Monday, 24 June 2019

Provincial Championship Qualifier

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. 

2018 Athletics Alberta Awards Banquet

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.

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Calf Track Classic

CALTAF TRACK CLASSIC This track meet took place in Calgary on June 14th - 16th. Events were offered to athletes in all age groups. Passtrak had 3 athletes attend the meet and they competed in 2 events each. Hayley Whidden represented the club in the U14 girls category. This was by far the largest age group in the track meet with over 60 girls in every event. Hayley competed in the 80 metre sprint for the first time ever and recorded a respectable time of 14.00 seconds. She now has a personal best which she will attempt to beat at her next competition. She also had the long jump where she cleared 2.14 metres just shy of her current life time best performance. This track meet was also used to select athletes to represent Alberta at the U16 & U18 Western Canadian Championships and Canadian National Championships. Paige Richards ran the 100 metres and 100 metre hurdles in the U18 girls division. She finished the 100 metre sprint in 13.64 seconds slightly slower than her life time best. She ran a personal best of 16.83 seconds in the 100 metre hurdles which placed her 6th and set a new Passtrak club record. Mathias Gelber had 2 events in the U18 boys age group. He completed the 1500 metre race in 4:08.98 which was his fastest time so far this year in that event. That was good enough for second place and good enough to set a new Passtrak club record for his age group. He then ran the 800 metre race in 1:54.65 to finish first. This was a new life time best result for him as well as a new Passtrak club record. Both performances were good enough for him to be selected to Team Alberta for the Western Canadian Championships and Canadian Nationals. These meets will take place in July & August respectively.