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From: Harold Morioka 

Subject: Trevor Craven Meet July 8-9, 2017

Date: July 14, 2017

Hello Greyhounds,

Another meet with great performances (2 World records,  3 Canadian records, 8 BC records plus a tie,  and several Personal Bests) by our Greyhounds members last weekend.  We had 41 members registered for the Trevor Craven Meet which was hosted by the Norwesters Cub at Burnaby Central Secondary School.  

Breaking World records were our 2 outstanding Senior women.  

Christa Bortignon broke her own world record in the W80 Long jump (3.29m).  Christa took only 3 jumps and bettered her own listed WR on every attempt.  She also ran a fast time in the 100m but did not return on Sunday to compete in her favourite event … the Triple jump.    

Lenore Montgomery has more energy than the Energizer bunny.  She competed in 4 events, breaking the W85 World record in the 3000m (19:58.05) by four minutes.  Lenore also broke her own Canadian record in the 400m (2:10.81).  Wow … and she is 87 years young.

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Our young men sprinters wowed the crowd as they carried the baton around the track in record time (44.90).  Breaking the BC record in the M35 4x100m were:  Brian Carnate,  Marvin Johnson,  Luke Wang (a Kajaks member)  and Steve Colbert.  Their time was less than a second off the Canadian record, and considering that only Brian is under 40 (actually 40 in only 5 weeks), they were just 0.14 seconds off the M40 Canadian record.

Lori Graham broke her own BC record in the W55 1500m Race Walk (11:20.75).  She took 12 seconds off her own BC record from 2014 in St. George at the World Huntsman Senior Games.

Jeff Byington also gets a BC record in the 1500m Race Walk.  Jeff set a new record in the M50 age group (11:24.18).

The Ironman award for the meet undoubtedly goes to Reidar Zapf-Gilje.  Reidar competed in 11 events and had great results in every one of his events.  Now in the M65 age group, Reidar broke 2 BC M65 records in the 100M Hurdles (17.80) and 2000m Steeplechase (7:52.04).  Reidar bettered the Sprint hurdle record by 1.10 second and shattered the Steeplechase record by 1 minute and 51 seconds.  Reidar missed the BC record in the Triple jump by only 3 centimetres.  If you were at the meet you would have seen Reidar running from event to event as he went from the triple jump to the 200m to the pole vault to the discus to the ….  What I would like to know is why Reidar didn’t compete in 2 other events that he had registered in. 

Deborah Lee got back on form again after a disappointing meet (for her) at the BC Masters Championships.  Deborah tied her own W65 BC record in the Long jump … twice (3.66).  One of these jumps was wind-assisted but the other jump was legal with a 0.6 m/s wind.

There were also a few other near misses at the BC records.

Many Greyhounds had Personal Bests (PB).  I’m not aware of them all but you can see “PB” behind the results.  For example:  Olesea Chitul (400m),  Naomi Moriyama (Javelin),  Linda Ordowski (400m and 800m),  Julie Valente (1500m),  Jeff Byington (800m),  Mike Bradecamp (400m?),  Brian Carnate (100m),  Amarjit Chahal (100m),  Steve Colbert (100m and 200m),  Alex Galo (200m),  Joe Hill (100m and 400m),  Marvin Johnson (100m, 200m and 400m),  Edwin Liu (100m),  Jorge Woods (100m.   And of course every member who entered a new age group might have set several new Personal Best in their new age group … people like Lynette, Joyce, Alan and Reidar.  My apologies if I missed your Personal Bests.  Perhaps you can let us know.


From: Harold Morioka 

Subject: Greyhounds in Toronto, Mar 11-12, 2017

Date: March 12, 2017

Four Greyhounds competed in the Canadian Masters Indoor Championships in Toronto this weekend, March 11 and 12.


CHRISTA BORTIGNON broke 2 World Records in the W80 Long jump and Triple jump.  Christa competed in 6 events and she established new BC Masters Indoor records in all 6 events, including new Canadian Indoor records in 5 of them.

