Watts-Watling wins heptathlon gold at provincials

Kelowna's Keely Watts-Watling, competing here in high jump, won gold in youth heptathlon at the provincial track and field championships last weekend in Coquitlam.
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Kelowna's Kelly Watts-Watling set four new personal bests on the way to a gold medal in youth heptathlon at the B.C. Track and Field Championships.

Watts-Wattling, 16, compiled 4,771 points over seven events last weekend in Coquitlam to take spot spot, while fellow Kelowna athlete and training partner Sasha Kowallik placed second with 3,239 points.

The performance qualified Watts-Watling for the Canadian Youth Track and Field Championships next month in Prince Edward Island.

Joining her at nationals will be fellow Kelowna athlete Aaron Stroda who won three medals in throws at provincials.

Watts-Watling achieved PBs in the 100 metre hurdles (15.22 seconds), the 200m (26.86), the javelin (36m), and the 800m (2:26.34). She also equalled her best long jump at 5.33 metres.

In high jump, she cleared 1.52m, and in shot put had a toss of 11m.

"I was pretty determined," Watts-Watling said of her performance at provincials. "I felt strong in each event and felt like I did as well as I could."

Watts-Watling and Stroda will compete as members of  Team B.C. for the national youth championships, Aug. 15 to 21 at the University of PEI in Charlottetown.

Stroda won three medals at provincials—gold in the discus (49.17m) and shot put (15.42m),  and a bronze in javelin (49.99m).

Stroda is currently ranked No. 1 in discus and No. 2 in shot put for his age group in Canada.




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