Cowichan Secondary’s Desirae Ridenour won two gold medals at the provincial high school track and field championships in Langley last week, but she wasn’t the only athlete from the Valley to compete.
Also in contention from Cow High was Emma Dewit, who finished 10th in the senior girls shot put with a distance of 8.83 metres, and missed the finals in two sprint events by tiny margins, placing 13th in qualifying for the 200m and 16th in qualifying for the 100m.
Rounding out the Thunderbirds contingent in Langley was Matt Day, who finished 16th in the junior boys high jump.
Brentwood College School sent the largest team of the Cowichan Valley schools, with six athletes making the trip to Langley. The school’s best result came from Keiran Marrett-Hitch, who finished fifth in the senior boys high jump.
Also from Brentwood, Tony Else placed 14th in the junior boys high jump, Ope Adelasoye was 16th in qualifying for the junior boys 400m, Tyler David was 20th in qualifying for the senior boys 400m, Torren Kaiser was 24th in qualifying for the junior boys 100m, and Femi Adelasoye placed 28th in qualifying for the senior boys 110m hurdles.
Chemainus Secondary’s Kaz Bannister had a strong showing as she qualified for the finals in both her events, finishing sixth in the Grade 8 girls 200m and seventh in the 100m.
Albert Achoba of Brookes Shawnigan Lake managed a pair of top eight results, placing seventh in senior boys discus and eighth in long jump.
Shawnigan Lake School’s Angus Brown finished ninth in the senior boys 3000m.
Frances Kelsey sent three athletes to Langley, all competing in the Grade 8 events. Aisha Werner was 15th in qualifying for the girls 200m and 16th in qualifying for the 100m. Tahara Brown finished 23rd in the girls long jump, and Mowat de Valk Zaiss was 23rd in qualifying for the boys 100m.