Aces wrap up indoor season at provincials

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As fast as the indoor track season began for the Airdrie Aces Athletic Club, it quickly came to an end when the team took part in the Alberta Indoor Provincial Championships in Edmonton March 3 to 5.

The Aces sent 34 of its athletes to take part in the final indoor event of the season and its young athletes shone at the Universiade Pavilion with medals and personal bests a plenty.

With one of the largest fields of competitors in the indoor season, the Aces brought home a total of 10 medals from the event including three gold, a silver and five bronze.

Jinaye Shomachuk was dominant in a pair of events, winning gold in both the midget girls weight throw with an 11.52 metre (m) throw and the shot put (99.5m) events.

In her first indoor event of the season, Ava Sleik took gold in the youth women’s high jump event with a 1.50m jump, just seven centimetres short of her personal best.

“Ava has been dealing with some injuries that she has been working through,” Aces president and distance coach Jodie Matsuba-Szucs said.

“For her to stay strong to the end and win, it was huge.”

Jasmine Szucs took a silver medal in the midget girls long jump and just missed out on the final heat of the 60m hurdles, taking ninth place with a time of 10.94 seconds.

Nadia Hand won the Aces second silver medal with a 10.78m throw in the junior women’s weight throw.

Princess Roberts finished the event with a pair of bronze medals and personal bests for herself in both the youth women’s 300m run and 60m sprint events.

Due to her strong performance in Edmonton, Roberts was named the Quest Orthodontics Athlete of the Meet by the Aces coaching staff.

With the outdoor season looming, Matsuba-Szucs said Roberts is due for a big season in the track and field world.

“Princess has always been a strong athlete,” Matsuba-Szucs said. “She’s ready to break out, she’s going to do well.

“She’s strong, dedicated and training regularly. It’s all coming together for her.”

Dania Halsey (youth women’s long jump), Nic Wroe (youth men’s shot put) and Sehaj Grewal (tyke boy’s overall) rounded out the rest of the bronze run for the Aces.

With the indoor season concluding, Matsuba-Szucs said the season was a success for the Aces and fueled the team’s preparation for the outdoor season.

“Indoor season gets you ready for the outdoor season,” she said. “We view the indoor meets as good training for the upcoming season.”

The Aces outdoor season begins in early May and the team is looking forward to taking its training outdoors as soon as the weather warms up.

“We’re definitely ready to get outside,” Matsuba-Szucs said.

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