The 14th Royal Canadian Legion Track Meet shot out of the starting blocks at Haley Park in Warfield on Saturday under breezy but sunny skies that saw almost 40 records fall.
Fifteen teams and 130 athletes from the East and West Kootenay, Boundary, and Okanagan-Shushwap competed in the annual event, including 15 competitors from the Trail Track and Field Club (TTFC).
“Even the (TTFC) kids that didn’t set records, almost all of them had personal bests, and they’re young, so I thought they did very well,” said TTFC coach Dan Horan.
Other than the TTFC, few athletes competed from Greater Trail schools despite invitations. However, teams from as far away as Salmon Arm, Revelstoke, Fernie, Elkford, and Christina Lake filled out the field.
Trail Track and Field Club Results:
In nine-year-old girls Ella Phillips-Frisk won three gold in 60-m dash, 60-m hurdles, and long jump while setting a meet record in hurdles at 12.8 seconds. She also captured silver in 100-m dash and shot put.
Kaitlyn Parsons won bronze in 60-m dash and 60-m hurdles while Sara Parsons took gold in shot put.
Rhys Drezdoff led 10-year-old girls winning gold in shot put, 60 and 100-m dash, silver in long jump, and a bronze in high jump. Ayla Ferguson picked up gold in 60-m hurdles, long jump and high jump while taking home silver in the 60 and 100-m sprints. Sentri denBiessen claimed two silver in shot put and 600-m run, and three bronze medals in 60-m dash and hurdles, and long jump.
Sadie Joyce cleaned up in the 11-year-old division winning four gold medals while setting track records in every event including the 60-m dash in 9.1 seconds, 100-m dash in 14.7 seconds, the high jump 1.26-m., and long jump, 3.99 metres. Jendaya Shields won gold in the discus, setting a new meet record with a toss of 14.63-metres, and silver in 60-m dash, while Maya Amantea claimed gold in the 60-m hurdles, three silver medals in 100-m dash, long jump, and discus, and bronze in the 60-m sprint.
Ava Farias was the other Trail Track Club record setter winning gold in 80-m hurdles with a meet record of 15.6 seconds. Farias also won gold in 100-m sprint, shot put, and long jump, and silver in the 300-m sprint.
Sage Stefani had a number of great performances in 13-year-old girls taking home four gold medals in the 80-m hurdles, high jump, long jump, and shot put.
In 14-15-year-old girls, Jordan Amantea won silver in 80-m hurdles. In boys 10-year-old, Xavier Laird from Glenmerry Elementary won gold in 600-m run and shot put, and three silver medals in 60-m dash, 100-m dash, and long jump.