Nanaimo runner Madison Heisterman celebrates her silver medal in Hershey, Pa.

Runner sees sweet result at Hershey meet

One of Nanaimo’s fastest kids made it to the international stage, and kept on running.

Eleven-year-old Madison Heisterman represented B.C. this past weekend at the Hershey’s Track and Field Games in Hershey, Pa., winning a silver medal in the 800-metre race.

The four-day event brought together 450 qualifiers from all over North America, whittled down from 250,000 competitors at regional tryouts.

It was a sweet deal for Heisterman – Hershey’s flew out the athletes for the weekend, where they got to tour the chocolate factory. The kids who didn’t turn into giant blueberries or fall into a river of chocolate got to race on Saturday.

Heisterman finished her 800m in a time of two minutes, 30.21 seconds, three seconds back of 12-year-old winner Camryn Steckel of London, Ont.

The meet capped off a record-setting season for the Nanaimo Track and Field Club​ star – Heisterman set B.C. records in the 600m, 800m and 1,000m, set school district records in the 800m and 1,500m and won gold medals at provincials in the 600m and 1,000m.