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Bert Church student returns from injury to compete with sister at provincial track meet

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jun 05, 2014 06:00 am

Katie Yackel, and her sister Jenny will be representing Bert Church High School at the Alberta high school provincial championship track and field meet in Calgary on June 6 and 7.
Katie Yackel, and her sister Jenny will be representing Bert Church High School at the Alberta high school provincial championship track and field meet in Calgary on June 6 and 7.
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A torn left Achilles tendon prevented Bert Church High School student Jenny Yackel from taking part in last year’s provincial high school track and field championship.

Now that she is healthy, the Grade 12 student will be competing at the provincial championships in Calgary on June 6 and 7, with her younger sister Katie who is also taking part at the event at Foothills Athletic Park.

“I suffered the injury at an indoor meet with the Calgary Warriors last February, and that kept me out of action for six months,” Yackel said.

“It was really frustrating for me to miss out on taking part in the high school meet last year as a Grade 11 student, as I was able to go to that event in my Grade 10 year.”

“I was a little bit nervous coming into this year since I was coming back from the injury, but to be able to go back is pretty awesome,” she added.

“I’m really excited about competing in Calgary, especially with my sister Katie being there with me.”

While Yackel will be competing in the senior girls’ 80-metre hurdles on June 6 and the shot put on June 7, her younger sister Katie will be taking part in her first provincials.

The Grade 10 student will be racing in the junior girls’ 80-metre hurdles and flying through the air in the triple jump on June 6.

“To be able to go with my sister is pretty exciting, especially since she is graduating from high school this year,” Katie said. “I’m just hoping to do my best and see where I end up in the final standings.”

At the zone championships in Calgary on May 27, Katie finished in first place in the junior girls’ 80-metre hurdles and placed second in the triple jump, while Yackel had a first-place finish in the senior girls’ shot put and finished second in the 80-metre hurdles.

“I thought I did well in the hurdles, but I could have done a little bit better in the triple jump,” Yackel said. “I felt like I could have jumped a little bit farther, but that’s something I can improve upon when I’m in Calgary this week.”

“My throw in the shotput went according to plan, so I was really happy about that,” Katie added. “In the hurdle race, the height of the hurdles is a little bit different in the 80-metre race compared to the 100-metre races with the Warriors, so that’s still something I’m getting used to.”

According to Bert Church track and field Coach Carol Smith, the Yackel sisters are a key part to the Chargers team, especially with how much they help their fellow teammates.

“They pretty much train all year round with the Warriors, so they already have that experience, which is a real help to the other kids,” Smith said.

“To see both of them going to the provincials this year is not only great to see, but something that can motivate our other kids.”

“We’re hoping that Jenny and Katie will do a great job for our school at the provincials,” she added.


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