The Neelin Spartans have won one medal at the provincial high school track and field championships in Selkirk and they’re in contention to win a few more today.
Neelin’s junior varsity boys distance medley team — comprised of Brandon Lalonde, Tyrell Medwid, Keegan Herperger and Riley Peyachew — won a silver medal on Thursday after finishing the race in three minutes and 52.80 seconds. Nobody earned a medal on Friday, but Lalonde, Peyachew, Herperger as well as Quinton Hunter and Dustin Lamont have advanced to finals.
Peyachew will head into today’s 400-metre final as the favourite after running his preliminary race in 53.65 seconds. Lalonde had the seventh-fastest time in the 800m preliminary heats and Herperger will throw for a junior varsity javelin title after leading the preliminary event.
Peyachew, Lamont, Hunter and Herperger finished third overall in the 4x100m relay qualifying heats with a time of 47.58 seconds to advance to today’s final.
Deanna Peyachew, Neelin’s coach, is extremely happy with how her team has performed so far, especially since it rained nonstop through the second day of competition on Friday.
“Everyone is doing really great in their events,” she said. “Even if they’re not advancing to the finals, they’re still recording personal bests from city championships in Brandon. That’s exciting to see results like that, especially since today was entirely filled with rain.”
Vincent Massey’s contingent is not making out as well, although it will have Zaina Bird, Dylan Burrell, Jamil Tahhan and Shawn Watt racing in their respective 3,000m finals today.
Crocus’s lone representative, Mia Flamond, had her meet end on Friday after the Grade 9 runner finished 15th in the junior varsity girls 200m dash semifinal.
Meanwhile, a number of Westman athletes hit the medal podium on Friday.
Caitlin Wilkinson of Ste. Rose won a gold medal in junior varsity girls high jump after leaping 1.53 metres, while Deloraine’s Kienna Mills finished in a tie for second at 1.45 metres.
Carberry’s Jerra Green won a silver medal in varsity girls shot put, after launching one 9.76 metres in her final. Shoal Lake’s Natasha Rupa earned a bronze medal for her 9.36-metre toss, while Killarney’s Jessica Vallotton fell one centimetre shy of a medal in the event.
Roblin’s Justin Krantz also won a silver medal in shot put. His throw went 13.94 metres to earn him the medal in junior varsity boys.
Meanwhile, Neepawa’s Jason Doerksen and Roblin’s Joy Becker both won bronze medals in the 100m dash. Doerksen ran his final in 11.82 seconds to finish third in the JV boys category, while Becker ran her race in 12.84 seconds to win the varsity girls medal.
The provincial championships conclude today.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 9, 2012