Final Day Proves Eventful for BC High Schoolers
2022 BC High School Champions Come to a Close
The final day of the BC High School Track & Field Championships has come to a close, and with that, the first provincial championship meet in two years has concluded. Across each event staggering performances were produced, records were shattered, and athletic achievements were recognized, all contributing to a buzzing atmosphere that has been sorely missed in the BC track and field community. Day 3 proved to be as entertaining as the first two days of the event. Several finals on the track in the late afternoon including the 800m, 3000m, 200m, and relays were staggering. Although a minor delay in the meet complicated warmups and added a layer of drama, athletes overcame obstacles and fought through adversity in order to showcase their talent and hard work.
Prelims on the track were highly entertaining as athletes fought hard to earn themselves a spot in the finals and an opportunity to score essential points for their teams. On the field, Travis Harfield headlined with a BC High School Provincial meet record-breaking throw in the junior boy’s javelin of 67.32m. The multi-event and multi-sport athlete’s phenomenal throw was only 23cm off of the all-time record.
Mackenzie Hurtubise smashed the junior girls pole vault, setting a new meet record, U16 record, and provincial record. Mackenzie’s jump of 3.60m came after she had already earned a first-place finish. Hurtubise continued to jump to better her mark and chase records. Congratulations Mackenzie!
In the 800m Maya Baechler and Hudson Irvine took wins in competitive races, while Caiden Lee and Christina Peet Williams both won the 3000m. Concluding a busy day of racing, Kelowna Secondary won the senior men’s 4x400m in 3:32.29, and Oak Bay’s senior women’s won the 4x400m in a blazing fast 3:58.78 to help propel their team to victory.
To finish off the day, Sonya Urbanowicz won the senior women’s aggregate award after winning gold in the pole vault. On the men’s side, standouts Matthew Uliana, who won golds in all three throwing events, and Nate Paris, who won the 100m, 200m, and the long jump were co-winners for the senior men’s aggregate award.