Nota Bene June 26, 2018

Sacred Heart beats CISVA competition for 2nd year

By Agnieszka Ruck

Sacred Heart students raise a trophy after their track and field victory. (Photos by Dennis Bellia of Dynamic Events)

Sacred Heart Elementary is taking home first place for the second year in a row after the annual track meet of Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese.

The Delta school came out on top out of 39 schools during the CISVA meets at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby May 30 and June 6. According to coach Jason Jones, many of the school’s victory points were thanks to younger athletes competing in higher age categories.

“Age-ups were very crucial in our success and getting us about 12 points for a team in a very closely contested CISVA meet for the top spot. Where needed, we moved an athlete to the older grade to compete,” he said.

For example, Grade 5 student Dominic Dumas ran the 600-metre leg of the Grade 6 boys relay, and helped that team come 7th of 24. Jack Kennedy (in Grade 5) competed in the Grade 6 1500-metre race, and Talia Dunsmoor (in Grade 6) ran the 800-metre leg of the Grade 7 relay race.

Dunsmoor also placed first in the Grade 6 400-metre and 800-metre races, as well as high jump.

Other high scoring competitors included Trystan Read, who came within two centimetres of setting a CISVA record in high jump, and Grade 4 student Kiersten Kuchma, who kept her top spot in long jump for the second year in a row. 

Talia Dunsmoor, who won the Grade 6 girls individual aggregate. She came in first for high jump and the 400-metre and 800-metre races in her age category. She also competed in the Grade 7 relay race.
Grade 7 students Gemma Dumas (second from left), Braden Fox, Jack Callow, and Jean-Paul Low with a plaque recognizing them as first in the Grade 7 age aggregate.