Lakers track team dash to provincials

A strong showing by the Pen High Lakers track and field team has led to 10 members qualifying for the provincials championships.

A strong showing by the Pen High Lakers track and field team has led to 10 members qualifying for the provincials championships in Langley.

The Lakers traveled to Kamloops on May 13 and were led by what coach Geoff Waterman said was a fantastic performance by Austin Stephan who clocked a time of 25.23 seconds to win the 200-metre dash. In addition, Stephan clocked 12.46 seconds in the 100-m dash, which was good for third.

Other standout performances included Luke Grandbois and Josh Holland in the 2,000-m steeple chase. Grandbois took second in 6:59 and Holland was third in 7:18.  On the girls side, Alex Neenan was fourth in the 400-m distance running in 1:06 and placed second in the high jump at 1.45-m.

Attending provincials are Stephan, Holland, Neenan, Zoe Simourd (triple jump), Olivia Selles (3,000-m), Dante Kilian (200-m) Joseph Traynor (long jump), Mirko Sempertegui (200-m), Jerry Xiang (relay) David Paisley (relay).

Grandbois is unable to attend because of another commitment.

In late April, the Lakers competed in a meet in Kelowna and the boys relay team of Grandbois, Holland Sempertegui and Terrance Paisley won the 4×400 relay in 3:57.70.

The senior girls first relay team clocked 4:40.94 in the 4×400, while the second team in the same event clocked a time of 5:08.

In the 100-m dash, Kilian took second in junior boys finishing in 11.47 seconds. Terrance Paisley was third in senior boys in 12.50 seconds.  In the 800-m distance, Riley Thompsen ran a time of 2:39 to take eighth in the juniors, while Grandbois was sixth with a time of 2:17.70 In the high jump, Terrance Paisley jumped 1.40-m, as did David Paisley. Sempertegui jumped 1.30-m.

The boys and girls Provincial Championship will be held at Neil McLeod Park in Langley June 4 to 6.