Oak Bay High track team celebrate banner year – Victoria News

About 50 athletes from Oak Bay High made the trip to the provincial track and field meet in Langley June 9-11. (Courtesy Rich Fast)
About 50 athletes from Oak Bay High made the trip to the provincial track and field meet in Langley June 9-11.  (Courtesy Rich Fast)About 50 athletes from Oak Bay High made the trip to the provincial track and field meet in Langley June 9-11. (Courtesy Rich Fast)

Oak Bay High athletes took to the rails in the wake of the provincial high school track and field competition. About 50 incredible youngsters earned spots in the competition and walked away celebrating a pair of provincial banners and a outing with their peers, head coach Tessa Kubicek said.

The numbers are back to their five-year level, she said. The season started with about 100 athletes on the school track team. At the Island Championships, the team won the Junior Girls, Junior Boys, Senior Girls and Overall titles and half of those titles at the Provincial Championships held at the Macleod Athletic Center in Langley.

“It was nice to be back at a BC championship with all the kids. The kids were so engaged and excited to be there.

Oak Bay students scored two provincial banners for the general team and the senior women’s team. A handful of multi-event athletes stood out to coaches.

Grade 11 student Elly McDowell-Mitchell finished first in the senior women’s 400 meters, third in the 200 meters and was part of the quartet that won the 4×400 relay.

Relay runner Ines Ciccateri also finished fourth in the pole vault.

International student Giulia Gelmotto finished second in the senior girls’ pole vault.

In the senior boys, Basil Parkins was second in the 800m, seventh in the 1500m and raced with the 4×400 relay team which finished fifth overall. Mason Andulajevic finished third in discus and fourth in hammer throw. Railay Fawkes was fourth in the 400 meter hurdles and seventh in the 110 meter hurdles.

All of the kids were amazing, said Kubicek, who led an equally strong coaching staff this year.

She said more than 10 coaches have helped run different track and field events, including guest coaches who share specific skills.

“It’s a great team with a lot of moving parts… it’s good to have a great coaching staff, we’re lucky that way,” she said.

Many student-athletes also plan to participate in Around In Circles, a fundraising event for firefighters that this year supports a project to resurface the Jack Wallace Memorial Trail adjacent to Oak Bay High and the nearby Recreation Center.

“Having that track there helps us build this program because it’s so accessible to students,” Kubicek said.

The Around in Circles fundraising event features food from The Rack and entertainment including Jaimey Hamilton, jazz band Oak Bay High and The Bald Eagles Band.

They will take turns riding the runway alongside Oak Bay and Victoria firefighters for 24 hours starting June 25 at noon.

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