Monday, 6 January 2020
￼JACK SIMPSON OPEN INDOOR TRACK MEET The first track & field competition of 2020 took place at the University of Calgary on January 5th. Passtrak had 10 athletes who contested 29 events. They accumulated 23 top 3 finishes along with 12 life time best performances. Along the way they also set 5 new Passtrak club records. Marley Winter completed her first competition in a Passtrak uniform. She had 3 events in the U10 girls age group. She placed first in the 60 metres in 10.90 seconds and first in the 300 metres in 1:03.23. That was a new Passtrak club record for her age group. She finished third in the 150 metres in 27.96 seconds to round out the day. Cammy Hay was in the same category and the same 3 events. She placed second in the 60 metres in 11.02 seconds which was a life time best performance. She ran the fastest 150 metres of her life in 27.62 seconds for a first place finish. In the 300 metres she took second place in 1:09.32. Carson Hay had 2 fourth place finishes in the boys U12 division. He clocked 33.49 seconds in the 150 metres and 1:14.39 in the 300 metres. Colton Sutherland had 3 second place finishes in the same age group. He recorded 10.81 seconds in the 60 metres, 28.87 seconds in the 150 metres and 1:00.60 in the 300 metres. Also in the U12 boys events, Cohen Folkard scored 3 third place finishes. He timed 11.51 seconds in the 60 metres, 30.13 seconds in the 150 metres and 1:12.95 in the 300 metres. Eve Winter earned the title of Passtrak’s top athlete of the track meet by improving in all 3 of her events. In the girls U14 age group she placed first in the 60 metres in 9.69 seconds and first in the 150 metres in 24.40 seconds. In her third event, the 400 metres, she placed third in 1:23.20. Clara Websdale represented the club in the U16 girls category. She placed seventh in the 60 metres in 10.04 seconds and fifth in the 150 metres in 25.24 seconds. She chopped a massive 18 seconds off her personal best in the 400 metres by finishing in 1:21.37 for third place. Jack Bailey placed third in the U16 boys 60 metres in 8.82 seconds. He then cut 5 seconds off his previous best 400 metre time by taking second place in 1:10.50. His third event was the 60 metre hurdles where he ran a personal best of 10.86 seconds for second place. Alec Morado was in the boys U18 events. He came ninth in the 60 metres where he tied his best ever of 8.09 seconds. He ran the fastest 300 metres of his life in 43.77 seconds to place eighth then completed the 600 metre race in 1:48.76 for third place. Craig Hay represented the club in the Masters category. He ran 8.96 seconds in the 60 metres for third place which also set a new Passtrak club record. He set his second club record of the day in the 300 metres where he placed first in a life time best of 48.69 seconds. To continue the streak he set a third club record in the 600 metres and another life time best by finishing first in 2:00.07.
Tuesday, 10 December 2019
￼DINO OPENER INDOOR TRACK MEET RESULTS The first indoor track meet of the season took place in Calgary on December 7th. Passtrak had 13 athletes compete in 39 individual events plus 2 relays. The veteran athletes had previously competed in 16 of those events and they produced 15 life time best performances this time around. Together the athletes set 13 new Passtrak club records in their various age groups and picked up 13 top 3 placings with 3 firsts, 4 seconds and 6 third place finishes. Jasper Smith, Eli Groves, Austen Crombie, Nelson Groves, Colton Sutherland and Matthias Bubik were in their first official indoor competition in a Passtrak uniform. Jasper & Eli had 3 events each in the 8 year old boys age group. The 60 metres, 150 metres and the 400 metres. In the 60 metres Eli placed 9th in 14.10 seconds & Jasper came in 6th in 11.57 seconds. In the 150 metre race both boys broke the existing Passtrak club record with Eli running 29.21 seconds in 7th place & Jasper clocked 28.43 seconds in 2nd place. In their 3rd event, the 400 metres, again both boys broke the current club record with Eli finishing in 1:40.05 for 6th place & Jasper finishing in 1:30.57 for 3rd place. Austen had the same 3 events in the 9 year old boys division. He ran the 60 metres in 11.59 seconds for 7th place then covered the 150 metres in 28.92 for a 5th place finish. He clocked 1:36.19 in the 400 metres for 4th place which broke the existing