Tumbler Ridge athletes qualify for BC Summer Games

The Tumbler Ridge S.S. track and field team has been very busy over the past month, and the athletes have achieved amazing results. Five athletes qualified for and competed at the Provincial High School Track & Field Championships in Burnaby, BC on May 30th and 31st. This involved riding on a bus with the other athletes from the North Central Zone to Burnaby, and then participating in the 2-day event. Although the bus ride home was a long one, the athletes came away with a great experience.

Daniel Helm ran the 3000m with a 25th place finish, and also ran a personal best 800m to finish 16th in the province. Tiffany Hetenyi, in her final year of high school track, placed 14th in the 1500m racewalk, and 17th in the 100m hurdles.

Three athletes competed in the grade 8/9 category at the provincial competition. Kelsey Billey placed 23rd in the 100m and 17th in the 80m hurdles. Natalie Sharman came in 14th in the shot put and 16th in the 80m hurdles, and Carina Helm had a personal best time to place 17th in the 3000m.

On Father?s Day week-end, 16 TRSS athletes headed down to Prince George on the school bus to compete in the Spruce Capital meet. The first excitement of the trip was when the bus broke down an hour north of Prince George. The athletes managed to entertain themselves while coach Linda Helm arranged for vehicles to pick them up, and it didn?t affect any performances. All of the athletes placed very well, and there were numerous personal best results despite the rain on Saturday. A highlight was watching Trevor Daub compete in the hammer throw, the first TRSS athlete to do so in many years.

Due to their top placements at the Spruce Capital meet, five Tumbler Ridge athletes have qualified to attend the BC Summer Games in Kelowna in late July. The Summer Games happen once every 2 years, and athletes can only qualify once to attend. Carina Helm will be representing the zone in the 300m hurdles, 3000m and javelin. Kelsey Legault will be entering the 5-event Pentathlon, which includes 80m hurdles, 800m, high jump, long jump and shot put. Natalie Sharman qualified for shot put and discus, Crystal Fry is entered in the 1500m racewalk, and Kelsey Billey will be on the track for the 80m hurdles, 100m and 200m.