*  50m 9.03 CR

*  60m 10.54 CR

*  200m 38.16 CR

*  Long jump 3.02m WR

*  Triple jump 6.91m WR

*  Shot put 6.21m BC


*  50m 7.54m GOLD

*  60m 8.87m GOLD

*  Long jump 3.93 GOLD


*  50m 9.58 GOLD

*  50m Hurdles DNF

*  60m Hurdles 11.70 GOLD

*  High jump 1.25m GOLD

*  Pole vault 1.95m SILVER

*  Triple jump 8.22m GOLD

*  Pentathon 2450 pts SILVER (11.75/585, 3.75m/435, 5.92m/330, 1.30m/536, 3:59.18/564)


*  1500m Race Walk 15:08.45 GOLD


From: Harold Morioka 

Subject: Sponsors and 2016 Recap

Date: November 6, 2016

Hello sponsors,

Thank you again for your generous sponsorship to the Greyhounds Masters Track and Field Club.  Our club which has grown to 90 members, had another outstanding year in 2016.  Club members won many medals and our members names' were listed on the BC Masters 2016 new records (Indoor records and Outdoor records) an amazing 88 times.  During 2016, our members broke:

*  40 BC Masters Individual records and were on relay teams that broke 16 BC Relay records

*  7 Canadian Masters Individual records and were on relay teams that broke 7 Canadian Relay records

*  Lenore Montgomery broke 4 World Records on the Track and another 2 World Records on the Road

*  Reidar Zapf-Gilje has been selected as the BC Athletics Masters Male Field Athlete of the Year.

*  Lenore Montgomery has been selected as the BC Athletics Masters Female Track Athlete of the Year

*  Harold Morioka has been selected to be inducted into the BC Athletics Hall of Fame

Lenore, Reidar and Harold will be honoured on November 19th at the Hilton, Vancouver Airport Hotel.


Lenore at BCA Banquet

In 2016, Lenore Montgomery broke four World Indoor records in the W85 400m, 800m, 1500m and 3000m. She broke these records at the BC Masters Indoor Championships in Kamloops. 

Lenore won three gold medals in the 800m, 1500m and 5000m, at the Canadian Masters Outdoor Championships in Toronto. 

For 2016, she is currently ranked #1 in the world in the 800m, 1500m and 3000m. 

Lenore broke two more World records this year in the UBC Longest Day 5K and Richmond Forever Young 8K Road races.


Reidar at BCA Banquet

Reidar is a multi talented athlete. In 2016, he competed and excelled in 20 different track and field events, including all 5 throwing events, all 4 field events, the sprints, middle distance, hurdles, steeplechase, pentathlon, decathlon and throws pentathlon. 

At the Canadian Outdoor Championships he won 6 gold medals. 

At the Americas Masters Games, Reidar won the steeplechase, decathlon and throws pentathlon. He is ranked #1 in Canada in eight different events. 

In the current 2016 World Rankings for M60, Reidar is ranked #2 in the decathlon, #2 in the pentathlon and #10 in the 2000m steeplechase. Reidar also won the Vancouver Sun 10K run.  




BC High School Track & Field and Cross Country Director for about 10 years.

Fraser Valley Track & Field and Cross Country Zone representative for about 15 years.

Fraser Valley Championships' Track & Field and Cross Country Meet Director/Coordinator about 10 times. 

BC Athletics Masters Committee Director since 1999.

BC Athletics Masters Committee Vice-Chair since 2010?

BC Athletics Masters Track and Field Records Chair since 1999.

Up to this time there were no formal BC Masters records. Spent about 6 months researching old records/results before finally presenting this information to the BC Athletics Masters committee for approval. Have updated these BC Masters records ever since.

CMA Records Chair for the Canadian relay records since about 2005.  Up to about 2005, the Canadian relay records were not formally kept.

CMA Records Chair for Track and Jumps one year when no records chair was available.

CMA Assistant Manager for Team Canada for the WMA Championships in Porto Alegre, Brazil. 

CMA Hall of Fame Committee member since 2009.

BC Provincial Masters Rep to CMA for 3 years.

BC Seniors Games Zone 3 Track and Field Sports Coordinator for about 15 years.

BC Seniors Games Record keeper – 2001 and from 2010 to present.

55+ BC Games (formerly BC Seniors Games) Zone 3 Secretary for 3rd year.

Co-founder of the Greyhounds Masters Track and Field Club in 1999.

Head Coach of the Greyhounds Masters Track and Field Club from 1999 to 2015.



BC champion in the provincial championships in the 100m and 200m in 1973, at age 30. First competitive race at age 29.

World Masters Athletics Gold Medalist at several WMA Championships. For example:

Won the M50 400m, 800m and 400m hurdles in WMA Championships at Miyazaki, Japan (1993). 

Won the M60 400m, 800m, 300m hurdles and 4x400m relay in WMA Championships at Carolina, Puerto Rico (2003).

Broke World Masters records 14 times (13 individual records and one M60 4x400m relay record).

Broke 3 M50 Indoor World Records on ONE weekend at the 1993 US Masters Indoor Champs in Montana.

