SPORTS BRIEFS: Surrey runner leads SFU to gold

Long distance runner Kristen Kolstad helped lift Simon Fraser University to a gold medal at the NAIA national championship meet in Tennessee. - PHOTO SUBMITTED
Long distance runner Kristen Kolstad helped lift Simon Fraser University to a gold medal at the NAIA national championship meet in Tennessee.
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Kristen Kolstad ran the last leg, leading the Simon Fraser University Clan track and field team to a gold medal at the NAIA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Johnson City, Tennessee.

Jessica Smith ran the 1,200-metre first leg, then handed off to another North Vancouver resident - Ali Hudson - for the 400-metre second leg. Heather Mancell of Anmore ran 800 metres in the third leg before passing the baton to Kolstad. The Surrey native raced a mile to the finish, completing the longest portion of the event and giving the Clan their second consecutive gold medal in the relay event.

Kolstad also captured fifth in the mile, posting a time of 4:56.62.

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St. Patrick’s Bash

Jose Lima of the host City Boxing Club will put his unbeaten record on the line at the St. Patrick’s Bash Saturday night at the Alice McKay Building on the Cloverdale Fairgrounds.

Lima, who will battle Surrey’s Ryan Loff for the vacant City Light Middleweight title on March 28, will battle Ali Alahdad of Beyond Boxing on the 10-card show, which gets under way at 7:30 p.m.

Also to step into the ring will be Sarah Pucek, who will compete against B.C. lightweight champion Peggy Maerz of Vernon.

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Bowlers at provincials

Surrey will be well-represented at the provincial round of the Four Steps to Stardom bowling tournament in Abbotsford and Chilliwack on Saturday.

Thirty-two of the 36 bowlers who qualified for the event bowl at either the Dell Lanes or Scottsdale Lanes.

Lucas Schaff of Scottsdale will compete in the Bantam boys singles competition, after winning gold medals in team play in each of the past two years.

Stephanie McNeill will bowl in the Senior girls category, with five other bowlers from Dell Lanes making up the Senior boys team. Jordan Schuss, Darryl Wood, Marcus Borkowsky and Marco Tsang were members of last year’s gold medal-winning team, and will be joined by Ryan Edwards this season. Tsang won a gold medal in the Senior singles competition at the 2006 nationals, and won the provincial title in the Junior singles competition in 2003.

Also looking to repeat as provincial champions will be Renae Ealey, Cally Hanson, Sara Semkiw, Samantha Teljeur and Meagan Gallicano of Scottsdale in the Senior girls category. Ealey has won four gold medals in provincial competition, while Semkiw’s medal collection includes two golds, a silver and a pair of bronze medals. She also won a silver medal at the nationals in 2004.

Scottsdale also qualified on boys and girls teams in both the Junior and Bantam categories. Representing the Fraser Valley zone at the provincial tournament will be Noah Benoit, Drake Green, Braedon Miller, Blake Milton and Mathew Winchester (Bantam boys), Taylor Charles, Cheyenne Jensen, Rebecca Ponting, Jade Singfield and Alexa Kaweski (Bantam girls), Eric Bennett Moneesh Goundar, Colton Doyle, Anthony McCain and Alexander Vaz (Junior boys), and Justine Vaz, Colleen Umali, Sarah King, Damnjit Saroya and Kirsten Featherstone (Junior girls).

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Register for tennis

Local tennis players of all skill levels are invited to register for singles and doubles leagues. Players or teams will play a minimum of six matches against competition of a comparable skill level, and each league will conclude with a playoff.

Deadline for registration is March 31, and forms are online at For more information, contact B.C. Tennis Leagues director Ron Shalley at 604-534-1786 or at

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