By Danny Daniels/Contributor
As in Europe, the track season carries on into September for Peninsula Track’s older athletes who competed in this year’s B.C. Seniors Games in Langley Sept. 9 to 13.
The excellent early fall weather enabled them to reap a whole crop of gold and silver medals.
Leading the way was Les East (M75), whose six gold and two silver medals also included three new games records.
His 1.25m in the High Jump was 10cm better that the previous mark, while his Discus throw (31.47m) and his Hammer toss (32.72m) were both new in the books.
He also topped the podium in the Triple Jump (6.93m), Javelin (25.16m) and the Throws Pentathlon, while placing 2nd in the Shot (8.95) and Weight Throw (11.98m).
Also bringing home six gold medals was Myrtle Acton. She placed 1st in all her events which included the Javelin, a record 13.85 throw, Discus (16.38m), Hammer (18.90m), Shot (7.14m), Weight (7.93m) and Throws Pentathlon, also a new 3600pts record.
In this event, her throws in the Discus (17.85m) and Hammer (20.38m) were also games records, bettering the marks she had set previously.
Peggy Morfitt (W75) garnered three gold medals for herself, with wins in the Hammer Throw, a PB of 18.33m, Weight Throw (6.02m), and the Weight Pentathlon (points total not available).
Peter Auvinen (M65) gained a silver medal with his 30.14s run in the 200m, but missed out on a bronze twice, both by 1cm, in Javelin (29.81m) and Weight Throw (11.89m).
At the same time, down in Costa Rica, Anne Murfitt (W55) was collecting international rewards at the North and South American and Caribbean Masters Championships.
She was crowned Champion with her gold medal throw in the Hammer event (18.76m), and added two bronzes in the Javelin (17.04m) and the Discus (16.20m).