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Prince George high schools sent 16 Track and Field athletes to B.C. Championships

Four Top-10 finishes, including two from Duchess Park’s Max Schonewille

No medals were won this year by Prince George track and field athletes from local high schools, but certainly made a statement in certain competitions.

In total, 16 athletes from five different secondary schools were given the chance to run, jump, throw, sprint, and chase the best of the best in athletics this past weekend at the 2019 B.C. Championships in Kelowna.

Duchess Park were one of two schools to send six students to the meet, including Max Schonewille, who had two of Prince George’s four top-10 finishes.

The high-school senior claimed fifth place in the men’s 6kg hammer throw (41.75 metres), which was the highest finish of any northern capital athlete, and sixth place in the men’s 1.75kg discus throw, tossing the disc 36.57 metres.

Schonewille also made the finals of the senior men’s 800g javelin throw, finishing in 14th with a 42.85-metre spear.

The other two top-10s came from Kelly Road’s Tyler Loth and Stephanie Arronge of Prince George Secondary (PGSS).

Loth is now B.C.’s sixth fastest junior runner after crossing the finish line in 11.55 seconds, 0.47 seconds behind first, in the finals of the men’s 100m dash.

PGSS’ Arronge also earned a sixth-place ranking in the Grade 8 girls 1,500m run with a time of 5:17.87.

The rest of the competing athletes are as follows:


  • Erica Turgeon (Senior)
    • Made provincial finals in Discus and Long Jump
    • Also competed in 4x400m and 4x100m relays
  • Emmelin LeClerc (Senior)
    • Made provincial finals in Hammer Throw and Javelin
    • Also competed in 4x400m and 4x100m relays
  • Barbara Keshiro (Senior)
    • Competed in 4x400m and 4x100m relays
  • Alison Mooreside (Senior)
    • Competed in 4x400m and 4x100m relays
  • Sophia Mahmoud (Junior)
    • Competed in 400m and 200m races, and 4x100m relay


  • Vaila Baxter (Senior)
    • Made provincial finals in Triple Jump and Javelin
  • Morgan Lawrence (Junior)
    • Made provincial finals in Long Jump and Triple Jump
  • Brynn Witwicki (Junior)
    • Made provincial finals in 1,500m steeplechase
  • Stephanie Arronge (8)
    • Also competed in 800m run and 400m dash
  • Paolo Castro (Junior)
    • Competed in 100m hurdles
  • Emerson Muratori (Junior)
    • Competed in 200m dash


  • Tyler Loth (Junior)
    • Also competed in 200m dash
  • Jenny Graham-Smith (Junior)
    • Competed in 800m run


  • Max Whitehouse (Junior)
    • Competed in 1,500m run


  • Jordan Bax (Senior)
    • Competed in 1,500m run

Editor’s Note: The above photos are all that were available for Prince George-based athletes. If you have photos of any of the above athletes from Track and Field provincials, please email them to,

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