That year, tied the Outdoor 400m WR(51.81) in Abbotsford, and then broke it in Utah and Miyazaki, JPN 

Broke World Masters records in the: M45, M50, M55 and M60 age groups.

Only person (of any age, male or female) ever to hold World Records in events from 60M to 800M.

Youngest person to match his age in the 400m (51 seconds at age 51). This still remains today, 22 years later


BC School Sports - 25th Anniversary Coaching Award for 25+ years of service.

Gary Scott Award (1993) – by CSSAA, In recognition of Service or Involvement in Athletics. 

Vancouver Olympic Club (1985) – Masters Male Athlete-of-the-Year.

Valley Royals Track and Field Club – Gold Award (1988)

Valley Royals Track and Field Club – Inspirational Athlete (1988 and 1989)

Athlete of the Meet at Canadian Championships – several times.

BC Athletics Masters Track and Field Athlete-of-the-Year – about 12 -15 times.(Only one Masters award in early years, then two, and now four awards for Masters track and field) 

SPORT BC's Masters Athlete-of-the-Year – 3 times in 1988, 1989 and 1994.

SPORT BC's OVERALL Athlete-of-the-Year -1989 at age 46 (ran 11.11 in the 100m and 50.60 in the 400m).  (This is the only time in the 50-year history of these awards that a Masters-aged athlete was chosen for this award as BC's Amateur Athlete-of-the-Year.)

City of Surrey Community Leadership Award for Sports – 2014 

Inducted into the Canadian Masters Athletics Hall of Fame – 2011. 

From: Harold Morioka 

Subject: Dylan Armstrong Classic

Date: May 21, 2016 

Fifteen Greyhounds registered to compete in the inaugural Dylan Armstrong Meet in Kamloops. This meet was originally called the Kamloops Centennial Meet and was a 3-day meet from Friday to Sunday. This year the meet was reduced to only Friday and Saturday and several events were excluded. At the end of the meet on Saturday, the organizers held 9 “You Think You're Fast” races for each sex from age 9 to 20+. Prize money from $100 for the 9 year-olds to $800 for the 20+ group, was given to the winner of each race. Being a BC Athletics member was not a requirement, anyone was allowed to enter.

Eight Greyhounds set new age-group PBs, some just entering a new age group. Urith Hayley who just turned 65, ran two excellent times in the 100m and 200m. Deborah Lee who keeps getting faster, set two new PBs in the 100m and 200m. She tied her PB in the High jump. Andrew Arthur set a new PB in the Weight throw and had a good Throws Pentathlon. Mohan Bains set two new PBs in the Shot put and Weight throw. Both Sewa Birring and John Winfield turned 70 this year. Sewa who is bravely fighting cancer, ran two very good times in the 100m and 200m races. John ran an excellent 100m but pulled up in the 200m with a hamstring problem. David Dickie who can do everything, competed in the Pole vault for the first time and almost cleared 2 metres. He also just missed his PB in the 100m by only 0.05 second. Unfortunately David hurt his hip during the High jump and cancelled his remaining two events.

Christa Bortignon who is only 8 months from the W80 age group, had four excellent results in the 100m, 200m, Long jump and Triple jump. All of her results were better than the listed W80 World records. Marie Johnson ran 3 great times in the sprints, missing her PB in the 400m by less than half a second. New member Suzanne Sharp ran two very good times in the 800m and 1500m. Surinder Shaw made his return to competition after recovering from his hamstring problem and ran a fast 400m. Dave Ulis was the busiest person at the meet, competing in 8 events including the Throws pentathlon which means he participated in 12 events in total.

Congratulations to all of the Greyhounds, with special recognition to Suzanne, our new member. 


From: Harold Morioka 

Subject: My Resignation

Date: Apr 8, 2016 

Hello Greyhounds,

After 17 years as the Greyhounds head coach, I have decided to resign.  The club has grown tremendously since it’s inception, from about 15 members in 1999 to 79 members in 2015.  Initially we were a “Seniors" - over age 55 club.  But younger athletes asked to join our club so within a few years we became a Masters - over age 35 club.  We have 73 members so far in 2016. 

Resigning as your head coach was not an easy decision.  Actually I have been considering it for a few years.  As you know my health has not been the best lately.  Last spring when I failed my yearly test, my cardiologist was worried and told me to take it easy, no physical activity until he gave me the okay.  I subsequently failed another test at the nuclear medicine department at Peace Arch Hospital.  In September I was admitted to Vancouver General Hospital.  My cardiologist has now allowed me to resume physical activity.  Now my heart is okay but my knees won’t cooperate.  After 6 knee surgeries, I have lost too much cartilage.    

