Aces kickoff outdoor track and field season in Calgary
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Thursday, May 15, 2014 10:48 am
After a long winter, the Airdrie Aces track and field team hit the ground running in its first outdoor meet of the season on May 10 and 11 in Calgary.
The team of 31 kids between the ages of 10 and 18 took part in the Calgary Spring Challenge at Foothills Athletic Park.
One of the stand-out competitors of the 31 athletes the Aces sent to the meet was 15-year-old Adam Sleik, who won the gold medal in the midget boys’ hammer throw, shot put, and pentathlon events.
“I thought things went pretty well for me, and I was pretty happy with everything overall,” Sleik said. “The only challenge I had was the weather, as both days were really different.”
“On Saturday (May 10) it was snowing when I had to take part in the hammer throw event, which made things pretty challenging,” he added.
“Then on Sunday, even though it was nice out, I ended up getting a sunburn when everything was all done.”
During the pentathlon event, Sleik set a new provincial record in the 100-metre hurdles race with a time of 11.29 seconds, but it will not go into the record books due to the amount of wind that was in the area during the race.
“That was disappointing, but those things happen,” Sleik said. “I did really well in that event, along with the shot put, high jump, and the long jump events, so I was pretty happy about that.”
“However, I didn’t do as well as I would of liked in the final event of the pentathlon, which is the 1,000-metre race,” he added. “I will have to become stronger in that event as the season goes on.”
Another strong performer for the Aces was 11-year-old Jasmine Szucs, who struck gold in the peewee girls’ 60-metre and 150-metre sprint races, along with the long jump and discus throw events.
She also took home a silver medal in the 600-metre race, and captured the bronze medal in the 1,000-metre event and the standing long jump.
“I actually did better than I expected, especially in the 600-metre race and the 150-metre event,” Szucs said.
“In the 600-metre, I split the race up into 200-metre sections so I could pace myself, and I had a lot stronger start than I usually do in the 150-metre race,” she added.
Other gold medal winners for the Aces were: Scott Chalupiak (midget men’s 800m and 1,200m races), Isaac Wetmore (bantam boys’ 800m and 1,200m run), Jinaye Shomachuk (peewee girls’ shot put), Kashay Kelsick (peewee boys’ standing long jump), Andreas Troschke (midget mens discus) and Brooke Goertzen (youth women’s 300-metre hurdles).
The next meet for the Aces will be held at Foothills Athletic Park on May 25, when the team will compete in the opening event of the 2014 New Balance Athletic Series.