Monday, 25 September 2017
￼PASSTRAK IS BACK IN ACTION The cross country running season is now in full swing and Passtrak, (Crowsnest Pass Track and Field Club), has completed it’s first competition. Carson Hay of Cowley represented the club at the annual “Run for The Pumpkin” race in Lethbridge on September 23rd. It was a 2 km cross country race staged in Nicholas Sheran Park in West Lethbridge. Carson did himself and his club proud by completing the distance in 10:34 to place 4th out of a total of 61 runners in the 7 & 8 year old boys age group. Passtrak athletes will be busy again this week with back to back races on September 29th in Kainai and September 30th in Pincher Creek.
Monday, 14 August 2017
￼NATIONAL CHAMPION On Saturday August 12th Mathias Gelber ran away from 23 of the fastest runners in Canada to capture the gold medal and the National Champion crown in the 2000m race at the 2017 Canadian National Track and Field Championships. Mathias lives in Pincher Creek and just completed his second season with Passtrak, (Crowsnest Pass track & field club) and his first season with the Alberta track & field team. The Canadian Championships for the Midget and Youth age groups was held in Winnipeg from August 11th - 13th. The Midget age group includes athletes who are 14 & 15 years old while the Youth category includes 16 & 17 year old athletes. Mathias is 15 years old and was ranked number 3 in Canada in the Midget age group prior to the race. Knowing that his main 2 opponents had excellent finishing speed his race plan was to take the pace out hard to drain the speed out of others legs. The plan worked well as he opened up a gap in the first 4 laps that no one could close in the final 400m. Mathias finished the race in 5:43.43 which is a life time best performance by 9 seconds and also set a new Passtrak club record for his age group. Coincidentally he also broke the current Alberta Provincial record for his age group by 2.9 seconds. Mathias will now take some well earned time off before the cross country running season starts in mid September.
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.
Sunday, 25 June 2017
￼CHEETAH INVITATIONAL TRACK MEET This one day track meet took place in Calgary on June 24th. The purpose was to showcase the younger age groups and allow them their moment in the sun. Four Passtrak athletes took full advantage of that opportunity and each posted significant results in their age group. Carson Hay had 4 events in the 8 & 9 year old, (Tyke), age group. He finished his 60 metre race in 13.35 seconds and spanned 2.30 metres in the long jump. He ran the fastest 600 metre race of his life by cutting 3.5 seconds off his previous best time finishing in 2:41.07. That also broke the existing Passtrak club record for Tykes. In the discus he set another club record by tossing the implement 7.20 metres. Keenan Parsons took part in his first official outdoor track meet in a Passtrak uniform. His 3 events were in the 10 & 11 year old, (Peewee), division. All 3 of his results set new Passtrak club records for his age group. He placed 5th in the 60 metres 9.67 seconds. Next he came 3rd in the 600 metres in 1:57.13. His final event was the long jump where he cleared 3.61 metres for 4th place. Jack Bailey had 4 events in the 12 & 13 year old, (Bantam), category. He ran the fastest 80 metres of his life in 14.20 seconds for 7th place. He also finished 7th in the 200 metre hurdles in 44.52 seconds. He improved his discus distance by 3.4 metres for 4th place then long jumped 3.05 metres for 8th. Libbey Wilmot had 4 events in the Bantam girls division. She ran 12.73 seconds in the 80 metres then placed 3rd in the 200 metre hurdles in 34.99 seconds. Her discus improved by 62 cm to 12.79 metres and her long jump improved by 33 cm to 3.77 metres for a 4th place result.
Thursday, 22 June 2017
CALTAF TRACK CLASSIC This track meet took place in Calgary on June 17th & 18th. This was the selection meet for Team Alberta for the Tri-Province Championships which will take place in Brandon Manitoba July 14th - 16th. The age groups being selected were Midgets who will be 14 or 15 years old in 2017 and Youth who will be 16 or 17 in 2017. Mathias Gelber of Pincher Creek was the only Passtrak athlete in this age group but he represented the club very well. He placed first in the 2000 metre race in 5:54.22 which was a life time best performance for him and that time also broke the existing Passtrak club record for his age group. That result placed Mathias onto Team Alberta and he may also be competing in the 1200 metre race at the Tri-Province meet as well. This track meet also offered competition for the younger age groups so Drew Stuckey of Pincher Creek seized that opportunity to compete in 8 events during the 2 day meet. He was in the Bantam boys division which includes athletes who will be 12 or 13 years old in 2017. On the first day Drew ran the 800 metres in 2:58.46, cleared 1.20 metres in the high jump and ran the 80 metre hurdles for the first time ever in 17.26 seconds. His best event of the day was the discus where all 3 of his throws were beyond his previous personal best. The furthest was a 1.1 metre improvement out to 15.72 metres. On the second day he ran the 80 metre sprint in 12.02 seconds, spanned 3.37 metres in the long jump, tossed the shot put 5.08 metres and finished the 600 metres in 2:07.19. All of Drew’s results placed him in the top half of the field in every event.
