“The kids from Campbell River can really throw,” could be heard from the Javelin measuring judge at the Junior Development Provincial Track and Field Championships (9-13-years-old) this past weekend in Richmond.
Hayley Hunter, 13, continued her dominance on the javelin pitch and set a B.C. record in the process. Hunter’s gold medal throw of 38.32 metres shattered the 2003 record of 37.73 m.
She also placed sixth in Discus.
Greg Hay dominated the 13-year-old boy’s field winning the gold medal and ousting his nearest competition by over eight metres. With a personal best throw of 36.60 m, Hay moved into ninth spot overall on the BC All Time distance record for javelin.
Hay also placed sixth in the 100 m, sixth in Long Jump and seventh in the 200 m.
Dale Trenholm, Campbell River Comets head coach, was very happy with the results.
“Greg and Hayley have qualities I look for in athletes and more. Their dedication paid off for them both,” he said. “With the throwing and conditioning, they have been working consistently five days a week leading up to the B.C.’s.
“With Greg’s first full year throwing, he has excelled past my expectations with attitude and work ethic. With Hayley coming to my extra throw practices, she started to come out of her shell, have fun and from what her parents told me, wants to make the Juvenile National Team to compete at the Worlds a few years away. This goal is absolutely achievable.”
Hay didn’t stop after winning the gold, he set another personal best of 1.50 m in High Jump on his way to taking home the silver medal.
The Comets continued the march to the podium in the 13-year-old girls triple jump. Olivia Knowles’ jump of 9.60 m took the silver medal and Kristen Gage leapt 9.52 m to bring home the bronze.
Knowles was also fourth in the 300 m, seventh in the 200 m, ninth in the 100 m, fifth in High Jump and sixth in Long Jump.
Gage also won bronze in Long Jump with a distance of 4.65 m and placed sixth in the 300 m, ninth in the 200 m, and 14th in the 100 m.
Julia Ashcroft, 11, placed eighth in 100 m, fifth in Javelin, sixth in Shotput, tenth in 60 m, tenth in the 200 m and 17th in Long Jump.