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 BC Athletics Bulletin 
Your weekly source of up-to-date Athletics news in BC

ISSUE #15-2003
Wednesday, June 18, 2003


BC Junior, Senior Track & Field Championships:
NEW schedule will be available later today on the Valley Royals website: 

Track and Field Rankings Posted
The 2003 Track and Field Rankings can now be found at 
Some of the earlier meets may not show in the rankings they are still being processed. Please note that in cases where the date of birth is not evident in the results submitted (i.e. BC High School Championships) athletes will initially be ranked in the oldest age possible for the event competed in. That means that an athlete who is a Midget may show as old as a Junior. Once we have proper notification of birth dates and ages we can rank the athlete in the correct age category.
Please send corrections and submissions to Jeremy Edwards at

Prize Money for Senior 3000m Events
The Valley Royals Track & Field Club in hosting the BC Junior and Senior Championships is also holding Senior 3000m events for Men and Women. Because these events are not championships for the Senior Age Group, the Valley Royals will be putting up the following Prize Money for these events:
Men's 3000m:
  1st Place in a time of 8:30.00 or better - $100.00
  2nd Place in a time of 8:30.00 or better - $75.00
  3rd Place in a time of 8:30.00 or better - $ 50.00
Women's 3000m:
  1st Place in a time of 9:45.00 or better - $100.00
  2nd Place in a time of 9:45.00 or better - $75.00
  3rd Place in a time of 9:45.00 or better - $ 50.00
Entries: Will be received, without penalty, up to Midnight, Wednesday, June 18, 2003. Send your entry and payment to Valley Royals T&F Club - fax: 604-850-7880 or Email: 
See the entry form at:

World Youth Qualifying Events - Jesse Bent Memorial Cheetahs Invitational & BC Jr/Sr Track & Field Championships. Important Information Update - Note deadline!

Jesse Bent Memorial Cheetahs Invitational:
We would like clubs to forward the names, ages and events of all athletes wishing to take advantage of this opportunity, no later than Wednesday June 18th 2003. This will allow us to make the necessary adjustments to our heat sheets etc. See below for details.
Fax the Change to your entry to: Percy Perry and Norma Perry at: 604-945-9694. There is no extra entry fee required for this change.
Further to the Broadcast Email Message of Friday, June 13, 2003, this will confirm that the Jesse Bent Memorial Cheetahs Invitational Track & Field Meet on June 21 and 22, 2003 will also be an opportunity for 15 year male and female athletes only to compete in only the following Juvenile Age events of:
Girls: Shot Put - 4 kg and Hammer - 4 kg
Boys: Shot Put - 5 kg, Discus - 1.5 kg, Javelin - 700 grams, Hammer - 5 kg
Girls: 100m Hurdles at 30 inches / .762 m
Girls: 400m Hurdles at 30 inches / .762 m
Boys: 110m Hurdles at 36 inches / .914m
Boys: 400m Hurdles at 33 inches / .840m

BC Junior & Senior Track & Field Championships:
In order to provide more opportunities for young athletes to achieve World Youth Championships entry standards, an Octathlon has been added to the program of the Abbotsford meet on June 21-22/03.
First day: 100 m, Long Jump, Shot Put (5 kg), 400 m
Second day: 110 mh (91.4cm), High Jump, Javelin Throw (700g), 1000m
The Octathlon will be running within Decathlon events schedule.
To enter this event please complete the entry form indicating Octathlon instead of Decathlon. Any questions regarding entering please contact Gerry Swan at: or ph: 604-859-9801 in Abbotsford.
Note: The meet in Abbotsford has already scheduled World Youth Qualifying events.

