Ocean Athletics’ Caiden Lee competes in hurdles at the 2014 BC Junior Development meet at Bear Creek Park.

Ocean Athletics’ Caiden Lee competes in hurdles at the 2014 BC Junior Development meet at Bear Creek Park.

Junior-development track meet set for South Surrey Athletic Park

The next generation of British Columbia track and field stars will be front and centre at Ocean Athletics-hosted event.

The next generation of British Columbia track and field stars will be front and centre at South Surrey Athletic Park this weekend.

Beginning tonight (Friday), at 6-8 p.m., and continuing Saturday and Sunday – from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day – South Surrey-based Ocean Athletics Track Club will host the 2016 BC Junior Development Track and Field Championship.

The event will feature some of the province’s top nine- to 13-year-old athletes; the annual meet regularly attracts 400 athletes to the host community, according to Ocean Athletics’ Maureen de St. Croix, one of the meet organizers.

The three-day championship will feature a wide array of events, from sprints and middle-distance running to hurdles and three three jumping disciplines – long, triple and high.

Ocean Athletics will have a large roster of competitors in the field this weekend – many of whom are top contenders in their respective sports, de St. Croix said.

Owen Pinto – second-ranked in his age group provincially – will vie for a medal in both the 800-m and 1,200-m races; Lindsey Cyr is a top-ranked shot-putter; Emma de Boer is No. 1 in high-jump; and other podium contenders include Nicholas Pavlovic (100-m, 200-m, long jump); Laysa Tunti (80-m hurdles, 100-m, 200-m); Ryan Cyr (discus, shotput) and Vanessa Pinto, who is currently B.C.’s top-ranked 1,000-m runner among 2007-born competitors.

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