Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Passtrak 2018 - 2019 Indoor Season Opener

PASSTRAK IS BACK!!! The Crowsnest Pass Track & Field Club, (Passtrak), recently returned from their first competition of the 2018 - 2019 indoor season. Fourteen of Passtrak’s members competed in 35 events at the “Dino Opener” track meet which was hosted by the University of Calgary on Saturday December 8th. For 7 of the athletes it was the first time they competed in an indoor track meet as a Passtrak athlete. Ella Peebles had 3 events in the Tyke girls, under 10, age group. She placed 9th in the 60 metres in 11.92 seconds, 10th in the 150 metres in 31.39 seconds and her time of 3:50.16 in the 800 metres earned her 8th place. Elliott Ames was in the Tyke boys division. He placed 10th in the 60 metres in 12.13 seconds and 7th in the 150 metres in 33.26 seconds. Eve Winter was in the Peewee girls, 10 year old group. Her time in the 60 metres was 10.31 seconds for 3rd. Her time in the 150 metres was 25.87 seconds for 4th & she ran 3:27.03 in the 800 metres for 5th place. Archer Ames had 2 events in the Peewee boys category. He finished the 60 metres in 11.81 seconds, placing 16th and finished 15th in the 150 metres in 32.33 seconds. Karin Bailey was also in the 11 year old Peewee girls events. Her 60 metre time was 11.04 seconds for 9th place. Her time in the 150 metres was 29.77 for 9th place and she completed the 800 metres in 3:41.60 for a 7th place finish. Holly Forsyth ran 3 events in the Bantam girls 12 year old age group. Her 60 metre time was 10.66 seconds which placed her 12th. Her 150 metre time was 26.41 which placed her 10th and her 800 metre time was 3:09.22 for 8th place. Ryan Peebles, one of Passtrak’s Masters age athletes, (35 and older), placed 3rd in the 60 metre sprint in 8.63 seconds which set a new Passtrak club record for his age group. The remaining 7 athletes who participated in the track meet had a goal of trying to improve their times which they achieved in previous competitions. They did that in an outstanding way. They improved their times in 12 out of 16 possible events. Cohen Musschoot competed in the 10 year old, Peewee boys category. He ran the fastest 60 metres of his life in 9.44 seconds which earned him 5th place. He then ran his fastest 150 metres ever in 23.22 seconds which also set a new Passtrak club record for his age group and placed him 3rd. His 3rd event was the 800 metres where he finished 2nd in 2:55.74. Summer Musschoot represented the club in the 12 year old Bantam girls division. She produced 2 life time best performances as well. Her 60 metre time improved to 9.47 seconds for 7th place. Her 150 metres time improved to 23.50 for 6th place. Her final event was the 800 metres where she ran 3:06.64 and finished 7th. Clara Websdale improved in all 3 of her Bantam girls events. Her new 60 metre best is 10.34 seconds which placed her 11th, her new 150 metre best is 26.67 seconds which placed her 11th again. She improved her 800 metre time by a whopping 19 seconds down to 3:03.99 for 5th overall. Hayley Whidden came oh so close to her previous times in the Bantam girls races. She clocked 10.69 seconds in the 60 metres for 13th and 28.92 seconds in the 150 metres for 12th place. Jack Bailey improved in all 3 of his events in the Bantam boys 13 year old age group. Running 9.40 seconds in the 60 metres placed him 5th while his 24.36 in the 150 metres placed him 5th as well. He slashed an amazing 33 seconds off his previous best time in the 800 metres by finishing the race in 2:50.25 for 3rd place. Libbey Wilmot completed the fastest 60 metres of her life in 9.41 seconds for 16th in the 14 year old Midget girls event. Paige Richards also ran the fastest 60 metres of her life in the 15 year old Midget girls division for 7th place and then grabbed a 3rd place in the 60 metre hurdles in 9.82 seconds. Passtrak’s 12 year old girls combined to finish off the day in the 4 x 200 metre relay. Clara, Holly, Hayley & Summer broke the existing Passtrak club record for their age group by more than 3 seconds by clocking 2:23.71 for 6th place overall. Passtrak’s next competition will see them return to the University of Calgary on Sunday January 6th.

