Track and Field: Strong showing for local athletes

Young track stars shine at the 13th annual Royal Canadian Legion West Kootenay Track and Field Meet on Saturday at Haley Park.

Greater Trail athletes had stellar performances at the 13th annual  Royal Canadian Legion West Kootenay Track and Field Meet on Saturday at Haley Park.

Trail Track and Field coach and organizer Dan Horan was pleased with this year’s turnout that drew 140 participants.

“That’s larger than any that we’ve had in quite a few years, actually that’s probably the largest,” said Horan.

While strong winds delayed early events, the weather didn’t hamper the meet too badly, and Horan and the rest of the volunteers were able to complete over 100 events for another successful meet.

How Greater Trail athletes performed:

In the girls Track and Field, 13-year-old Trail Track and Field Club athlete Elizabeth Mayer swept almost every event on the track and on the field taking first place in the 100, 300, and 800 metre runs, as well as tying for first in the high jump with a leap of 1.33 metres before winning the long jump and shot put. Rossland’s Elyse Vickers came second in the 100-m sprint, and Anna Farias took gold in the discus, and came second in the shot put.

In the nine-year-old girls category Rhys Drezdoff also cleaned up with gold in all her events, while 10-year-old Sadie Joyce from Glenmerry took first place in the 60 and 100-m dash, and a gold in the high jump. Rossland’s Jendaya Shields also had a great day taking home the first-place ribbon in the long jump, shot put, and 60-m hurdles, second in the 100-m, and third place in the 60-m dash. Maya Amantea also excelled with second place finishes in the 600-m run, long jump and shot put, and a bronze in the 60-m hurdles.

In one of the most competitive categories, 11-year-old Megan Caron from Glenmerry Elementary raced to first in the 60- and 100 m dash, and in the long jump, while Ava Farias of the Trail Track Club took home gold in the 60m hurdles, and a record breaking run in the 600-m event, while claiming silver in the 60 and 100-m dash, and long jump.

Trail Track Club’s Taylor Servatius won gold in the high jump, and placed second in the 60 m hurdles, while Sydney Spence won second in the 60-m hurdles, and third in the high jump.

In the 12-year-old girls division, Sage Stefani of Rossland took gold in the long jump and discus, and raced to silver in the 100 and 300-m sprints, 80-m hurdles, and high jump. Her Golden City counterpart, Allison Plamondon, also performed well, with gold in the high jump, second in the long jump and bronze in the 100 and 300-m sprints, and 80-m hurdles.

Also in one of the most demanding events, September Stefani won bronze in the girls 14-15 Outdoor Pentathlon.

In the boys nine-year-old category Calvin Morrison was the one to beat as the Trail Track Club athlete won gold in the 60, 100, and 600-m runs, high jump, long jump, and shot put, while Ryan Hartleb captured silver in the 60 and 100-m dashes, and long jump and bronze in the shot put. Cristobal Ruiz of Rossland took home second place in the shot put and third in the long jump and 60-m run.

The Golden City’s Nick Scully was golden in the 10-year-old division claiming first in the 60 and 100-m dashes and in the long jump. Will Kusy meanwhile took home silver in the 60 and 100, and a bronze in the 600-m run. Simon Impey captured a pair of first-place ribbons inthe 60-m hurdles and high jump,  came second in the 600-m run and third in the 100-m dash. Judah Makway meanwhile raced to a blistering 600 m gold medal with a time of 2:18.3, and took second in the long jump.

In the boys 11-year-olds Noel Morrison of the Trail Track Club won bronze in the shot put while teammate Sammy King took third spot in the discus.

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