Cochrane Endurance Project athletes rose above sweltering heat, wind gusts, and poor air quality to produce some fantastic results at the Athletics Alberta Age Class Provincial Championships in Sherwood Park earlier this month.

Twelve of the club's athletes participated in the provincials that served as their final tune-up for the Alberta Summer Games in Okotoks, July 20 to 23, and Bell Canadian National Track & Field Championships, July 26 to 30 in Langley, B.C. 

Endurance Project athletes nabbed nine medals and collected multiple personal best times.

Coach Travis Cummings says it was a smaller crew than normal, due to vacations and other summer fun, but nonetheless, an overall great experience for the club.

"Coach (Pam) Moores and I are very excited to see how the next few weeks play out," says Cummings. "It's been a bit of an extended season, but a great one so far."

RydenRyden Bruce won silver in the U14 boys' 600m. (Photo/Pam Moores)

Returning with medals were:

  • Csenia Irvin, bronze, U18 women's 800m and 1,500m 
  • Jessica Kaiser, bronze, Sr. women's 1,500m 
  • Carmella Yee, bronze, U16 Women's 1,500m steeplechase 
  • Caden Jones, silver, U18 men's steeplechase,and bronze, U18 men's 3,000m 
  • Makenna Fitzgerald, gold, Sr. women's 5,000m 
  • Ryden Bruce, silver, U14 boy's 600m 
  • Sr. women's 4x400m relay, Aggie Baker, Csenia Irvin, Makenna Fitzgerald, Jessica Kaiser, gold.

Cochrane athletes also competed for other clubs. 

Among them was Jett Hasiuk, of CALTAF, who won gold in the U18 400m with a time of 48.26, almost two seconds ahead of second place. 

Competing for Calgary International, Harrison Kellock won silver in the U18 100m and bronze in the U18 200m.

Eleven Endurance Project athletes will be competing in the Alberta Summer Games for various zones and four will be competing in the nationals later this month.

Clay GrattidgeClay Grattidge, centre in Endurnace Project colours, will be competing in the U20 men's 400m and 800m in Langley, B.C. at the end of the month. (Photo/Pam Moores)
ZoeZoe Bushrod was drafted by Zone 4 to compete in the Alberta Summer Games. (Photo/Pam Moores)