Passtrak athletes compete in Medicine Hat
Submitted by Ritch Braun
The Alberta Summer Games are held every second year and this year they are being staged in Airdrie from July 24 to 27. The province is divided into eight zones and each zone will send representatives in a variety of sports.
Track and field is traditionally the sport with the largest number of participants in the games and from May 31 to June 1, Zone 1 (southern Alberta) held its selection meet in Medicine Hat to pick the team. The age groups that are eligible are Midget (14 and 15-years-old), and Youth (16 and 17-years-old).
This track meet offered competition for other age groups as well so everyone could have an opportunity to compete. Passtrak sent four athletes to Medicine Hat and two of them were looking for a spot on the team.
Passtrak’s four athletes competed in a total of 18 events during the two-day meet and all met with resounding success. They finished in the top three in 17 of the 18 events, produced three new lifetime best performances out of a possible eight and set six new Passtrak club records.
Liam Grier was in the Bantam boys age group, (12 and 13-years-old), and took part in his first official track meet as a Passtrak athlete. He had a total of six events. He placed third in the 800 metre with a time of 2:54.79, then grabbed second place in the shot put with a toss of 5.02 metres. He moved up a spot and claimed first place in his remaining four events. He cleared 1.20 metres in the high jump and 3.65 metres in the long jump. He whipped the discus out to 14.53 metres and clocked 11.55 seconds in the 80 metre sprint, which also set a new Passtrak club record.
Eric Grier had four events in the Midget boys division. He wasn’t seeking selection to the Alberta Summer Games team as he is unavailable when the games will be taking place. He didn’t let that deter him as he placed sixth in the 200 metres in 26.60 seconds then took third in the 300 metres in 42.36 seconds. The 300 metre time was a new Passtrak club record. He then went on to set two more Passtrak club records and claim second place in both the 1200 metres and 2000 metres. His times were 3:53.27 and 7:03.24 respectively.
Maia Jorgensen was looking for a place on the team in the Midget girl’s age group and she sealed that fate with one first and three second place finishes. She won the 300 metres in 44.44 seconds, which was a life time best performance. She then claimed second in the 100 metres where unfortunately there was no time recorded due to equipment failure. She took second in the 80 metre hurdles with a personal best of 14.11 seconds and second in the 200 metres in 27.48 seconds, another personal best as well as a new Passtrak club record.
Alisi Ratudradra earned her place on the team as well in the Midget girl’s category with two firsts - one second and one third place finish in her four events. Her third came in the 200 metres where she also broke the existing Passtrak club record with a time of 27.70 seconds. She then placed second in the 300 metres in 44.67 seconds. Her first place finishes came in the 200 metre hurdles where she clocked 41.57 seconds and the long jump where she landed at 4.30 metres.