  • This is a one time variation of the Junior Development rule and only for the purpose of providing an opportunity to compete at the World Youth Technical Standards.
  • That a review of the current rules would take place over the remainder of the year so as to provide for an effective process in future years.
  • The events are limited because all other events are offered in their own age groups, up to and including the 3000 m.
  • The 2000 m steeplechase is not offered in Jesse Bent Memorial Cheetahs Invitational.
Reminder: All performances must be:
  • achieved in BC Athletics sanctioned competitions; be electronically timed;
  • all throwing implements must have been weighed and measured and meet IAAF standards;
  • wind reading must also be taken and recorded with the results for all events as required by the rules;
  • cross bar end pieces must meet the new IAAF Rules;
  • the landing sectors for Shot Put, Discus and Hammer must be 34.92 degrees as per IAAF rules.
Rationale for this variation:
  • The addition of a World Youth Championship in the Cdn Team Program for the ages of 15 thru 17 inclusive;
  • The BC Athletics Junior Development Rule that does not allow athletes from one Jnr Dev Age Group to move up to older age groups;
  • The limited number of opportunities this spring (2003) for athletes to compete in a "World Youth Event Age Grouping - 15 to 17 yrs." To date (June 13/03) there have been 7 opportunities in BC to compete in competitions where some or all of the events in their age group were at the World Youth Technical Standards. There have been only 2 competitions as of June 13 that have offered a designated World Youth section - (Dogwood Meet and Kajaks High School -Y designation for Throws).
  • There is the Jesse Bent Memorial Cheetahs Invitational - Coquitlam, June 21, 22, 2003.
  • There is a competition with a designated World Youth section - Abbotsford, June 21, 22/03 as part of the BC Athletics Junior and Senior Championships.
  • This has limited the number of opportunities for 15 yr. old athletes to compete in all the events at the World Youth standards;
  • In keeping with our guiding principles, mission, vision and values of providing opportunities for athletes in an athlete centered Athletics environment.
We apologize for the lateness of this information however having only received the request on Thursday, June 12, having to review and discuss this with numerous individuals, getting the agreement of the meet directors to allow changes on such a short notice and then having to have Brd of Directors approval for the variation of the rule takes a bit of time.
Questions can be directed to Brian McCalder at

BC Senior & Junior Track & Field Championships
June 21 - 22 2003 - Abbotsford, BC 

BC Juvenile Track & Field Championships, Western Canada Games Trials and Alternate BC Summer Games Midget Age Group Meet
July 12 - 13 2003 - Langley, BC 

BC Junior Development Pentathlon Championships
July 19 2003 - Kelowna, BC 

BC Junior Development Track & Field Championships
July 25 - 27 2003 - Kamloops, BC 

2003 Pacific Coast High Performance and All Comers Meets June 22nd & 23rd at Swangard Stadium
Information and entry form now available at: 

2003 Hershey Harrier All Comers Meets
All Comers Meets (Tuesday nights) schedule is available on the Hershey Harriers Athletic Club website

Canadian Junior Track & Field Championships Technical Package

BC Team Athlete Declaration Forms 
Submit to Eugene Konart or fax to (604) 737-3171.

PacificSport Group Newsletter
Please click on the link below to view the latest edition of "Three Waves" from the PacificSport Group - the BC Network of Canadian and Regional Sport Centres. 

PacificSport Group Apparel
The following items are available to the public through the Bay's downtown Victoria location:

  • Navy hooded sweatshirt ($49.95)
  • Navy golf shirt ($39.95)
  • Grey sweat pants ($39.95)
  • Navy long sleeved T shirt ($22.95)
  • Navy baseball hat ($19.95)
  • White short-sleeved T shirt ($12.00)
  • Black Toque ($13.95)


NCCP Level 1Technical Coaching Workshop:
Abbotsford - June 28-29, 2003. Course conductor - Barb Vida 


Bid Request - BC Cross Country Championships 2004 - 2005
As announced through the "Bulletin," e-mails to the clubs and e-mails to the BCA Cross Country Division Committee the intent to bid closed on Sunday June 15. Three "intent to bid" letters were received from clubs. They are in alphabetical order: Royal City Track & Field Club of New Westminster, Semiahmoo Sun Runners of White Rock and the Valley Royals Track Club of Abbotsford.
Each will receive a cross country championship bid package to be completed by August 15th. Upon completion the bid package will be forwarded to the Cross Country Division Chair - Mr. Frank Reynolds. That address will be provided to the bidders. A selection sub-committee of the Cross Country Division will award the Championships.

Cross Country Division Meeting
Enjoy cross country? Then here is your chance to participate in discussions relating to you and your club's involvement in cross country in British Columbia.
Saturday, June 21 - 4:30pm at the BC Junior and Senior Track & Field Championships in Abbotsford. Room will be posted/announced at the stadium.
2003 Cross Country Championships:

  • Host, venue, ideas to improve - marketing, raising profile, awards-feedback on process, ideas to improve.
  • Future Championships - bidding process, letters of intent.
  • Cross Country Series in B.C. - Can we increase support
  • World Cross Country - athlete preparation, more meets in early spring.
Other items.
Frank Reynolds
Chairman - Cross Country Division of B.C. Athletics

Section 8A - Cross-Country Division
8A.1 The Cross Country Division shall be responsible for examining the current status of Cross Country in British Columbia, designing, planning, and recommending programs and policies to the Board of Directors and implementing approved programs and policies to ensure the existence, growth, and development of Cross Country in British Columbia.
8A.2 The Division's responsibility for Cross Country in the province is primarily to ensure a co-ordinated Cross Country program for all age groups (J.D./Juvenile/Junior/Senior/Masters).
8A.3 The Division may establish such committees as it deems required to carry out its objectives, limited only in so far as its committees do not interfere with duties and responsibilities of the Association's general committees.
RSVP: Jerry Tighe - Technical Manager of Road & Cross Country, B.C. Athletics, 604-737-3174


