Cross Country & Track News
On a bright and sunny Sunday morning, ten Douglas College Running Club athletes, along with coaches Besnik and Tatajana Mece and Sport Science instructor Zefo Bernath, took part in the 5th annual 8km Harry Spring Run-Off held in Stanley Park, Vancouver.
The Harry Spring Run-Off is a race held to fight prostate cancer. Our Douglas College Running Club decided this was the perfect event to race in, as Zefo Bernath, DC Sport Science Faculty, is a cancer survivor. This year the event raised over $200,000 for prostate cancer research!
We all ran an amazing race. The Douglas College Running club placed fourth overall in the team standings. For the male athletes, A. Gibson came in strong with a time of 31:05 followed by A.Villalta (33:04), T.Morey (36:07), N. Poljer (39:17), Z.Bernath (40:06), J.Waymen (44:07), A. Pavel (49:38), J. Mece (55:51), and Coach B. Mece with a time of 1:02:00.
Female athletes, M. Fretter and R.Innis, ran a solid race coming in with close times of 36:34, 37:08, followed by C. Fong (49:19), and Coach T. Mece with a time of 55:51.
Highlights of the race were A. Gibson and M. Fretter placing third in both of their age categories, A.Pavel and T. Morey running an 8km race for the first time, Z. Bernath coming in with a personal best for his age category, J. Mece running alongside and coming through the finish line with his mom, coach T. Mece, and the entire team cheering wildly as Coach Besnik Mece came through the finish line with a look of radiant triumph on his face.
Douglas College Running Club was ranked 4th as a team.
A special thank-you to P. Gahunia for coming out to support DC athletes and taking many memorable photos of us. Congratulations to all DC Running Club athletes for their race results, and we wish our team well as we continue training for the next big race, the Vancouver Sun Run in April, 2011.
This past weekend, Douglas College Running Club athletes competed in the Ralf Vernacchia Track Meet, hosted by Western Washington University at the Civic Stadium in Bellingham, WA. DC athletes competed against top NCAA and NAIA athletes and achieved good results.
Tamara Harris, ran a perfect 400m and finished third with the time of 1:02.00. She had a great start and maintained a good pace throughout the race.
Moses Vega ran a strong 100m and finished fifth in his heat.
Former Douglas College athletes who have now transfered to UBC also performed well during the meet. Katty Lopes, ran an excellent 5000m, ranking in sixth place with the time of 19:01.50. Jeremy Erickson placed second in High Jump clearing a height of 1.90m. Most notably, Kerry Kazuta, now one of top endurance athletes at UBC, placed first in the 10000m with an NAIA standard of 31:40.61, and finishing 600m ahead of the second place.
The Douglas College Royals Track and Field team began the New Year with an excellent showing at the 2010 Fort Langley Historic 10k. The event is a part of the TRY EVENTS series. The team results are as follow:
- Brandon Jones, 2nd in age category 20-29 and 2nd place overall. Time: 37:58
- John De Jesus, 2nd in age category 0-19 and 6th overall. Time: 40:14
- Brandon Kohinsky, 3rd in age category 20-29 and 11th overall. Time: 44:51
- Anna Schachner, 3rd in age category 20-29 and 15th overall. Time: 50:15
- Jayes Waymen, 10th in age category 30-39 and 40th overall. Time: 55.32
The Royals are training regularly and hope to achieve good results in upcoming events such as BMO Vancouver Half Marathon and Vancouver Sun Run.
Megan, a third year BPEC Student, is committed to physical activities in her community on and off campus. Her never quit attitude has positioned her for great success in the coming future. It is Megan’s second year with the running club, though very naive about her performance she is consistently a top performer. With a great start to the teams next phase, she has come in first place for women age 20-29 at the 2010 Langley Chilly Chase, the clubs first meet. These results are not easily attained; she is on a tight training schedule which is very demanding. Megan is also currently supporting many amateur athletes via training for the 2010 BMO Vancouver Marathon. Keep up the great Work!
Brandon achieved leaps and bounds for the running club in the 2009 BC Athletics Lower-mainland Cross Country series. He was a consistent top finisher for each race and brought home a second place overall ranking for the school in his age category. Brandon ran with the best of the best locally from BC and surrounding areas. He competed against Canadian athletes who run at national standard times, better known as the elite. His potential for future success is prevalent with his commitment to running and finishing strong at every race. Brandon finished first for men age 20-29 at the 2010 Langley Chilly Chase, the running clubs first race of the season. Great Job!
