Tuesday, 25 July 2017
￼PASSTRAK ATHLETES MEDAL AT NORTH AMERICAN INDIGENOUS GAMES The 2017 North American Indigenous Games were hosted by the city of Toronto from July 16th - 23rd. Over 5000 athletes took part in 14 different sports during the week long event. Indigenous athletes from all across North America participated in the Games. Two Passtrak athletes, Paige and Ethan Richards of Pincher Creek, were members of the Alberta track & field team that competed in the Games. The track meet took place from July 19th - 21st. Paige was entered in 3 individual events in the under 15 girls category. She placed 4th in the 150 metre sprint in a personal best time of 20.89 seconds. That set a new Passtrak club record for her age group. In the high jump she moved up 1 position and earned herself a bronze medal by clearing a life time best of 1.30 metres. In her 3rd event, the long jump, she out did herself once more by spanning a personal best of 4.41 metres for a silver medal finish. Ethan was registered in the under 20 men’s division. He competed in 4 individual events during the 3 days of competition. He fell well short of his best in the long jump where he only managed 4.90 metres for 18th place. He bounced back and performed extremely well in all 3 of his races by qualifying for the finals in each one. In the 400 metres he finished 5th overall in 57.38 seconds. He earned another 5th place in the 200 metre final by clocking 24.50 seconds. His best result of the meet came in the 100 metres where he grabbed a bronze medal with a time of 11.83 seconds. Both of these athletes will lace up their spikes one more time this summer to compete in the 2017 Alberta Indigenous Games. They are being held in Edmonton on August 14th & 15th.
Monday, 17 July 2017
MATHIAS GELBER DOMINATES AT THE WESTERN CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS The 2017 edition of the Western Canadian Track and Field Championships took place in Winnipeg, Manitoba from July 14th - 16th. Mathias Gelber of Pincher Creek competed in the Midget Boys category which includes all athletes who will be 14 or 15 years old in 2017. As a member of Team Alberta he represented both our province and his home club, Passtrak, (Crowsnest Pass Track & Field Club), in the competition. Mathias was dominant in the middle distance events where he ran both the 1200 metre and 2000 metre races. He struck gold in both events recording times of 3:19.65 and 5:52.61 respectively. Both of those times were life time best performances for Mathias as well as new Passtrak club records in that age group. He outran a field of 23 of Western Canada’s best athletes in the 1200 metres and a total of 12 competitors in the 2000 metre race. The competition continues to heat up as Mathias will toe the line again at the Canadian National Championships which will take place in Brandon, Manitoba from August 4 - 6.