BC Athletics has named 8 Kajaks Track & Field Club athletes to their provincial teams heading into championships season. Provincial team athletes will compete at the 2019 Canadian Senior/Junior Track & Field Championships held July 24-28, 2019 in Montreal, QC and the 2019 Canadian Legion Youth Track & Field Championships held August 9-11, 2019 in Sydney, NS.
High Jumper Liam Espedido was selected after winning the gold medal with a performance of 1.94m equaling the team standard. Liam will head into the youth championships meet with a best of 1.95m ranking him tied for second in the nation for the U18 age group.
Competing at the end of the month, Druv Sobti will take on some of the top shot putters in the nation after winning double gold in Kamloops, BC with performances of 42.77m in the Discus throw and 17.54m in the Shot Put. Sobti’s shot put performance not only surpassed the BC U20 Team Standard (16.09m) but also set a new meet record. Druv has already broken the BC Provincial Record with a throw of 18.17m and heads to Montreal as the second ranked shot putter in the nation.
Joining Sobti will be Kajaks Track & Field Club hammer phenom Rowan Hamilton. Breaking the 70m barrier 2 weeks in a row, Hamilton managed to take the gold with a 70.01m performance in challenging conditions. The 2019 Pan American U20 team member will take on some of the best throwers in North and South America entering Costa Rica and Montreal with a season best of 71.17m which currently ranks him 16th in the IAAF (1st in the Pan American Region).
Rounding out the U20 provincial team members, Eric Che took the gold medal at the 2019 BC Track & Field Championships Jamboree with a mark of 6.89m after surpassing the BC U20 team standard of 6.98m with a jump of 7.05m earlier in Coquitlam at the 2019 Jesse Bent Memorial meet. Currently attending the University of Toronto, Che will enter Montreal as the second ranked long jumper in Canada.
The Kajaks contingent for the BC Senior Team includes four national team members. Eric Chatten (2019 NACAC Team) and Django Lovett (2019 PanAm Team) will head to Montreal as the fourth and second ranked high jumpers in the country. Chatten jumped a personal best of 2.19m at the 2019 NACAC Track & Field Championships earlier this month in Quertaro, Mexico. Fresh of a successful 2018 campaign that saw a bronze medal performance at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Kajaks high jumper Django Lovett will enter the championships with a 2019 World Championships standard performance of 2.30m achieved earlier this year in Torrance, California.
On the woman’s side Camryn Rogers and Chanell Botsis will compete in the hammer event as members of the senior team squad. Botsis, currently a student-athlete at the University of Connecticut, will travel to Montreal with BC Athletics fresh of competition as a finalist at the 2019 FISU Summer Universiade in Naples, Italy. Chanell enters Montreal with a personal best mark of 62.66m. Continuing to tear through multiple record books, Kajaks Track & Field thrower Camryn Rogers will look to improve on an already prolific season coming off her Gold Medal 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships performance of 71.50m, just 1m off the 2020 Tokyo standard. Rogers heads to Quebec as the top ranked female hammer thrower in Canada and the current U23, U20 and U18 national record holder.
Congratulations to our athletes and their coaches, and best of luck as they take on some of Canada’s best Track & Field athletes.
For more information on the Kajaks Track & Field programs these and other athletes belong to, head over to www.kajaks.ca/programs to join today!