Riverside secondary’s Jarrett Chong threw his javelin almost eight metres further than last year to win his second consecutive BC High School championship in the event.
Chong’s throw of 63.40 metres was almost eight metres better than his nearest competitor, as well as his gold-medal result last year, when he threw 55,47 metres. It was also more than half a metre further than his previous personal best for the 800-gram javelin.
The victory was the second gold medal performance for Chong at the provincial track and field championships that wrapped up in Kelowna on Saturday. He also placed first in the senior men’s shot put, as well as second in the discus.
Chong’s performance led several top finishes for Tri-City athletes at the event that gathered 2,400 athletes from 330 high school teams for three days of competition.
Liam Espidido, of Terry Fox secondary, finished second in the men’s high jump, with a leap of 1.90 metres, just .19m short of the winning jump of 2.09m by Aiden Grout of Maple Ridge secondary.
Carly Seemann, of Dr. Charles Best secondary, was second in the women’s 100m hurdles. She was also fifth in the 400m hurdles.
Heritage Woods’ Brendan McLaughlin was third in the men’s 800m final and he finished fifth in the men’s 2000m steeplechase.
Connor Block, of Centennial secondary was fifth in the men’s 3000m final and eighth in the 1500m race, while Kiara Kozak, of Heritage Woods, finished seventh in the women’s high jump.
Riverside’s Olivia McDonnell was eighth in the women’s 800m final and Georgia Hamnett, of Dr. Charles Best secondary, rounded out top-ten finishes by Tri-City athletes with her ninth placing in the women’s javelin.
Javelin success for Patry-Smith
Port Coquitlam thrower Jv Patry-Smith finished fifth at the NAIA outdoor track and field championships in Gulf Shores, Ala.
Her toss of 43.65 metres helped her University of British Columbia Thunderbirds to their first ever NAIA title, while the men’s team won its second championship in three years.