Records fall as Kelowna track club athletes do well in Langley

Lots of solid performances a couple weeks ahead of annual Jack Brow

Okanagan Athletics Club athletes battled through cold and wet weather at the Langley Pacific Invitational track and field meet last weekend to topple a number of meet records.

In his first time competing in steeplechase, Daniel Medland-Marchen, 19, took home

gold and set a meet record in the Junior Men’s 3,000-metre steeplechase with a time of 10:49.52. The previous record of 11:06.46 was set in 2009.

Verena Stroda, 41, was B.C. Masters Champion in her age group in the events she won: Long jump, discus and high jump. Her son Aaron Stroda, 15, also excelled in shot put and discus, taking home gold in both events. He also placed second in the javelin throw.

Keely Watts-Watlin, 15, placed third in the 80-metre hurdles, fifth in the 200-metre

hurdles and ninth in high jump. She took home the silver in shot put with a personal best throw of 10.75 metres.

Rostam Turner, 16, placed third overall in the youth octathlon, with personal bests in

long jump and the 100-metre run. James Turner, 19, took home multiple medals in shot put, discus, and 110-metre hurdles.

Saskia Kowallik, 15, performed well competing in 200-metre dash, 80-metre hurdles,

shot put and long jump. Michele Blackburn, 17, placed fourth in the 800-metre run with a time of 2:27.43, third in 1500-metre run with a time of 5:10.62, and a third in the 2,000 metre steeplechase with a time of 7:51.53. Katy Maryschuk, 16, placed third in high jump and fourth in high jump. Adam Murray, 14, placed eighth in both the 800-metre run and the 1200-metre run.

Ten-year-old Kolby Kneller competed well in the 60-metre hurdles event, javelin throw and long jump.


The Okanagan Athletics Club is getting set for its biggest local event of the season as the annual Jack Brow Memorial Track and Field will be held at the Apple Bowl July 1 to 3. There are athletes coming from across B.C., Alberta, Yukon and the traditional group from Australia that have come to the event for several years.

The Jack Brow is open to any athlete can attend even if you are not a member of a track club.

In that case there is a $10 fee per event with registration closing today (June 24) for unattached athletes.

“The track season just wrapped up at school district 23 schools and the results from the district track meet indicate there are a lot of great athletes out there that aren’t part of the Okanagan Athletics Club who should consider competing in the Jack Brow,” said Marnie Douglas of the Okanagan Athletics Club.

Athletes registering through their club have until this Sunday to register.


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