Wednesday, 15 August 2018

National Championships

PAIGE RICHARDS #7 IN CANADA On August 10th, Paige Richards took part in the Canadian National Track & Field Championships for the first time. She represented her club, Passtrak (Crowsnest Pass Track & Field Club) at the event which took place in Brandon Manitoba. The event she contested was the 80 metre hurdles in the U16 girls division. The qualifying races took place at 9:15 a.m. Although she was understandably nervous to compete at the national level for the first time she performed very well. Paige finished 3rd in her heat to qualify comfortably for the final by clocking a time of 12.38 seconds. This was her second fastest time of her life just 9/100’s of a second off her personal best. The final was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and once more Paige proved her worth by repeating the exact same time of 12.38 seconds to finish 7th in Canada in the event.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

2018 Provincial Championships

ALBERTA PROVINCIAL TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS Eight Passtrak athletes took part in the 2018 Alberta Provincial Track & Field Championships which were held in Calgary on July 14th & 15th. In total they contested 37 events and recorded 21 life time best performances, set 6 new Passtrak club records and brought home 4 gold and 1 silver medal for their efforts. Summer Musschoot had 8 events in the U14 girls division. She achieved a life time best result in 5 of those events. She completed the 1200 metre race in 4:47.50 which cut 23 seconds off her previous time. She improved her distance in the discus event by more than 2 metres out to 13.55 metres. Her 800 metre time dropped by 5 seconds down to 3:00.23 and her shot put distance increased by 29 cm to 6.85 metres. Her time of 22.80 seconds in the 150 metre race was a personal best and also set a new Passtrak club record for her age group. Clara Websdale contested the same 8 events in the U14 girls division as well. She came away from the track meet with 4 new personal best performances. Her 80 metre sprint improved to 14.25 seconds and she cut 5 seconds off her 1200 metre time to finish in 5:29.36. Her jumping also improved. She added 11 cm to her best long jump, landing at the 3.11 metre mark and cleared 1.00 metre in the high jump. Jack Bailey represented the club in the U14 boys category. He had 8 events as well and had an outstanding weekend, improving in 7 events. His 80 metre time dropped to 12.91 seconds, his 150 metre time dropped to 24.91 seconds, his 800 metre time dropped to 3:00.00 on the nose and his 1200 metre time dropped by 5 seconds to 5:29.36. He cleared a personal best of 1.25 metres in the high jump and added 11 cm to his best long jump by spanning 3.58 metres. His shot put distance increased by 71 cm out to 6.97 metres. Libbey Wilmot had 6 events in the U16 girls group. She improved her 80 metre hurdles time to 16.10 seconds and tied her life time best of 1.35 metres in the high jump. She set a new Passtrak club record in her age group of 7:56.73 in the 2000 metre race. Paige Richards was also in the U16 girls age group. She picked up a silver medal in the 80 metre hurdles. Her time of 12.48 seconds ranks her as the number 2 hurdler in Alberta currently. It was a life time best performance for her which also set a new Passtrak club record for her age group. Paige has been selected to Team Alberta to compete in this event at the Western Canadian Championships which will take place in Sherwood Park on July 27th - 29th. Mathias Gelber ran one race on the weekend but it was a fabulous one. He was in the U18 boys 800 metre race where he completed the event in 1:55.17 for the gold medal and the Provincial Championship title. This was a personal best for Mathias as well as a new Passtrak club record for his age group. This result currently ranks him as #1 in Alberta as well as #7 in Canada. Ethan Richards ran 2 sprint events in the U20 division. He placed 15th in the 100 metres in 11.95 seconds and 19th in the 200 metres in 24.95 seconds. Sue-Anne Uphill rounded out the Passtrak contingent for the weekend, competing in the Masters 40 - 44 age group. She completed 3 events and was crowned the Alberta Provincial Champion in all 3. She earned the gold medal in the long jump with a 4.09 metre leap. She then grabbed gold in the 100 metres in 14.73 seconds which was a personal best and a new Passtrak club record. Her third gold medal came in the shot put where she tossed the steel ball 7.80 metres which also set a new Passtrak club record. Five Passtrak athletes, Paige Richards, Libbey Wilmot, Payton Bauer, Mackenzie Mayea & Mathias Gelber were selected to compete at the 2018 Alberta Summer Games. The Games will take place in Grande Prairie on July 19 - 22.

