Bonnyville’s Mason Sartain collected some impressive hardware while representing Zone 7, July 20-22nd, in Grande Prairie, for Alberta Summer Games. The 15 year old collected three golds and a silver in various track events.
On the first day, Sartain took on the long jump, placing first with a jump of 6.23 metres. Quite impressive when you know the second closest jump was 6.02 metre.
The young track star suffered his first 100 metre race lose of the season. Prior to the games he was 13-0 for gold place finishes. “It did suck,” laughed Mason, “I almost had the perfect season in the 100 metre.” He added that he didn’t let the silver medal discourage him. “I made a mistake during my start and I lost it, it happens. No one can have the perfect race.”
Knowing there was still a lot of events to go, Mason shook off the loss and focused on the next day. “I did really well in the 200 metre.”
“On the last day, we had our relays and our relay team won by over half a second.” Mason ran anchor on the relay.
Mason qualified for the National team and will be headed to Brandon, Manitoba for the National Youth Track & Field Championships. Last year, he was sick and didn’t place as well as he had hoped. This year, he is placed 13th on the national stage, as a first year.
“I’m not discouraged. I’m going in against kids that are older, stronger and better. They have been training longer and have the advantage.” It’s challenging to race against the best that Canada has to offer, explained Mason.
The faster the other guy is, the faster you’ll be able to push yourself. – Mason Sartain
Going into Nationals, Mason’s goal is to make it into the finals for the 100 metre and the relay. He’s also looking for a PB (personal best) time in his runs.