Students raise the bar at track and field championships

From record-setting to bronze finishes, Abby athletes find success at sporting event in Langley.

Student athletes from Abbotsford schools compete at B.C. High School Track & Field Championships.

Student athletes from Abbotsford schools compete at B.C. High School Track & Field Championships.

Vikramjit Gondara of W.J. Mouat Secondary left this past weekend’s B.C. track and field championships in Langley with a pair of gold medals and two provincial records.

Gondara, a junior, set the men’s 1.5-kg discus throw record Thursday with a 46.82-metre toss. Two days later, the Mouat student set a provincial record with his 5-kg hammer throw with a distance of 51.67 metres.

Aaron Postma of Abbotsford Christian, Mouat’s Josh Adhemar, St. John Brebeuf’s Cayla Snow and Abbotsford Christian’s Cole  Brandsma also claimed gold in their respective events.

Postma posted a class-best with a 13.49-metre triple jump in the senior boys event.

In addition, Rick Hansen secondary’s Monique Sever finished third in both the senior girls triple jump and long jump events, breaking school records in both instances.

Adhemar, who finished second in the preliminaries for the senior boys’ 400-metre hurdles, surged ahead of Dover Bay’s Carter Higgins in the finals to take first place by a quarter of a second with a time of 57.25 seconds.

Snow finished the junior girls 300-metre hurdles with the fastest time at 46.69 seconds and added a third-place finish in the 80-metre hurdles.

Brandsma had a great weekend as well, claiming gold in the Grade 8 boys javelin toss, and adding a pair of second-place finishes in the high jump and triple jump.

Other Abbotsford athletes also claimed medals.

Robert Bateman’s Greg Poirier managed a second-place finish with a 13.62-metre shot put toss in the junior boys 5-kg event.

Mennonite Education Institute’s Kyla Smith claimed silver in the Grade 8 women’s javelin throw with a toss of 29.10 metres.

In the junior girls pole vault, Abbotsford Christian’s Janessa Minderhoud finished third with a 2.35-metre vault. And Zach Foth of Yale secondary claimed bronze in the junior boys javelin throw.

Jaden Cole of  MEI secured a third-place finish in the Grade 8 boys long jump with a 5.46-metre leap. And  MEI’s 4×400 Grade 8 boys relay team of Tanner Fox, Gabriel Peters, Austin Middleton and Jaxson Koch finished in third with a time of 4:05.74.

Among teams, Mouat’s junior boys finished third in the province, while the school’s seniors posted the ninth-best combined scores.

Rick Hansen’s senior girls finished tied for 10th in the province.

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