Abbotsford athletes win big at track and field provincials

Several locals win medals at year-end event in Langley

Mouat’s Vikramjit Gondara finished off his high school track and field career in style this past weekend in Langley.

Gondara won gold in both the senior boys hammer throw and discus events at the British Columbia High School Track and Field Championships, which wrapped up on Saturday.

He dominated the competition in the hammer throw, posting a distance of 62.43m, besting the second place athlete by over 2.50m. Gondara threw the discus 47.64m, beating the silver medallist by 1.15m.

It’s the second consecutive gold medal in hammer throw for Gondara, who crushed the B.C. high school record in the event for the second straight year. His 62.43m mark beat his record of 60.90m, which was set in 2016. The gold in the discus was Gondara’s first in the event after capturing silver last year.

Local athletes success in throwing events continued at the event with Bateman’s Greg Poirier and his gold medal win in the senior boys shot put. The win was the Timberwolves lone medal at the event, and Poirier threw the shot put 14.54m. His mark was 1.91m farther than the second place competitor.

The only other gold medal won at the event by an Abbotsford athlete was Cole Brandsma, who earned top spot in the junior boys triple jump. The Abbotsford Christian Secondary student leapt 12.94m to pick up the win. Brandsma also placed fifth in the junior boys high jump and seventh in the junior boys javelin.

ACS also earned a silver medal from Jessica Kampman, who placed second in the junior girls 1500m steeplechase. Kampman completed the course in 5:23.72 to take home the silver. Kampman also placed tied for 16th in the junior girls high jump.

The only other local to pick up a silver was Josh Carsience, who took home second place in the province in the Grade 8 boys javelin throw. The MEI student tossed for 38.32m to finish comfortably on the podium.

MEI’s Tamara Alexander earned the school’s lone individual senior medal at the event, scoring a bronze in the girls long jump. Alexander jumped 5.30m to reach the podium. She also finished eighth in the senior girls 200m. The MEI senior girls 4X400m relay team also picked up a bronze.

Mouat’s Nathan Hausermann scored his school’s only medal in the junior division, earning a bronze in the boys 800m.

MEI picked up a pair of bronze medals in the junior division, with Dan Ko placing third in the boys triple jump and the Eagles boys 4X100m team also scoring bronze.

ACS student Evan Castellani picked up a bronze in the junior competition, finishing third in the 300m hurdles. The Knights also got a bronze from Johannah Brandsma, who placed third in the junior girls triple jump.

A trio of Grade 8 athletes from ACS also earned bronze medals including: Raya Brandsma (girls 80m hurdles), Lexie Kampman (girls 200m hurdles) and Spencer Langelaar (boys long jump).

For complete results from the event, visit bctfa.ca.

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