The Athletics Manitoba Last Chance Meet was the first official competition of the 2017 track and field season for members of Prairie Storm Athletics and it was a weekend to remember for multiple club members.
Jorja Hoad competed for her first time ever indoors and she made sure it was a weekend to remember! In her bantam girls 60m debut she shook off some early nerves to post a blistering 8.55 second time good for 2nd place! She followed that up with a 46.74 second 300m time which put her in 3rd place behind teammate Lara Denbow who finished in 2nd place with a new personal-best time of 46.39, while teammate Brooklyn Perrett finished in 7th with a time of 50.24 seconds, a personal best as well. Earlier on day one, Perrett posted a 9.23 in her bantam girls 60m heat, good for 6th.
Day one results also included Daniele Dyck picking up right where she left off last indoor season with blazing fast 8.14 sec time in her midget girls 60m race, good enough for 1st place and just 0.06 seconds off of her personal-best time. That 8.14 was the second fastest time of the day in all women’s age groups including the senior women, aged 20 and up. Charlot Butler finished 3rd in the youth women’s 60m, 8.38 seconds matching her personal best from last year, while Jensyn Baron was 2nd in the junior girls, 8.68 sec. The 8.68 was a new personal best time for Baron.
Ben Perret picked up right where he left off last season in the 300m grabbing 1st overall in the midget men category with a fast 38.07, just off his personal best outdoor 300m mark. In the youth women’s 400m, Bea Levin made her debut with a 4th overall finish with a respectable 1:09:54.
In the field, Lara Debow set a new personal best of 4.16m in the bantam girls long jump which was good for 3rd. For those keeping track, that’s two medals and two personal bests on day 1 for Denbow.
Bea Levin and Lara Debow were at the high jump pit following Baron’s 60m hurdles and both girls started the season in fine form. Denbow, set a new personal best of 1.46m in the bantam girls category finishing 1st overall, while Levin matched her at 1.46m just off of her personal best, but it was still good for 1st in the youth girls category. Both girls hitting 1.46m is exciting considering they only practiced high jump a couple of times in the last 5 months!
As the girls were capturing gold in the high jump the bantam women were on the track in the 150m. Jorja Hoad continued her early success placing 3rd with a 20.84, while Brooklyn Perrett finished 10th with a 22.60. That 3rd place finish made it three medals in three races for Hoad. The midget girls were next in the 200m where Daniele Dyck picked up her second 1st place finish of the weekend with a 27.16. In the youth women category, Charlot Butler finished 5th, 28.02, and Bea Levin 10th, with a 30.06, while Jensyn Baron was 4th in the junior women’s category with a 29.23.
The day on the track concluded with the 600m and it was the bantam women’s race. Lara Denbow, in her fourth and final event of the weekend, set a new personal best time of 1:50.46, which put her in 2nd place. That made it four events, four medals, and four personal bests for Denbow. After battling a cold for Thursday, Friday and into Saturday, Caitlin Meyers made her indoor debut in the midgets girls category finishing 5th overall with a 1:58.71. Teammate Amy Klippenstien, a member of the Central Plains AAA Midget Capitals, also made her first appearance indoors, fitting a race in between hockey games. She finished 4th in the youth girls category with a 1:52.19. On the men’s side, it was Ben Perrett setting the pace in the midget boys 600m with a 1:27.93, good for his second 1st place finish of the weekend.
The day wrapped up for the club with the youth women’s long jump where Charlot Butler placed 3rd overall with a 4.64m jump, her best performance in over 6 months without a single long jump practice yet this season.
When asked about the results over the weekend, Coach K said, “I’m very happy with the results this weekend. It’s nice to finally get a real assessment of where each of the athletes is at performance wise. I think when you look at the results and see that athletes are putting up personal best performances in the first competition of the year, or are very close to personal best performances from last year, it is some great reassurance that training is going well and we are heading in the right direction.” He went on to say, “Now we will get back to work and trust that the training plan is working and that we are headed in the right direction.”