Aces athlete earns three medals at national meet
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 12:38 pm
When Airdrie Aces track-and-field athlete Scott Chalupiak looks back at the 2014 Canadian Legion Track and Field Championships, which took place in Langley, B.C. from Aug. 15 to 17, it will be with a mix of emotions.
The 15 year old came away from the event with two silver medals in both the 4x100-metre relay and medley relay races, and also won a bronze medal in the 1,200-metre event.
However, he was unable to compete in his best event on Aug. 17, as he was forced to withdraw from the midget men’s 800-metre race due to illness.
Chalupiak was forced to withdraw from the 800-metre race due to a severe case of the flu that hit him on the morning of the event, and left him physically unable to compete.
“It was disappointing not to take part in that race, especially as I was hoping to try and set the provincial record in that event,” Chalupiak said. “However, I think at the end of the day, the memories of getting the medals will be what I will end up remembering the most in the years to come.”
“With three positive experiences with the medals prevailing over the one negative experience from the meet, I think that’s what will stick out the most for me from being in Langley,” he added.
“I had a couple of mouthfuls of food that morning for breakfast and I started to feel really sick, which was when I realized that something was wrong,” Chalupiak said. “It got worse as the day went on, and I had developed a wicked fever where I couldn’t stand up for more than 20 seconds without falling over and was always dizzy.”
“So I had to pull-out of the meet, went to the hospital, and was told to rest for the rest of the day,” he added. “I feel better now, other than still feeling a little bit fuzzy in the head, but I’m pretty much in good shape.”
Of the three events that he earned a medal in, Chalupiak said that the silver medal in the 4x100 metre relay was what stood out the most, as he was called in to replace his Aces teammate Adam Sleik after the 15-year-old from Airdrie tore his hamstring on Aug. 15 during a practice session.
“That was the first 4x100 metre relay that I have even ran, as I do more distance events than the sprints,” Chalupiak said. “Plus, the majority of the guys on the team had just finished running different events, so we were all pretty tired going into that race.”
“We all ran really good legs of the race at an average time of 11.25 seconds, and we were able to pull a silver medal out of our hats,” he added. “So to be able to do that in my first time out was pretty awesome.”
Chalupiak will be resting for the next couple of weeks before gearing up for the Aces cross country meet season, which will get underway on Sept. 14 at Monklands Soccer Park in Airdrie at 10 a.m.
“For our athletes like Scott, it’s a good way to train for the upcoming indoor track and field season,” cross country Head Coach Jodie Matsuba-Szucs said. “We stay on the grass because it’s softer on the joints, and for someone like Scott, you have a chance to run distance events that can help you with those longer races that he’s involved with.”
“You can’t go all-out during the entire season, so you need to have those couple of weeks to rest up before you start training again,” Chalupiak said. “Once that’s over though, I’ll be really anxious to take part in the cross-country events.”