Several Mission high school athletes excelled against 40 other schools at the Upper Fraser Valley Track and Field Championships, which were held in Abbotsford at Rotary Stadium on May 4 and 5.
Mission Secondary School’s Bryce Mackenzie was the top local athlete, with first-place finishes in the junior boys long jump and triple jump.
Mackenzie beat the second-place competitor in the triple jump by almost half a metre, and won the long jump by nearly .4 of a metre.
The only other local student to earn first place was Hatzic Secondary School’s Avery Loewen, who grabbed top spot in the Grade 8 girls discus. She also finished seventh in the Grade 8 girls shot put.
Picking up second-place showings at the event were: Harrison Trustham from Heritage Park Middle School (Grade 8 boys 200 metres and 200 m hurdles), Hatzic’s Bradly Tober (Grade 8 boys shot put) and Emily Morgante from HPMS (Grade 8 girls shot put).
Local third-place finishers included: Kieran Kotwal from HPMS (Grade 8 boys 100 m hurdles) and Hatzic’s Tanner Gerringer (junior boys javelin).
Qualifying athletes will now compete against 80 schools at the Fraser Valley Track and Field Championships in Coquitlam from May 16 to 19.
The provincials occur in Nanaimo from June 2 to 4.
For complete results from the event, visit fraservalleytrack.net.