Aces relay teams pick up gold and break records in Edmonton
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 11:33 am
A mix of speed and teamwork was on full display for the Airdrie Aces in Edmonton on Feb. 8 and 9, as two of its relay teams earned gold medals at the Alberta Indoor Games Relay and Combined Events Championships.
Leading the charge for the Aces was the midget boys team of Adam Sleik, Andreas Troschke, Terryl Shomachuk, and Scott Chalupiak, who finished in first place in the 1600m medley relay race and set a new provincial record in the process with a time of 3:56.95.
The previous record in the race, which consists of 400-200-200-800m portions, was 4:12.38 set in 2009 by the Edmonton Harriers.
“The key in that race is to have a good 800m runner to finish off the race, otherwise you don’t have any chance of doing well,” Aces Head Coach Jan Lips said.
“When you have one of the top 800m runners in his age group in Scott, you always know that you have a good chance of winning, and the opportunity to set a new provincial record like we did.”
The other gold medal relay team was the peewee girls squad of Jinaye Shomachuk, Katie Wetmore, Lilie Szucs, and Jasmine Szucs, who finished in first place in a medley event that consisted of 200-100-100-400m portions.
“The distances in that race are shorter, but just like with the midget boys medley race, the key is to have a strong runner at the very end,” Lips said. “That will always give you an advantage.”
That same team also nabbed two silver medals in the 4x100m relay and the 4x200m relay.
In addition to smashing records, two members of the relay teams earned a pair of gold medals on their own.
Adam Sleik’s first-place finish came in the midget men’s pentathlon event, where he competed in the 100m dash, high jump, shot put, long jump, and 1,000m race, and in the weighted ball throw event that he won with a toss of 12.93m.
“Adam was very consistent in all of his events,” Lips said.
“He’s a good runner and he’s always strong in the shot put, but we are starting to see some improvement in his high jump and long jump skills, which is good to see.”
Jasmine Szucs picked up two gold medals during the meet in Edmonton, as she won the peewee girls combined event, which consisted of the 60m sprint, long jump, medicine ball throw, and 600m race.
She also finished in first place in the shot put event with a 6.28m, which was just over a metre ahead of her teammate Jinaye Shomachuk.
“Jasmine is a really good all-around athlete,” Lips said.
“Her big strength is in the running events, and especially the sprint races as she can use her overall speed to her advantage.”
The next event for the Aces will be the Alberta provincial championships for individual events, which will take place in Edmonton on March 1 and 2.