Report from Robin:
Congratulations to all of the athletes – Alex Smith, Anders, Billy, Ryan, Sam Babcock, Scott, Alex Bymoen, Bryce, Daniel, Thomas, Austin, Hannah, Alex Saizew,Imogen, Kelly Ann, Nicky, Allison, and Rebecca – who competed this past weekend at the Alberta Provincial Championships for bantams and juveniles and the Midget Dual. Hannah, Allison and Rebecca each won medals in their Provincial Championships, with Hannah capturing two bronze medals in the juvenile championships, andAllison and Rebecca each winning silver medals in the bantam multiple events championships.
In the Midget Dual against Team Saskatchewan, it was a bit of a romp, with Team Alberta soundly defeating Team Saskatchewan, thanks in no small part to the efforts of the JD Group members of Team Alberta – Alex Smith, Sam Babcock, Ryan,Alex Bymoen, Scott, Kelly Ann and Nicky – each of whom won at least one medal in their individual events. Among them, these seven JD athletes won 5 gold medals, 5 silver medals and 2 bronze medals for Team Alberta in individual events and an additional 2 gold medals and 1 silver medal in the relays. There were also 20 PBs achieved by these 18 athletes over the weekend! You all did an outstanding job of representing CALTAF at these important meets. Several coaches from other clubs commented on how well our group did this past weekend and I couldn’t agree more. Well done athletes!
In the Provincial Championships for juveniles, Hannah ran a PB of 2:29.07s in the 800m to finish 3rd of 6 athletes and capture the bronze medal. Hannah also won the bronze medal in her first attempt at triple jump, establishing a PB of 8.28m. Hannah also ran a PB of 1:05.22s in the 400m to finish 11th. Well done Hannah!
In the bantam Provincial Championships, Allison placed 2nd of 17 athletes on Saturday to win the overall silver medal, while Rebecca captured the overall silver medal on Sunday, finishing 2nd of 23 athletes. Allison was also 4th of 23 athletes on Sunday, while Rebecca was 4th of 17 athletes on Saturday. On her way to winning the silver medal, Allison established a 5cm PB in high jump, clearing 1.35m, to finish 2nd. Allison also won the 1000m in 3:37.56s, an outstanding time for a bantam. On Sunday, in finishing 4th, Allison established a new PB of 2:36.90s in the 800m and won the 200m in a time of 27.56s, which equaled her PB. On her way to winning the silver medal,Rebecca ran a PB of 28.93s in the 200m and improved her PB in shot put to 8.49m. On Saturday, in her very first 80m hurdles competition, Rebecca won the event, finishing 1st in 14.99s. Rebecca also won the ball throw with a PB throw of 37.20m. Well done girls! Austin also competed in the bantam Provincial Championships and produced some excellent results. Austin easily won the shot put competition, finishing more than a metre ahead of the second place finisher with a PB throw of 8.62m. Austin also added 5cm to his PB in high jump, clearing 1.25m to finish 5th of 14 athletes and was 3rd of 14 athletes in the ball throw with a toss of 38.17m. Well done Austin!
In the Midget Dual, Sam and Ryan led the way, with each of them winning 2 gold medals and 1 silver medal in their individual events. Both athletes were also members of the Team Alberta gold-medal-winning 4x100m and 4x400m relay teams. Well done Sam and Ryan!
Ryan placed 1st of 29 athletes to win the gold medal in the 100min, finishing in 11.84s, an excellent time considering the -3.0 headwind. In the 200m, Ryan placed 1st of 25 athletes in a time of 23.32s, beating the 23.82s standard required for Legion Nationals and capturing the gold medal. Ryan remains undefeated in the midget 100m and 200m this season, and is currently ranked 1st in the province for 15-year-olds in the 100m (11.48s) and 200m (23.04s). Ryan was also 2nd in the long jump, with a jump of 5.67m, and 4th in the high jump. Ryan is ranked 2nd in the province in the long jump at 5.75m and tied for 3rd in the high jump at 1.63m. Well done Ryan!
Sam finished 1st of 18 athletes to win the gold medal in the long jump with a jump of 5.99m, just under his PB of 6.02m. Sam also finished 1st of 13 athletes to capture the gold medal in the high jump, where he cleared 1.70m. Sam remains undefeated in the high jump this season and is ranked 1st in the province (1.73m) in his age category.Sam is also ranked 1st in the long jump (6.02m) and 2nd in both the 100m (11.56s) and 200m (23.51s). In the 200m, Sam won the silver medal in a time of 23.84s. Sam was also 5th of 29 athletes in the 100m. Well done Sam!
Alex Smith captured the silver medals in both the sprint and intermediate hurdles. In the 100m hurdles, Alex finished 2nd of 7 athletes in a time of 15.39s, while in the 300m hurdles Alex finished 2nd of 8 athletes in a time of 42.38s, beating the standard of 43.87s required for Legion Nationals. Alex is currently ranked 1st in the province for 15-year-old boys in the 300m hurdles (41.63m) and 2nd in the province in the 100m hurdles (14.83s). Alex also finished 8th of 18 athletes in the long jump. Well doneAlex!