Monday, 25 June 2018

Cheetah Invitational

TYKE & PEEWEE PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS The Provincial Track & Field Championships for Tyke, (U10) & Peewee, (U12) athletes took place on June 23rd & 24th in Calgary. Passtrak, (Crowsnest Pass Track & Field Club) was represented by 3 Tykes & 3 Peewees. The athletes arrived at the track on Saturday morning ready to go but they were met with a torrential down pour. The meet Directors made the decision to cancel the competition for Saturday. As this was a Provincial Championship all of the scheduled events still had to be contested so the decision was made to move all of Saturdays events to Sunday. So Sunday morning the athletes showed up to face the Herculean task of completing 8 events in one day!!! That didn’t phase the Passtrak athletes for even a moment. They laced up their shoes and took on the challenge. Ella Peebles was in the Tyke girls group and was competing in her first formal track & field meet in a Passtrak uniform. She finished 12th in the 150m race and 11th in the shot put, 60m race and long jump. She set a new Passtrak club record in her age group by throwing the turbo javelin 4.18 metres which earned her another 11th place finish. She then placed 9th in the standing long jump and 300m race. She set a second Passtrak club record of 2:48.46 in the 600m race where she placed 7th. Nate Lach competed in the Tyke boys events. He finished 20th in the 150m and ran the fastest 60m race of his life clocking 13.50 seconds while finishing 19th. He placed 17th in long jump, 16th in turbo javelin, 15th in both the shot put & standing long jump. He came in 13th in the 300m and set a new Passtrak club record for his age group by running the 600m race in 2:40.76. Carson Hay, also in the Tyke boys division had an outstanding meet. He produced the best performance of his life in 7 of the 8 events he took part in. He placed 19th in the 150m, 17th in the 60m, and 12th in both the long jump and 300m. He then came 11th in the shot put and 9th in the 600m. He set a new Passtrak club record of 10.05 metres in the turbo javelin for 8th place and then finished the track meet with a 5th in the standing long jump. Harley Uphill was in the Peewee Girls division where she ran the fastest 600m of her life in 2:32.99 for 24th place. She also had the best long jump of her life by clearing 2.95 metres for 29th. She then placed 39th in the 60m, 38th in shot put, 34th in the 150m, 28th in the 800m and 19th in discus. Cohen Musschoot represented the club in the Peewee Boys category. He produced 3 life time best performances and set 2 new Passtrak club records for his age group. He placed 5th in the shot put with a personal best of 6.61 metres, placed 6th in the discus with a personal best and new club record of 15.20 metres and 10th in the 800 metres with a personal best and new club record of 2:52.19. He also came 16th in the high jump, 17th in long jump, 13th in both the 60m & 150m and 6th in the 600m. Zack Uphill competed in the Peewee boys events as well. He came in 26th in the 150m, 24th in the 600m, 19th in both the long jump and 800m, 16th in the 60m, 12th in discus, 10th in high jump and 6th place in the shot put. 

