Aces duo breaks records at track and field meet in Calgary
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Thursday, Feb 06, 2014 11:28 am
Two members of the Airdrie Aces are burning up the track this year, and making their marks on the record books at the same time.
Fourteen-year-old Scott Chalupiak and 10-year-old Jasmine Szucs were on top of their game at the Jack Simpson Open in Calgary on Jan. 26, where both runners dominated their fellow competitors.
Chalupiak, who competes in the midget men’s category, cruised to a convincing win in the 1,000m race, as he defeated his nearest rival by a whopping 28 seconds.
“My goal was just to keep running faster and pushing myself harder as the race went on,” Chalupiak said.
“Otherwise, the race is only going to get harder for you if you don’t keep up that energy.”
“The margin of victory was pretty big, but to be honest I wasn’t too surprised by it,” he added.
“Last year was my first year in midget and the only guys that beat me or were close to me were all older than I was, and now all of those guys have moved on.”
Chalupiak’s time of 2:38.62 also smashed the previous provincial record in the 1,000m race, which was set 15 years ago by Ryan Fyfe of Leduc.
“That was my goal going into the event,” Chalupiak said. “I was able to break his record in the 800m race for 14-year-old’s back in December, and now I’m gunning to break his 15-year-old record in the 800m race in Edmonton this weekend.”
As for Szucs, she picked up three gold medals in the 11-year-old girls’ 60m, 150m, and 1,000m events.
Her time of 3:54.15 in the 1,000m race put her into the meet’s record books, as she bested the previous best time in event history by five seconds.
“I was actually kind of surprised as I wasn’t expecting to break a record,” Szucs said. “I was just trying to run my own race, and I guess it happened.”
“I just did the same thing in my other races as well, and I did well even if I didn’t break any records like I did in the 1,000m race,” she added.
Szucs will join the rest of her Aces teammates in Edmonton on Feb. 8 and 9 for the Alberta Indoor Games, where Szucs will be receiving an award as one of the top peewee girls for the 2013 season.
“It’s pretty exciting to get an award,” she said. “Especially since this was my first year that I was eligible to get one, so it’s a pretty cool.”