Regan Yee captures a bronze medal in Kelowna

Yee captures a bronze in Kelowna

Hazelton's Regan Yee captures bronze after out-running more than 300 girls.

Hazelton’s Regan Yee is making headlines across the province and last weekend at the BC High School Provincial Cross Country Championships in Kelowna was no exception as she captured the bronze outrunning more than 300 girls.

The course was a technically demanding one this year in the Okanagan and Yee who finished in seventh last year was hot on the heels of second place finisher Emmy Simm from Salmon Art who posted a time of 16:53.02 while Yee came in at 16:57.74 a mere 17 seconds off the first place winner.

This year, Yee was not alone at the Championships as five of her fellow competitors from Hazelton Secondary earned a berth at the Provincials. Lia Lazoratto, Chelsea Forsyth, Regan Kern and Alec Busby along with their coach Lyndon Keeping made the journey south. Craig Penfold had also earned a spot on the team but was unable to attend. One of the big reasons so many students and coach Keeping could make the journey was due to a large donation from the Hazelton Skeena Steamers Running Club who raise money to help athletes compete in competitions.

For Yee, this was her third time attending the Provincials however for the other four Hazelton competitors it was a first and something they won’t soon forget after competing against the top high school 600 runners in British Columbia. The mass start race meant both the boys and girls started in their respective divisions with more than 300 runners. Yee was ranked third going into the race and finished third in the very hilly 4.8 kilometre course.  Lazarrotto finished 210th, Forsyth came in 274th in the girls events and Kern finished in 139th with Busby coming in 222nd.

Mo Yee said that he thinks all five runners should be very proud to have qualified for the competition and being able to represent Hazelton at the Provincial level.

“I think this may have been the first time that Hazelton has sent a group of runners like this to the Provincial Cross Country Championships,” he said.

For his daughter, this is the beginning of what she hopes will be another great season after becoming one of the top three in Canada last year in the Steeplechase and training full time all summer with the Smithers Club.

“In Hazelton we don’t have steeples or pits or anything,” she told the Province in an interview last month who said she is among “a host of favourites expected to compete in one of the deepest B.C. girls cross-country running fields in recent history.

While the snow is now falling in the north, Yee will continue to train throughout the winter and work towards her goals.

Just Posted

Police seek victims of alleged Prince George pedophile

Kevin James Belcourt has been charged with several sex crimes involving a girl under 16

Telkwa lifts boil water advisory

The Village of Telkwa has just announced that as of 3:00 p.m.… Continue reading

Chevron’s move to exit Kitimat LNG project a dash of ‘cold water’ for gas industry

Canada Energy Regulator approved a 40-year licence to export natural gas for Kitimat LNG

New report into sawmill explosions released

The report recommends streamlining investigative process

No parole for 12 years for Burns Lake man convicted of second degree murder

Judge said he did not believe Albert Giesbrecht’s claim his gun discharged accidentally

VIDEO: More air-passenger rights go into effect this weekend

The first set of passenger rights arrived in mid-July in Canada

Swoop airlines adds three destinations in 2020 – Victoria, Kamloops, San Diego

Low-fair subsidiary of WestJet Airlines brings new destinations in April 2020

Aid a priority for idled Vancouver Island loggers, John Horgan says

Steelworkers, Western Forest Products returning to mediation

Navigating ‘fever phobia’: B.C. doctor gives tips on when a sick kid should get to the ER

Any temperature above 38 C is considered a fever, but not all cases warrant a trip to the hospital

Transportation Safety Board finishes work at B.C. plane crash site, investigation continues

Transport Canada provides information bulletin, family of victim releases statement

Trudeau sets 2025 deadline to remove B.C. fish farms

Foes heartened by plan to transition aquaculture found in Fisheries minister mandate letter

Wagon wheels can now be any size! B.C. community scraps 52 obsolete bylaws

They include an old bylaw regulating public morals

Indigenous mother wins $20,000 racial discrimination case against Vancouver police

Vancouver Police Board ordered to pay $20,000 and create Indigenous-sensitivity training

Sentencing for B.C. father who murdered two young daughters starts Monday

The bodies of Aubrey, 4, and Chloe, 6, were found in Oak Bay father’s apartment Dec. 25, 2017

Most Read