Aces trio qualify for Legion youth national track meet in B.C.
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Thursday, Jun 26, 2014 11:18 am
Three members of the Airdrie Aces Track and Field team will find themselves going up against the top competitors in Canada in August in Langley, BC.
Scott Chalupiak, Adam Sliek, and Andreas Troschke will take part in the Alberta midget boys team at the 2014 Legion Canadian Youth Track & Field Championships from Aug. 15 to 17.
“It’s a great accomplishment not just for the Aces club, but for the three athletes that will be heading to Langley in August,” Aces Head Coach Jan Lips said.
“They will have a chance to go up against the best competitors in Canada, and if they are able to be in the top six in their events, that really says a lot,” he added.
The Aces trio, who are 15 years of age, qualified for the Legion Nationals based upon first-place finishes they achieved at the Caltaf Track Classic at Foothills Athletic Park in Calgary from June 13 to 15.
Chalupiak finished up that meet with three first-place finishes in 800-metre, 1,200-metre, and 1,500-metre steeplechase races, while Sleik and Troschke finished at the top of the standings in the discus and hammer throw events respectively.
“To have all three of those guys do so well says a lot, especially since only 12 athletes make up the midget team for Alberta,” Aces Coach Jodie Matsuba-Szucs said.
“The athletes have been training regularly all year long, and the self-motivation that they have is a big reason as to why they are doing so well.”
“It’s always a big deal just to have one athlete make a national event, but to have three 15 year olds advance to the Legion Youth event is amazing,” she added.
Prior to the Legion Youth meet, the three Aces members will have a busy summer schedule, as they will be travelling across Western Canada at various track and field meets.
“This weekend, we will be in Kelowna for the Jack Brown Memorial Meet, and then it’s a pretty hectic July,” Lips said.
“There’s the provincial championships in Sherwood Park, followed by the Western Canadian Championships in Saskatoon, and the Alberta Summer Games in Airdrie.”
“It’s a bit hectic, but having that many meets is a good thing for helping them prepare for a big meet like the one in August,” he added.
“There’s nothing quite like going up against top athletes in a meet, as you can’t really replicate that in a practice.”