Eleven athletes from the East Central Region attended the Western Canadian Midget and Youth Track and Field Championship.
This year’s championship was hosted by Saskatchewan Athletics at Griffiths Stadium in Saskatoon.
The meet was a big challenge and a wonderful experience for these young athletes. Karlee Duczek from Grayson was asked how she enjoyed the meet.
“As a first year competitor, this was one of the best experiences I have had,” said Duczek. “Getting the team Saskatchewan singlet made things feel real and competitive. Everyone who attended brought their game which made the competition tough but a challenge for everyone.”
Jaden Porte from Yorkton was asked how his experience was at the meet. “I think it was great for our local Yorkton athletes, who excelled during the high school season, to get exposer and experience competing against greater athletes in different provinces,” offered Porte, continuing, “the meets that have better athletes to push you are the ones you’re going to perform to your fullest potential, not the ones your destroying in small town Yorkton and rural areas. Also there was a great saying at legion camp this year that would definitely suit our team and athletes wanting to join Yorkton Legion Track Club. You don’t have to be a champion to start, but you have to start to be a champion.”
Results from Championship are as follows:
Midget Team (U16)
Jarod Stachowich finished fifth in javelin, Derek Campbell finished fouth in 2,000m and tenth in 1,200m.1,200m. Kelsey Haczkewicz finished fourth in the medley relay, sixth in the 800m run and seventh in both 1,200 and 2,000 metre races. Brooke Hausermann finished ninth in the 300m sprint, 14th in 200m and 23rd in long jump.
Karlee Duczek finished in fourth in triple jump, tenth in high jump and 26th in long jump.
Youth Team (U18)
Cole Burkholder finished ninth in both the 800m and 1,500m races. Mikaila Ortynsky finished fourth in the hammer throw and 11th in both shot put and discus. Jonah Sutter ended up in seventh in long jump and tenth in triple jump while Kellie Onda-Inglis finished in the top ten in all of her events with a sixth place finish in pole vault, a ninth place result in the 800m run and a tenth place finish in the 400m sprint.
Evan Lajambe finished just off the podium in fourth place in the pole vault competition. He also finished ninth in hurdles while Jaden Porte finished fourth in the both the 4 x 400m relay and 800m run. Porte also finished sixth in the 1,500m race.