Parkland track athletes earn medals at provincial finals

Parkland Secondary School had eight athletes qualify from the Island track and field championships for the B.C. finals recently.

NORTH SAANICH — Parkland Secondary School had eight athletes qualify from the Island track and field championships for the B.C. finals recently.

Three junior girls made it in the javelin competition — Sarah Gibson, Lauren Fanelli and Emma Dennis.

Emma Dennis had a fantastic throw of 33.42 meters and placed sixth in the B.C.s.

Jacqueline Gaby won the senior women’s 1500m Race Walk in a time of 7.45.19.

“This is the second time Jacqueline has won the senior girls title,” stated Colleen McNamee of Parkland Secondary. “She won as a Grade 10 student, placed third last year as a Grade 11 student and this year was golden once more.”

Sayril Silaya came second in the B.C. junior boys long jump with a personal best of 6.20 meters.

“He had a fabulous meet,” McNamee said in an email to the PNR. “He also came in fifth in the junior boys 100 metre race final with a time of 11.49.”

The 4X100 junior boys relay team, consisting of Silaya, Ben Sammons, Eric Alliston and Joseph Dolce, had great promise and qualified for the finals with a time of 46.45 in the heats. Unfortunately, they were disqualified in the finals, along with three other teams.

“Huge potential next year for the four young men.”

Ben Sammons, who won the junior boys Aggregate Award for the Lower Island in May, due to his first place finishes in the 100m hurdles and 300m hurdles, had an injury a week before the provincials and could only compete in relay.

“He is only in Grade 9 and has a bright future in the next three years in hurdling,’ said McNamee.

At the school’s year end Athletic Awards, Gaby won the top female Athlete Award.

Silaya won the top junior boys Athletic Award for not only track, but also basketball and volleyball.

— Submitted

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