A team of ten Tumbler Ridge athletes attended the first track and field meet of the season in Grande Prairie on April 29 on a warm, fairly still day. For many, this was their first competetion ever. Bearing this in mind, there were some outstanding performances and all ten showed potential for a great season ahead.

One example was the Schlief?s: Eight year old Tyler was first in his age group for both 200m (36.5) and Mile (6-50) and placed second in Long Jump (2.79 m), with his six year old sister Julie not far behind in 46.2 in the 200m and also second in Long Jump with 1.94 meters.

For the Dorus family this was also their first track and field experience and they did equally well. Billy sprinted home for a third place in the 200m in the fast time of 28.8, and won his heat in the mile in 6-12. Selenne won her 200 m race in 37.4, and placed second in Long Jump and in High Jump (1.05 m) in large fields.

The experienced Legaults showed off their early season form with a victory by Kelsey in the High Jump (1.10 m) and strong Shot Put (4.47 m) and Long Jump (2.96 m) performances. Max Allen set a career best in the Shot Put with an amazing 9.67 meter effort, and effortlessly hurled the javelin over 32 meters, winning both events comfortably. Jen Becker, more accustomed to longer distances, finished strongly in the Mile in 6-30.

The fourth TR family, the Helms, also showed signs of things to come. Carina took 18 seconds off last year?s mile time to finish in 6-35 and showed good Javelin technique with a 13.6 meter best. The old man in the team, Charles, and son Daniel diced it out in the mile for the last lap in a neck-and-neck photo finish of 5-31. In the process Daniel shaved an impressive 39 seconds off his previous best mile time.

The relays saw three the TR runners in three teams. Highlight was the effort of the Wolverine team of Charles Helm, Max Allen, Daniel Helm and Billy Dorus, who smoked to a first place finish in 55 seconds.

Coach Linda Helm said, ?This was a strong performance by our team at this early stage in the season. It is great to see our new members doing so well and being so keen. Some of our athletes couldn?t make it to this meet, and they will add strength and depth to the team in the weeks ahead. Thanks to our friends in Grande Prairie for putting on such an enjoyable and well-organized event.?