High jumper Aiden Grout has been selected to the U18 National Team to compete at the 2019 NACAC U18 being held in Querétaro, Mexico
High jumper Aiden Grout has been selected to the U18 National Team to compete at the 2019 NACAC U18 being held in Querétaro, Mexico, from July 5-7. The team, comprised of the 25 best athletes from across Canada will compete against athletes from 31 different countries across North America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Grout is currently the #1 ranked high jumper for U18 and U20 in Canada coming off an impressive 2.09m jump to win the BC High School Championships last month. Coach Kevin Harrison is excited to see what Grout will do on the international stage: "Aiden has demonstrated consistency in his performance, strong work ethic in practice, and a competitive drive that will be key to continued success this season. He has come very far in the last 12 months, but he certainly isn't done yet." Next up for Grout is the Harry Jerome Invitational at Swanguard Stadium in Burnaby on June 20 where he will face a strong field of mostly Canadian jumpers including Django Lovett (2.30m) and Mike Mason (2.31m).
Congratulations to Mustangs Tate and Zach Wyatt who were recently selected for the U20 National Team at to represent Canada at the 2019 Pan American U20 Championships being held in San José, Costa Rica, from July 19-21, at National Stadium. The biennial track and field competition will celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2019 and will feature athletes from 31 different countries across the Americas. The Wyatt brothers, who easily surpassed the team standard 9:32.92 for the 3000m Steeplechase, are coming off a successful freshman season at the University of Memphis where they competed on the varsity cross country and track and field teams in the American Athletic Conference.
The Langley Mustangs Track and Field Association participated at the 2019 Annual Jesse Bent Memorial Meet on Saturday June 8th and Sunday June 9th.
The Langley Mustangs had an excellent meet earning 14 gold medals, 9 silver medals and 8 bronze medals!
At least two Mustangs achieved personal best results this weekend. Noah Louwerse and Jacob Vanderhorst both achieved personal best results in long jump with Jacob earning a silver medal for the event. Noah Louwerse along with Bernardo Sada hit standard in 1200m and Miles Hayden hit standard in 1000m.
The meet was hosted by the Coquitlam Cheetahs Track and Field Association at Percy Perry Stadium. The stadium includes a Mondo track surface with areas for long jump, triple jump, high jump and pole vault with separate areas for discus, hammer, shot put and a polyflex synthetic rubberized track surface for javelin.
Members of the Langley Mustangs Track Club competed well in the hot Okanagan conditions in Kelowna at the BC High School Track and Field Championships held May 30 to June 1. There were several medallists and outstanding performances over the three day competition which caps the high school season. Gold medal performances were turned in by Ian Vandergugten in the Senior Boys 110m hurdles and Aiden Grout and Nolan McEachern in the Senior and Junior Boys high jump. Head Coach Andrew Lenton was impressed by the Mustangs’ performances in this high calibre meet: “The competition and depth was the best its been in several years. For so many of our athletes to finish in the top 8 was a major accomplishment. Now we are looking to build on this succcess as we move into the club season and target provincial and national level competitions.”
Grade 8 Boys
The BC Elementary Track and Field Championships were held in Richmond on May 24th, 25th and 26th.
The Langley Mustangs Track and Field Club competed in this event with a strong team of 53 athletes. Described as an event for everyone, the BC Elementary School Track & Field Championships is an event hosted by the Kajaks Track & Field Club with the purpose of providing a fun and safe competitive experience for athletes of all ages and abilities.
The weekend welcomed all elementary school aged athletes whether they were new or experienced to the sport of Track & Field, representing a school, club or independent. Overall the Mustangs earned 10 gold, 7 silver and 3 bronze medals. The 10 year old boys had an impressive 2nd place overall finish and the 13 year old girls placed 4th! Ben Vanerhorst, Noah Louwerse, Joey Adams and Jacob Vanderhorst were multi event medalists and Maiya Brunoro had an outstanding performance earning 4 gold medals in 4 individual events including 200m, 300m, 800m, and Long Jump! Watching these athletes make running, jumping and throwing look effortless is inspirational. The Langley Mustangs will host the Pacific Invitational on Father’s Day weekend June 14th, 15th and 16th at McLeod Athletic Park. Athletes from ages 6 to 86 will be participating in a variety of track and field events throughout the weekend.
Two members of the Langley Mustangs Track Club recently competed in the BC High School Multi Event Championships held in South Surrey. The event had a record turnout of some of the best all-around high school athletes eager to test their athletic skills over several events. Grade 11 athlete Holly Harrison took silver in a close battle in the Senior Girls Heptathlon. Seven events over two days with some rain and cool weather thrown in made for adverse conditions. Despite a stumble in the hurdles to start the competition Harrison remained focused and turned in a strong performance to hold off a fast closing third place rival. In the Grade 8 pentathlon, Madison Gordon put in a string of solid events to clinch the silver medal in her first taste of high school competition. High jump coach Kevin Harrison was impressed with what he saw: “Madison is a great competitor and is a natural for the multievents with her love for track and natural speed and power. Am looking forward to working with her this summer as she continues to develop her skills in many events.”