Tri-City thletes shine at Summer Games

The Tri-Cities were well represented at last weekend's B.C. Summer Games in Nanaimo with a handful of local competitors bringing home medals.

One of the contestants who earned a spot on the podium was Coquitlam runner Jasmine Lew, who had a personal best in the 100 m preliminary heat with a 12.39 s run.

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But her new record wouldn't hold up for long. The 14-year-old beat her earlier personal best in the 100 m final, running a 12.32 to earn the gold medal.

Lew also had a strong showing in the 200 m, which she accomplished in 25.84 s, just short of a silver medal, while her team in the 4x100 relay set a Summer Games record with a 48.64 s showing.

She will compete next in the 2014 Canadian Legions Youth Track and Field Championship in Langley next month.

Lew was not the only local athlete to have a strong showing in Nanaimio.

Grade 9 Riverside secondary student Olivia Willett brought home gold in the 1,500 m steeplechase with a time of 5:09.38, improving on her third place showing at the Fraser Valley Track and Field Championships and B.C. provincials last month.

Meanwhile, Max Botsis brought home a silver medal in the 1,500 m race walk, while Jacqueline Lew won a gold medal in wrestling and Nicholas Lew took home a bronze in the same sport. Clara Corbett, another wrestler, won gold in the 54-kg category.

Coquitlam rower Iman Fortin took home gold in the girls singles time trials finals with a score of 5.16.4, while grabbing second place in the double elimination and skills competitions over the weekend.

Hannah O'Connor also made several trips to the podium, taking bronze in the 100 m backstroke and silver in the 200 m breastroke.

Port Coquitalm towed water sport competitor Alexa Durand won a gold in the 14-17 year old slalom and a silver in the trick competition.

From Port Moody, James Hunter won gold in 70-kg wrestling, while Jay Prentice won silver in the 200 m and a bronze in the 400 m.

Harper Eskuri took home silver in sailing, while Gabrielle Savage grabbed a bronze medal.

Thomas Mastromonaco took home bronze in the towed water sport boy slalom. Belcarra's Evan Robson won bronze in sailing.

Tri-City athletes participating in some of the team sports also had a strong showing during the Games.

The boys Fraser Valley Zone 3 field lacrosse squad, which featured several players from the Coquitlam Adanacs minor lacrosse program, won gold. Meanwhile, Anthony White, Dante Bandiera and Kieran Eve brought home gold medals when the Fraser Valley boys soccer squad won gold over the weekend. The team went 5-0 in the tournament, outscoring all opponents by a total of 25-0, a Summer Games record.

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