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It has been an honour for me to have been your head coach.  From humble beginnings with no equipment in our first year, we trained at the Coquitlam Secondary School track and sometimes at the Coquitlam Town Centre track.  Thus we were initially called the Tri City Greyhounds.  With Tony Badowski’s great work, finally we were able to purchase some equipment.  But with nowhere to store our equipment, the trunk of our cars became our equipment rooms.  We have now established North Surrey Secondary School as our home base.  We have 2 containers on site for our equipment (one container solely for our pole vaulting mats, standards and poles).  We rent the school track and field facility from March to September.  With members living throughout the province, we changed our society name to the Greyhounds Masters Track and Field Club.

I have met many athletes, from novice to world class, during these 17 years.  I have watched the dedication of our members and the improvements our members have made.  I have watched you make PBs, break BC, Canadian and World records.  I have made many friends. 

For many years I was the only coach.  But with Sam, Sharon, Luca (and now Reidar) doing great work, my role was greatly reduced.  Sam is very dedicated, energetic, knowledgeable, friendly, and has a positive attitude.  He will be an excellent head coach.

Even though I am stepping down, I will not go away.  I will assist Sam for this year and next (perhaps longer).  I will continue to send messages, news and meet information to our members.  I will continue to be on the BC Athletics Masters committee and serve as the Vice Chair and Masters Records Chair.  I will continue to be the 55+ BC Games Zone 3 Secretary and track and field coordinator for 2016.  

The strength of our club is due to each and every one of our members.  We all contribute to the club's success in our own way.  We have had tremendous success over the years.  I think I can safely say that our Greyhounds Masters Club is the most successful Masters club in the country.  Our members have won many awards.  Four of our members have been inducted into the Canadian Masters Athletics' Hall of Fame, and one more will be inducted in 1-2 years when she becomes eligible (minimum 10 years as a member of the CMA).

Resigning but not Sayonara,


From: Harold Morioka 

Subject: Recent Results

Date: Mar 23, 2016 

To: Greyhounds

2015-06-06 11.16.14


Marie Johnson breaks Valerie’s BC Indoor W60 400m record.

Competing in an indoor meet in Arizona, Marie ran the 400m in 1:23.34, breaking Valerie’s BC Indoor record of 1:23.61, which Valerie ran at the BC Masters Indoor Championships in Kamloops.  Another Greyhound, Elaine has the Outdoor record.

New Canadian records for Deborah and Rachel in the 50m Hurdles.  Read more in the writeup.

Attached are the results from the Ocean Athletics all comers meet and the Canadian Indoor Championships.

Great job by our members.


April 22-23 South Fraser meet at Bear Creek Park

April 24 Hayward Classic meet at Eugene, Oregon

April 17 Vancouver Sun Run

More information with schedules coming soon.


From: Harold Morioka 

Subject: Percy Williams Indoor Meet

Date: Mar 13, 2016 

To: Greyhounds

We had 22 Greyhounds competing today at the Percy Williams Indoor track and field meet at the Richmond Olympic Oval track.  Highlights were:

Coach Sam Walker broke his BC M40 400 metre record with a time of 56.63.  His old record was 56.82.

(Thanks to Andrew Natale who sent in this link to Sam’s record breaking race)

Deborah broke her BC W65 60m Hurdles record with a time of 13.07, beating her record of 13.41 from Kamloops.

Deborah tied her BC W65 60m record of 10.50 seconds which she ran in Kamloops.

Mark Stewart broke his BC M70 800m record with a time of 2:48.97.  Mark’s old record was 2:49.64 from Kamloops.

The M50 4x200m relay team which included Alex Galo and Mark Phillips set a new BC Masters record with a time just under 2 minutes.  They would have run 3-4 seconds faster but the anchor runner (not a Greyhound) dropped the baton only 40m from the finish line so he had to stop to pick up the baton.

Reidar broke the M60 60m hurdles record with a time of 10.73 seconds breaking John Hawkin’s record of 10.78 seconds.

Andy Aadmi was the top age-graded winner in the Mens Shot put.  There were 5 entries, including 4 Greyhounds.  Mohan Bains, a new Greyhounds competed in his first meet and won the bronze.  Andrew Natale had a PB.

Mark Stewart was the top age-graded performer in the 400m, 800m and 1500m races.