First-year midget Nicky also captured two silver medals in the Midget Dual. In the high jump, she and Team Alberta teammate, Niki Oudenaarden, finished tied for first place, with both clearing 1.60m. In the jump off to determine a winner which ensued, Nicky ended up in 2nd place. Nicky’s jump of 1.60m beat the 1.54m Legion Nationals standard. In the 80m hurdles, Nicky finished in 13.04s to win the silver medal. Nicky is currently ranked 2nd in the province for the high jump (1.60m) and 3rd in the 80m hurdles (12.84s) for 14-year-old girls. Well done Nicky!
Another first year midget, Kelly Ann, also added to the medal tally for Team Alberta. Kelly Ann ran a PB of 49.17s in the 300m hurdles to win the silver medal. Kelly Annis now ranked 3rd in the province for 14-year-old girls in the 300m hurdles (49.17s). Kelly Ann also ran a PB of 13.84s in the 80m hurdles to finish 5th. Well done Kelly Ann!
Scott captured the bronze medal for Team Alberta in the javelin, with a throw of 37.31m. His PB throw of 10.96m in shot put also earned Scott a 5th place finish. In discus,Scott finished 10th with a throw of 27.86m. Scott is currently ranked 1st in the province for 15-year-old boys in javelin (38.87m), 2nd in discus (30.68m) and 3rd in shot put (10.96m). Well done Scott!
Alex Bymoen, another first-year midget, also contributed his share of points, winning the bronze medal in shot put with a PB throw of 11.14m. Alex was also 5th in the discus and 5th in the javelin. Alex is currently ranked 1st in the province for 14-year-old boys in shot put (11.14m), 2nd in javelin (35.83m) and 3rd in discus (30.55m). Alex is also ranked 2nd in the province in the 100m (11.83s). Well done Alex!
In the Midget Dual relays, the Team Alberta entry of Sam Babcock to Alex Smith to Alex Bymoen to Ryan easily won the gold medal, finishing in a time of 45.97s, just off the provincial record they established at the CALTAF Classic. They finished 1st of 8 teams. Nicky teamed up with three of her Team Alberta teammates to win the silver medal in the Midget Dual 4x100m with a time of 51.32s. Nicky ran a very fast 1st leg in that relay to get her team off to a great start. Kelly Ann also represented Team Alberta on a 4x100m relay team, but her team did not finish. In the 4x400m relay, Sam Babcock, Alex Bymoen and Ryan teamed up with Michael King-McKenzie from Edmonton to win the gold medal for Team Alberta in a time of 3:45.42s. In that same race, the team of Anders to Billy to Thomas to Bryce finished 6th.
First-year midget, Bryce, ran a PB of 47.78s in the 300m hurdles to win the bronze medal, shutting out some of the Team Alberta and Team Saskatchewan athletes. Brycealso ran up as a juvenile in the 2000m steeplechase and although there were only two juvenile competitors, Bryce worked very hard at the end of a long weekend to earn that silver medal. Bryce also ran a PB of 17.56s in the 100m hurdles to finish 5th. In his first 200m competition, Bryce ran 26.21s to finish 15th of 25 athletes. Well doneBryce!
Another first-year midget, Daniel demonstrated just how much stronger he is becoming, especially in the throwing events. In the shot put, Daniel added just under a metre to his PB, finishing 9th with a throw of 8.58m. In the javelin, Daniel improved his PB by 1.54m, throwing 24.23m to finish 12th. Well done Daniel!
Alex Saizew had an excellent weekend. In shot put, Alex finished just out of the medals in 4th place with a PB throw of 8.27m. Alex also established a new PB in the 400m, where she finished 10th in a time of 1:06.50s. Alex also finished 9th in high jump where she cleared her PB of 1.40m. In her first attempt at the 800m, Alex looked very strong, finishing in 2:41.97s. Well done Alex!
In the midget men’s javelin, Thomas added a metre to his PB, throwing 17.70m. Well done Thomas!
In his first high jump competition, Billy cleared 1.50m to finish 5th of 13 athletes. Billy was also 5th in the 300m hurdles, where he ran a PB of 49.33s.
Despite a good start and a strong race, a -3.0 headwind prevented Imogen from improving her PB of 13.96s in the 100m.
In his first long jump competition, Anders jumped 4.65m to finish 13th. Despite a strong headwind and a nasty head cold, Anders just missed his PB in the 100m. Well done Anders! I hope you are feeling better!
Well done everyone! Those are outstanding results! What a great outdoor season the JD Group has had. For those of you not going to the Provincial Legion Camp or competing in the last New Balance meet, you are finished for the year. I will see you in September. Have a safe and relaxing summer! Go well! For those of you going to the Provincial Legion Camp or the last New Balance meet, I will see you on Thursday for a regular training session. Robin