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Surrey Schools students returned from the 2015 BC High School Track and Field Championship in Langley with more than 50 medals.
The future looks particularly bright for the junior girls with Semiahmoo, Earl Marriott, Clayton Heights and Lord Tweedsmuir secondary schools claiming four of the top five spots in the provincial team rankings.
(The record-setting Semiahmoo Secondary junior girls 4x100-metre and 4x400-metre relay team: (from left) Gabrielle Hack, Alexa Porpaczy, Hailey Ribiero and Jessica Williams)
Lord Tweedsmuir ranked third among the senior boys teams and Semiahmoo fourth among junior boys teams. The combined boys and girls junior team scores placed Semiahmoo and Earl Marriott third and fourth respectively.
Among the great individual performances, North Surrey Secondary’s Nathan Tadesse added the 1500-metre and 3000-metre titles to the senior boys cross country crown he won in the fall.
Jasneet Nijjer, of Queen Elizabeth Secondary, took triple gold, winning the Grade 8 girls 400-metre dash, 200-metre run and 80-metre hurdles.
Also claiming three golds were Semiahmoo junior girls Alexa Porpaczy and Jessica Williams, who are both coached by Scott Yewchuk. Porpaczy, Williams, Haley Ribeiro and Gabrielle Hack powered the Totems to 4x100-metre and 4x400-metre relay wins in provincial record time. Williams added gold in the 400-metre dash and Porpaczy jumped 1.7m to claim the high jump title. Hack took bronze in the triple jump.
In total, from 62 events, Surrey Schools athletes won gold in 19, silver in 12 and bronze in 11.
A list of the full results can be found on the BC High School Track and Field Championship website.