After a dominating performance at the Fraser Valley Track and Field Championships last week in Coquitlam, Serena Graf of Seaquam Secondary looks poised to challenge for three medals at the provincial championships in Burnaby.
A winner of two medals at the B.C. championships last year, Graf won three gold medals in Coquitlam, tops among local athletes.
The defending provincial champion in the girls javelin, Graf was first at the Fraser Valley meet with a throw of 39.8 metres, an improvement of the toss of 38.92m which won provincial gold a year ago.
Graf also was first in hammer throw (40.92m) and shotput (10.75). A year ago at the B.C. Championships, she won a bronze medal in shot put and was fourth in hammer.
Other medalists from the Fraser Valley meet included:
– Keffri Neal of Fleetwood Park edged rival Sean Keane of White Rock Christian to win the boys 800m race, an event dominated by the top two athletes. Both runners bettered the old Fraser Valley record of 1:53.90, set in 200 by Graham Wells of Seaquam. Neal finished with a new record time of 1:50.72, with Keane right behind at 1:50.91.
Neal also was second in the 1,500m event, finishing with the time of 4:01.75.
– Surrey Christian high school excelled in relay events, winning the 4×400 race in 3:33.8, then placing third in the boys 4×100 race in 45.40.
– Lord Tweedsmuir’s Hayley Stewart won a pair of bronze medals.
A silver medalist in the long jump at last year’s provincial meet with a jump of 5.57m, Stewart’s best jump last week was 5.15m. She was also third in the 100m race with a time of 12.92.
– Silver medalists at the Fraser Valley meet included Luke Ehman of Holy Cross (second in high jump, 1.8m), Alexis Sebok of Johnston Heights (second in discus, 29.21m), Konrad Piaseczny of Holy Cross (second in boys long jump, 6.18m), Adam Marchinkov of Surrey Christian (second in boys javelin, 46.05m), Erin Slade of Burnsview (second in girls 800m, 2:20.97), Sandy Yu of Fraser Heights (second in girls 1,500m race walk, 8:42.27), and Nathan Goodwin of Panorama Ridge (second in 2,000m steeplechase, 6:30.0).
– Winning bronze medals at Trevor King of Lord Tweedsmuir (third in boys long jump, 5.95m), and David Malamura of Surrey Christian (third in boys 400m hurdles, 1:01.29).