Campbell River Comet Julia Ashcroft pulls away on the track during the provincials in Kamloops last weekend.

Comets blaze through provincial meet

The Campbell River Comets’ Junior Development track athletes (age 9 to 13-years-old) had a great meet in Kamloops this past weekend.

The Campbell River Comets’ Junior Development track athletes (age 9 to 13-years-old) had a great meet in Kamloops this past weekend.

The Kamloops facility is a first-rate track where Dylan Armstrong and a few other Olympians do their training.

“I was very pleased by the effort, fun, and positive attitudes everyone had.

I am sure every athlete learned something about a meet at the Provincial Level and even learned something about themselves,” said Comets coach Dale Trenholm.

Nine local athletes attended the event – Julia and Madison Ashcroft, Kristin Gage, Olivia Knowles, Cassidy Hinsberger, Hayley Hunter, Seever Rondquist, Brendan Hoff, and Ryan Nast.  For Knowles, Gage, Nast and Julia Ashcroft, it was their first ever provincial.

“The weekend was full of heart ache for some, personal best and some hardware, which is what sport is,” Trenholm said.

“As a track and field athlete we have to fight through the heart ache, work on the personal best, and if you are close, go for a medal.”

Hoff and Rondquist stole the hardware with three gold and silver, with gold for Hunter and Nast.

Hoff won gold in the 2,000-metre race with a smoking time of 6:35.19; 3:40.05 in the 1,200, gold in the medley relay and silver in the 800.

Rondquist took gold in the Javelin, Shotput, Medley Relay, and silver in the Disc.

His throw of 41.09 is now the top four all-time throw in B.C.

Hunter won gold in the javelin with a throw of 33.47, which earned her a first in the all-time top ten throws in B.C.

Nast received gold in the Medley Relay with a strong 200-metre run.

“All in all, I was very pleased with everyone’s effort, result and attitude,” Trenholm said.

“We will be starting our cross country program in September, which I am looking forward to.”