Passtrak club record by 5 seconds. Nelson & Colton also ran the same 3 events but in the 10 year old boys group. Nelson placed 8th in the 60 metres in 12.86 seconds while Colton placed 5th in 10.72 seconds. In the 150 metres Nelson took 8th place in 33.62 seconds and Colton took 5th place in 28.09 seconds. The 400 metres saw Nelson timed at 1:50.53 for 7th and Colton timed at 1:25.34 for 4th. Passtrak’s oldest rookie in the track meet was Matthias Bubik. In the 11 year old boys group he ran 10.52 seconds in the 60 metres for 4th place. Then he completed the 150 metres in 26.49 seconds for 6th and finished the track meet with a 1:26.77, 5th place finish in the 400 metres. Cammy Hay represented the club in the 8 year old girls events. She ran the 60 metres in 11.13 seconds for 3rd place which was a life time best performance for her as well as a new Passtrak club record. Her next event was the 150 metres. She improved by more than 3 seconds down to 28.38 seconds which was another new club record. Her final event was the 400 metres which she ran for the first time. She placed second in 1:35.50 which broke the existing club record by a whopping 10 seconds. Cohen Folkard competed in the 10 year old boys age group. He improved dramatically in all 3 of his races. He placed 7th in the 60 metres in 11.49 seconds, 6th in the 150 metres in 28.94 seconds and 6th in the 400 metres in 1:36.60. Cohen Musschoot ran the 3 fastest races of his life in the 11 year old boys division. He placed first in the 60 metres and improved his time to 9.08 seconds. Another first place finish in the 150 metres lowered his best time to 21.82 seconds which set a new Passtrak club record. The 400 metres produced another club record and personal best of 1:12.93 for second place. Clara Websdale went 3 for 3 for life time bests in her 13 year old girls events. She improved her 60 metre time to 9.95 seconds for 10th then lowered her 150 metre time to 24.64 for 11th. Her 400 metre time was 3:02.80 for 6th place. Jack Bailey also went 3 for 3 with life time best performances in the 14 year old boys age group. He clocked 8.74 seconds in the 60 metres for 5th and 2:38.73 in the 800 metres for 3rd place which cut ￼12 seconds off his previous best. His 3rd event was the 60 metre hurdles where he placed 6th with a personal best time of 11.23 seconds. Alec Morado also had 3 events but in the 15 year old boys group. He improved his 60 metre time down to 8.09 seconds for 7th place. He ran the 200 metres for the first time and recorded a time of 27.09 seconds for his efforts. His 3rd event was the 60 metre hurdles which was new for him. He placed 5th in 10.38 seconds which set a new Passtrak club record for his age group. Passtrak’s oldest athlete in the competition was Craig Hay who represented the club in the 35 - 39 year old Masters division. He placed 3rd in the 60 metres in 8.85 seconds as well as 3rd in the 200 metres in 30.23 seconds. That was also a new club record for his age group. His third event was the 1000 metre race where he set another new Passtrak club record of 4:01.08 for a first place finish. Passtrak had 2 teams entered in the U12 boys 4 x 200 metre relay race. Jasper, Nelson, Eli & Austen teamed up to run 2:52.97 for 4th place. Matthias, Colton, Cohen F. & Cohen M. clocked 2:24.47 for second place in the event. Passtrak will ring in the new year with their next competition on January 5th once again in Calgary.
Monday, 4 November 2019
￼2019 ATHLETICS ALBERTA PROVINCIAL CROSS COUNTRY RUNNING CHAMPIONSHIPS The competition took place in Wetaskiwin on Saturday November 2nd. Passtrak had 2 athletes representing the club. The weather was favourable with very little wind, mostly overcast and the temperature hovering around 6 degrees. This was Jack Bailey’s first time competing in a cross country race in the older U16 boys age group. They completed a gruelling 4 km course which included a series of challenging hills. He covered the distance in 22:21 averaging 5:36 per km. finishing in 28th place. Jasper Smith donned a Passtrak uniform for the first time in Wetaskiwin. He was entered in the U10 boys 1 km competition. He did himself and his club proud by clocking 5:07 for a 5th place finish. This race concludes the cross country running season for Passtrak. They will now adjust their training and look ahead to the upcoming indoor track and field season which commences November 16th.