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

2018 Caltaf Track Classic

PASSTRAK ATHLETES SET NEW STANDARDS AT CALGARY COMPETITION Passtrak was represented at the Caltaf Classic track meet in Calgary last weekend by thirteen athletes. Finley Wilmot competed in two events coming just short of his personal best in shot put with a throw of 2.81 metres and jumping just under two metres in his long jump. Reese Parsons was able to set a new personal best in the long jump touching down at 2.90 metres. It was his first time throwing shotput and with a performance of 3.75 metres he will have to try hard next time for a new personal best. His performance in the 600 metre earned him a sixth-place finish with a time of 2:15.06. The Crowsnest Pass based Uphill family was strongly represented by Harley, Zack and mom Sue-Anne. Harley set new club records in the 60 metre dash with a time of 10.36 and a standing long jump performance of 1.41 metres. Zack finished second over all in the ball throw event with a throw of 26 metres and he managed a fifth-place finish in standing long jump with a jump of 1.81 metres. Sue- Anne competed in the Masters category and achieved two personal bests running the 100 metre sprint in 15.10 seconds and jumping 4.17 metres in long jump. Her distance in the long jump set a new Masters record at the Calgary track for other Masters women to strive for. Clara Websdale represented our Bantam aged athletes in high jump, discus, 800 metres, 80 metre dash, long jump, shotput and the 600 metres. She was able to raise her personal best by almost two metres in discus throwing 12.5 metres and lowered her 80 metre sprint time to 14.33 seconds. With the addition of the 80 metre hurdles Jack Bailey and Sawyer Sawatzky competed in the same events as Clara. Sawyer set new personal bests in the hurdles, high jump and discus clearing a height of 1.25 metres for the first time in competition. Jack followed suite with some personal best performances of his own extending his long jump to 1.47 metres and lengthening his discus best to 17.05 metres. Paige Richards, Payton Bauer and Libbey Wilmot represented Passtrak well in the Midget girls category. Paige placed third over all in the 80 metre hurdles setting a new personal best of 12.63 seconds. Her hurdle time has qualified her to compete this summer at the Canadian National Championships in Brandon Manitoba. Payton earned a personal best performance in her 100 metre dash running 14.52 seconds. Libbey competed in five events tying her high jump best and showing great consistency in her athletic ability in the other four coming just shy of some more personal best performances. Mathias Gelber ran life time bests of 1:57.18 in the 800 metres and 4:05.98 in the 1500 metres. That qualifies him for the Canadian National Championships in both events. That makes it the third year in a row he will be competing at that event. It was a great three days of competition and also a fantastic opportunity to learn more for all athletes.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Provincial Indoor Championships #2

ALBERTA PROVINCIAL INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS The Provincial Indoor Track & Field Championships for athletes Midget age & older took place in Edmonton on March 3rd & 4th. Passtrak had 2 athletes represent the club in 5 events. Paige Richards competed in the Midget girls, (14 & 15 years old), category. She placed 19th in the long jump with a leap of 4.10 metres. She recorded 8.71 seconds in the 60 metres which was only 3/100’s of a second from her best ever performance for 22nd out of 48 athletes. Her best event of the weekend was the 60 metre hurdles. In her qualifying race she cut a full 1/2 second off her previous best by running 9.61 seconds. That placed her second overall by 1/100th of a second going into the final. It also broke a 12 year old Passtrak club record for her age group. In the final Paige unfortunately hit a hurdle which slowed her significantly but still managed to place 4th. Ethan Richards recently returned to Passtrak after completing his first season with the University of Lethbridge track & field team. He competed in the Junior Men’s division, (18 & 19 years old). He placed 18th in the 60 metres in 7.70 seconds. He then ran the 300 metre sprint in 39.37 seconds for 14th. This concludes the indoor season for Passtrak. They will now focus on preparing for the outdoor competitions which will start in May.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Provincial Indoor Championships #1