Monday, 12 June 2017
￼PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIP TRACK & FIELD RESULTS The number of age groups in track & field requires the province to split them in 2 for the purposes of the Provincial Championship competitions. The first instalment of the Championships took place in Leduc from June 9th - 11th. It involved the Tykes, (all athletes under 10 years old in 2017), the Peewees, (ages 10 & 11 in 2017) & the Bantams, (ages 12 & 13 in 2017). The meet also included a handful of events for the older athletes for practice purposes. Passtrak had a total of 14 athletes participate in 92 events during the 3 day meet and each of them achieved a significant level of success. As a group they produced 32 life time best performances, set 22 new Passtrak club records and picked up 7 medals along the way. Carson Hay was in the Tyke boys group where he had 3 personal best performances and set 4 new club records. His long jumped improved by 17 cm to 2.43 metres which was a new club record. His javelin result improved to 7.09 metres which was a new club record. His shot put improved to 2.91 metres for another club record and his ball throw result of 13.25 metres was a new club record by 8 metres. Naoise Gelber was in the Tyke girls group where she had 4 personal bests and set 6 new club records. Her 60 metre sprint improved to 10.99 seconds for a new club record. She cut 6 seconds off the previous record in the 600 metres by finishing in 2:30.13. She increased the javelin record by 3 metres to 10.01 which earned her a Provincial Championship silver medal. Her 300 metre time of 1:03.11 was a 4 second improvement and cut the previous record by 2 seconds. Next she added 1.4 metres to her best shot put and club record by tossing it 6.24 metres claiming the Provincial Championship crown. She repeated that result in the ball throw where her distance of 21.40 metres was a 9 metre improvement and broke the existing record by 7 metres for another first place finish. Rowan Watson was in the Tyke boys group as well. He improved in all 4 events that he had previously competed in. His 60 metre race improved to 11.78 seconds. His long jump improved by 21 cm to 2.64 metres. He whacked 8 seconds off his 300 metre time by recording 1:08.66. Then he improved his ball throw by 5.3 metres out to 10.60 metres. Ashley Watson was in the Peewee girls category and she improved in both events she had participated in before. Her 60 metre race time dropped to 10.64 seconds and her long jump increased by 58 cm to a new distance of 3.15 metres. Sawyer Sawatzky represented the club in the Peewee boys division. He did better in all 6 events that he competed in before. His 60 metre time dropped to 10.20 seconds. His 600 metre time dropped to 2:10.23. His high jump improved 20 cm to 1.10 metres. His shot put improved to 6.49 metres. His 150 metre time was cut to 24.87 seconds and his long jump increased to 3.50 metres. ￼Payton Pharis was competing in his first official outdoor track meet in a Passtrak uniform. He spent the weekend setting marks for himself that he will attempt to beat in future competitions. His best finish for the weekend came in the Bantam boys discus where he placed 16th ahead of 23 others with a toss of 15.85 metres. Jack Bailey produced 2 life time bests in the Bantam boys group. His long jump improved by 31 cm to 3.33 metres and his discus improved to 1.25 metres to 11.98 metres. Bronwyn Gelber had 2 best ever results in the Bantam girls division. Her high jump improved to 1.15 metres and her 150 metre time was cut down to 23.80 seconds. Drew Stuckey, another Bantam age athlete came oh so close in 2 of his events. He missed a best ever in the 150 metres by 2/10ths of a second and missed his best in the 800 metres by only 3 seconds. He also competed in the discus for the first time where he recorded 14.64 metres. Libby Wilmot wore Passtrak purple in the Bantam girls division. She improved in 3 events during the course of the weekend. She cut 3 seconds off her 1200 metre time by finishing in 4:28.80 then she cut 5 seconds off her 800 metre time by clocking 2:50.63. Her 3rd improvement came in the shot put by heaving it 5.75 metres which added 82 cm to her previous best. Ronan Gelber ran 4:25.54 in the Bantam boys 1200 metres which carved 8 seconds off the previous club record. He then improved his long jump by 12 cm to 3.23 metres and increased his shot put best by 36 cm to 7.20 metres. Alina Pharis went under 50 seconds for the first time in the Midget girls, (ages 14 & 15 in 2017), 300 metres by finishing in 49.94 seconds for 5th place. She also cleared 8.13 metres in the triple jump for first place. She then came 4th in the javelin with a new Passtrak club record of 15.77 metres. Mathias Gelber had 2 events in the Midget boys division. He ran away from the crowd in the 1200 metre race where he placed first in 3:23.88 which was a new Passtrak club record. This also qualified him for the Canadian National Championships which will take place in Brandon Manitoba in August. Earlier this season he also ran the National qualifying time for the 2000 metre race. His second event was the javelin where he placed first and improved his best by 5 1/2 metres as well as breaking the club record by 3.2 metres. Passtrak’s most “mature” athlete at the meet was Leona Pharis who participated in the Masters Women’s 40 - 44 age group. She ran the 80 metre hurdles in the rain and placed first in 18.62 seconds which also set a new Passtrak club record. Finally, Passtrak’s Bantam boys relay team of Drew, Payton, Jack & Ronan set a new club record in the medley relay, (200m, 100m, 100m, 400m) of 2:25.32 for a 5th place finish. ￼