The ACS Knights showed up in force for the 2019 BC Track and Field Provincials in Kelowna, with a school record 63 athletes ready to compete. Ever since the beginning of the track and field season, the athletes were talking about the trip to Kelowna. The experience turned out to be even better than anticipated despite the extremely hot weather!
Nineteen grade 8 students made their provincial debuts, with the girls coming off a dominant performance in the Fraser Valley Championships. For the first time in program history, ACS achieved a provincial medal in a relay event. The girls won the bronze medal in the 4 x 100 m with a new school record time of 53.59. The next day, the grade 8 girls won silver in the 4 x 400 m relay with a blistering time of 4:14.63. This broke the school record by over 12 seconds! In total, the grade 8 girls won four medals—two silver and two bronze. Kendra De Wolde won a silver in Javelin, while Kayla Schuurman took home a bronze in the Pentathlon. The grade 8 girls finished in second place in total points (40.5) in all of BC.
Twenty-one Junior athletes participated in the BC Track and Field Provincials. The boys were led by bronze medalists James De Jager (1500 m Steeplechase) and Spencer Langelaar (Long Jump). The Junior Girls dominated all year, winning the Fraser Valley title. The girls were led at the Provincials by bronze medalist Lexie Kampman (High Jump).
Twenty-three Senior athletes rounded out our Provincial team. The Senior Girls had a very strong result—they won the “A” title by only 2 points! Johannah Brandsma (Triple Jump) and Cassie Brandsma (High Jump) both received bronze medals for their events.
The Senior Boys were dominant all year, winning the Fraser Valley championships. At the BC Provincials they finished with an incredible 41 points. This easily led to an “A” title, but also placed them second overall in the entire province.
In the combined category, the girls and boys achieved 60 points, which placed them first overall in “Single A” and fourth in BC. The Senior Boys were led by Silver medalists Evan Castellani (400 m Hurdles) and Logan Onderwater (Pole Vault), as well as bronze medalist Cole Brandsma (High Jump).
We will be graduating twelve men and four ladies from our track and field team this year. They have contributed to 8 Fraser Valley and 6 Provincial titles in their five years and will be deeply missed.
Finally, our theme this year was “many parts, one body—many players, one team.” It can be challenging at times to convince track and field athletes that we are running a “team” program. However, our athletes have bought into this concept. They care for one another, and look for ways to encourage each other to achieve excellent results. Our trip to Kelowna really cemented this concept. What other sport is multi-grade and multi-gender in such a way? Athletes learn to live in community, to serve the greater community, and work together for common team goals. Most importantly, God was honoured by the attitude and actions of our athletes. Other schools and coaches complimented us as coaches for their enthusiasm and servant leadership. That’s what a team does!
– Scott Visser, Track & Field Coach