Salmon Arm runner sets the pace to victory

Glynis Sim races to gold and bronze medals in track events at BCSummer Games; Shuswap athletes post strong showings in various sports.

Salmon Arm’s Glynis Sim pushed the pace for her competitors in the 2000m race

Salmon Arm’s Glynis Sim pushed the pace for her competitors in the 2000m race

It was a golden weekend on the track for Salmon Arm’s Glynis Sim.

As part of the Thompson-Okanagan team, Sim raced through the finish of the 2000 metres in a time of 6:37.39, beating her own personal best of 6:42, which she hit the last time she ran the event. She also just edged her teammate Kendall Fitzgerald of Kamloops, as well, turning on one last powerful kick within the last 50m of the five-lap race at Surrey’s Bear Creek Park.

“I didn’t want to start too fast, but I wanted to keep up the pace most of the race, and then speed up the last lap,” Sim said.

She ended up running her first lap a little faster than she had planned, but the end result was still a gold-medal finish. The 14-year-old’s strategy to finish off the race fast also aided in beating another competitor who has often beat her before in the 2,000 m event.

Going into the girls 1,200 m race, a large number of girls, including Sim, had a shot at the gold medal. It was all up for grabs too, until a final kick of speed from Burnaby’s Sophia Stevenson over the last 200 metres landed her top spot.

Sim kept the pressure on and hung in for the third-place finish.

In the pool, Logan Pilias placed sixth in the boys 50m freestyle with a time of 27.64. Thomas Flahr placed eighth in the boys 200m freestyle with a time of 2:13.34 and 13th in the 400m freestyle, notching a time of 4:51.96.

Skyla Eberle placed 28th in the girls 400m freestyle with a time of 5:16.07

In box lacrosse, which featured local athletes Sean MacDonald, Adam New, Justin Backus and Paul Beevor-Potts, the team had a tough first round loss, but came back against the Kootenays team by a score of 13-6. The squad faced Vancouver Island-Central Coast in an attempt to get into the gold-medal contest, but was thwarted by a hot goalie, and lost the contest 10-9.

The team went into the bronze-medal match against Fraser River Delta, which was a matchup of teams who missed playing for gold by one point each. In the end, it was the Fraser Valley team who took the victory with a 10-7 score.

In rowing, Salmon Arm’s An-Mei Andreassen and Maya Pereira took to the water numerous times, with their best finish being a fourth-place effort, with two other teammates in the girls quad skills event.

The pair also notched sixth place in the girls doubles skills event. They placed fifth in the girls quads double elimination contest and 10th in the doubles elimination event.

In the time trials, the pair placed 10th and then joined two other teammates from Kelowna and Vernon to place fifth in the quads time trial event.

In baseball action, which featured play from Salmon Arm’s Riley Jepson and Canoe’s Bradley Whitehead, finished fifth overall.

The team started with a 7-3 loss to Fraser Valley, then tied Vancouver Island 4-4. They got a win against Victoria with a score of 7-4 and then ambushed Kootenay 11-1. Their round-robin performance was not good enough to get them into the final medal games.