Chilliwack athletes show provincial promise

GW Graham's Ryan Higuchi will be one to watch at next week's BC High School Provincial Track and Field Championships.

Seven Chilliwack athletes are going to high school provincials after solid showings at the Fraser Valley Track and Field Championships.

Chilliwack secondary school sends two, Caitlin LeBlanc and Levi Halfpenny.

At Valleys, held May 13-16 at Abbotsford’s Rotary Stadium, LeBlanc punched her provincial ticket with a  sixth place finish in the girls’ 14-16 1500 metre steeplechase.

Halfpenny qualified with an eighth place finish in the boys’ 14-18 200m dash, clocking a time of 23.46 seconds.

GW Graham’s Ryan Higuchi will compete in two events, the long and triple jump.

Higuchi won gold at Valleys in triple jump, leaping 12.80m.

He was third in the long jump with a distance of 5.92m

Sardids secondary school’s Ashley Heisler will compete in three provincial events.

Individually, she will be a contender in the girls’ 14-18 400 and 800m races.

At Valleys, she was fourth in the 800m at two minutes and 29.16s. She was seventh in the 400m at one minute and 3.52s.

Heisler will be joined by Jenn Wiebe, Michaela England and Caitlin Geary, running the 4×100 relay.

Provincials, which have traditionally been held at Burnaby’s Swangard Stadium, will this year be held at Langley’s McLeod Athletic Park.

The two-day meet, which features thousands of competitors, will be held May 31 and June 1.

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