Monday, 22 July 2019
￼PROVINCIAL TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS The Alberta Provincial Track & Field Championships for the U16 & U18 age groups took place in Sherwood Park on July 20th & 21st. Passtrak had 2 athletes attend the competition and they produced life time best performances in 4 of their 6 events. Jack Bailey improved in all 3 of his events in the U16 boys division. He carved 18 seconds off his previous time in the 800 metres by finishing in 2:42.30. This placed him 15th overall. He improved his high jump height by 9 cm, clearing 1.45 metres for 9th place. This tied the existing Passtrak club record for 14 year old athletes. His third event was the 100 metre hurdles where he again ran a life time best of 19.56 seconds finishing in 7th. Paige Richards had 3 events in the U18 girls category. She placed 19th in the 100 metres in 13.91 seconds then grabbed a 4th place finish in the 100 metre hurdles in 17.11 seconds. She produced the furthest long jump of her career by leaping out to 4.52 metres for 5th place. Passtrak has 1 track meet left in the 2019 season. Mathias Gelber will be competing at the Canadian National Track & Field Championships from August 9 - 11.
Monday, 1 July 2019
￼PASSTRAKERS PEAK AT PROVINCIALS The Alberta Provincial Track & Field Championships for the U14, U12 & U10 age groups took place in Edmonton on June 29th & 30th. Two Passtrak athletes qualified for this last meet of their 2019 season. Nate Lach represented his club in the U10 boys division & Cohen Musschoot did so in the U12 boys division. On day 1 of the track meet Nate ran the 60 metres in 12.48 seconds to place 12th. He then long jumped 2.21 metres for 11th place and finished the day with a 2:34.83 clocking in the 600 metre race for 10th place. On day 2 his first event was the 80 metres where he was timed in 16.55 seconds for 12th. His next event was the ball throw where he tossed it 15.89 metres for 11th. He saved his best effort for his last event of the meet and the 2019 season. He ran a life time best of 1:35.61 in the 400 metres which cut 4 seconds off his previous best and also set a new Passtrak club record for his age group. His time placed him 11th. His overall performance over the 2 days ranked him as number 12 in Alberta for the 2019 season. Cohen’s first event of the track meet was the 100 metres. He completed the race in 14.89 seconds for 8th place. Event number 2 was the long jump where he cleared 3.80 metres for 4th place. That distance was a life time best as well as a new Passtrak club record for his age group. The last event of the day was the 800 metres. Cohen placed 2nd in 2:39.51 which was a life time best and also set a new Passtrak club record. The second day of the track meet started with the 200 metres where Cohen placed 5th in 30.51 seconds. Another life time best performance and another new Passtrak club record. Next came the shot put where his best effort measured 8.02 metres for first place. The final event of the meet was the 600 metres. Cohen earned another second place finish with yet another personal best and new club record of 1:51.99. His overall performance over the 2 days ranked him as number 3 in Alberta for the 2019 season.
