The South Delta Sun Devils made a statement in the last edition of the Fraser Valley Track and Field Championships, held earlier this week at McLeod Athletic Park in Langley.
A team of 24 athletes was led by track standout Madelyn Bonikowsky who captured the junior girls aggregate award thanks to victories in the 800 and 1500 metre races. She also showcased her all-round versatility with a third place finish in the 400m.
Jonathan Hofer won the junior boys 1500m and 3000m events. His winning time in the 3000m eclipsed SDSS alumnus Allan Klassen’s 35-year-old record with a new standard of 9:00.44.
Other outstanding performances included Alex Lamyin placing second in the junior boys 400m, and third in the 200m.
In Grade 8 boys, Aidan Turner won the 100m and 200m hurdles, and also was second in the javelin.
The Grade 8 girls team of Hattie Lundie, Ava Lappin, Katrina Staley and Gemma Dumas placed second in the 4x400 relay.
Dumas also had a second place finish in the long jump, a third in 800m, and a fourth in 400m.
Isla Stewart was third in junior girls high Jump.
Several other athletes had strong performances, including Jon Toews, Ella Arnold and Sam Weir in the 100m and 200m, Riley Gookstetter in shot put, and Jacob Bonikowsky and Jackson Maccubbin-Lowrey in the 800m and 1500m.
In the final team standings, South Delta finished fifth and fourth at the Junior and Grade 8 levels respectively.
The team will now turn their attention to the B.C. Secondary Schools Championships slated for May 30-to-June 1 at the Apple Bowl in Kelowna.
Next year, the Sun Devils will be part of the new Fraser South Zone competing against schools from Surrey and Richmond.
Delta Secondary Grade 8 sprinter Michael Fox was third in both the 100 and 200 metre events.