After winning two gold medals at B.C. High School Championships

After winning two gold medals at B.C. High School Championships

Yee claims double gold at high school championships

South Hazelton track star earned two gold medals in the 3,000-metre and the 1,500-metre steeplechase.

Regan Yee is a B.C. champion, times two.

The South Hazelton Track star returned from the B.C. High school Championships in Langley last weekend with gold medals in the Senior 3,000-metre race and the Senior 1,500-metre steeplechase.

Yee previously finished third in 2011 and second in 2010 in the steeplechase at the event, and ran a very smart tactical race to take the top spot, coach Neal Currie said.

“She got boxed in right off the start and was nearly last for part of the first lap but gradually moved up and took the lead for the last lap and pulled away from the other girls to win comfortably,” Currie explained.

Because of a false start, Yee was wary about starting too soon, she said, which meant she was playing catch-up from the beginning.

“I didn’t panic, though, and slowly picked my way to the front,” Yee said.

In the 3,000-metre, Yee set the pace for the first half of the race but Alex Siemens from Abbotsford stayed with her, eventually pulling ahead.

“With about 250 metres to go, I was trailing pretty far behind until one of the spectators shouted at me to keep my head up and reel her in, so I put everything I had into that last 200 metres and was able to catch her by the end of the curve,” she said.

Yee is competing this weekend at the Jesse Bent Memorial track meet in Coquitlam, which is a tryout to make Team B.C. for the Canada Games and Canadian nationals.