Thompson, Critch, and Sartain all win gold
Photo & Video Credit: Stacy Sartain & Serena Critch
It was a huge weekend for Lakeland Yellowjackets track and field. The Alberta Provincial Indoor Track and Field Championships were held at the Butterdome in Edmonton from March 3-5, 2017. The Yellowjackets have been practicing since October. The Provincial Championships signalled the end of the indoor season. The Yellowjackets are now on an off week before beginning to prepare for the outdoor season.
Natalie Thompson set a new U18 Girls provincial record with an 11.60m jump in the triple jump competition. Natalie will be taking her Triple Jump training to the upcoming outdoor season. “To actually set a provincial record, and actually now be in the books is really cool. This is pretty opening for me.” Natalie Thompson spoke of what the accomplishment means to her.
Duncan Critch had himself a weekend, He placed first in Bantam Boys Shot Put with a 12.70m throw. The next closest throw was 8.76m. He also placed fourth in long jump. “I was aiming for 13m, but 12.70 is a far throw for shotput and I’m happy with it.” Critch said lightly.
“He’s physically more mature than other kids. Him hucking a 3kg shotput is really nothing.” Coach Larry Godziuk said of Critch.
Mason Sartain placed first and won gold in the 60m sprint with a time of 7.37 seconds. He also placed third in long jump taking home a bronze, and fourth in the 300m. Mason was competing in the midget boys category. “I was actually really happy. I guess it was just training.” Mason Sartain spoke of his results.
Alese Sartain, who was in the midget girls category, took home a bronze for her 8.17 second run in the 60m. She would also place fourth in long jump, and ninth in the 300m.
Anderson Richer competed in the midget boys category and finished sixth in the 2000m run with a time of 6:39:54.
In midget girls, Damica Tremblay finished fifth in her flight for long jump, and 10th in high jump.
“Overall, we had seven new club records set at the meet, and 17 new records set this year.” Larry Godziuk said.
The outdoor season has numerous events to offer including scheduled school events. The Yellowjackets are looking for similar success as to what they had in the indoor season.