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)