By Ritch Braun
Six Passtrak athletes attended the Calgary Spring Challenge track and field meet on May 11 and 12. They competed in a total of 46 events and produced some exceptional results. They improved in 16 out of 29 events that they had previously participated in and set five new Passtrak club records. They also collected 12 top three finishes for their efforts, four firsts, two seconds and six thirds.
Mosese Ratudradra had an exceptional weekend in the Peewee Boys age group. He improved in five out of the eight events he competed in. He ran the fastest 60m of his life in 11.60 seconds, the fastest 150m of his life in 29.74 seconds and the fastest 600m of his life in 2:39.10. His shot put distance improved by over two metres out to 6.77 metres and his discus distance improved by over four metres to 13.83 metres. That was also a new Passtrak club record for his age group.
Alice Murray was in the Peewee Girls age group and this was her first outdoor track and field meet as a Passtrak athlete. Her best finish of the weekend was in the shot put where she recorded a 5.66 metre toss for second place and a silver medal. She also broke the current Passtrak club record in the discus by more than five metres and finished fifth in the event with a throw of 10.95m.
Tim Jorgensen was in the Peewee Boys division where he competed in his first formal track and field meet. He participated in four events each day and produced three first place finishes for his efforts. He won the standing long jump with a distance of 1.77 metres, won the shot put with a 7.17 metre heave and grabbed first in the discus with a 15.86 metre throw. That also broke the existing Passtrak club record by over a metre.
Zion Ratudradra represented Passtrak in the Bantam boy’s category. He was Passtrak’s busiest athlete of the meet competing in 10 events over the two days. He tied his best ever high jump effort by clearing 1.30 metres. He then threw the farthest shot put of his life out to 6.79 metres. His third personal best performance came in the 80m sprint where he finished in 12.92 seconds. He also earned himself a bronze in the 1200m.
Alisi Ratudradra ran some of the fastest races of her life in the Midget Girls category. Her 100m time improved to 13.58 seconds which earned her a bronze medal in third place. Her 200m time improved to 27.22 seconds which set a new Passtrak club record and earned her another bronze medal in third place. Her time of 43.73 seconds in the 300m was good enough for a second place finish, a silver medal and a new Passtrak club record.
Cameo Hanlon, also in the Midget girls division, was easily Passtrak’s top athlete of the meet. She improved in six of the seven events that she contested during the two-day meet. This meet was also the Alberta Provincial Championships for combined events. Cameo competed in five events that determine the best all around track and field athletes in the province. The athletes must sprint, hurdle, jump, throw and run a distance race. Cameo placed third overall in Alberta at the end of the day.