The Royal Canadian Legion Track Meet burst out of the blocks on Saturday at Haley Park, with a strong showing from Trail Track and Field athletes.
Trail Track and Field (TTF) had 23 athletes participate in the annual event which was “close to a record” itself, said coach and meet organizer Dan Horan.
In all over 30 records fell in the event that saw 96 athletes from across the Kootenays compete, including a strong showing from Fernie and Jaffray track clubs with 26 athletes.
TTF’s Sage Stefani competed in the girls age 14-15 Pentathlon and took the top spot in all five events to qualify for the BC Summer Games in Abbotsford in July.
In the nine-year-old girls category, Taylor Singer captured five first-place finishes in the 60-metre sprint, 100-m, 600-m, 60-m hurdles, and high jump, and claimed second place in long jump and shot put. Katie Clark jumped to gold in the long jump and shot put, and captured silver in the 60-m, 100-m, 600-m, and 60-m hurdles. Mackenzie Grave earned third place in 60-m and 100-m sprints.
In 10-year-old girls, Ella Phillip Frisk won the first place ribbon in the 600-m run, 60-m hurdles, high jump, and shot put, while taking second place in 60-m, 100-m, and long jump. Hanah Freeman came second in 60-m hurdles.
Sophie Beitel and Ayla Ferguson led the way in girls 11-year-old, with Beitel topping the podium in 60-m, 100-m, 600-m and long jump, and nabbing second in the 60-m hurdles. Ferguson captured first in 60-m hurdles, high jump, and discus and silver in 60-m, 100-m, and long jump. Kaitlyn Parsons took second in shot put, and third place in long jump.
The 12-year-old girls group saw TTF’s Sadie Joyce win first-place in 100 and 300-m sprint, high jump, long jump, and discus, while Fruitvale’s Brenna Paulsen claimed second spot in 100, 300 and 800-m, high jump, and long jump. Jordan Singer won bronze in 100, 300, and 800-m and shot put; Maya Amantea captured first in 80-m hurdles, and Gracie Bobbitt placed second in 80-m hurdles and shot put, and came third in high jump and discus. Isabel Vokeroth Fisher grabbed top spot in shot put and hammer throw, and second in discus.
Donovan Hope performed well in 13-year-old girls with a second-place showing in the 800-m and long jump, and a third place result in the 300-m run.
In the girls 14-15 year old, Jordan Amantea won gold in 80-m hurdles, 200-m hurdles, javelin, and triple jump and silver in 100-m, while Annika Ford captured second place in 200-m hurdles, long jump, and javelin, and came third in 100 m.
In the boys nine-year old category Rossland’s Pablo Rivas finished first in 100-m, high jump, long jump, and shot put, and a second place finish in 60-m sprint. Tarn Brazley of Ecole Sept Summits captured first place in the 60-m sprint and 600-m run.
In 10-year-old boys Reuben Demmler of the TTF won first place in 60-m, 100-m, 60-m hurdles, long jump and shot put, came second in 600-m and third in the high jump. Rossland’s Jonas Bouchier had second place results in 100-m, high jump, and long jump, and a third-place in 60-m.
Trail Track and Field’s Romeo Gelber won gold in the 60 and 100-m sprints, high jump, ong jump, shot put, and discus, while placing second in 60-m hurdles in 11-year-old boys. TTF’s Jesse Graves won the 600-m, came second in discus and placed third in 100-m and 60-m hurdles. Teammate James Clark finished second in 60-m, 100-m, and shot put.
In 13-year-old boys category Finley Kinghorn won the shot put, came second in long jump, discus and hammer throw, and third in the 100-m. TTF’s Tyler Catalano of Rossland placed first in the 100-m hurdles and 200-m sprint, and second in the 100-m and javelin.