Coquitlam's Benjamin Ayesu-Attah sprinted to the tape first to take the 400-metre men's race at the Western Athletic Conference in Moscow, Idaho on the weekend.
In the process of winning the main race, the 19-year-old also set a new personal best of 46.86 seconds, more than a second faster than his previous fastest time.
The Coquitlam Cheetahs athlete met the sprint standard for the World Junior championships, earning him a pass to Barcelona, Spain for the event in July.
A Heritage Woods grad who is a freshman at the University of Idaho, Ayesu-Attah currently ranks fourth in Canada among his age group. He previously ran for Canada at the 2009 World Youth championships.
Stars lining up for bronze
It's come down to one game.
The Archbishop Carney Stars senior girls soccer team takes on Surrey Christian today (3 p.m. at Carney) for third place at the AA Fraser Valley championships - with the victor earning a berth into the provincials.
The Port Coquitlam squad, which topped the Valley East league, began the Valley tournament with a hard scrabble 2-1 loss to eventual finalist Sands of North Delta.
An early 1-0 lead was erased when Sands buried two before halftime. Although Carney carried most of the play in the second half, they were unable to cash in.
They bounced back by blanking G.W. Graham of Mission 3-0 last Thursday, getting second half goals from Olivia Kassis, Megan Lui and Julia Basa. Turning in a standout effort at sweeper was Kayla North, while Pam Scowby dominated at midfield.
They spun that momentum into Monday's 4-2 doubling of archnemesis Holy Cross to advance to the third-place showdown.
Royals advance to Regionals
For the first time, the Douglas College Royals have a date at the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges' baseball regionals. The Royals, whose lineup includes Coquitlam's Kurtis Malm and Takato Sakurai, will play in a four-team tourney this weekend, with two teams advancing to the NWAACC.