March 31st, 2019 — As hurdles pictures go this isn’t the greatest but it’s still pretty good especially since it was shot with an iPhone which is all I had with me when I rode by during my morning bike ride. It’s a heat of the men’s decathlon hurdles at the UBC Open Track Meet at UBC’s Dhillon oval.
Track and Field
June 1st 1974 — Phil Olsen of Nanaimo won the boys javelin with a throw of 234 feet setting a new Canadian record at the 1974 BC high school provincial track and field championships at Minoru Park in Richmond. .
June 1st 1974 — Tom Griffin of Mount Douglas on his way to winning the 1500 metres in a meet record of 3:59 over John Martens of Burnaby South at the 1974 BC high school provincial track and field championships at Minoru Park in Richmond. .
June 1st 1974 — Possibly Greg Saxon on his way to winning and setting a new Canadian record in the 1500 metre steeplechase at the 1974 BC high school provincial track and field championships at Minoru Park in Richmond.
June 1st 1974 — Mark Warbinuk (right) of Richmond won the 110 metre hurdles over Bernie Crump of Victoria (161) at the 1974 BC high school provincial track and field championships at Minoru Park in Richmond.
June 1st 1974 — Gord U’ren of Burnaby South wins the boys 100 meters in 10.9 seconds at the 1974 BC high school provincial track and field championships at Minoru Park in Richmond.
May 31st, 1975 — John Pankratz (268), above, celebrates winning the senior boys 100 meters at the Provincial high school track and field championships at Swangard Stadium. This picture and those below have been sitting in my archives for years waiting for names which I finally obtained thanks to Newspapers.com which recently digitized every copy of the Vancouver Province and Vancouver Sun.
Tom Griffin (383), above winning the senior boys 1500 meters. John Martens (27) was second.
Brit Lind-Peterson (207), above, won the senior girls 1500 meters.
Margo Howe (282), above winning the senior girls 100 meters. Kathy Weich (49) on the left pulls up with a pulled hamstring.
This post and the picture above is a LINK to steeplechase pictures taken at the BC High School Track and Field Championships held between 2004 and 2012 at Swangard Stadium some of which were published on this blog at the time of the event but many that weren’t.
May 11th, 2018 — Dylan Uhrich, above, of Sir Charles Tupper won the 3000, 1500, and 800 meter junior boys races at the 2018 Vancouver high school track meet held at UBC. Below, Quinton Braziller of Sir Charles Tupper in a dramatic finish over Killarny’s Daniel Soliven and Lord Byng’s Ben Paetzel won the 1500 meter senior boys race. Braziller also won the 800 meters. Also below, Annika Austin and Manon Plouvier of Kitsilano were first and second in the 3000, 1500, and 800 meter senior girls races.
May 11th, 2018 — The Vancouver high school track meet started yesterday at Point Grey High School and finished today at UBC. In the 1950’s and 1960’s this meet known as the Vancouver and District Inter-High School Track and Field Meet was the biggest sporting event in Vancouver. A week of qualifying heats at Empire Stadium covered extensively with words and pictures by both newspapers with speculation as to who would beat Percy Williams record, who would be the next Harry Jerome; would it be Don Basham or Barrie Ihaksi? The finals held the following week was a designated school day so every student from every school was there, twenty thousand of them, screaming their heads off. There was a story in the home editions of the Vancouver Sun during the day updating the positions of the leading schools and when the meet was over a 72 point headline with the winning school’s name at the top of the final edition and pages of pictures inside. As you can see from my picture above showing the senior boys 1500 meters running by the grandstands at UBC things have changed a lot since then. Not many spectators, no mention at all in the local news, and possibly a quote from a mother sums it up, “My daughter qualified for the 400 meters but didn’t really want to come because she didn’t want to miss class”. The picture below from the Vancouver School Board archives shows a small section of the crowd in 1950.