Vanderhoof track and field beats own records on B.C., Canada stage

New personal best times were achieved by Vanderhoof athletes in provincial and national championships this summer.

Emma Floris competes with U20 athletes in Edmonton at the 2016 Canadian Track & Field Championships and Rio Selection Trials from July 7 to 10.

Emma Floris competes with U20 athletes in Edmonton at the 2016 Canadian Track & Field Championships and Rio Selection Trials from July 7 to 10.

Vanderhoof’s Emma Floris achieved new personal best times at the 2016 Canadian Track & Field Championships this summer.

Took place in Edmonton from July 7 to 10, the national event also serves as the Rio Selection Trials for the upcoming summer Olympic Games.

Starting with the 200-metre qualifying race, Floris landed a spot in the semifinals with a personal best time of 25.82 seconds and is placed sixth out of 15 athletes — she was 0.54 seconds behind the first.

Another personal best time was reached at the 400-metre qualifying event, where she placed first with a time of 57.16 seconds. Her previous fastest time was 57.65 seconds.

Though her semi-final times weren’t quick enough for the final race, it was a learning experience to see and compete with athletes for the World U20 event, Marty Floris said.

 

On the island: racing past others or your history

On the provincial stage, three Vanderhoof father and sons athletes headed south to Nanaimo for the BC Athletics Track and Field Championships Jamboree from July 15 to 17.

Simon Nemethy established a new NVSS record in the midget boys 14-15 age group by running 800 metres in two minutes eight seconds, scoring seventh place. The last record was held by his brother Alexander Nemethy in 2012 with two minutes nine seconds.

Simon scored forth in the 1,500 steeple chase, with four minutes 49 seconds, and seventh in the 1,200-metre race, with three minutes 33 seconds.

Alexander achieved new personal best times at the 1,500-metre and 5,000-metre races in the junior men 18 – 19 age group, where he placed sixth with four minutes seven seconds and third with 15 minutes 44 seconds respectively.

Brian Nemethy won gold in the 1,500-metre and 5,000-metre events for the master men 45 and older age group, where he also reached new personal best times of this year by completely the distances in five minutes two seconds and 18 minutes 14 seconds respectively..

 

– with files from Brian Nemethy, NVSS track and field coach