Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Calgary Spring Challenge

CALGARY SPRING CHALLENGE The first outdoor track and field competition of the 2017 season took place in Calgary on May 13th & 14th. Seven athletes represented the local track & field club, (Passtrak), in a total of 52 events. Together they set 13 new Passtrak club records in their respective age groups and also managed to pick up 1 silver and 1 bronze medal for their efforts. Two of the athletes had competed previously with the club and they recorded 8 life time best performances in their events. Carson Hay had 8 events in the Tyke boys division which includes all athletes under the age of 10. He set 5 new Passtrak club records. He ran the 300 metres in 1:15.46 which cut more than a full second off the previous record. He then set a club record of 7.07 metres in the javelin event, a new record in the shot put with a 2.78 metre toss, clocked 33.62 seconds in the 150 metres for a new record and finally, ran the 600 metres in 2:44.68 setting a new Passtrak club record in that event as well. Sophia Herman took part in her first official competition as a Passtrak athlete. She contested 8 events in the Tyke division as well. She set a new Passtrak club record in the javelin with a 7.10 metre throw, and set a new record in the 150 metre race with a time of 31.58 seconds. She also earned herself a bronze medal in the shot put with a distance of 3.70 metres. Abigail Talbot was in the Peewee Girls category, (10 & 11 year old athletes). She ran the 60 metres in 11.14 seconds and the 600 metres in 2:47.17. She spanned 2.78 metres in the long jump and tossed the javelin 7.66 metres. Sawyer Sawatzky had 8 events in the Peewee Boys age group. He had a superb weekend where he improved in 5 of the 6 events he had previously contested. He ran a personal best of 10.67 seconds in the 60 metres, then carved 21 seconds off his previous time in the 600 metres by finishing in 2:12.18. His best in the running long jump increased by 9 cm to 3.01 metres. He clocked 25.21 seconds in the 150 metres for a 4.5 second improvement. He then added 25 cm to his life time best shot put by heaving it 5.47 metres. His javelin flew 18 .04 metres which broke the existing passtrak club record by 11.5 metres and also earned him a silver medal for his effort. Jack Bailey showed significant improvement in the Bantam Boys age group which includes athletes who are 12 & 13 years old. His long jump improved by 7 cm out to 3.02 metres. He cut almost 2 seconds off his 150 metre time by finishing in 28.74 seconds. He tied his best height of 1.00 metres in the high jump then set a new Passtrak club record in the javelin for his age group with a 10.95 metre throw. Drew Stuckey was in his first official track meet a s a Passtrak athlete. He was also in the Bantam boys group. He set 3 new Passtrak club records during the meet. He dropped the existing 80 metre record to 11.52 seconds then cut the 150 metre club record down to 22.57 seconds. He also broke the existing javelin record by throwing the implement 9.79 metres. Libbey Wilmot was also in her first meet in a Passtrak uniform. She was in the Bantam Girls division where she placed 6th in the 1200 metres in a time of 4:31.44. She also placed 6th in the javelin with a distance of 13.96 metres which set a new Passtrak club record for her age group. A clearance of 1.25 metres in the high jump earned her a 9th place finish out of 23 jumpers.

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