The Quesnel representatives performed exceptionally at the 2019 North Central Zone Track and Field Championship. Megan Tilsner photo

Quesnel tosses way to victory at track and field zones

The towns throwers have increased 200 per cent since throwing cage addition

Quesnel had a remarkably strong showing at the North Central Zone Track and Field Championships in Prince George last week (May 14-15).

Correlieu Secondary School (CSS) and Quesnel Junior School (QJS) representatives have so far qualified for 23 slots at the provincial championships,with a few more expected once the results from the Grade 8 athletes are tallied.

Over 260 athletes took part in what was one of the larger zone championships in recent years.

Correlieu track coach Janet Barker says the Junior Boys Long Jump competition saw 31 competitors.

“[Rylan Murphy and Ryan Pugh] came first and second in that event and that was huge,” Barker says. “It’s not like they came first and second and there were only three kids. It was significant.”

While many of the track athletes put forth terrific performance, of specific significance was the exceptional performance of the Quesnel throwers.

While the city has not always been known for it’s Discus, Shot Put, Javelin or Hammer athletes in the past, a new throwing cage installed before last year’s Zones has seen a new trend emerge.

“This year over last year, we’ve had an almost 200 per cent increase in throwers,” says Charles Kramer, Correlieu’s other track and field coach, who has concentrated his efforts on the town’s tossers.

“It’s sort of that old adage, if you build it, they will come. Since we’ve have a cage, we’ve had a huge increase in throwers. As soon as you have the facility, you have people who see it, they get interested and they want to try it.”

“And our throwers are doing quite well,” he adds.

CSS Junior Girl Kara Hanson finished first or second in the four events she competed in, while her teammate in the same category, Destiny Bautista, also finished first in two events.

Even though it is her first year throwing, Kramer says she came within two metres of breaking a meet record, which she found astounding.

All three of the CSS Senior Girls finished top three in their tossing competitions too.

CSS’s Senior Boy Ian Mancor finished first in Shot Put and second in Discus and Hammer; while Christopher Henderson finished right behind him in Shot Put.

Olivia Momer, who competed for QJS in the Junior Girls Category, finished second in Javelin, while coming third in Hammer.

The QJS Junior Boys also cleaned up their category, with Kyle Eggert finishing first in every throwing event but Javelin, which was won by his teammate Linden Spencer.

For the Grade 8s, Laura Balkwill finished second in Hammer and Shot Put, Shayla Plante finished second in Hammer and third in Shot Put, Phoenix Knauff finished second in Discus, Jeff Hollowell finished second in Shot Put and Jed Gordon finished first in Shot Put, Discus and Hammer.

Although the event was held at Prince George’s Masich Place Stadium, it was technically hosted by Quesnel. Becky Whitehouse, who coaches the QJS team, also doubles as the zone representative, while Barker is the assistant rep.

This meant the Quesnel athletes were responsible for arriving an hour early to set up the track and had to wait until all the events were complete to take it all down.

On Tuesday, the rain was not their friend, as it shorted some of the electronic timers on the newly -renovated track, resulting in all the athletes having to stay until well past 10 p.m.

“The thing that was most heartwarming in some ways for us was the number of [opposing] coaches who came up to us saying, ‘We can’t believe how helpful your kids are!”’ says Barker.

“They’re fantastic.”

Next up for the athletes will be the Provincial Championships in Kelowna,which will be held from May 30- June 1.

“All next week we’ll be refining technique,” says Kramer,

“We don’t want to train too hard because we don’t want to blow out any muscles. We just want to keep the technique good and maybe work on a tiny bit of strength.

“Then we’ll go down there, try to place high and hopefully break records.”

RESULTS:

Correlieu:

Junior Girls

Emily Milliken Heape

• 3rd 100m

Megan Strand

• 2nd 1500m

• 2nd 3000m

Lauren Pastachak

• 3rd High Jump

• 3rd Long Jump

Kara Hanson

• 1st shot put

• 2nd discus

• 2nd hammer throw

• 1st javelin

Destiny Bautista

• 3rd shot put

• 1st discus

• 1st hammer throw

Senior Girls

Lexi Plante

• 2nd shot put

• 2nd hammer throw

Ally Fulton

• 2nd discus

• 3rd hammer

Lucy Jespersen

• 3rd shot put

Junior Boys

Rylan Murphy

• 1st long jump

Ryan Pugh

• 2nd long jump

Andrew Armstrong

• 1st 1500m racewalk

Tanner Bolton

• 2nd triple jump

Senior Boys

Ian Mancor

• 1st shot put

• 2nd discus

• 2nd hammer

Christopher Henderson

• 2nd 400m hurdles

• 3rd 2000m steeplechase

• 3rd 110m hurdles

• 2nd shot put

Joshua Andres

• 3rd 400m

• 4th 800m

QJS:

Junior Girls

Reese Jacobsen

• 1st 100m dash

• 2nd 200m dash

Ruby Nicholas

• 1st 1500m run

• 1st 1500m steeplechase

• 1st 800m

Emma Blair

• 1st 80m hurdles

• 1st 300m hurdles

Lidia Solecki

• 2nd 80m hurdles

• 2nd 300m hurdles

• 2nd triple jump

Baillie Jackson

• 1st high jump

• 3rd triple jump

Olivia Momer

• 3rd hammer

• 2nd javelin

Junior Boys

Linden Spencer

• 1st high jump

• 1st javelin

Caleb Woollends

• 2nd shot put

• 3rd 1500m steeplechase

Kyle Eggert

• 1st shot put

• 1st discus

• 1st hammer

• 2nd javelin

Special Olympics

Josh Tilsner – 1st in 100m and 400m

QJS Zones Grade 8 Results

Female

Brooklyn Karey

• 1st 100m dash, 200m dash, 80m hurdles, high jump and long jump

• 2nd triple jump

Laura Balkwill

• 2nd hammer, shot put

• 3rd 800m run

• 4th long jump

• 4th triple jump

Taylor McGillivray

• 2nd 80m hurdles

• 2nd long jump

• 6th triple jump

Halle Hasselgrave

• 4th 80m hurdles

• 8th long jump

Shayla Plante

• 2nd hammer

• 3rd long jump

* 3rd shot put

Nora McKinnon

• 1st triple jump

Pheonix Knauff

• 2nd discus

• 3rd triple jump

• 4th shot put

• 6th javelin

Ciara Springle

• 4th discus

* 4th javelin

Relays

1st 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m

Male

Jeff Hollowell

• 2nd 100m,

• 2nd shot put

• 3rd 200m

• 4th 100m hurdles, triple jump

Judah Klaussen

• 1st 400m, long jump, triple jump

• 2nd high jump, 100m hurdles

• 5th 100m

Mitchell Dunn

• 2nd triple jump

• 3rd 100m hurdles

• 6th high jump

Scott MacPhail

• 2nd 200m

• 3rd 100m

Tyson Roberts

• 1st 3000m

• 2nd 1500m

• 3rd 800m

Jed Gordon

• 1st shot put

• 1st discus

• 1st hammer

Relays

1st 4x100m and 4x400m

READ MORE: Quesnel high school to acquire throwing cage ahead of district track and field meet



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