North Shore runners finish 1-2 in provincial 1,500-metre final

Doherty and Bates duel in one of the marquee events at BC High School Track and Field Championships

North Shore athletes set a blistering pace at the B.C. High School Track and Field Provincials held last weekend in Langley, led by a pair of middle distance masters in the senior boys category.

West Vancouver’s Aidan Doherty and Carson Graham’s Cameron Bates dueled in one of the meet’s marquee events, the senior boys 1,500-metre race, with Doherty grabbing gold just ahead of Bates. Doherty clocked a time of 4:10.96 while Bates was less than a second behind at 4:11.74.

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Both runners train together with the North Shore’s Hershey Harriers athletic club.

Bates raced into second place in the 800-m final as well, grabbing his second silver of the meet in a time of 1:58.79.

Gold medals also went to West Van’s Mia Zurkovic who won the junior girls 800 m in a time of 2:17.46 and Handsworth’s Lenny Banduau whose 5.88-m long jump earned him gold in the Grade 8 boys division.

Here are all of the medal winners from North Shore schools:

Gold

Senior boys 1,500 m, Aidan Doherty, West Van, 4:10.96

Junior girls 800 m, Mia Zurkovic, West Van, 2:17.46     

Grade 8 long jump, Lenny Bonduau, Handsworth, 5.88 m      

Silver

Senior boys 1,500 m, Cameron Bates, Carson Graham, 4:11.74   

Senior boys 800 m, Cameron Bates, Carson Graham, 1:58.79 

Junior boys triple jump, Michael O' Flynn, STA, 12.93 m      

Junior girls long jump, Julia Rastad, Collingwood, 5.24 m        

Junior girls 800 m, Emmajean Neal, Sentinel, 2:17.68

Ambulatory 100 m, Ges Bushe, West Van, 24.96

Ambulatory 200 m, Ges Bushe, West Van, 1:48.28    

Grade 8 boys 100-m hurdles, Bruce Jones, West Van, 15.80  

Bronze

Senior girls 100-m hurdles, Kristie Elliott, Windsor, 15.97

Senior girls heptathlon, Ana Parsakish, Handsworth, 3,960 points

Senior boys decathlon, Ryan Blasak, Howe Sound, 4,600 points

Junior girls 80-m hurdles, Caleigh O'Flaherty, STA, 12.65 

Junior girls, 1500 m, Emmajean Neal, Sentinel, 4:50.15  

Grade 8 girls pentathlon, Emily Millard, Handsworth, 2,416 points

Grade 8 girls triple jump, Claire Ambrozic, Handsworth, 9.98 m      

Grade 8 long jump, Nicholas Zaparniuk, Argyle, 5.48 m  

Special Olympic 100 m, Suraya Pittalwala, STA, 16.69 

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