NOTE:  Age-grading is done in 5-year age groups so it’s an advantage if you are just entering a new age group.  And a disadvantage if you are in the top (for example 44, 59, etc) of your age group.

Christa Bortignon was selected as the Masters Woman performer of the meet.  Christa scored 100.1% with a time of 10.29 in the 60m sprint.  And she turns 80 next year.

(All new records have been posted on the website)

Congratulations to all the Greyhounds!


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From: Harold Morioka 

Subject: 2015 Masters Athlete of the Year

Date: December 6, 2015 

To: Greyhounds

Last night BC Athletics had their Awards night to recognize and honour the very best athletes, coaches and officials of 2015.  The awards banquet was held at the Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel.

The Greyhounds were well represented with 2 members being selected as Athlete of the Year. 

LENORE MONTGOMERY was selected as the Female Track Athlete of the Year

CHRISTA BORTIGNON was selected as the Female Field Athlete of the Year


Our Greyhounds women were 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Female Track category with Christa and Elaine Whidden just behind Lenore.

Dave McDonald finished just behind Marek Glowacki in the selection for Male Field AOY.

Deborah Lee finished just behind Christa in the selection for Female Field AOY.

Lenore finished runner-up in the selection for Female Road Running AOY.

Reidar Zapf-Gilji was considered for both the Male Track and Male Field AOY.  Hopefully next year BCA will include a category for a Multi-Event athlete.

Natasha Bacchus (deaf athlete) was considered for Female Para AOY. 

Yes, Darcie the winner of the Female Women Cross Country AOY, is Lenore’s daughter.


From: Harold Morioka 

Subject: Saturday Morning Practise 

Date: November 27, 2015 

To: Greyhounds

We will continue our fitness oriented workout again this Saturday morning.  Korean Broadcasting Systems (Los Angeles division) will be at our practise this Saturday.  They are making a video called “Super Seniors”.  They are interested in the older athletes (Christa, Lenore, Norm).

Great job by everyone training up at SFU this morning … but a few of you will have to improve your skipping. 

From: Harold Morioka <>

Subject: Saturday Morning Practise and New Throws Coach

Date: October 23, 2015 

To: Greyhounds

As mentioned last week, tomorrow (Saturday) morning we will continue our Tempo training to improve our fitness/endurance level.   

Next Saturday our volume will be 5 x 100’s and 10 x 200’s.

Luca Molinari


We have acquired Luca Molinari as our new throws coach for next season.  He is a Hammer Throw specialist and is currently on the SFU Track and Field team.  Luca will be busy with his university responsibilities for a while but when we know his schedule we will let you know.

Luca Molinari is a throws coach with experience and knowledge beyond his years.  Luca has had success coaching at the high school level and youth Track & Field Clubs.

From: Harold Morioka 

Subject: Greyhounds Shine at 55+ Games

Date: Sep 6, 2015 

To: Greyhounds


Lenore Montgomery was one of the outstanding athletes at the 2015 55+ BC Games (formerly called the BC Seniors Games). Lenore broke the W85 5000m world record with a time of 32:36.20, breaking Russian Nina Naumenko's listed world record of 32:51.05. Lenore would have broken the world record by another 47 seconds but she was on the opposite side of the track when the gun sounded for the start of the 5000m race. Lenore had to rush over to the starting line and when she started, the clock was already at 47 seconds. Lenore also broke the listed World Record in the 800m (4:33.86), but there is a better time pending by a woman who ran this race in the WMA Championships in Lyon, France. Lenore added 2 more Canadian records in the 400m (2:11.85) and 1500m (9:06.76).

Norm Lesage broke the listed Canadian record in the M85 100m (18.48) but Norm has a better pending CR of 18.00. Norm added a second BC Masters record in the 200m (39.99). Elaine Whidden also broke two listed BC records in the 100m (15.02) and 200m (30.46) but she does have bettered pending records in both of these sprints. Also breaking BC records were: Reidar Zapf-Gilje in the M60 Triple jump (9.98m), Scot Henney in the M90 Javelin (16.78m) and Deborah Lee in the W65 Triple jump (7.70m). Deborah does have a better pending record in the triple jump.

The Zone 3 relay team of Urith Hayley, Cindy O'Brien Hugh, Marie Johnson and Elaine Whidden broke the W55+ BC Masters 4x100m relay record with a time of 1:01.43.

Breaking two 55+ BC Games records were: Cindy O'Brien Hugh in the W55 200m (30.54) and 400m (1:10.99) and Mark Stewart in the M70 400m (1:08.82) and 800m (2:41.71). Mark's times were only one and two seconds off the BC Masters records in these events. Reidar, in addition to his triple jump, added a second Games record in the 100m Hurdles (18.63). Valerie Scott broke the Games record in the W60 Javelin (16.61m) with the new 500g javelin.