PASSTRAK ATHLETES MEDAL AT PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS On February 17th & 18th Athletics Alberta held the first of 2 Provincial Championship track & field meets to culminate the 2018 indoor competition season. The meet was held at the University of Alberta in Edmonton and involved the Tyke, Peewee & Bantam age groups which are the under 10 years old, 10 & 11 years old and the 12 & 13 years old athletes respectively. The meet was also used as the Provincial Championships for the Pentathlon which is a series of events testing an individual athletes abilities in all of the disciplines of track & field. The event is comparable to the Women’s Heptathlon and Men’s Decathlon in the Olympics where the athlete is required to run distance races, sprint races and also to jump & throw. These athletes are said to be the best all around track and field athletes as they need to be proficient in all aspects of the sport and not just specialize in one. Libbey Wilmot participated in the Pentathlon in the girls 14 & 15 year old, (Midget), age group. She represented her club superbly by earning a silver Alberta Provincial Championship medal for her efforts. Her first event was the 60m sprint where she recorded a time of 9.48 seconds, her fastest ever, to score 449 points. The second event was the high jump where she cleared 1.23 metres for 340 points. Next came the shot put where she tossed the implement 6.63 metres earning 311 points. The 4th event was the long jump where Libbey spanned 3.97 metres for 301 points. The final event of the Pentathlon is the 800 metres which tests the athletes endurance. She completed the race in 2:50.67 which chopped a full 9 seconds off her previous best time. That also scored a whopping 457 points to bring her total to 1858 earning her the silver medal. Just to keep herself busy Libbey also competed in 2 individual events. She ran a life time best of 11.75 seconds in the 60 metre hurdles for 7th place and then cut 6 seconds off her life time best in the 1200 metres by running 4:40.85. That also set a new Passtrak club record for her age group in that event. Nine other Passtrak athletes competed in 55 individual events during the 2 day track meet. They produced 14 personal best performances, set 17 new Passtrak club records and earned 1 more silver and 2 bronze medals for their efforts. Finley Wilmot and Carson Hay had 6 events each in the Tyke Boys age group. Finley ran a best ever 9.93 seconds in the 60 metres and a best ever of 33.22 seconds in the 150 metres. He then ran the 400 metres in 1:41.41 which improved his previous time by 6 seconds and set a new Passtrak club record as well. His 50 metre sprint time set a new club record at 10.94 seconds and he broke the club record in the standing long jump by 14 cm after clearing 1.22 metres. His final event was the shot put where he measured 2.77 metres. Carson was similarly successful. He ran the 50 metres in 11.06 seconds for a new club record and finished the 60 metres in 12.81 seconds. His 150 metre time was 33.08 seconds for a life time best. He improved his 400 metre time by 7 seconds and set a new club record by running 1:41.85. He improved his shot put distance by 54 cm out to 3.20 metres and he broke the club record in the standing long jump by 43 cm when he cleared 1.51 metres. Cohen Musschoot was Passtrak’s only Peewee age male athlete. He was competing in his first official meet as a Passtrak athlete. He ran the 50 metres in 8.49 seconds, setting a new club record. He then completed the 60 metres in 9.98 seconds. He broke the Passtrak record in the 150 metres by 2.4 seconds with a 24.57 second result. His 600 metre time was 2:11.10 and he recorded 5.56 metres in the shot put. His final event was the standing long jump where he jumped 1.82 metres breaking the existing club record by 13 cm and winning a bronze medal. Devon MacGregor set a new club record of 8.79 seconds in the Peewee girls 50m, then ran a life time best of 10.22 seconds in the 60 metres. Her 24.40 seconds in the 150 metres was a life time best and she finished the 600 metres in 2:25.95. She threw 4.94 metres in the shot put then cleared 1.80 metres in the standing long jump to set a new club record. Avaya Ellis had 6 events in the Bantam girls division. She set a new club record of 8.30 seconds in the 50 metres then ran a life time best of 9.77 seconds in the 60 metres. She also improved her 150 metre time to 23.90 seconds. Her final race was the 600 metres where she finished in 2:13.21. Her best shot put landed at 4.69 metres and she grabbed a silver medal in the high jump by clearing 1.35 metres. Summer Musschoot was also in the Bantam girls division. She also set a club record in the 50 metres. Her time was 8.15 seconds. She then ran 9.59 seconds in the 60 metres and 23.90 seconds in the 150 metres which was a personal best. Her 600 metre time was 2:07.30 and her shot put cleared 6.32 metres. Her best in high jump was 1.10 metres. Edison Wilmot set a new club record in the Bantam boys 50 metres with a 9.81 second run. He then ran the 60 metres in 11.45 seconds, the 150 metres in 29.72 seconds and the 600 metres in 2:48.31. His shot put measured 4.63 metres and his high jump topped out at 1.00 metres. Sawyer Sawatzky also set a new Bantam boys 50 metre club record by recording 8.95 seconds. His 60 metre time was 10.45 seconds, his 150 metre time was 26.86 seconds and his 600 metre time was 2:26.72. Sawyers best shot put landed at 6.23 metres and he cleared 1.10 metres in high jump. Jack Bailey was Passtrak’s third Bantam boys competitor. He also set a new Bantam boys 50 metre club record with a time of 8.78 seconds. His 60 metre time was 10.52 seconds and his 600 metre time was a life time best of 2:14.16. He improved his shot put best by a full metre out to 6.06 metres and he improved his high jump by 20 cm to 1.20 metres. Sawyer, Edison, Cohen and Jack teamed up to place 4th in the Bantam boys 4 x 200 metre relay in 2:30.01 and then moved up to the bronze medal position in the 4 x 100 metres by timing 1:09.04 which also set a new Passtrak club record.