Three athletes from Powell River Breakers Track and Field Club attended BC Junior Development Track and Field Provincial Championships held recently in Kamloops.
Kristen Naude and Keagen Abbott competed as nine-year-olds in their first provincials and both had a great meet.
Naude jumped 2.56 metres and placed 10th in long jump, threw a personal best (PB) of 4.03 metres in shot put, good for 11th place, and cleared 0.9 metres in high jump, good for ninth place. On the track she ran a PB of 2:10.52 minutes in the 600 metres, which is a BC top 10 time, and good for fourth place. She was sixth in the 60-metre dash finals with a time of 10.52 seconds, fifth in the 60-metre hurdles at 13.90 seconds, and qualified for the 100-metre finals finishing sixth overall with a time of 16.93 seconds. She took bronze in the 1,000 metres with a time of 4:12.11 minutes.
Abbott placed fourth in high jump clearing 0.85 metres, and jumped a PB of 3.13 metres in long jump placing fourth and missing bronze by just two centimetres. On the track he ran 60 metres in 10.78 seconds placing fifth overall, then ran 60-metre hurdles in 13.52 seconds, a new PB and good for fifth place again. He finished his meet with sixth place overall in 100 metres in a PB time of 17.46 seconds.
Calli-Ann Abbott competed as a 13-year-old, the last age group in Junior Development. In the field events she threw a PB of 25.34 metres in discus placing fourth, 19.37 metres in javelin, good for seventh, launched the hammer 24.97 metres for a PB, capturing bronze, and threw the shot put 9.87 metres, also a PB, good enough for silver. In triple jump she managed a PB of 9.33 metres, finishing sixth, in high jump she cleared 1.40 metres, good enough for fourth, and claimed silver with a new PB of 4.53 metres in long jump. Calli-Ann was successful in both sprint and distance hurdles. In 80-metre hurdles she ran 13.85 seconds, coming fourth (third place was 13.84 seconds), and in 200-metre hurdles she ran 30.42 seconds, good enough for silver. She qualified for the 100-metre finals, finishing seventh overall with a time of 13.63 seconds, and also qualified for 200-metre finals where she set a new PB of 27.31 seconds and grabbed silver.
All three athletes had a great season, enjoyed their experience at provincials, and are looking forward to setting new PBs on the new track.