The Valley Royals Track and Field Club focuses on promoting participation in track and field as a sport suited to the individual’s mental, physical, and emotional development. Founded in 1980, the Royals work to foster programs for the development of athletes and offer opportunities for club members to compete at the local, regional, national, and international levels

        I PLAY THE GAME, I PLAY IT SMART

MY ENERGY COMES STRAIGHT FROM THE HEART

I USE MY HEAD, I USE MY FEET

DON’T MESS WITH ME, I’M 100% ATHLETE !

 

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   CURRENT INFORMATION, EVENTS & NEWS:    

COMPETITION SINGLETS

If you need a competition singlet, or need to exchange your current singlet contact Natasja Janzen @ snjanzen@shaw.ca  

REMINDER 2014 REGISTRATION IS NOW DUE:

Please print off Club registration & volunteer forms and bring to your first practice with appropriate fees.  All forms & fees must by received by the 1st practice that you attend, this is necessary so that you are covered for insurance purposes.

CHILD TAX RECEIPT:

If you are in need of a tax receipt contact Christa @ christa.mcauley@valleyroyals.org

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING MINUTES:   HERE

HEAD COACHES REPORT:  HERE

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

April 12th Emilie Mondor Invite @ SFU    RESULTS

April 19th Eason Invitational

April 30th & May 1st Upper Fraser Valleys  @ Abbotsford

May 10th Eagle Classic Track & Field Meet

May 12,13 &15th Fraser Valleys @ Coquitlam

May 17 – 18th South Fraser Jr. Olympics

May 21-22 BC Summer Games Zone 3 Trials

May 29-31 BC High School Championships  @ Langley

  

NEWS:

Power Speeds Group competed in their first meet of the season @ UBC Open on March 30.  Despite the cold, rain and wind some good results for the first meet of the year were achieved. Hannah Konrad ran 1:00.40 (6) in the 400m a PB. Hailey Gibson 13.37 (9) in the 100m.  Michael Mason 2.20m (1) in HJ, Spencer Spenst 1.70m (4) in HJ, Zach Choboter 11.94 (11) in 100m, and 6.21m (8) in LJ.

Distance Group Enjoys Their Yakima Trip

Yakima, Wash, March 29:  The distance crew had a very successful weekend competing in Yakima at the  40th Annual Don Holder Relays.  The team was led by veteran Sarya Ross who chalked up a win in the 2 mile race (11.46.2), in spite of having to battle gale force winds. In the boys’ varsity mile race, Peter Mitchell   ran 4.56 (19th)  with Aidan Bingert (23rd) close behind in 4.59.    Caitlin Leblanc, a first year Royal, ran strongly in the girls’ Varsity mile to win her section (5:41) and placed 8th overall.  Delaney Chapman followed closely behind Caitlin and had a 5.46 clocking.  

Arsh Ganda had a busy day running both the varsity mile and 400 meter races.  In the freshman/sophomore division, Tanner Geary, in spite of the heavy winds, ran to a personal best in the 400m (55.66) to win the bronze medal and followed this with a second place finish in the 800m (2:10.47).

Kate Sokolowsky was the leader amongst our freshman girls and placed third (5.46.2) in her first ever attempt at the mile distance.  Later in the meet, Kate placed second in the 800m (2:32.6).

Katia Heppell won her sections of both the 400m and 800m races placing 4th and 7th respectively.  

The real excitement came when the Royals stepped onto the track to compete in the distance medley relay.  Aidan Bingert ran the opening 1200m leg and his strong finish kept our team in contention.  Aidan passed the baton to Tanner Gerry who ran a solid 56 seconds for the 400m.  Arsh Ganda ran well in his 800m leg and although it looked like he might have gone out a little to hard, he fought the fatigue over the last  200m and finished strongly.  Peter Mitchell went on to run a solid mile and when he crossed the finish line he had our team in fourth place.

The girls distance medley  team was led off by Delaney Chapman who ran a well paced 1200 meter.  Delaney’s effort was matched by Katia Heppell in the 400m second leg.  By the time Catilin Leblanc got the baton for her 800m third leg the Royals were battling it out with 2 other teams for 2nd place,  Catlin was passed but then managed to find another gear, battled back and at the completion of her run our team was in second place.  Sarya Ross ran the final mile leg for the team and closed the 30m gap on her first of four laps to put our team in the lead.   But the effort took too much out of  Sarya and despite an excellent 5.22 effort, our team had to settle for the silver medal.  

It was a great season opener for the crew and judging by the performances it looks like it is going to be an exciting outdoor season.

DJANGO LOVETT - Valley Royals High Jumper, currently attending the University of New Mexico, competed at the Mountain West Indoor Championships on March 1/2014 at Colorado Spring.He won the High Jump competition with a record-tying leap of 2.20 m.  This also set a new personal record and Mountain West Indoor Championships record .Congratulations   Django , Job well done !!!

 

 World Indoor Championships March 7-6 Sopot Poland:Mike Mason,representing Canada,and coach Ziggy Szelagowicz travelled to the World Indoor Championships in Poland.  Mike jumped 2.28m in the qualifying round, beating five jumpers with higher rankings.  In the final round he jumped 2.25m giving him 8th place.  Coach Ziggy says “The trip was very successful.  The organization and competition of the World Championships was outstanding.”

Congratulations to Harold Willers (Throw Coach) on being inducted into SFU Clan Athletics Hall of Fame on March 31, 2014

“Willers was a member of the Clan track and field program from 1976-80, specializing in the hammer throw. He was a three time NAIA Champion in the discipline in 1978, 79 and 80 with SFU before a successful post-collegiate career that saw him win four Canadian Championships in the event from 1981 to 1984. He competed for Canada at the Commonwealth Games and the Pan American Games. As of his induction in 2014 he still holds the SFU record in the hammer with a toss of 67.28-metres, a record over 25 years old.”

Katie CrivelloUpdate from Katie Crivello(2nd from the right)                “An update about what’s been happening in Arizona for track! My coach was pretty surprised by my running, when we ran 300m time trials I had the third fastest run for the girls, I’m the second fastest 100m runner on the team! I made the 4X100m relay (team pictured), I’m also doing the 4X400m relay.  We have our first meet in about 2 weeks so I’ll let you know how that goes. It is definitely so much fun here and I can’t wait to come back up to the royals! I miss all of you guys !!”

 

 Congratulations to Mike Mason on his High Jump win in Milrose, New York.  Jumping 2.30m – standard for World Indoor Championships.  Good Luck in Sopot/Poland    March 2 -10, 2014. 

Another Successful Awards Banquet was held on Wed. Feb 12th. Congratulations to All Athletes on their accomplishments in 2013!

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

updated April 2/2014