By Ritch Braun
Passtrak, the Crowsnest Pass track and field club, took part in its first outdoor competition of the 2013 season in Calgary on Saturday May 4.
It was a four-hour mini-meet designed to “clear out the cobwebs” after being indoors all winter.
Three Passtrak athletes competed in two events each and came home satisfied with their results for the day.
Maia Jorgensen from Pincher Creek ran in her first official meet in a Passtrak uniform and represented the club very well in the Midget category, (14 and 15-year-old athletes). Her first event was the 80-metre hurdles where she finished eighth in 15.06 seconds. Her second event was the 100 metres, which she completed in 13.72 seconds for a fifth place out of a field of 31 athletes. She was the fastest 14-year-old in that event.
Alisi Ratudradra, also a 14-year-old girl, ran in the 80-metre hurdles and the 200 metres. Unfortunately in the first event she hit a hurdle late in the race and fell which placed her well back in 13th in a time of 16.69 seconds. That gave her some extra motivation for her 200-metre race where she finished second overall out of 36 athletes in 27.57 seconds and was the first 14-year-old across the line. That was a lifetime best for Alisi in that event as well as a new Passtrak club record.
Madison Gostick had two events in the Youth girls division, (16 and 17 year old athletes). She placed 10th in the 100 metres in 15.91 seconds and then finished fourth in the javelin where she threw 12.80 metres.
Strong head winds during all the sprint races prevented the athletes from producing faster times but there will be ample opportunity for that during the rest of the season.