Fourteen track and field athletes from Tumbler Ridge made up the Wolverine team that took part in the Peace Country Classic athletics meet in Grande Prairie on Saturday 13 May. Points were awarded for each result and placing, and out of seventeen teams from across the Peace regions of BC and Alberta, the Tumbler Ridge team managed a strong third place finish.
Coaches Linda Helm, Birgit Sharman and Max Allen were thrilled to see this level of performance so early in the season. This is all the more remarkable given that Tumbler Ridge, for all its wonderful amenities, does not yet have an athletics track. Fortunately this is something that Town Council is looking at remedying later this year.
Amongst many strong performances, there are some that deserve special mention: Laura Sharman was one of the few athletes that managed a triple victory, winning her 100m, 200m and Long Jump events. Tyler Schlief comfortably won his 200m and 400m dashes and finished second in Long Jump. Kelsey Legault and Carina Helm showed their mastery of the 400m and 800m distances, each breasting the tape in these events, while Daniel Helm did the same in the 3000m.
Esther and Sheena Walkley, Natalie Sharman, Jenna Antkowiak and Julie Schlief had to contend with powerful competition in their events and all performed creditably. While there was not as much stiff competition in the open and masters categories, Max Allen and Jen Becker each won two events, Fred Walkley ran powerfully in the sprints, and Charles Helm in the 800m. They will use this experience to compete at a higher standard in Prince George in June.
Through their strong performances, many of the younger athletes qualified for the Provincial Hershey meet in Edmonton in June. If successful there, they may qualify to attend the Hershey Finals in Hershey, Pennsylvania.