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. ￼
Sunday, 4 June 2017
￼NEW BALANCE TRACK MEET #3 This was the 3rd and final track meet in the New Balance mini-meet series. It took place in Calgary on Sunday June 4th. Two athletes from Passtrak competed and both achieved significant success. Alina Pharis ran the 300 metre sprint in the Midget girls category. That includes all athletes who are 14 or 15 years old in 2017. It was her first attempt at this event and she earned a 6th place finish with a time of 50.81 seconds. Mathias Gelber ran the 2000 metres in the Midget boys division. He won the event by crossing the finish line in 5:58.30. That is a life time best performance for him and also a new Passtrak club record for his age group. That time also qualifies him for the Canadian National Championships that will take place in Brandon Manitoba in August. He did so with gusto by exceeding the qualifying standard by a whopping 24 seconds.