Wednesday 8 March 2023
2023 ALBERTA PROVINCIAL INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS The Provincial Championships were held in Edmonton on March 4th & 5th. Passtrak had 16 athletes entered in 96 events over the 2 days of competition & they produced some stunning results. The best an athlete can do is to improve in events they have previously contested. All 16 athletes had at least 1 life time best performance with many recording multiple personal bests. Overall the group improved in 67% of their events. Along they way the athletes also set 13 new Passtrak club records for their age groups & collected 12 top 3 placings. Finnley Hay was Passtrak’s youngest competitor. He had 7 events in the U10 boys age group. He ran the fastest 60m of his life in 12.76 seconds for 7th place & the fastest 150m of his life in 33.46 seconds for 5th place. He placed 6th in the 300m in 1:19.88 & took 5th in the 600m in a new Passtrak club record of 2:48.46. He was 4th in the standing long jump in a new Passtrak club record of 1.41m & 6th in the shot put with another club record of 2.93m. He came in 6th in the running long jump with a 2.07m result. Passtrak had 4 athletes in the U12 age group. Norah Smith cranked out 4 life time best performances. She was 19th in the 300m in 1:06.91 & 16th in the 150m in 28.05 seconds. She was 11th in the shot put with a 1 metre improvement to 4.57 metres. She increased her standing long jump & set a new club record by 38 cm out to 1.67 metres. In her other 3 events she placed 20th in the 60 metres in 11.27 seconds, 12th in the 600m in 2:35.77 & 8th in running long jump with a leap of 3.02m. Ellie Vandersteen had the same 7 events & she also produced 4 life time best performances. She ran 10.47 seconds in the 60m for 12th, 26.11 seconds in the 150m for 11th, 2.53m in the running long jump for 15th & 2:17.69 in the 600m for 9th & a new Passtrak club record. Her other 3 events were the 300m where she placed 16th in 1:04.38, the shot put where she threw 3.63m for 19th place & the standing long jump where she placed 9th by clearing 1.69m breaking the existing club record by 40 cm. In the U12 boys division Declan Sutherland had the same 7 events. He improved in 2 of his events. He ran 52.49 seconds in the 300m for 2nd place & placed 5th in the running long jump, improving by 14 cm out to 3.55m. He also placed 6th in the 60m at 9.74 seconds & 1st in the standing long jump with a new club record of 2.05m. He came in 11th in the 600m by finishing in 2:27.01. This was a result of him being pushed to the ground by another athlete less than 100m from the finish line. He also earned 6th place in the 150m with a time of 24.32 seconds. A 1st place finish in the shot put came from his 8.19m toss. Declan was crowned the Provincial Championship gold medalist for the top overall U12 male athlete. Aiden Aasen accompanied Declan in all 7 events. He also had 2 life time best performances. They came in the 300m where he placed 6th in 54.42 seconds & the 600m where he ran 2:01.88 for 3rd place. In his other events he was 12th in the 60m in 10.12 seconds5th in the standing long jump at 1.85m, 2nd in the shot put at 7.56m, 12th in the 150m in 25.23 seconds & 14th overall in the running long jump measuring 3.12m. Five athletes represented Passtrak in the U14 age group. Marley Winter produced 3 life time best performances. She was 41st in the 600m in 2:27.67, 28th in the long jump at 3.18m & 22nd in the 150m in 24.37 seconds. Her other 3 events were the 60m where she ran 9.74 seconds for 30th, shot put which she heaved 4.74m for 26th & the high jump where she cleared 1.07m for 19th. Cammy Hay also had 3 best ever results. She ran 10.11 seconds in the 60m for 39th, 2:29.80 for 43rd in the 600m & 24th in the long jump with a distance of 3.26m. In her other 4 events she tossed the shot put 4.41m for 31st, ran the 150m in 25.84 seconds for 24th, finished the 1000m in 4:53.87 for 25th & had a 10th place finish in the high jump with a 1.22m result. Jasper Smith improved in all 4 of the events he had previously competed in. He ran 10.82 seconds for 30th in the 60m, ran 2:15.78 in the 600m for 22nd, ran 26.51 seconds in the 150m for 15th & cleared 3.04m in the long jump for 27th. His other 3 events were the shot put where he threw 5.14m for 24th, the 1000m where he ran 4:07.14 for 14th & the high jump where his 1.19m earned him 7th place. William Vandersteen improved in 3 events in the U14 boys category. His 60m improved to 9.86 seconds for 22nd place. His 600m improved to 2:14.53 for 21st & his 150m race improved to 25.83 seconds for 13th. His remaining 4 events were the long jump where he spanned 3.10m for 26th, the shot put which measured 4.22m for 27th, the 1000m where he timed 4:11.84 for 15th & finally the high jump where his 1.10m placed him 10th. Passtrak’s final entry in the U14 age group was Eli Bailey. He recorded 2 best ever results. The first one came in the 60m where he clocked 8.90 seconds for 8th. The other was a time of 21.86 in the 150m for 3rd place. He also ran the 600m where he timed 2:09.01 for 16th, & he scored 5th in the long