Walnut Grove Gators seniors shine at B.C. championship

Walnut Grove’s senior girls combined to finish second overall on home turf at the 2014 provincial championship meet.

The Walnut Grove Gators have much to be proud of following the B.C. high school track and field championships, held May 29-31 at McLeod Athletic Park.

The Gators senior girls collectively accumulated 58 points to finish second in B.C. while the senior boys’ 17 points was good for eighth in the province.

Together, the Gators seniors finished third in B.C. with 75 points.

Competing against the province’s elite brought out the best in the Gators.

Chelsea Borrowdale’s time of 5:10.08 in the 1,500m steeple was an all division school record.

Her 10:18.06 time in the 3,000m is a junior school record.

Paul Buckingham finished the 1500m steeple in 4:46.36, a junior record at WGSS.

And Trevor Whiton sprinted to a time of 15.50 seconds in the 110m hurdles, which was a senior school record.

Top eight finishers (scorers) with the Gators were:

Isabella Boccia (Grade 10) –  fifth in the senior girls 1,500m.

Chelsea Borrowdale (Grade 9) – second in the senior girls 3,000m, second in the senior girls 1,500m steeple, and seventh in the senior girls 1,500m.

Paul Buckingham (Grade 9) – fourth in the junior boys 1,500m steeple

Robyn Buckingham (Grade 11) – second in the heptathlon, second in the senior girls long jump, third in the senior girls javelin, and fifth in the senior girls high jump.

Emma Dearden (Grade 10) – sixth in the junior girls 1500m steeple

Amanda Dixon-Otty (Grade 10) – eighth in the junior girls pole vault

Cody Drake (Grade 12) – fifth in the senior boys 1500m race walk

Lauren Johannesson (Grade 8) – fourth in the Grade 8 girls high jump

Julianna Matson (Grade 12) – seventh in the senior girls 1500m race walk

Michael McKay (Grade 8) – eighth in the Grade 8 boys javelin

Will Riley (Grade 9) – sixth in the junior boys 800m

Alex Savage (Grade 10) – fifth in the senior boys long jump

Dallas Tilley (Grade 12) – fourth in the senior girls javelin

Trevor Whiton (Grade 12) – sixth in the senior boys 110m hurdles

The Gators’ 4x100m senior girls  relay team consisting of Megan Shane (Grade 9), Daisy McClure (Grade 12), Robyn Buckingham (Grade 11), Kyarra Willis (Grade 10), and Hannah Rolfe (Grade 10) placed sixth.

Walnut Grove’s senior boys 4x100m relay team including Jason Kimoto (Grade 11), Trevor Whiton (Grade 12), Alex Savage (Grade 10), and Martin Allen (Grade 11) ran to fourth place.

The Gators’ senior boys 4x400m relay team consisting of Trevor Whiton (Grade 12), Richie Torres (Grade 12), James Lam (Grade 12), and Jason Kimoto (Grade 11) finished eighth.

Walnut Grove’s Grade 8 boys 4x400m relay team including Alex Single, Brandon Sweeney, Michael McKay, and Braden Young finished third.

NOTEBOOK: During the Fraser Valley meet held last month at Percy Perry Stadium in Coquitlam, the Gators senior squad took top spot overall.

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