What a 2017!

2017 was quite the year for Prairie Storm Athletics! From indoor season in the bitter cold of January and February to a hot Legion Nationals in August and to the snow of Cross Country Provincial Championships the past twelve months have been quite the experience for everyone involved with the club!

The year began with the indoor season and the Bison Classic was the first major competition for most members of the club.  It was a great weekend on the track and athletes were able to put up six personal best performances including Lara high jumping 1.55m to finish 4th overall against University competition.

Following the Bison Class Daniele went to Idaho to compete in the Simplot Games where she ended up making the finals and set personal bests in the 60m and finished in the top 15!

The Boeing Championships were the highlight of the indoor season where athletes set eight personal bests and grabbed two medals on day one and followed that with six more personal bests and two more medal performances on day two.  Other highlights from the indoor season were Daniele winning the JV Girls indoor high school series in the 60m and Charlot finishing 3rd overall in the Varsity Girls 200m.

Life got exciting as we moved to the outdoor season.  Jensyn toured the University of New Brunswick while Charlot toured the University of Alberta.  Charlot eventually committed to the U of A while Jensyn ended up committing to becoming a Huskie at the U of Saskatchewan!

After what seemed like forever from the last indoor competition to the first outdoor competition, Spring Open, we got back on the track.  Fourteen members of Prairie Storm Athletics opened the 2017 outdoor competitive season and it was a weekend of firsts for seven new members of Prairie Storm with Jorja Hoad, Daxx Turner, Peighton Johnson, Caitlin Meyers, Riley Sheperd, Tyson Chambers and Luke Robson all hitting the rubber outdoors for the first time as members of the team.  All performed admirably in their first competition outdoors as did the returning members who showed no rust from a long layoff from the indoor season.  The performances were strong all around with multiple athletes setting new personal bests or opening this season with performances right where they left off last season.  Overall, the team brought home 19 podium finishes led by Kensi Rainkie and Jorja Hoad with three apiece.

From there athletes competed with their school teams at school meets, where multiple athletes broke school or Zone records.  Ben Perrett broke the Zone 7 400m and 800m records for the junior varsity boys category.  Kensi Rainkie broke not one, not two but three Neepawa Area Collegiate records.  She set new school records in the Grade 7 girls 100m, 200m, and 400m, while Lara Denbow set new Grade 8 girls records in the 400m and triple jump.  Aside from the school meets, at the SATT Open, at the University of Manitoba, the team competed in 23 individual events and athletes brought home an impressive 19 podium finishes!

MHSAA Provincial High School Championships were a lot of fun! Medal performances included:
Daniele Dyck – 1st, JV Girls 100m – new personal best time
Taine Middleton – 3rd, JV Boys 100m – new personal best time
Morgan Ramsay – 2nd, V Girls 100m – new personal best time
Taine Middleton – 3rd, JV Boys 200m – new personal best time
Morgan Ramsay – 3rd, V Girls 200m
Peighton Johnson – 2nd, JV Girls 400m – new personal best time
Ben Perrett – 1st, JV Boys 400m – new personal best time
Amy Klippenstein – 2nd, V Girls 400m
Ben Perrett – 2nd, JV Boys 800m – new personal best time
Amy Klippenstein – 3rd, V Girls 800m

Following MHSAA Provincials Charlot was recognized as a Scholar-Athlete by MHSAA!

It was the Age Class Championships at the end of June that kept us busy and once again at Age Class, it was wet, and cold and windy!  Athletes were able yet again to pick up multiple medals and personal best performances and as a result Amy, Ben, Daniele, Morgan, Taine, Wil, Tyson, Caitlin, Daxx, Peighton, Lara, and Zoie were all selected to the Manitoba Provincial Midget and Youth Track and Field Teams to compete in the Western Canada Challenge in Winnipeg in July!

The Western Canada Challenge was a great opportunity for the Prairie Storm athletes to compete against the best from Alberta and Saskatchewan and athletes didn’t disappoint.  Ben finished 2nd in the Youth 400m race with a new personal best time of 50.77 seconds. While Amy finished 7th on the women’s side.  Lara and Peighton both set new personal bests in the Midget 300m race finishing 10th and 11th overall and Lara grabbed a gold in the Midget high jump clearing 1.50m. She had to leave the high jump mid-competition to race in an 800m run where she placed 9th before returning to high jump. In the women’s 800m Caitlin finished 8th and Amy 9th, while Daxx finished 11th in Midget men’s high jump.Wil finished 12th in the Midget 100m and Tyson 20th, while Daniele finished 6th and Morgan 7th in the Youth 100m. Zoie finished 17th. In the Men’s 100m, Taine finished 11th.  The Men’s 4x100m relay team anchored by Taine finished 3rd. The Women’s 4x100m team relay team made up of Morgan, Daniele and Zoie finished 2nd.  Daxx placed 5th in the Midget triple jump and 6th in the javelin while competing in both events at the same time.  Peighton finished 7th in the midget 200m, while Morgan finished 7th and Daniele 11th in the youth. On the men’s side, Ben placed 5th and Taine 8th.  In the 4x400m relay, Amy and team Manitoba placed 3rd and Ben helped the men to 2nd.  Lara and Peighton were members of Manitoba’s midget girls medley relay team that finished 2nd.

The summer just kept rolling along from there with Coach Koscielny attending the Canada Games with Team Manitoba and after a quick turn around the team put the finishing touches on preparing for the Legion Nationals in Brandon, MB.  Peighton, Lara, Daxx, Taine, Ben, Daniele, Morgan, Zoie, and Amy all qualified to compete at the National Championship.  All of the athletes had strong performances at Nationals; Taine set a new PB in the 100m, 11.42, and Daxx finished in 7th place in the triple jump on Day 1.  Day 2 of Nationals saw Daxx set a personal best in both javelin and high jump! Daxx finished 8th and 13th!  Ben finished his season with the 7th place finish in the 400m just off of his personal best time!  Lara cleared the third-highest height of the competition, 1.55m and finished 6th on the countback.

This brought about a “summer” break with only a few weeks left in August!  It was a good break and a needed one!

As school bells rang the cross country runners hit the trails, fields, and track to get ready to race.  By the end of September, athletes were racing in Zone Championships with school teams and the results were good and the athletes competed very well at the MHSAA Cross Country Championships as well with Ben finishing 5th and Lara 6th overall in their age categories.  At the Age Class Cross Country Championships, it was once again cold and snowy just like 2016 but that didn’t stop the athletes.  Kayden finished 4th and Jenna 9th in the Bantam Girls race!  Lara finished 2nd and Peighton 3rd in the Midget Girls race!  Caitlin finished 5th in the Youth Girls race while Ben finished 4th in the Youth Men’s race!

From there it was back to the prep work for the upcoming indoor season and the results early on have looked exceptional.  10 athletes opened up the indoor season in Winnipeg at the Last Chance Meet and athletes put up 20 personal best performances out of 22 events! This is promising and exciting and hopefully, we can keep this rolling into 2018!

The exciting news wasn’t over for us in 2017 as Ben and Coach K were both selected to represent Manitoba at the Simplot Games in Pocatello, Idaho in February of 2018!  That will make it three years in a row that Prairie Storm Athletics has had at least one athlete represent the team in Idaho!

2018 looks to be very promising for everyone in the club! Zoie, Morgan, and Amy will be getting ready to graduate, athletes are scheduled to compete in meets in Manitoba as well as Alberta, Idaho, and New Brunswick and we look forward to hopefully having more members of the club compete at the Legion Nationals in Brandon once again in August.

Goals are set 2018, bring it on!