By Brian Pound
RICHMOND—It was a record day for records Saturday at the 2016 Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Indoor Games.
When the six-hour, 60 event track meet ended at Richmond Olympic Oval, 21 meet records had been broken. In eight of those events, the second place finisher was also better than the old mark. And in yet another event, all three finishers were better than the old record.
Doug Clement said on behalf of the Achilles Society, “The youth of British Columbia have shown that the 21st century is the new age of accomplishment in the sport of Track and Field with records falling in every age division.”
It is hard to highlight one event because, simply, there were so many.
You could single out Conor Loughnane of Victoria who set two meet records in the Midget (14-15) boys 300 and 600-metres, taking the old 300 metre mark down to 38.98 from 39.58 and erasing the 1:31.75 600 mark with a 1:29.59 run.
You could also single out the final of the Youth (16-17) women’s 600-metre final where two Ocean Athletics’ runners, Jessica Williams and Danielle Steer raced as a team towards the finish line with Williams just beating her teammate by a step. Williams’ time, 1:38.75, Steer 1:35.76. Both broke the existing record of 1:41.97
And you could get an argument that the best event of the meet was the women’s Youth 4x200 metre relay final where Ocean Athleticsand Universal Athletics Club’s anchor runners both hit the finish line together. Both were timed in 1:50.46, beating the old record of 1:51.13. It took a photo timing countback to determine that Ocean Athletics had won the race by 1/1000th of a second. Whew.
Also impressive was 17-year-old Valley Royal high jumper Michael Lambert who won the Youth event with a leap of 1.95 metres, easily smashing the meet mark of 1.80. And here’s the interesting item, if Lambert had competed in the Open high jump event he would have won that, too, as the winning height in that event was 1.85 metres.
Ocean Athletics of Surrey won the Club championship with 201 points, edging past runner-up Vancouver Thunderbirds who compiled 197 points.
The UBC Thunderbirds win the Pacific World Cup emblematic of the top university team. Lead by coaches Mary Chewing, Chris Johnson and John Hawkins
Here’s the list of outstanding performers as chosen by a selection committee:
Open Men: Stephen Abosi (UBC) 60m 6.93 seconds
Open Women: Tiana Davis Los Angeles 60m hurdles 8.37 second in 60m hurdles a new meet record
Master Men: Chris Niwinski (Ocean Athletics) 1.55m in high jump age 59
Master Women: Christa Bortignon (Greyhounds) 10.25 60m age 79
Youth Boys: Anastas Eliopoulos (Vancouver Olympics) 7.19 in 60m, 8.14 in 60m hurdles
Youth Girls: Jessica Williams (Ocean Athletics) 41.83 in 300m and 1:38.75 in 600m both meet records
Midget Boys: Conor Loughnane Victoria 38.98 for 300m and 1:29.59 in 600m both meet records
Midget Girls: Rachel Mortimer (Valley Royals) 3:56.54 1200m meet record
Boys 13-year-old: Thomas Ting Ma (Vancouver Olympics) 8.12 60m meet record
Girls 13-year-old: Selin Tasdemir (Kajaks) 1:48.52 600m meet record
Boys 12-year-old: Darius Louis-Charles (Burnaby Striders) 60m 9.19 seconds
Girls 12-year-old: Jaeland Cummings (Burnaby Striders)8.54 60m meet record
Boys 11-year-old: Zaiah Dobson (Ocean Athletics) 9.25 seconds in 60m
Girls 11-year-old: Maya Baechler (Vancouver Thunderbirds) 1:51.17 600m meet record
Boys 10-year-old: Kai Martland (Vancouver Thunderbirds) 2:07.26 600m meet record
Girls 10-year-old: Jaimie Perrault (Unattached) 2:05.37 600m
Boys 9-year-old: Henry Brown (Unattached) 600m 2:22.20 establishes new record
Girls 9-year-old: Madelina Van Arkel (Ocean Athletics) 11.22 60m establishes new record
Full results here