The Zone 3 relay team of Cindy O'Brien Hugh, Bruno Gartner, Elaine Whidden and Al Percival broke the Games record in the Mixed 4x100m (55.39).

Bakhshish Dhillon and Scot Henney won gold in all 6 of their events. Also winning 6 individual gold medals were Harnek Toor and Reidar Zapf-Gilje. Renate Cheetham and Lori Graham won 5 individual gold medals while Christa Bortignon, Deborah Lee, Lenore Montgomery, Cindy O'Brien Hugh and Mark Stewart won 4 gold medals each.

Counting their relay medals, Cindy and Harnek won the most gold medals (7).

Harnek won an amazing number of 11 medals in total (7 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze). Urith won 9 medals (5 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze), Renate Cheetham (6 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze) and David Dickey (1 gold, 4 silver, 3 bronze) won 8 medals each.

About 220 athletes from 12 Zones around the province registered for this years' Games. We had 45 Greyhounds compete in this meet but unfortunately 9 more members did not compete, mostly due to medical reasons.

Congratulations to everyone. A special congratulations to our new members who performed so well.

From: Harold Morioka 

Subject: 2015 BC Masters Records

Date: July 30, 2015 

To: Greyhounds

Attached (see link) are the updated BC Masters records.  The next update will be after the 55+ BC Games and after the next BC Athletics Masters Committee meeting in September.  There are 30 new BC Masters Outdoor records on the track and field (including the Race Walk).  Note that all new 2015 records are still pending approval by the BCA Board at the AGM in December.  Therefore all of the existing (previous) records are still included in these updated records.

Congratulations to all of our Greyhounds (I count 17 members) who have set/broken BC Masters records so far in 2015.  A few of these are Canadian records.  Lenore has broken 1 World Record in the W85 800m.


From: Harold Morioka 

Subject: Hayward and South Fraser

Date: April 29, 2015 at 9:15:44 PM PDT

To: Greyhounds

New Canadian and BC records were established by our Greyhounds women. Competing at the 33rd annual Hayward Classic Masters Meet in Eugene, Oregon, our relay team of Deborah Lee, Christa Bortignon, Urith Hayley and Elaine Whidden broke the Canadian W60 4x100m relay record with a time of 1:03.74. The Canadian record was 1:04.60 and the BC record was 1:04.97.

Due to the conflict with the South Fraser Meet at Bear Creek Park, only 11 Greyhounds registered for this meet. But with Al's strained abdominal muscle and Lori's sore back, only 9 Greyhounds made the trip to the University of Oregon. But this small team had excellent results.

Dave2 2015-Hayward-Classic

Dave Ulis won the most individual medals, 6 golds and 1 silver. Christa won 6 golds. Deborah won 5 golds and a bronze, and broke the Hayward Classic W60 triple jump record (7.55m). 

Both Christa and Deborah fell at the 7th hurdle during their 80m hurdles race. They could have quit but instead they got up and finished their race. Unfortunately the hurdles were placed at the incorrect spacing so Christa and Deborah were given the opportunity to rerun their races. But since they had 7 events each that day, they declined to rerun the hurdles. Instead they will be given free entry into next year's Hayward Classic.


Despite being in the top of his age group, John Winfield won all 3 sprint; the 100m, 200m and 400m. Natasha Bacchus set personal bests in winning the 100m and 200m. Elaine Whidden also won her races in the 200m and 400m. Her 200m time of 31.58 is only 0.34 seconds off the BC W60 200m record. Our new president, Urith won silver in the 100m and bronze in the 200m. 

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Surinder won the 300m hurdles and took bronze in the 100m.

Mac McNair Race walked on the track for the first time. Due to his inexperience with the 3000m race walk, Mac went out far too quickly on his first two laps. Oh no, five and a half laps to go! But Mac never got a chance to complete his race because he was given the paddle for not locking his knees properly. The former arborist took up race walking because his job, which required climbing trees, took a toll on his knees. Mac's ambition is to try a variety of events, including throws and some faster sprint races if his knees allows him. But Mac is not giving up on race walking just because he was shown the paddle in his first attempt. 

