The bright lights and crowded field may have made Burnaby’s Zuzanna Liniewski nervous, but you wouldn’t know it.
The Grade 9 athlete took it all in stride at last week’s Oregon Relay events, delivering a personal best while wielding a heavier hammer.
The Royal City Track and Field Club member finished 11th in a field of 17 in the high school girls hammer throw event, in what was just her second competition ever.
Her distance of 31.64 metres established a new personal high mark, and was accomplished with a four-kilogram senior hammer.
More impressive, each of her throws topped the previous one, as the Burnaby North student continued to gain confidence with the hammer and her surroundings.
“For (Liniewski) this was a real happy moment,” said Royal City coach Sean Dixon. “She’s just in Grade 9 and learning the hammer throw. She went in quite nervous but the goal was to get over 30m, and her first toss she did it. Every throw was better than the last.”
It was part of an excellent showing for the group of Burnaby athletes in attendance. Michelle Dadson, a St. Thomas More Knights athlete, placed seventh in the shotput, with a throw of 11.55m. Fellow Knight Shiloh Corrales Nelson placed 35th overall.
Dadson was also 12th in the hammer throw, reaching 30.61m with her toss, and 28th in the discus. In 32nd place was STM’s Kennedy Feenan.
In the javelin, Giovanna Janes placed 31st overall, while Feenan ended up in 38th.
On the boys side, STM’s foursome of Buljevic, Ciccone, DaSilva and Mian came in 20th of the 4x200m relay.
Emmanuel Dadson finished 30th in the triple jump and 32nd in the long jump. iN the 200m dash, Aaron Fields placed 37th, while Devon Hayek came in 41st.