Cheetahs at PanAm Games

Raquel Tjernagel will be running the 200m heats at the PanAm Games in Toronto on Thursday, July 23 at 7:25am BC time. Her semi-final will also be on Thursday at 3:00pm BC time. Raquel will be running the 4x400m relay at 9:00am BC time on Friday, July 24.

Nathan George will hopefully be running a leg on the 4x400m relay and his race starts at 9:20am on Friday, July 24.

PanAm coverage can be watched live online at this link

Uniform Return Night on Monday, June 27th at 7pm

Washed (no fabric softeners) uniforms can be returned.

When: Monday July 27th
Time: 6:00 - 7:00pm
Where: Equipment shed at the south end of the track (stands if it is raining)

Note: If athletes are taking part in the cross-country program in September/October this year they will need to keep the uniform. They can then return it later in the year.

Reminder: BC Child Fitness Tax Receipt Available for Pickup

For parents of Cheetah athletes, your BC Child Fitness Tax Receipts are available for pickup in the equipment shed.

Please note this tax credit is available for athletes under 16 years old at any time during 2015 (born in or after 1999).

Cheetahs Win 7 Medals at BC Pentathlon Championships

The Cheetahs had an outstanding day at the 2015 BC Pentathlon Championships in Chilliwack on July 11. Our BC Champions were Alanna Noble (11 year old girls), Alyssa Dulay- McGuire (12 year old girls), Devon Meadows (11 year old boys), and Cameron Slaymaker (12 year old boys). Also winning medals were Elianne Dugal with a third place finish in the 9 year old girls, Lauren Ebel also finishing third in the 11 year old girls and Marty Bajarunas finishing second in the 9 year old boys.

Congratulations to all participants and thank you to our many junior development coaches who provide the excellent environment in our run, jump, throw program that leads to these outstanding results.
Girls Results

9 Year Old
  • 3rd Elianne Dugal 729 points
10 Year Old
  • 11th Abigaelle Dugal 644 points
  • 12th Camille Dugal 543 points
11 Year Old
  • 1st Alanna Noble 1997 points
  • 3rd Lauren Ebel 1915 points
  • 5th Amelia Hamnett 1631 points
  • 11th Liepa Bajarunas 1357 points
12 Year Old
  • 1st Alyssa Dulay- McGuire 2415 points
13 Year Old
  • 11th Georgia Hamnett 1727 points

Boys Results

9 Year Old
  • 2nd Marty Bajarunas 1744 points
10 Year Old
  • 4th Joshua Granville 1832 points
  • 6th Jack Mutka 1660 points
  • 11th Matthew Pruner 1176 points
  • 12th Graeme Eder 1027 points
11 Year Old
  • 1st Deavon Meadows 2310 points
  • 14th Arseniy Dolgov 992 points
12 Year Old
  • 1st Cameron Slaymaker 2709 points
13 Year Old
  • 6th Liam Espedido 1929 points

Thursday is Last JD Practice for the Season

Thursday, July 16th will be the last Junior Development practice for the season. Good luck to those athletes competing in the coming days.

Cross country practices will start in September. Check near the end of August for start date, time, and location information.

Linde, Chong and Payne Win Provincial Track and Field Titles

James Linde of the Coquitlam Cheetahs ran a tremendous final 30 metres to pass Jerome Blake of the Okanagan Track Club and recorded a sizzling time of 20.80. Linde was 10th at last week's national championship meet and is edging closer to the Olympic standard of 20.50.

Shania Payne completed the sprint double by winning the 200m after winning the 100m on Saturday.

Jarrett Chong completed an outstanding weekend by winning his third and forth medals of the weekend. Chong won gold in the Midget Discus with a throw of 49.03 metres and was second in the Midget Javelin with a throw of 47.59 metres.

Josh Kozelj won his second medal of the championships by finishing third in the Youth 3000m with a time of 9:11.12.

Adeyemi Taylor-Lewis also won his second medal by running third in the Junior 200m in a time of 22.43.

Taylor-Lewis and Payne will be competing for British Columbia at the Western Canada Games in Wood Buffalo, Alberta from August 8-11. The Cheetahs finished the weekend with 14 medals, 7 gold, 4 silver, 3 bronze and 24 top ten performances.

