The 2017 outdoor season is already underway and the Capital City Track Club was well represented at the ASAA High School Provincial Championships. The championships were once again held at Foote Field this year and there were some strong athlete performances amongst the ranks.
Senior and graduating athlete Catherine Kluyts, a perennial favourite in the 200m, took home the silver medal. Kluyts, clocking a 25.83s and then 25.94s in some blustery wind conditions (-3.2 m/s winds), raced well and represented herself, her school, and the club very well.
Scott Dixon was busy over the weekend winning the bronze medal in the men’s intermediate 400m in 50.82s, a silver in the men’s intermediate sprint hurdles in 13.48s (-1.3 m/s wind) and capping it all off in an very exciting race with a new provincial ASAA 300m hurdles record in a time of 38.31s. Dixon, gapping the field by over three-tenths of a second, took home the gold medal in record time breaking silver medalist and now former record holder, Kai Spierenberg. Both Dixon and Spierenberg came in under the old record time set by Spierenberg the year before.
The high jump saw another annual medal favourite, Wesley Calef, perform as expected with a gold medal in the senior men’s high jump with a performance of 2.00m. Calef, having to wait around for some time before entering the competition, had some very good attempts at the Pan Am U20 standard of 2.06m and has already jumped one centimeter short of that standard this year. In the intermediate men’s shot put, Haeden Ford placed 9th with his performance; as he focuses more on the hammer throw he was happy with his showing.
Athletes look forward…
As the season marches on, athletes like Kluyts, Dixon, and Calef, look at opportunities to represent both the province and the nation later this summer and are joined by the likes of Daniel Bubelenyi, Grace Werner, Lewis Collins, and more. With both the Canada Summer Games slated for early August in Winnipeg, and the U20 Pan American Championships being held in Lima, Peru July 21-23rd, athletes have much to look forward to this year as they build on both their ASAA and Collegiate success in 2017.
With so much left on the calendars not only for our high school athletes, but also for our collegiate athletes, there will be a lot of action left to follow as we move through the season. Stay in touch with the Capital City Track and Field Club for more success stories as the season goes on. Congratulations to our athletes and coaches – we can’t wait to see what’s next!