From: Harold Morioka <>

Subject: Ocean Athletics All comers

Date: March 23, 2015 at 8:46:03 PM PDT

To: Greyhounds


March 21, 2015


Nine Greyhounds braved the cold and wet conditions while competing in the Ocean Athletics All comers meet in South Surrey, on March 21. Despite the unfavourable conditions our members did very well in the first outdoor meet of the year.

Our members ran extremely fast times, especially considering this was their initial competition of the year. Coach Sam ran a fast 11.6 100m (hand timed because of technical problems with the automatic timing device). Al ran 13.2(h) and under 28 seconds (27.97) in the 200m. Jorge was only 0.05 seconds off his best time from last year in the 200m (30.14). Mark (2:51.34) and Jeff (3:25.11) set PBs (personal bests) in the 800m. Harnek had two excellent results in the shot put (9.27m) and javelin (29.47m).


The women also ran well. Newcomer Cindy ran 15.1(h) and 32.04 in the 100m and 200m. These times indicate that she should do very well in the 55+ BC Games. Liz also ran the 100m (14.0(h) and 200m (30.32) seconds. Natasha was hampered with a tight hamstring but still ran the fastest 100m (13.7(h).

Natasha Bacchus W37 100m 13.7 (h)

Liz Johnson W42 100m 14.0 (h) 200m 30.32 (0.2)

Cindy O'Brien Hugh W56 100m 15.1 (h) 200m 32.04 (0.2)

Sam Walker M43 100m 11.6 (h) and 12.68 (-0.4) 200m 25.58 (0.2)

Mark Phillips M50 800m 2:51.34

Jeff Byington M51 800m 3:25.11

Jorge Woods M56 100m 14.46 (-0.4)  200m 30.14 (0.2) 800m 3:10.43 HJ 1.15

Al Percival M63 100m 13.2 (h) and 14.46 (-0.4) 200m 27.97 (0.2)

Harnek Toor M68 Shot put 9.27m Javelin 29.47m

From: Harold Morioka <>

Subject: Canadian Indoor Championships

Date: March 15, 2015 at 10:56:10 PM PDT

Six of our Greyhounds members returned home from Toronto carrying 30 medals from the Canadian Masters Indoor track and field championships.  They won 20 gold, 7 silver and 3 bronze medals.  They also set/broke 10 BC records and 3 Canadian records.


  Roy, Al and Hardev race run the 50M Saturday at the Canadian Indoor Championships

Christa Bortignon W75 and Deborah Lee W60 won 7 gold medals each.  Natasha Bacchus lost out to the Canadian record holder in the 50M but Natasha won gold in the W35 60M and 200M.


Deborah and Christa win golds in the 60M Sunday in Toronto

Two of the most thrilling races were the M60 short sprints where Al Percival and Roy Turkington were bookends in a very tight race with an athlete from Alberta.   Al Percival won gold in both the 50M and 60M with Roy a close 3rd.  Al also came second in the 200M while Roy added 2 silvers in the long jump and triple jump (his first triple jump in 47 years).  Hardev Sandhu won 6 medals including gold in the 60M and Weight throw.


                                        Al wins gold, Marcel silver and Roy bronze in the M60 60M

Christa broke 2 Canadian records in the 50M and 50M hurdles while Al broke the Canadian record in the 50M.  Deborah set 2 new BC records in the 50M and 50M Hurdles and broke 2 more BC records in the Triple jump and High jump.  Deborah missed a 5th BC record in the 60M hurdles by only 1/100th of a second.  Natasha set a new BC record in the 50M and also broke her own BC record in the 60M.  Hardev set a BC record in the 50M.

A small team but mighty team.  Congratulations to all 6 members.

From: Harold Morioka <>

Subject: BC Masters 

Date: February 21, 2015 at 8:38:08 AM PST

Thirty Greyhounds competed in the BC Masters Indoor Track and Field Championship which was held at the Tournament Capital Centre in Kamloops, on February 13-15. This meet was held in conjunction with the Van Ryswyk Indoor Invitational Meet for the younger athletes.


Dave Dickey, Al Percival, Roy Turkington & Hardev Sandhu fly out of the blocks in the M60 60M

Not including the relay medals, the Greyhounds won 63 gold, 25 silver and 13 bronze medals. Leading the way were Lynette Baldock, Christa Bortignon and Rachel Fouladi with 6 gold medals each (Lynette and Christa won another gold in the relay). With her 2 silver medals, Rachel won the most medals with 8. Harnek Toor won 7 medals; 5 golds, 1 silver and 1 bronze. Winning 5 medals were: Harjinder Kang (4 golds and a bronze), Joginder Dhillon (4 silvers and a bronze) and David Dickey (2 golds, 2 silvers and a bronze). Despite missing one day of competiton, Deborah Lee and Arthur Gee won 3 gold medals each. Deborah competed only on Sunday because she was tied up with jury duty. Arthur added a bronze medal to his 3 golds before leaving after Saturday's competition. Also winning 4 medals were: Surinder Shah (2golds and 2 silvers), Sharon Evans (2 golds, silver and bronze), David Ulis (gold and 3 silvers) and Sewa Birring (2 golds, silver and bronze). Norm Lesage won 3 golds.