The Douglas College Royals Track and Field team began the New Year with an excellent showing at the 2010 Langley Chilly Chase 10k. The event is a part of the TRY EVENTS series. The team results are as follow:
- Brandon Jones, 1st in age category 20-29 and 2nd place overall .Time: 37:50
- Megan Fretter, 1st in age category 20-29and 25th overall . Time: 46:16
- Anna Schachner, 4th in age category 20-29 and 37th overall. Time: 48:56
- Jayes Waymen, 91th place overall 55.16
The Royals also had success at the 2010 UW Indoor Preview in Seattle Washington. All three athletes who went across the border showed strong competition in their events.
- Moses Vega competed well in his 200m heat with the time of 25.90.
- Tamara Harris finished strong in 2nd place in her heat in 400mwith 1:04.19
- Michael Drodzhik finished exceptionally close to the 60m standard in his heat with the time of 7.65
The Royals hope to improve upon their success and work hard in their upcoming competitions, stay posted for more events.
This past weekend the Douglas College Royals Cross Country team headed to Jericho Park, Vancouver to compete in the Gunner Shaw Memorial, The final race in the lower mainland cross country series. Despite the poor course conditions and a rugged course, the Royals ran very well in the season finale race.
The Series started off with a male 8km and a female 5km competition in Bear Creek Park, Surrey. The team did well with Megan Fretter placing third overall in the women's field. Jayes Waymen did a tremendous job for the first race of the season, and Brandon Jones started off with an okay result finishing eighth. The course was flat and conditions were good.
Place: 3 Fretter, Megan Time: 23:12.60 Place: 7 Waymen, Jayes Time: 45:31.20 Place: 8 Jones, Brandon Time: 30:51.40
The Season continued to Crescent Park 8km race. This race produced very good results as Brandon Jones raced to third place with a time of 29:09. John Dejesus and Brandon Kohinsky completed their first race of the season with excellent times 34:32 and 34:19. Other notable finish for Douglas College was Jayes Waymen. The course was damp from the night before, and had tough hills.
Place: 3 Brandon Jones Time: 29:09:00 Place: 28 John Dejesus Time: 34:32:00 Place: 24 Brandon Kohinsky Time: 34:19:00 Place: 67 Jayes Waynen Time: 45:25:00
Next on the schedule was the North Vancouver 8km race. The course was very hilly and muddy with terrible weather the night before. Brandon Jones placed second in his age category John Dejesus had another excellent race, and Angelo Villata had his first race of the season and came in strong at 25:33
Place: 2 John Dejesus Time: 0:26:33 Place: 5 Brandon Jones Time: 0:23:18 Place: 6 Angelo Villata Time: 0:25:33
Jericho Park in Vancouver was the site of the B.C. Championships 4km open. The course was very muddy from a lot of rain the week before. The Royals performed well with Brandon Jones almost breaking 14 minutes for the 4k event eventually placing sixth. Brandon Kohinsky and John Dejesus also came in strong with ninth and tenth spot. Jayes Waymen had a fantastic race breaking twenty minutes.
Brandon Jones Time: 14:08.63 Place: 10 Brandon Kohinsky Time: 15:49.09 Place: 9 John Dejesus Time: 15:52.39 Place: 18 Jayes Waymen Time: 19:32.29
It was a very quiet Remembrance Day at the Stanley Park Brockton Oval 8km race. Brandon Jones and Jayes Waymen continued their lower mainland cross country series. The course featured steep up-hill as well as down hill taking place in, and throughout Stanley Park. Brandon Jones had a bit too much energy in the end with a time of 29:55 while Jayes Waymen finished his personal best breaking 40 minutes and finishing at 39:58! This was a tremendous job for Jayes Waymen.
Place: 5 Brandon Jones Time: 29:55 Place: Jayes Waymen Time: 39:58
The second last race of the season was held at Aldergrove Lake Regional Park. Jayes Waymen and Brandon Jones were now the only two members of Douglas College Running Club competing for a spot to be top in age category for the lower mainland cross country series. The course was also a potential feature to be the new B.C. Cross Country championship course. The conditions were the worst all season, grass was flooded, lots of mud, however nothing the team couldn’t handle. Though conditions proved tough Brandon Jones placed eleventh with a time of 31:20, and Jayes Waymen completed the course in a good time of 42:08.
Place: 11 Brandon Jones Time: 31:20.1 Place: 54 Jayes Waymen Time: 42:08.9
Jericho Park, Vancouver was where the Gunner Shaw memorial took place as the last race of the series. Brandon Jones and Jayes Waymen wrapped up the season with successful completion of this event. The course is known for “wild”. Brandon Jones finished 23 in 37:52 and Jayes Waymen another personal best of fewer than 60 minutes for ten kilometers! The two athletes’s completed the series well and both hope to continue their success next season featuring road races and track and field.
Place: 23 Brandon Jones Time: 37:52 Place 152 Jayes Waymen Time: 58:16