Monday, 24 June 2019
￼PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIER Six Passtrak athletes attended a track and field meet in Calgary on June 22nd & 23rd. The purpose of the meet was to select the top 8 male & female athletes from Southern Alberta in the U10, U12 & U14 age groups. These athletes would then qualify to compete at the 2019 Alberta Provincial Championships in Edmonton on June 29th & 30th. Cammy Hay had 6 events in the U10 girls category. She ran the 60 metres in 11.32 seconds for a 14th place finish then long jumped 2.87 metres for 8th place. This was a personal best for her and it also broke the existing Passtrak club record for her age group. She finished the first day of the meet by running 2:49.47 in the 600 metres for 13th place. On the second day Cammy ran the 80 metres in 15.38 seconds for 11th place which set a new club record. She also placed 11th in the ball throw with a distance of 7.34 metres and then finished 10th in the 400 metres in 1:42.68 which set yet another new Passtrak club record for her age group. Nate Lach was in the boys U10 category. He placed 13th in his 60 metre race in 12.48 seconds. He had the best long jump of his life, clearing 2.56 metres for 8th place. He cut 10 seconds off his 600 metre time finishing in 2:30.23 for 8th place. He placed 9th in the 80 metres with a new Passtrak club record of 15.94 seconds then improved his ball throw distance by 3.6 metres out to 17.10 metres for 4th place. He finished the track meet with a new club record of 1:39.58 in the 400 metres for 9th. Carson Hay competed in the U12 boys division. He finished the 100 metres in 20.55 seconds for 24th & leaped 2.67 metres in the long jump also for 24th. His 800 metre time was 3:33.76 for 19th. On Sunday he ran the 200 metres in 44.21 seconds for 21st & heaved the shot put 4.55 metres for 17th. He closed off the meet with a life time best of 2:31.55 in the 600 metres for 20th. Cohen Folkard joined Carson in the U12 boys group. This was his first official outdoor track meet in a Passtrak uniform so he set marks for himself which he will attempt to beat at future competitions. He ran the 100 metres in 19.25 seconds for 23rd. He long jumped 2.89 metres for 18th then ran the 800 metres in 3:40.83 for 20th. On the second day his 200 metre time of 41.61 seconds placed him 19th. He tossed the shot put 4.29 metres for 19th then ran the 600 metres in 2:40.32 for 21st. Cohen Musschoot was the clubs 3rd athlete in the U12 boys age group. He had a great meet where he improved in every event he had previously competed in. He also set new Passtrak club records for his age group in 5 of the 6 events he contested. He came 7th in the 100 metres in 14.85 seconds with a new club record then added 21 cm to his long jump by finishing 8th with a distance of 3.75 metres. He ran the 800 metres in 2:42.84 which cut 10 seconds off his previous best, set a new club record & placed him 2nd. He ran the 200 metres in 30.66 seconds for a new club record and 4th place, then heaved the shot put 8.34 metres which added 1.73 metres to his best, set a new club record and placed him 3rd. Cohen finished the meet by taking 8 seconds off his 600 metre time, placing second in 1:52.96 while setting yet another new Passtrak club record for his age group. Clara Websdale represented the club in the U14 girls age group with 4 events each day of the meet. Her 100 metre time was 16.10 seconds for 25th. Her long jump improved by 47 cm to 3.58 metres for 13th. Her discus improved by 3.10 metres to 14.96 metres for 12th and she placed 12th in the 1000 metres in 3:54.73. On the second day of the meet Clara ran the 200 metres in 34.38 seconds for 22nd then added 15 cm to her high jump best by clearing 1.15 metres for 12th. She added almost a full metre to her shot put with a measurement of 6.12 metres for 8th and finished the competition by slashing 25 seconds off her best 800 metre time clocking 2:57.06 for 13th. Nate & Cohen Musschoot have qualified for the Provincial Championships while Clara is on the alternate list in case one of the current top 8 are unable to attend. ￼
￼PASSTRAKERS RECEIVE AWARDS The governing body for the sport of track & field in Alberta, (Athletics Alberta), held their annual awards banquet on Saturday June 15th in Calgary. The top athletes in Alberta from all age groups right from the grassroots level up to & including the World Championship & Olympic athletes were recognized for their achievements during the 2018 season. Two Passtrak athletes and one of their coaches were on the list of award winners. Ella Peebles received an award for being one of Alberta’s top 10 female athletes in the U10 age group. She accomplished this with her performances at the 2018 Alberta Provincial Championships. Cohen Musschoot received his award for being one of Alberta’s top 10 male athletes in the U12 age group. He also accomplished this via his results at the 2018 Alberta Provincial Championships. Passtrak coach Ritch Braun was honoured with the “George Gemer Coaching Award” in recognition of his long term service & commitment to the sport of track & field in Alberta. He is currently in his 43rd year of coaching with no signs of stopping anytime soon.