Oceanside athletes excel at two track meets

Felix Richter (right) crosses the finish line for first place in Kamloops. - Photo Submitted by Laurie Ritchie
Felix Richter (right) crosses the finish line for first place in Kamloops.
— image credit: Photo Submitted by Laurie Ritchie

Two members of the Oceanside Track and Field Club are home from successful showings at indoor meets in Richmond and Kamloops.

Felix Richter, 16, and Kyra Blyt, 15, turned in excellent times. Blyt competed in the 14/15-year-old 60-meter dash, placing third in her heat with a time of 8.62, just shy of qualifying at the Harry Jerome meet. At the Van Ryswyk meet, Blyt placed fourth in both her races (60 and 200 meter dash), just missing the podium.

Richter set a Harry Jerome meet record in the 16/17-year-old boys 60-meter dash in the preliminaries at 7.20 seconds. He then went on to the final and beat his own record with a 7.17 first place. He then went on to finish second in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.86 seconds. He was behind Kenneth Schultze, the 2013 outdoor national 110-meter champion, who also set a meet record of 8.46 seconds.

In Kamloops, Richter once again set a meet record in the preliminary for the 60-meter dash at 7.18 seconds. In the final, he posted 7.15 for first place, beating his own mark again. In the 200 meter race he went on to better his personal time with a 23.54 qualifying time followed by a 23.39 final for another first place. It was then on to the 60-meter hurdles where Richter set another personal best of 8.66 but came in second to Schultze.

OTFC will host a new families information evening March 5, 7 p.m., room 904, Ballenas Secondary. For more information e-mail Kim or Randy Longmuir at or call 250-248-8515.

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