Three Tumbler Ridge athletes going to provincials

Trent Ernst, Editor


Three Tumbler Ridge athletes are going to Provincials in Langley, starting on June 4.

While that might not seem like a lot, only four athletes went to zones, held in Prince George on May 22 and 23.

While all four got medals, only athletes getting gold and silver advance to provincials.

Grade 12 student Christopher Mackay, who has not participated in track in previous years due to conflicts with golf, placed second in long jump, second in high jump, third in 400m hurdles and fourth in 110m hurdles. This is his first year competing, and will be going to provincials in long jump and high jump.

Mackay is looking forward to competing, though he doesn’t hold much hope of winning, considering the first time he ever competed in high jump was at zones. While he has more practice at long jump, his best jump at zones was 4.95 m, almost a full metre behind the winning jump.

Kelly Fry, on the other hand may have a chance. The grade 12 student placed first in the 1500 m racewalk at zones, and will be going to provincials for the third time, having not competed last year. In 2012, when she was in Grade 9, she placed 18 in provincials. The next year, she placed 14.

This year, she will also be competing at the provincial level in discus.

Grade 9 student Zoe Boudreau placed second in the 1500 m Steeplechase. Steeplechase is an uncommon track event, and Tumbler Ridge does not have a Steeplechase course, and this was her first chance racing on a real course. She also competed in long jump and shot put, though failed to qualify.

Grade 12 student Caleb Gale also attended zones, coming in third in 110m hurdles and fourth in 400m hurdles, setting personal best times in both events. He also competed in Javelin.

The Tumbler Ridge students will be joining coach Birgit Sharman travelling down to provincials in Langley, catching a ride with the Dawson Creek athletes.