Scotia Half Marathon (June 22) Doubles as BC Athletics Championships 
Vancouver, BC - The Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon is loaded with world-class Canadian and international athletes ready to compete in the 5th annual event, the world's most scenic and fastest half marathon, on Sunday, June 22 at 7:30am. A record 3,000 runners are expected to dash downhill from UBC to Stanley Park in the event that doubles as the BC Athletics Half-Marathon Championship.
Next BCA Road Running Championship will be the 10km at the Richmond Flatlands event October 19. 

Timex BC Road Running Series
June 16/03 - updates to 
Rankings after Sandcastle City Classic 10k are now posted! Photos are posted in the Gallery.
You can also see age-graded results for the 10k, linked from the bottom of the News page (thanks to George Gluppe for providing those).
- Teresa Nightingale
Series Coordinator / webmaster 

Athletics Canada / Run Canada
Are you looking for a measured and certified road running course to run in Canada or do you wish to know who is available to measure a course in your area? Look no further.

Measurement Newsletter
For current information on course measurement, chip timing and a host of other topics road running topics subscribe to this e-mail list USATF/RRTC Measurement News Online Forum (MNForum). 

Ultra Running
Montgomery Wins Vancouver Skyline XTC
North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Smashing her own course record by 19 minutes, Wendy Montgomery of North Vancouver, BC was the first overall finisher of the Vancouver Skyline XTC (X-country Trail Challenge) held this past Saturday 14 June. "I'm not so good on technical courses. The XTC was tough, but runable, so it played to my strengths. It was a perfect day for a fast time and I felt strong the whole way," said Montgomery at the finish. Also from North Vancouver, 45-year old men's winner Jim Hatch completed the 50K course in 5 hours 35 minutes. Not only was it his first ultra marathon (greater than the 42.2km marathon distance) race, it was the first race he ever competed in!
The XTC is a bit different from other trail races. According to Event Host Ean Jackson, "The XTC is intended to appeal to experienced trail runners. We've designed the event around the specifications provided by Club Fat Ass: Cheap, cheerful, informal and minimal environmental impact. The XTC offers a point-to-point 25km "Up", a 25km "Down", a 50km "Up and Down" and shorter out and back distances for those wishing to challenge certain sections of the course. In addition to recognizing top finishers, we acknowledge those who get the most lost, the best wipe-out and there's a special award for the person who collects the most trash from along the trail."
Contouring Grouse and Cypress Mountains on Vancouver's north shore, the event is held in large part on the Trans-Canada hiking trail. While less technical than other north shore trail runs, the XTC offers its fair share of rocks, roots and mud. Total elevation change over the 50K distance has been estimated at 3,000 metres.
Returning to the trails after 9 months nursing a bad knee, elite ultra marathon runner Rich Rawling of West Vancouver won the 25km "Up" challenge in 2:21. Sean Finucane, a doctoral student at University of British Columbia, finished first in the 25Km "down" event securing his first ever win in a running event with a time of 3:15.
Highlights of the XTC included: The cottonwood 'snowstorm' in the Mosquito Creek section, a bountiful selection of ripe salmonberries along the Canyon Crawl section, countless waterfalls and some close calls with what looked like poison oak. Jim Hatch startled a deer during his descent into the Capilano Canyon. While bear skat was identified on the trail sections on Cypress Mountain, there were no bear sightings during the race.
Many thanks to Adam Shier of the Avalon Brewpub, Graham Archer at Kintec Footlabs, and Club Fat Ass for their support. The Vancouver Skyline XTC will be featured on CBC television's Canada Day Noon Show special report on the Trans-Canada Trail.

Vancouver Skyline XTC - Saturday 14 June 03




Home town

Finish Time


Wendy Montgomery


North Vancouver



Jim Hatch


North Vancouver



Rich Rawling

25K Up

West Vancouver



Scott Riddell

25K Up

North Vancouver



Ean Jackson

25K Up

North Vancouver



Rick Arikado

25K Up




Sean Finucane

25K Down




Brian Bjornson


North Vancouver


8 starters
8 finishers

For more information, please refer to:
Vancouver Skyline XTC - 
Club Fat Ass Events - 
Ean Jackson, Event Host - 


Details, direct links and contacts 

For complete listings of upcoming events (BC events highlighted in yellow) with contact information:

Track & Field 

Road Running 


Road Relays & Ultra 

Cross Country and Trail Running 

Race Walking see Track & Field above

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