Cow High girls team leads Valley’s medal count at provincials

Behind the record-breaking performance of their senior girls relay team and four other medals from members of that foursome, Cowichan Secondary School finished second among senior girls teams at the B.C. track and field championships in Langley last weekend.

The Cowichan senior girls collected 45 points at the meet, trailing only New Westminster among senior girls teams. The total was also good enough for seventh among combined girls and boys senior teams, even though the school didn’t have any senior boys competing.

Casey Heyd, Nicole Lindsay, Chicago Bains and Taryn Smiley teamed up to obliterate the old record in the senior girls 4x100m relay, their time of 48.27 taking 0.22 seconds off the previous mark, which stood for eight years, and leaving the secondplace team in the dust.

Bains finished the meet as a double gold medallist, also finishing first in the senior girls 100m hurdles, and added silver in the 400m hurdles. Smiley finished third in the 100m dash and fourth in the 200m dash.

Nicole Lindsay placed third in the 400m dash and 23rd in the 200m preliminaries, and Heyd placed 11th in the 100m preliminaries and 17th in the 200m preliminaries. Rounding out the Cowichan senior girls contingent, Emily Lindsay placed 12th in the triple jump.

Led by Desirae Ridenour, Cowichan’s junior girls team also fared well at the provincial meet. Ridenour won the junior girls 3000m and was fifth in the 1500m. Maddie Mahon finished 18th in the junior girls shot put, Brigitte Reid was 19th in triple jump, and Olivia Burton placed 27th in the 400m dash preliminaries.

The school’s lone junior boys entry, Miles Boulton, placed 26th in high jump.

Brentwood College School send four athletes to the provincial meet, and returned with one medal of each colour. Keiran Marrett-Hitch claimed gold in the junior boys high jump, Sion Griffiths took silver in the junior boys javelin, and Kabir Bellerose earned bronze in the senior boys 400m hurdles.

Rachel Jerome just missed out on a medal, placing fourth in the senior girls long jump. Griffiths also placed eighth in the junior boys hammer and ninth in shot put, while Bellerose was 12th in the senior boys 400m dash preliminaries.

Queen Margaret’s School also brought home a gold medal, as Madison Heisterman placed first in the junior girls 800m.

Frances Kelsey’s lone provincial qualifier, Quienten Currie, finished just a little outside the medals, but still inside the top 10, placing sixth in the senior boys high jump.

Hannah Tuplin of Chemainus Secondary finished ninth in the junior girls javelin and 20th in discus.

Jose Garza of Dwight School Canada placed 22nd in the junior boys discus.