Burnaby athletes shine at Games

The Fraser River Zone 4 foursome proved to be dynamos on the track last week.

The relay team of Burnaby’s Taya Batiste and Surrey’s Estella Mainella, Charity Obazughanwen and Laysha Tunti crossed the finish line in a time of 49.82 seconds to capture the 4x100 metre girls relay at the B.C. Summer Games last week in Duncan.

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They edged the Vancouver Island-Central Coast quartet by just a fraction over a second.

Batiste, a Burnaby South student, also finished fourth overall in the 100m event. Nearly two months ago she posted the best time for a junior at the B.C. High School track and field championships in the 100m.

Synchronized swimmer Naomi Madokoro also returned home with gold, in the 13-15 figures competition.

St. Thomas More student Katelyn Stewart-Barnett collected a pair of firsts, topping the 1500m steeplechase and the 2000m distance race. She’d also secured bronze in the high jump.

Other Burnaby medallists from the Games were Harry Colhoun, picking up silver in the boys kayak 500m event, Henry Ruckman-Utting, with silver in the 1500m steeplechase, Owen Blackwell, who scored bronze in equestrian dressage competition, Teagan Robertson, who finished third in boys 10-13 wakeboarding, Malaina Sidhu, third overall in girls golf, Shayla Thom, third in girls 500m kayak, and Kiran Wanniarachichi, third in boys high jump.

Other top-five results include Brandon Hsu, fourth in the boys 200m; Lucas Herold, fifth in shotput; and Allyson Wong, fifth in 100m freestyle swimming.

The zone finished second overall in the final medal tally, counting 127, including 41 gold. In first place was the host Island team with 145.

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