North Shore youths score medals at track and field nationals

Four North Shore athletes hit the podium at the Legion National Youth Track and Field Championships held last month in Langley.

Grace Thompson, Emma Rastad and Nima Parsakish all climbed to the top of the podium with gold medal showings. Thompson won the U18 girls 1,500-m race in a time of four minutes 33.32 seconds while Rastad jumped 5.50 metres to win the U16 girls long jump competition. It was her second consecutive age-group national title in long jump. Rastad added a second medal in the relays, helping Team B.C. claim bronze in the U16 4x100-m race. Parsakish won gold in the U16 boys 1,500-m race walk.

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Katie Weaver hit the podium in the U18 girls heptathlon, claiming silver after a gutsy first-place finish in the final event, the 800-m run. She finished with 4,656 points in the seven-event heptathlon, including a personal best in the javelin throw.

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