Medal Summary

James Linde 200m 20.80 (Personal Best Wind Assisted)
Shania Payne Senior 200m 25.63
Jarrett Chong Midget Discus 49.03

Jarrett Chong Midget Javelin 47.59

Joshua Kozelj 3000m 9:11.12 (Personal Best)
Adeyemi Taylor-Lewis Junior 200m 22.43

Additional Results:
Nathan George 4th Senior 200m 21.42
Nick Ayin 6th Senior 200m 22.18
Natasha Smigelski 6th Midget 800m 2:22.14
Sam Yeung 9th Midget 2000m 6:52.19 (Personal Best)
Ryan McQuillan 10th Junior 200m 24.63
Hana Tyndall 13th Youth 200m 27.20 (Personal Best)

Cheetahs Win 6 Medals on Day Two of Provincial Championships

Cheetahs were led on day two by PanAm Games teammates Nathan George and Raquel Tjernagel who each won gold at the 2015 Provincial Championships in Nanaimo.

Shania Payne who also competes for York University won the Cheetahs 3rd gold medal of the day in the Senior 100m.

James Linde ran a personal best in the 100m of 10.58 second to claim the silver medal in the Senior 100m with Nick Ayin being just edged out for the bronze medal and finishing 4th.

Jarrett Chong won his second medal of the championship by finishing second in the Midget Shotput. Chong was third in the Hammer throw on the first day of competition.

The Cheetahs final medal of the day was won by Adeyemi Taylor-Lewis who ran second in the Junior 100m.

Medal Summary

Nathan George Senior 400m 48.41
Shania Payne Senior 100m 12.53
Raquel Tjernagel Junior 100m 12.04

James Linde 100m 11.58 (Personal Best)
Jarrett Chong Midget Shotput 13.04m
Adeyemi Taylor-Lewis Junior 100m 11.11

Additional Results:
Hana Tyndall 4th Youth 100mh 14.96 (Personal Best)
Nick Ayin 4th Senior 100m 10.93
Natasha Smigelski 5th Midget 300m 43.90
Ryan McQuillan 8th Junior 100m 11.97
Sam Yeung 12th Midget 1200m 3:59.10

Kozelj Provincial Champion in 2000m Steeplechase

On the opening day of the 2015 Provincial Track and Field Championships, Josh Kozelj ran to his first provincial title with a late surge in the 2000m steeplechase. Kozelj ran a personal best by over seven seconds to win with a time of 6:16.

Natasha Smigelski ran third in her 300m heat to qualify for the final in the Midget Girls 300m Final.

Jarrett Chong was also competing on Day One but his results have not yet been posted.

George Runs 4th in 400m to Lead Cheetahs

Nathan George ran an inspired race at the Canadian Championships to narrowly miss his first Senior National Medal. George finished 4th in a time of 47.17 in extremely windy conditions. Earlier in the day, George finished 9th overall in the 200m. James Linde finished 10th overall in the 200m but was the victim of terrible wind conditions. His wind was a negative 5.9 metres/second which was more than 3 metres/second worse then the other two semi-finals. He would have certainly qualified for the final if he had equivalent wind conditions. Raquel Tjernagel ran her second best time of the season to finish an excellent 6th place in the 400m in her first Senior Nationals competition. Tjernagel also qualified for the 200m final on Sunday with the 4th fastest qualifier.

The schedule and competition can be viewed live at
  • Raquel Tjernagel races at 12:05pm BC time

George and Tjernagel Advance to 400m Finals

Both Nathan George and Raquel Tjernagel did as expected and qualified for Saturday's 400m finals. George enters the final as the fourth fastest qualifier and Tjernagel enters the final with the fifth fastest qualifier. George and Tjernagel will also be competing in the 200m semi-finals on Saturday along with James Linde. Linde who was the second youngest competitor in the 100m finished sixth in his semi-final and 18th overall.

The schedule and competition can be viewed live at
  • Raquel Tjernagel races at 12:35pm and 5:45pm BC time
  • Nathan George races at 12:50pm and 5:50pm BC time
  • James Linde races at 12:50pm BC time

Linde Qualifies for 100m Semi-Final at Canadian Championships

On Day One of the Canadian Track and Field Championships in Edmonton, Alberta, James Linde qualified for the 100m Semi-finals with a time of 10.62. Linde who has competed as a Coquitlam Cheetah since 2005 is also automatically qualified for the 200m Semi-final based on the 21.21 second time he ran in Kelowna at the Jack Brow Meet last weekend.

In addition to Linde, both Nathan George and Raquel Tjernagel will be competing on Friday. George enters the competition as the third ranked 400m runner and having placed 4th at last year's Canadian Championships. Tjernagel is ranked 3rd in both the 200m and 400m. This will be Tjernagel's first Senior Nationals as she attempts to qualify for Canada's 4x400m relay which will be running at the World Championships in Beijing, China in August.

Tomorrow's competition can be watched live at
  • Raquel Tjernagel races at 12:05pm BC time
  • Nathan George races at 12:25pm BC time
  • James Linde races at 4:45pm BC time