Chris Andrews brought home Revelstoke Secondary School’s first gold medal in 24 years at the provincial track and field championship in Burnaby last week.
Andrews won gold medal in the grade 8/9 shot put with a throw of 13.14 metres. It was the first gold by an RSS student since Molly Harrison won the javelin in 1988, according to coach Andy Pfeiffer.
Andrews also won silver in the grade 8/9 discus, throwing only 10 cm less than the gold medal winner.
His results led the way to what Pfeiffer described as “among the best provincial championships ever in my 21 years of coaching track at RSS.”
Peter Behncke also reached the podium for RSS with a bronze medal in the hammer throw.
As well, Rhy Evans just missed the podium in the grade 8/9 100m hurdles, finishing fourth. His older sister Brittany also had a fourth place in the 1,500m steeplechase.
Megan Evans and Jacqueline Cottingham also posted top-8 results in the senior 3,000m and grade 8/9 high jump respectively.
“Peter and Megan’s results are significant in that they are still young and have another provincial championships ahead of them,” said Pfeiffer.
He also singled out two other results: Ainslee Arthurs 18th place finish in the 100m hurdles while racing against students two years older than her; and Zev Isert’s 11th place in the 2,000m steeplechase.
In other track news, eight RSS athletes were named to the Zone 2 BC Summer Games track and field team: Chris Andrews, Isaiah Bruner, Peter Grimm, Adam Smith, Jacqueline Cottingham, Amy Gagnon, Deena Dudman, and Stefanie Wallach.