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Airdrie Aces excel at Alberta provincial indoor championships

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Mar 06, 2014 11:13 am

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The Airdrie Aces track and field team turned in a stellar performance against the best in the province on March 1 and 2, as it competed at the Alberta Indoor Provincial Championships in Edmonton.

“We won 16 medals in total, which included 10 golds, four silvers, and two bronzes,” Aces Coach Jodie Matsuba-Szucs said. “That’s not bad for a team that has 30 athletes in total that went up to Edmonton for the meet.”

The most impressive performance was in the midget men’s 7.26kg weight throw event, as Andreas Troschke set a new provincial record with a throw of 15.17 metres.

“The previous record was 14.32m, and Andreas just shattered it,” Matsuba-Szucs said. “It was really impressive to watch.”

Jasmine Szucs and Scott Chalupiak both took home two gold medals each for the Aces, with Szucs winning the combined peewee girls events on both days of the meet, while Chalupiak was the fastest runner in the midget boys’ 1,200m and 2,000m races.

“Jasmine took part in 60m and 150m spring races and the standing long jump on (March 1), and on (March 2) she competed in the 600m race, the shot put, and the running long jump events,” Matsuba-Szucs said. “She had personal bests in the 150m race, the shot put and the running long jump, which all helped her get the gold.”

“Scott was running the 2,000m race for the first time, and he did really well to win that event,” she added. “He was also hoping to run in the 800m race as well, but he had a sore leg following the 1,200m event and he didn’t want to tweak anything.”

Other multiple medal winners for the Aces were: Adam Sleik (gold in midget men’s shotput, and silver in the midget men’s weight throw and hurdles), Catherine Bouchard (gold in midget women’s weight throw and silver in midget women’s shot put), and Kurt Schultz (silver in midget men’s shot put and bronze midget men’s long jump).

Isaac Wetmore (bantam boys 800m), Maggie McFarlane (junior women’s high jump), and Jarom LaPierre (masters men’s weight throw) also struck gold for the Aces.

Rounding out the medal winners for the Aces were Grace Gwozd (bronze in the midget women’s weight throw) and Ava Sliek (bronze in the bantam girls combined event.)

The Aces will round out its indoor season on April 26, when it will take part in the Dino Challenge at the University of Calgary track.


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