The small R.E. Mountain Senior Boys team placed first at the high school track and field and championships, but due to a counting error, thought they were second. Two days later, they returned to the stadium for a picture with the banner. (L to R) Zach Wyatt, who is holding his individual trophy for top male athlete, Felix Allen, who competed above his age category so Mountain could run a four-man relay, Jordan Schmidt, and Tate Wyatt. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

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Many podium appearances by local competitors

A few hours after the provincial high school championships wrapped up, Zach Wyatt was having sushi with his family when he realized what had happened.

“Hey, wait a minute,” he said.

“We won.”

Wyatt was a member of the R.E. Mountain Senior Boys team, and they thought they had placed second overall at the 2018 B.C. High School Track and Field Championships, held over three days at McLeod Athletic Park in the Township.

Based on the published point totals, the Mission team had edged them by a single point.

But when Wyatt added it up, the R.E. Mountain Team had won with 49 points while Mission had 40.

Somehow, 10 points had not been tallied.

What followed was a scramble to confirm the numbers and adjust the results, hours after the last event of the competition.

Coach Debbi McKinnon ended up driving to Vancouver to retrieve the banner.

The reason for the mistake isn’t clear, but one theory suggests it was because of a built-in delay in the electronic system used to tally points, which is there deliberately to allow time for challenges of results.

Whatever the cause, Wyatt and his teammates did not get to stand on the podium with the first-place banner on Saturday.

On Monday afternoon, there was a do-over of sorts, and the four stood together for their picture with the banner for a Times camera as the recognized top AAA Boys teams at the stadium with family, friends and coach present.

Langley competitors generally did well at the championships, which saw 2,400 athletes and 400 coaches competing in the three-day event that wrapped up Saturday.

Credo Christian was second in the A Boys teams, half a point behind top-place Nanaimo Christian, and the Walnut Grove team finished top of the Junior division (male and combined points totals),

Walnut Grove competitors harvested the most top-three finishes, including firsts in the Mens Junior 4×400 Metre Relay — breaking by two seconds a record set 30 years earlier — and the Mens 4×100 Metre Relay Junior.

In the Women 4×100 Metre Relay Junior, Langley Fundamental took first, While Walnut Grove placed second.

Kevin Hughes from Langley Secondary was first in the Mens’ 400 Metre Run Senior.

R.E. Mountain took gold in the Senior Boys 4x400m.

R.E. Mountain took first and second place in the finals of the Men’s 2,000 Metre Steeplechase Senior, courtesy of Zach Wyatt and Tate Wyatt.

Zach Wyatt broke the record for the Senior Boys Steeplechase — a record that stood for 27 years. He also won the “Outstanding Male Performance” award.

Jordan Schmit from R.E. Mountain won the Senior Boys 800m.

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Dani Kurylyk of Walnut Grove took first in the Women Long Jump Gr 8 while Jaime Rettig of Brookswood was second.

In the Womens’ Long Jump Junior, Sheleena Wiley of Langley Fundamental took first and Holly Harrison of Walnut Grove was third.

D.W. Poppy student, Ethan Foster was first in the Senior Boys’ Decathlon and first in the Senior Boys’ Pole Vault (at 4.2 metres).

Other Langley top-three finishers (results from www.bctfa.ca):

Event 48 Men 200 Metre Dash Junior

Second-place: David Midgley Walnut Grove

Event 47 Women 200 Metre Dash Junior

Third-place: Sheleena Wiley Langley Fundamental

Event 54 Men 3000 Metre Run Senior

Third-place: Tate Wyatt R.E. Mountain

Event 81 Women Long Jump Junior

Third-place: Holly Harrison Walnut Grove

Event 82 Men Triple Jump Junior

Third-place: Drew Sundberg Brookswood Secondary

Event 88 Men Javelin Throw 700 gram Junior

Second-place: Paul Smit Walnut Grove

Third-place: Drew Sundberg Brookswood Secondary

Event 104 Men 300 Metre Hurdles Junior

Third-place: Felix Allen RE Mountain

Event 105 Women 400 Metre Hurdles Senior

Third-place: Samantha Matthewman Walnut Grove

Event 136 Men High Jump Gr 8

Second-place: Ben Wergeland Langley Christian

Event 139 Women Javelin Throw Gr 8

Third-place: Jaime Rettig Brookswood

Event 145 Women 4×100 Metre Relay Gr 8

Second-place: Walnut Grove Secondary ‘A’

Event 151 Mixed Shot Put Special O

Third-place: Rafi Thiele M Walnut Grove

Event 154 Men 400 Meter Run Special O

Second-place: Ryerson Shelvey Langley Christian

 

Jared De Haan (No. 350) of Credo Christian High School in Langley rounds the turn. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Langley Christian High School’s Grayson Gehrer goes airborne. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

Two exhausted competitors hug after crossing the finish line. Dan Ferguson Langley Times

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