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The Oak Bay High School track team was again dominant during the 2017 Lower Island Track and Field Championships, winning the team event with 1,177 points Wednesday at UVic’s Centennial Stadium.
Vlad Lyesin, Malcolm Harrison and Liam Gatesby each won a pair of gold medals.
All three athletes attend Oak Bay High School, which has a long history of success in track and field and cross-country. They have won 24 consecutive Vancouver Island track and field titles. Lyesin and Harrison are members of the Prairie Inn Harriers Running Club Youth Team, which is led by two-time Olympic marathon runner Bruce Deacon.
The Victoria-based Harriers are the largest run club in Canada with over 800 members.
Lyesin won the 800-metre event, while Harrison the 400m and Gatesby the 100m and 200m sprints. Lyesin and Harrison won their second gold when the two athletes raced in the 4 x 400m relay.
The other four lower island teams finished in the following order, St. Andrew’s with 458 points, St. Michaels earned 295, Mount Doug earned 265 and Claremont finished with 181.
Nicole D’Angelo of Reynolds swept the girl’s sprints, winning the 100 and 200.
The Island Championships take place Wednesday and Thursday, May 17 and 18 at Centennial Stadium.
Tyler Dozzi of Oak Bay broke the 3,000m record with his performance 8:40, eclipsing the former standard of 8:46 set by Cody Therrien, who attended St. Andrew’s. He set the record in 2011 and has since run for the UVic Vikes, who went on to win the national cross-country championships in 2015. Dozzi, originally from Terrace, BC, won the Lower Island, Island, Provincial and National cross-country championships during the fall.
Dozzi, Harrison, Lyesin are all coached by two-time Olympic marathon runner Bruce Deacon.
Dozzi and Hannah Henry of Mount Doug were named top male and female athletes of the meet respectively. Henry won both the 1500m and 3,000m events.