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North Shore athletes shine at high school track and field provincials

June 23, 2023


Sentinel's Sidney Clement scored gold in the seniors girls 3000-metre race and silver in the 1,500 m at the B.C. High School Track and Field Championships held June 8-10 at Mcleod Athletic Park in Langley. | @NSSSAA/Twitter

By Andy Prest, North Shore News.

North Shore athletes raced onto the podium to claim several medals, including four golds, at the B.C. High School Track and Field Championships held June 8-10 at Mcleod Athletic Park in Langley.

Leading the way was Handsworth’s Marlena Tresnjo, who won three medals at the event, including gold in the senior girls high jump. She soared over the bar at 1.65 m, topping the second-place finishers by 10 cm. Tresnjo also earned a pair of bronze medals, finishing third in the heptathlon with 4090 points and in long jump with a leap of 5.35 m.

Sentinel Secondary’s Sidney Clement claimed gold in one of the marquee events, finishing first in the senior girls 3,000-m race with a time of 9:54.73. Clement was the only runner to finish in less than 10 minutes in the final. Clement also struck silver in the 1,500-m race, clocking a time of 4:34.74.

Collingwood’s Michael Scherk also earned gold, winning the senior boys 110-m hurdles in a time of 13.89, finishing more than half a second ahead of the second-place runner.

The other North Shore provincial champion was Handsworth’s William Millard, who won gold in the junior boys pole vault, topping out at 3.30 m.

Sentinel’s Alexandra Tenn zoomed onto the podium in another main event, the senior girls 100-m dash. Tenn clocked a time of 12.57 seconds to earn silver in the race.

Silver also went to Windsor’s Matthew Minchin, who finished second in the senior boys hammer throw with a toss of 38.18 m.

Handsworth’s Joe Kanuka also rocketed onto the podium in high speed race, clocking a time of 11.37 to earn bronze in the senior boys 100-m dash. Bronze also went to West Vancouver Secondary’s Steven Hui-Fumagalli, who finished third in Grade 8 boys long jump with a leap of 5.33 m.

Once the batons came out for the relays, it was Handsworth’s team that tore up the track. The Royals scored an impressive four medals in the team races, winning silver in the senior girls 4x400-m relay and bronze in the seniors girls and boys 4x100-m races as well as the junior boys 4x400-m relay.