Norm wins gold in the M85 200M at the 2015 BC Indoor Championships

Not only did Norm win 3 gold medals, he also broke Canadian Indoor records in the M85 60m (although he has a pending record from the Harry Jerome Meet) and 200m. Norm added a BC record in the 400m.

Our Greyhounds were also part of relay teams that set 2 new Canadian Indoor relay records and broke another. Surinder Shah and Bill McNamara were on the M70 4x400m relay team that broke the listed Canadian record. They were also on the relay team that set a new Canadian Indoor M70 4x200m record. Lynette Baldock, Gabriella Moro and Christa Bortignon were on the relay team that set a new

Canadian Indoor record in the W65 4x200m.

Greyhounds athletes set/broke 19 individual BC Indoor records and our members participated on relay teams that set/broke 5 BC relay records. In addition to Norm's 3 BC records, Arthur Gee set three new standards in the M70 triple jump, 1500m Race walk and 3000m Race walk. Rachel Fouladi broke the BC W45 triple jump record and set new standards in the 1500m and 3000m Race walks. Lynette Baldock broke her own BC records in the W65 800m and 1500m.


New members Kathy Friesen, Cindy O’Brien and Sherry Reierson wear Greyhound colours at the Kamloops Indoor.

Breaking their own BC records were: Coach Sam M40 400m, Deborah Lee W60 long jump and Lori Graham W55 1500m Race walk. Adding their names to new BC records were: Natasha Bacchus W35 60m, Surinder Shah M70 long jump, Gabriella Moro W65 shot put, Jody Cranston M45 weight throw and Harnek Toor M65 weight throw. Coach Dave, who was hampered by a hamstring injury, was throwing beyond the BC weight throw record during the warmup but just missed the record during the competition.

Two relay teams set new BC records. Cindy O'Brien Hugh and Kathy Friesen were part of the W45 4x400m record-breaking relay team while Mark Phillips and Harjinder Kang were on the M45 4x400m relay team that set a new BC record.

Sam's Phone 1767

Kathy and Cindy run in Kamloops with record setting W45 4x200 Relay Team

The purple heart award certainly goes to Sewa Birring. Despite weakened by chemotherapy treatments, Sewa courageously completed his 4 events.

Congratulations to the whole team. It should be noted that all 30 members won at least one medal. Special congratulations to our new members (Kathy Friesen, Cindy O'Brien Hugh, Sherry Reierson, Joginder Dhillon and David Dickey) who wore our team uniforms for the first time and made us very proud with their excellent attitude, determination and results. 

From: Harold Morioka <>

Subject: Fwd: Outstanding performances at 2015 Vancouver Sun Jerome Indoor Games

Date: February 10, 2015 at 4:00:11 PM PST

To: Greyhounds

Last Saturday, 10 Greyhounds competed in the Harry Jerome Indoor track and field meet.  Nine members ran the 60m sprint and three members, along with an athlete from the Norwesters, ran the 4x200m relay.  


Jeff Byington (M50) lane 3 on his way in the 60M sprint

Norm Lesage and Al Percival had age-graded results which scored about 90% (International Level) on the WMA scoring tables.  Norm broke the BC and Canadian M60 Indoor records with a time of 10.68 seconds.  The old records were both 12.08 seconds.  Al set a personal best of 8.47 (previous PB 8.48) seconds in the M60 age group.  Lori also set a personal best with a 11.71 (previous PB 11.98) in the 60m.

The relay team of Jorge Woods, Surinder Shah, Mark Phillips and Branko Zurkovic set a new standard of 2:05.02 in the M45 4x200m relay.  Team photo attached.

Congratulations to everyone!

January 10, 2015

“Will we have a proper Indoor track and field facility in the Lower Mainland in the near future?  Many of us in track and field have had an indoor track on our wish list for a long time.  A few cities in Canada have one but, here in the Lower Mainland, we have only the Olympic Oval indoor track in Richmond which has an unbanked, hard track and no place to do field events.  Will Surrey build a proper facility?  We hope so.

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