, and there were 12 school records set at this meet. Some of the athletes had very impressive performances, and the team looks strong to improve next year in the standings.Ryan Barnes had five placings and one school record in Junior Boys. Billy Yovanovich also had five placings and two school records in Senior Boys. Jessica Reid also had five placings and two school records in Senior Girls. Lara Kunz had three wins, one second-place, and one school record in Grade 8 Girls. Brionne Lavoie, after having injury problems for most of the season, set a school record in the Senior Boys 400 m, and fought to a third place finish and a new school record in the 800 m.Full placings are listed below (in alphabetical order), with a * denoting a new school record.Ryan Barnes: 1st Long Jump, 2nd Triple Jump, 3rd 200m, 3rd 400m, 3rd 100m Hurdles*Shaun Marrs: 2nd Discus*, 2nd Hammer, 3rd Shot PutJeremy Botel: 1st Hammer, 2nd Shot Put, 2nd 400m Hurdles* Brionne Lavoie: 3rd 800m* Lara Kunz: 1st 3000m*, 1st 800m, 1st Long Jump, 2nd 400m James MacKay: 2nd 110m Hurdles* Jessica Reid: 1st Long Jump, 1st Triple Jump*, 2nd 100m, 3rd 1500m Racewalk* Billy Yovanovich: 1st Long Jump, 2nd 200m*, 3rd 100m, 3rd Hammer, 3rd Shot Put*Senior Boys 4x400m Relay*: 2nd (Billy Yovanovich, Ryan Barnes, Jordie Laidlaw, Shawn Marrs)Congratulations to Alvin Cober, who was the winner of the 50-50 draw. Thanks to Joanne Yovanovich for organizing it! The team would like to thank Gwaii Trust, Gail & Bob Currie, Leslie McCurrach, Deb Pearson, Joanne Yovanovich, and Steve Querengesser for their help this season.