School District 46 high school students have finally seen the return of track and field this year. With some zone changes, the path to the provincials has become quite a competitive one.
Our Elphinstone Secondary School students first had to qualify in the North Shore-Sea To Sky-Sunshine Coast meets. The top six athletes in each event moved on to face the Vancouver schools and the independent schools. The top five at these zone championships meets would then move on to be part of the top 32 athletes in each event at the BC Provincial High School Championships held June 9 to 11 at McLeod Athletic Park in Langley.
Mateo Benjafield, Andrew Maxwell and Mario Martinez Bourgeault all showed well at their North Shore qualifying meets in their respective runs and javelin events. Daniel Grant, Mackenzie Bell, Jack Marshall and Harris Marshall moved on to the zone championships with top six finishes. Daniel Grant narrowly missed a spot in provincials in shot put. Mackenzie Bell secured a spot in javelin, Jack Marshall in 110m hurdles and Harris Marshall in shot put, discus and hammer throw.
Once at the provincials, the top eight athletes move on to the finals in their respective events and ultimately podium. With unusual wind and weather taking place, Mackenzie Bell and Jack Marshall performed well but weren’t quite able to podium. Harris Marshall finished with a bronze medal in hammer throw, a bronze medal in discus and a sixth-place finish in shot put.
A special thank you to Coach Grant Osborne and Owen Schutz for their support this season and we look forward to watching this team grow and develop in their events for next season.