UPDATED: Trafalgar runner wins big at provincials

Matti Erickson topped the podium in four events at the BC Elementary Championships.

Nelson's Matti Erickson won four track and field races last weekend at the BC Elementary Championships.

Nelson's Matti Erickson won four track and field races last weekend at the BC Elementary Championships.

Nelson runner Matti Erickson melted the track at a pair of recent meets.

Erickson, a Grade 7 student at Trafalgar, won four races at the BC Elementary Championships in Richmond on May 27 to 29. Erickson, 13, set a new provincial record of six minutes 23.16 seconds in the 2,000-metre race, topping the old record of 6:26.43. He also topped the podium in the 300, 800 and 1,200 events.

Erickson, who competes with Kootenay Chaos, was also invited to race at the Oregon Meet of Champions in Corvallis, Ore., on May 26. There he finished second in the 800 with a personal best time of two minutes 7.1 seconds.

He was one of 32 runners selected by previous seed times to compete in Corvallis, as well as the top Grade 7 athlete at the event.