Asianna Covington earned two medals at last weekend’s B.C. high School track and Field Championships in Burnaby, including one of the four gold medals won by Surrey athletes.
Covington, a student at Little Flower Academy in Vancouver, dominated the women’s hammer throw competition. Her throw of 54.80 metres was more than 10 metres better than the runner-up.
A two-time defending champion in the shot put, Covington settled for a silver medal with a distance of 11.28 metres, one metre out of first place.
The other gold medal in women’s competition came in the women’s 400m race, where Cheyanne Tunti of Kwantlen Park Secondary edged Raquel Tjernagel of New Westminster by four one-hundredths of a second.
Her winning time was 56.36 seconds. She was also fifth in the 200m sprint, her time of 26.14 missing a medal by 0.4 seconds.
Tunti also ran for the Kwantlen Park 4×100 relay team with Makayla Hamilton, Brittany Kait and Faythe Lou, placing fifth.
Prabjit Dosanjh of Delview Secondary won a silver medal in the discus event with a throw of 38.17 seconds, four metres away from first place.
After winning two medals a year ago, Seaquam Secondary’s Serena Graf was unfortunate not to return to the podium at this season’s meet. Graf was fourth in four events, including the javelin, a competition she won a year ago. Her best toss of 37.14 metres was just seven centimetres away from a medal.
She was also one place away from the podium in the hammer throw, where a throw of 43.29 metres was 72 centimetres away from third place. Graf was also fourth in the shot put with a throw of 10.66 metres.
The two gold medals in men’s competition came in field events.
Konrad Piaseczny of Holy Cross High School won the long jump event, as his best leap of 6.80 metres edged Vancouver College athlete Nick Fyffe by 25 centimetres.
Ben Ingvaldsen of Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary topped the field in the shot put with a throw of 14.93 metres, 43 centimetres further than Jesse Lambert of Hatzic. Ingvaldsen was also fourth in the discus, his throw of 43.40 metres missing a medal by 1.52 metres.
Distance runner Timothy Delcourt of Kwantlen Park Secondary earned a pair of silver medals.
Delcourt was just 1.07 seconds behind Christian Gravel of St. George’s high school in the men’s 1,500m race, covering the distance in 4:04.09. He was again behind Gravel in the 3,000m race, his time of 8:48.09 just 1.77 seconds off the pace.
Also winning silver was Nathan Goodwin of Panorama Ridge in the 800 metre race, his time of 1:55.06 leaving him 2.85 seconds back of winner Matt Swanson of Sutherland.
Goodwin just missed a second medal, placing fourth in the 2,000 metre steeplechase. Dustin Johnson of Kwantlen Park was seventh in the same event.
Nick Smith of Lord Tweedsmuir was edged out of a bronze medal in the men’s high jump on a tiebreaker after he and four other athletes cleared the bar a 1.85 metres. Filip Backiel of Holy Cross was eighth at 1.80 metres.
Steven Saito scored points for Fleetwood Park, placing eighth in the pole vault with a leap of 2.90 metres.
Several female athletes posted top eight results in Burnaby.
Fourth place finishes were achieved by Jessica Tan of Fraser Heights in the pole vault and Allison Gallaugher of Lord Tweedsmuir in the long jump.
Avneet Nijjar of Queen Elizabeth placed fifth in the shot put, Maddie Freedman of Lord Tweedsmuir took seventh in the high jump and Sarah Buckingham of Lord Tweedsmuir was eighth in the triple jump.