In what was one of the most thrilling races at the British Columbia High School Track and Field Championships, two soon-to-be university teammates broke a meet record that had stood for 42 years.
Tyler Dozzi and Charlie Dannatt were nearly 30 seconds clear of the field by the finish as it was a duel for the entirety of the senior boys 3,000m. With Dozzi leading for much of the race, Dannatt was able to outkick Dozzi to win in 8:15.93, a new championship meet record. Dozzi added his second silver of the meet – he finished runner-up to Dannatt in the 1,500m – in 8:16.22. It was a “race for the ages,” as BC Athletics describes.
Charlie Dannatt at takes the Senior Boys 3000m title in 8:15.93!!!! breaking the Championship Record of 8:21.27 set way back in 1975! 👏
— BC Athletics (@BC_Athletics) June 3, 2017
The previous record, 8:21.27, held by Burnaby South’s John Martens, had withstood the test of time, dating back to 1975. Both runners are committed to attending the University of British Columbia beginning in September. Dannatt currently attends Handsworth Secondary School in North Vancouver while Dozzi, the 2016 Canadian cross-country youth champion, attends Oak Bay on Vancouver Island.
The B.C. High School Track Championships concluded Saturday at McLeod Athletic Park in Langley, located southeast of Vancouver. According to Howard Tsumura of Varsity Letters, 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the provincial high school championships.
— Howard Tsumura (@htsumura) June 4, 2017
It was high school championship weekend across the country as the nation’s next generation of runners capped off the academic year at their respective provincial races.