jump after clearing 4.18m. His 7.39m shot put attempt placed him 7th while his 1.28m clear in high jump grabbed a 3rd place finish. His final event was the 1000m where his time was 3:40.03 for 6th. Passtrak’s 4 athletes in the U16 age group produced personal best performances as well. The 3 boys, Cohen Folkard, Colton Sutherland & Carson Hay all broke the existing club record in the 2000m race. Carson ran 8:39.58 for 12th place, Cohen ran 7:03.48 for 8th place & Colton squeezed out a 7:03.45 time to place 7th. Cohen set a second club record in the 1200m by finishing 9th in 4:02.52 which was a life time best for him. He also improved his 300m time by finishing 10th in 47.44 seconds. Cohen’s other events were the shot put where he threw 6.74m for 8th, high jump where he cleared 1.30m for 7th & the 60m hurdles where in finished with a silver medal 11.03 seconds. Colton improved his time in both of his other races. He placed 11th in the 300m in 48.18 seconds & 12th in the 1200m in 4:18.70. He earned 5th in shot put with a 7.60m measurement & 11th in long jump at 4.17m. Carson ran the fastest 1200m of his life as well, finishing in 5:00.27 for 15th place. He grabbed 9th place in high jump at 1.15m & 5th in the 60m hurdles timing 14.22 seconds. Eve Winter had 6 events in the U16 girls division. She had the fastest 600m of her life in 2:08.74 for 23rd. Her long jump improved by a full metre to 4.37m for 8th overall & her high jump increased by 25cm to 1.40m placing her 5th. She came 18th in the 60m in 8.79 seconds & 31st in the 300m in 55.07 seconds. Her crowning achievement was the Provincial Championship gold medal for triple jumping 9.37m. Jack Bailey competed in 4 events in the U20 Mens division. He ran the fastest 1000m of his life in 3:07.32 finishing in 22nd. Next he ran the 600m in 1:39.01 for 16th place. His shot put measured 8.88m for 8th place & his 60m hurdle race was clocked in 10.11 seconds for 6th. Craig Hay represented Passtrak in the Masters Mens 40 - 45 year age group. He picked up 2 Provincial Championship silver medals for his efforts in the throwing events. His measurement for the 35 pound weight throw was 7.26m & his best 16 pound shot put landed at the 9.26m mark. This event brings Passtrak’s indoor competition season to a close. It will be nose to the grindstone for the next few weeks of training heading into the outdoor season which begins on April 18th. Anyone interested in joining the club for the outdoor season can contact Ritch Braun at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday 20 February 2023
SEVEN TRACK & FIELD RECORDS SET IN CALGARY Six athletes from Passtrak, (Crowsnest Pass Track & Field Club), competed in 24 events at a 1 day mini-meet in Calgary on Sunday February 19th. They racked up 4 life time best performances out of a possible 7, set 7 new Passtrak club records for their age groups & earned 7 top 3 finishes. Eliora Vandersteen had 4 events in the U12 girls age group. She set a new Passtrak club record of 9.43 seconds in the 50 metre sprint for 7th place. She set a second record in the medicine ball throw with a toss of 3.05 metres for 8th place. She also cleared 2.45 metres in the long jump for 10th place & cut 6 seconds off her previous 600 metre race time by finishing 5th in 2:30.72. Tristen McKerracher had 4 events in the U12 boys division. He also set a new Passtrak club record in the medicine ball throw with a 3.85 metre heave for 6th place. In his other events he finished 10th in the 50 metres in 8.82 seconds, 9th in the 600 metres in 2:38.15 & 6th in the long jump by spanning 3.62 metres. Aiden Aasen was also in the U12 boys group with the same 4 events. He placed 8th in the 50 metres in 8.61 seconds & 7th in the long jump at 3.48 metres. He also set a record in the medicine ball throw at 4.09 metres which placed him 5th. As his finale he ripped his 600 metre race in 2:05.96, a life time best, for 1st place. Declan Sutherland was Passtrak’s 3rd entry in the U12 boys competition. He had some trouble finding the take off board in the long jump & ended up 9th with a measurement of 3.41 metres. He then grabbed 4th spot in the 50 metres by clocking 8.23 seconds. He earned 2nd place in the 600 metre race with a time of 2:11.40 & took top honours in the medicine ball throw when he tossed it 4.34 metres setting the Passtrak record. The club had 2 athletes in the U14 boys category. William Vandersteen set a new Passtrak club record of 8.66 seconds in the 50 metres for 4th place. He then whacked 8 seconds off his previous best time in the 600 metres by stopping the clock at 2:19.01 for 4th place. He recorded 2 other 4th place finishes with a 3.50 metre leap in the long jump & a 10.35 second time in the 60 metre sprint. Eli Bailey also set a new club record in the 50 metre sprint. He finished in 1st place with a time of 7.56 seconds. Clearing 4.21 metres in the long jump earned him another 1st place result. He then ran the fastest 600 metres of his life in 2:03.16 for 2nd place. He finished the track meet with 3rd place in the 60 metre sprint, timing 9.07 seconds. A mere .003 seconds from 2nd place.
