Yellowjackets End Indoor Season at Provincial Championships

The Lakeland Yellowjackets Track & Field team celebrated the end of their indoor season with an impressive showing at the Provincial Indoor Championships. The meet saw eleven top ten finishes and three members medal.

Held in Edmonton, at the University of Alberta, over the weekend, Coach Larry Godzuik says overall the club had a great meet, “the kids competed really well.”

“We had some of the best and most results we ever had,” overall the indoor season was a banner year, says the coach, “we had numerous club records set, and broke. Almost every athlete that went to a meet set a new personal best throughout the season. That’s truly an achievement because track & field really is an individual sport.”

Mason Sartain celebrated a first place finish in the U-18 Boys 60 metre race. “He ran really well. It’s a pretty strong field and there were a couple of guys that were a year older than him, with the potential to run faster and they didn’t. Mason was the best guy of the day,” coach says the 16 year old also took home a third place finish for the U-18 Boys Long Jump and fifth for the 300 metre. In the 300 metre, Mason also achieve a personal best time.

Natalie Thompson continues to shine for the Yellowjackets. The grade 12 student placed first in the U-20 Girls Triple Jump, second in the 60 metres Hurdles (new U20 club record) and second in the Long Jump.

Miriam Godzuk placed second in the U-20 Girls Weight Throw, putting up a club best throw.

Other notable finishes: 

  • Damica Tremblay – U16 Girls
    5th – Triple Jump / 8th – High Jump
  • Colton Bamber – U20 Boys
    7th – Long Jump
  • Caleb Sartain – U16 Boys
    7th – Shot Put (new pb)
  • Andie Grambo – PeeWee Girls
    7th – Standing LongJump / 8th – 150m (new club record)
  • Colton Bamber – U20 Boys
    4th – Pole Vault
  • Morganne Baxter – U16 Girls
    8th – Shot Put

“It’s nice to see our numbers up. We’re used to bringing only six or seven kids to a meet. It’s good to see the involvement,” the club took 13 kids to meet, says the coach.

Along with increased club enrollment numbers, the Yellowjackets were able to find a permanent home for the season, at the Bonnyville & District Centennial Centre. Coach Godzuik says it benefited their program immensely.

The club will train for two more weeks,  then take two weeks off before heading into the outdoor track & field season. The club is always looking for more coaches and trainers. If you are interested in helping out, contact Larry Godzuik at 780-812-8925.