Simon Fraser could send as many as five steeplechase athletes to the NCAA Div. 2 national championships later this month. They are (left to right) Julia Howley, Chelsea Ribeiro, Olivia Willett, Aaron Ahl and Pierre Louis-Detourbe. (Photo by Brad McLeod property of SFU Athletics 2019. All Rights Reserved)
UBC Thunderbirds' sophomore Jamie Hennessey (55) posted the fastest NAIA time this season in the 3,000m steeplechase, despite her Type 1 diabetes. (Photo by UBC athletics copyright 2019. All rights reserved).
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UBC’s Jamie Hennessey: Despite her Type 1 diabetes, Thunderbirds’ courageous sophomore sits among the NAIA’s steeplechase elite

VANCOUVER — If you had asked Jamie Hennessey five years ago if she was capable of having a day like the one she had last month, she would have nodded a decisive “No.”

Taryn O'Neill (right) of George Elliott, and New Westminster's Grace Fetherstonhaugh will embark on NCAA careers this fall at Villanova and Oregon State respectively. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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Varsity Letters’ B.C. Recruits List 2018: Where 69 girls and boys track & field and XC prospects are headed this coming season

LANGLEY — In terms of the mark B.C.’s graduating Class of 2018 student-athletes made, both on the trails and especially on the track this season, it’s easy to call it one of the province’s most elite in recent memory.

R.E. Mountain Eagles seniors Zach (left) and Tate Wyatt have always raced with a telekinetic bond. (Photo by Wilson Wong property of UBC athletics)
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R.E. Mountain’s Zach & Tate Wyatt: On the tracks and trails, identical Memphis-bound twins reflect the bonds of brotherhood

Today, as we begin our stretch drive of coverage, capping another season of high school and university sports coverage here at Varsity Letters, we begin an informal series of stories which the author feels best encapsulate the spirit of B.C.s community of student-athletes.

Langley Secondary's Georgia Ellenwood won the most gruelling competition in the women's track and field canon on Saturday in Eugene, Ore. The former B.C. high school star and Wisconsin Badgers' senior is the new NCAA Div. 1 heptathlon champion. (Graphic by University of Wisconsin athletics)
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Georgia Ellenwood: Four-time B.C. high school heptathlon champ caps NCAA Div. 1 career with a golden weekend

When she left B.C. as the single most-dominant competitor in the history of the B.C. girls high school multi-event championships back 2013, Langley’s Georgia Ellenwood immediately set her focus on an even bigger prize.

Brentwood College's Sion Griffiths battled injury and some pretty tight scheduling this past weekend to win silver medals at both the B.C. high school rugby, and track and field championships. (Photos by Jeff Sargeant (left) and Howard Tsumura property of UBC athletics, VarsityLetters.ca)
Aaryanna Kurucz was a part of gold-medal winning efforts of the Maple Ridge Ramblers over the weekend in both the 400m and 1600m relays in Langley. (Photo by Wilson Wong property of UBC athletics)
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Ramblers back on track! After near quarter-century dry spell, Maple Ridge rises to claim B.C. senior varsity title

LANGLEY — It was just six weeks ago, at stop along the Interstate 5 precisely half way between Seattle and Portland, that the Maple Ridge Secondary track and field team spent a weekend together to better find out who they were.

The Falcon has landed! Surrey Christian Falcons' Kenny Blackman Jr. exults and extends as he crosses the finish line ahead of the pack in the BC 100m final, which included R.A. McMath's Liam McLeod (left) and Alexander Gross of Okanagan Mission. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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B.C.’s fastest schoolboy! Surrey Christian’s Kenny Blackman Jr. soars to gold and new career at Trinity Western

LANGLEY — B.C.’s fastest schoolboy for 2018? His name is Kenny Blackman Jr., and on Friday, at the moment he knew the finish line was his to break, he spread his arms like wings.

Queen Elizabeth's Jasneet Nijjar (centre) wins the B.C. senior girls 100m sprint on Friday ahead of both second-place finisher Bryn Walsh of Kelowna (right) and third-place finisher Jasmine Lew of Heritage Woods. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetter.ca)
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All that Jas! Q.E.’s Jasneet Nijjar brings rare skills and grit as she chases track’s tricky triple-triple

LANGLEY — The triple-triple? In sprinting circles, especially as it pertains to the B.C. girls high school track and field championships, it’s an absolute rarity.

Baneet Bains, the swift 11th grader with Surrey's Princess Margaret Lions is among a blue-chip field which will compete in the senior girls 1,500m championship final later today at Langley's McLeod Athletic Park. (Photo by Wilson Wong property of UBC athletics)
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Tsumura: Hello, Dolly! My Top 10 moments from Day 1 at the 2018 B.C. high school track & field championships

LANGLEY — Day 1 at the B.C. high school track and field championships is always the quietest of the annual three-day extravaganza.Yet as usual, it sets up the storylines that are to follow as the 2017-18 sports years continues to wind down to the end of its calendar season.Here’s Varsity Letter’s look at the Top […]