Tuesday 10 January 2023
FIRST TRACK MEET OF 2023 Thirteen Passtrak athletes traveled to Calgary on January 8th for their first competition of the new year. They produced 14 life time best performances and set 8 new Passtrak club records. Their efforts also earned them 23 top 3 placings with 5 firsts, 11 seconds and 7 third place finishes. Finnley Hay was in his first official track and field meet. He had 3 races in the under 10 boys group and placed 3rd in all 3 events. His time in the 60 metres was 13.03 seconds, 35.59 seconds in the 150 metres and 1:18.51 in the 300 metres which set a new Passtrak club record for his age group. Norah Smith had 3 races in the 10 year old girls group. She ran the fastest 60 metres of her life in 10.87 seconds for a first place finish. She placed second in the 150 metres in 29.25 seconds and 3rd in the 300 metres in 1:09.12. Declan Sutherland and Aiden Aasen were in the 11 year old boys division. Declan ran the fastest 60 metres of his life in 9.68 seconds for first place. He also took first in the 300 metres in 54.56 seconds. He set a new Passtrak club record for his age group in the 1200 metres finishing in 4:44.33 for 2nd place. Aiden placed second in the 150 metres in 26.09 seconds and placed second in the 300 metres as well in 54.88 seconds. His 1200 metre time of 4:29.56 placed him first and also set the club record. Cammy Hay’s 3 races were in the 12 year old girls category. Her 10.21 in the 60 metres placed her 7th, then she ran her fastest 150 metres ever in 25.47 seconds for 9th place. Her final event was the 400 metres where she placed 6th in 1:31.77. Jasper Smith represented Passtrak in the 12 year old boys events. His fastest ever 150 metres was timed in 26.65 seconds for 7th place. He finished 4th in the 400 metres in 1:22.55 which was also a life time best. He capped off his day by placing second in the 1200 metres in 5:06.96 which slashed 35 seconds off the previous Passtrak club record for his age group. Ella Peebles had 3 races in the 13 year old girls group. She had a stellar day where she improved her time in all 3 of her events. She placed 8th in the 60 metres in 9.44 seconds, 7th in the 150 metres in 23.96 seconds and 7th in the 400 metres in 1:18.21. Eli Bailey was Passtrak’s lone participant in the 13 year old boys events. He placed 3rd in the 60 metres in a best ever time of 9.01 seconds. His 23.24 seconds in the 150 metres was also a best ever and earned him 4th place. His 400 metre time of 1:13.96 was good enough for 3rd place. Passtrak had 3 boys in the 14 year old division and they swept the podium taking the top 3 spots in the 60 metre hurdles race. Cohen Folkard was 1st in 10.86 seconds, Colton Sutherland was 2nd in 12.46 seconds and Carson Hay was 3rd in 13.50 seconds. Cohen then carved 31 seconds off his previous 400 metre time to finish 2nd in 1:05.50. Colton placed 4th in that same race in 1:09.06 cutting 16 seconds off his previous best. Carson’s second event was the 150 metres where he ran a life time best of 27.54 seconds for 9th place. All 3 boys ran the 1200 metres. Cohen finished 2nd in 4:11.89 which whacked 22 seconds off the previous club record. Colton broke the previous club record as well, by 9 seconds running 4:24.59 to finish 4th. Carson crossed the finish line in 5:13.95 to grab 6th place. Jack Bailey, a Passtrak veteran, had 2 races in the under 20 age group. Unfortunately he was disqualified in the 60 metre hurdles when he stumbled and touched one of the hurdles with his hand. That may have motivated him for his 600 metre race because he cut 20 seconds off his previous time finishing 6th in 1:37.98. Craig Hay had 2 races in the 40 - 44 year old Masters division. He set a new Passtrak club record of 51.59 seconds in the 300 metres for 2nd place. He also set a club record 6:51.00 for the 1500 metres for another 2nd place finish. Eli, Aiden, Jasper & Declan then finished the day off by taking 2nd place in the 4 x 200 metre relay.