Talented twins Adam and Scott Commandeur of Comox collected three medals – and very nearly a fourth – at the 2012 Legion Canadian Youth Track and Field Championships.
Competing at their third consecutive nationals, Scott won silver in the 2000m steeplechase while Adam won bronze in the 4x100m relay and gold in the 4x400m relay, running the anchor leg in under 48 seconds. Adam finished second in the 400m but was disqualified due to stepping on the line on the last curve.
Over 820 athletes from all across Canada competed at the Aug. 17-19 meet in Charlottetown, PEI. The Commandeurs were selected for Team BC: Scott is the 2012 B.C. champion in 2000m steeplechase and Adam is the 2012 B.C. champion in the 400m.
At their previous nationals (both held in Ottawa), Scott won bronze in steeplechase in 2010 and last year the duo were bronze medallists in the 4x100m relay. The brothers are going into Grade 12 at Highland and are looking at possible NCAA scholarships for track in the U.S.
The Commandeurs are members of the Comox Valley Cougars Track and Field Club, and several other Cougars qualified to compete at the Canadian championships. Emily Vandermale, Malia Irvine, Mackenzie McLeod, Tyler Kostiuk (B.C. champion in javelin), Kyla May, Hayley Bezanson and Syndey Vandermale all represented the Valley well on the national stage.
Complete results from Charlottetown are available at www.youth.athletics.ca.