It's been a blistering lead-up to the ASAA high school track and field provincials that saw many standout performances by St. Timothy Thunder athletes at the Calgary Zone Championships on May 28.
Caden Jones and Holly Moores will be representing the Cochrane school at the provincials being hosted by Medicine Hat on June 3-4.
Jones ran a gutsy 1,500m to finish second in junior boys, and Moores continued her strong season, posting another personal best in the senior girls 3,000m to place second.
Winning bronze medals were: Ellie Barlow, junior girls 3,000m; Brendan Maguire, IB 1500m and IB 3000m; and Caden Jones, junior boys 3,000m.
Brendan Maguire, Nicholas Hooper, and Makenna Myatt have all qualified as alternates for the provincials should an athlete who finished ahead of them can't attend.
The top two in all events advance to the provincials.
Graduating this year, Moores will be competing in her last high school provincials and is enjoying her return to the track.
"I haven't run track for a couple of years for a lot of anxiety reasons. Track is a completely different game from cross-country. I'm now enjoying it, having so much fun, and I'm training really hard this season."
Possibly helping is the comradery on the Thunder's team.
"We had a really good team this year. It was probably one of my favourite years and we had a lot of fun We have an amazing group, and everyone is so talented, so it was really good. Everyone did so well."
Next season, Moores has committed to compete for SAIT at the post-secondary level.
Jones continues to build upon the success he has had in club outdoors and indoors track championships, not to mention his cross-country prowess.
He's been able to run injury-free, and that's helped him stick to his successful running strategies.
"I'm feeling pretty good," says Jones. "I've just got to run my race and I feel that my training has been working and I'm confident in it. I just go there and run it like I've been running every other race and it turns out fine."
The high school provincials aren't the end of his competitive season. He's looking forward to the club championship season that follows.
In all, 11 qualified to compete in the Calgary Zone Championships. Coach Travis Cummings says it's the school's best showing overall at zones.
Also competing were Skya Mitchell-Brost, Azariah Peever, Hudson Peever, Wil Pittaro, and Kaden Smith.
CSSD Tier 5 Jr High Track & Field City Championship
The junior high Thunder contested their City Championships on May 31 at Glenmore Athletic Park. The school saw 13 athletes compete, and the group came away with 11 medals.
"It was a great day for the next generation of Thunder track and field athletes," says Cummings."They have done a great job carrying on our tradition of excellence in the sport of athletics even amid the loss of two years of development."
Top results from Thunder athletes:
- Julia Hooper - 3rd Gr. 9 Girls 800m, 2nd Gr. 9 100m
- Maeve Maguire - 1st Gr. 9 Girls Shot Put
- Peter Sanico - 2nd Gr. 9 Boys Discus, 3rd Gr. 9 Boys Shot Put
- Isaac Thibodeau - 2nd Gr. 9 Boys 800m
- Cayleigh Jones - 2nd Gr. 8 Girls 800m
- Jager Sarmenta - 2nd Gr. 7 Boys 200m, 3rd Gr. 7 Boys 60m
- Gr. 7 Co-ed Relay Team - bronze - Carter Acetia, Jager Sarmenta, Sophia Anderson, Hadley Howard
- Gr. 9 Co-ed Relay Team - gold - Julia, Maeve, Peter, Isaac