Cowichan Secondary leads Mid Island medal parade

Cowichan Secondary School athletes led the way at the Mid Island Track and Field Championships at the Cowichan Sportsplex on May 5 and 6, collecting 119 medals over the two-day meet.

In second place was Frances Kelsey Secondary, with 55, while Duncan Christian School was fourth with 17, just edging the 16 amassed by Chemainus Secondary.

Brentwood College School and Lake Cowichan School tied with 14 medals apiece, followed by Queen of Angels with 12, Queen Margaret’s School with 10, and the Cowichan Valley Open Learning Cooperative with eight. Among individual athletes, Sion Griffiths of Brentwood finished with a meet-high five medals, including gold in the bantam boys 200m, javelin, shot put and triple jump, and silver in high jump.

Six more athletes collected four medals apiece, including Cowichan Secondary’s Josh Charles (gold in senior boys discus and javelin, silver in triple jump, bronze in long jump), Philip Summers of CVOLC (gold in senior boys 800m, silver in 400m, bronze in 100m and 200m), Danielle Groenendijk of Duncan Christian (gold in junior girls shot put, bronze in 100m, 200m and javelin), Olivia Burton of Cowichan Secondary (silver in junior girls 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m), Danae Gendall of Kelsey (gold in midget girls 200m and high jump, silver in 100m and long jump), and Q of A’s Faith Knelson (silver in midget girls 400m, 800m, shot put and high jump).

Finishing the meet with three medals apiece were Kabir Bellerose of Brentwood (gold in senior boys 200m and 400m, silver in 100m), Mikayla Cook of Duncan Christian (gold in senior girls discus, silver in triple jump, bronze in long jump), Emily Lindsay of Cowichan Secondary (gold in senior girls triple jump, silver in long jump, bronze in 100m), Andrew Derocher of Cowichan Secondary (silver in senior boys long jump, bronze in triple jump and javelin), Daniel Cheng of Chemainus (gold in junior boys triple jump, silver in 400m and discus), Riley Hogg of Kelsey (gold in junior girls javelin, silver in shot put and triple jump), Ryan Jacobson of CVOLC (silver in junior boys long jump, bronze in 100m and 200m), Emma Dewit of Cowichan Secondary (gold in bantam girls 100m, 200m and shot put), Robyn Zinkan of Kelsey (gold in bantam girls 400m and 800m, bronze in discus), Charlotte

Mackeil of Cowichan Secondary (gold in bantam girls triple jump, bronze in 800m and high jump), Brandon Reymerink of Cowichan Secondary (silver in bantam boys shot put and triple jump, bronze in discus), Robin De Valk Zaiss of Kelsey (gold in midget girls 400m and 1500m, bronze in 200m), Aaron Dewit of Cowichan Secondary (gold in midget boys discus, silver in shot put, bronze in javelin), Hayden Klassen of Kelsey (gold in midget boys 1500m and 3000m, bronze in 400M), and Oliver Castle of Cowichan Secondary (silver in midget boys high jump, bronze in 800m and shot put).