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 […]

After a late start to her university track career, Salmon Arm's Sandra Kilmartin wraps up her career this weekend with her third straight trip to the NAIA national championships in Alabama. (Photo by Richard Lam property of UBC athletics)
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UBC’s Sandra Kilmartin: From humblest of beginnings to NAIA nationals, ‘Birds runner has her own recipe for success

VANCOUVER — There is an old saying about how a favourite recipe, in some way, can tell the story about the family from which it came.That’s especially true, as you will discover, in the case of UBC Thunderbirds’ senior middle-distance runner Sandra Kilmartin.Yet if you ask the dietetics major — a foodie with a pay-it-forward […]

Megan Roxby left the pack behind en route to a gold medal finish at last week's North Shore championships at Swangard Stadium. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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West Van’s Megan Roxby: Spinal surgery? A broken leg? Nothing slows pulse & pace of Highlanders’ courageous, SFU-bound runner

WEST VANCOUVER — She hasn’t been documenting the steps of her journey, but if the running gods have, this might be the time to remind them that they’ve got a story to tell.

Sisters Dana (left) and Addy Townsend each competed at the GNAC track and field championships Friday and Saturday at Western Oregon. Both are coached by their mother, former Olympian Brit Townsend (right with Addy, photos courtesy SFU). (Photo of Townsend sisters by Gabriel Lynn property of SFU athletics)
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The true meaning of Mother’s Day for SFU’s coach Brit and her daughters? Being together for the long run!

In the world of collegiate track and field, there are few times busier and more anticipated than the second weekend in May.Traditionally, its Friday and Saturday are reserved for major meets in the run-up to national championships.And in the case of the Simon Fraser Clan, it’s almost always the time when the team packs its […]

New Westminster's Grace Fetherstonhaugh bettered her former meet-record time of a year ago this past Saturday in the 2,000m steeplechase at SFU's Emilie Mondor Invite. (Photo by Howard Tsumura property of VarsityLetters.ca)
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A steep chase for Grace? Hyacks’ Oregon State-bound Fetherstonhaugh sets a sky-high steeplechase bar

BURNABY — Grace Fetherstonhaugh has got the first one out of the way. Now she hopes the path just keeps getting smoother as she attempts to round into the kind of form which will help carry her to the No. 1 goal of her senior season.

New Westminster Hyacks' linemen Yanni Angelopoulos (left) and Isaiah James were more than happy to give a boost to the school's middle-distance running star Grace Fetherstonhaugh earlier this week as she prepares runs in the B.C. high school cross-country championships this Saturday at Jericho Beach Park in Vancouver. (Varsity Letters photo by Howard Tsumura)
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B.C. high school X-C championships: Hyacks’ gracious Grace in love with the thrill of the race

NEW WESTMINSTER — Grace Fetherstonhaugh had a sizzling summer on the track. On Saturday, she hopes to finish off a fantastic fall on the trails.