By Andy Pfeiffer, Revelstoke Secondary School
Twenty-eight members of the Revelstoke Secondary School track and field team competed in the BC High School Provincial Track and Field Championships in Langley from June 4–6. Faced with their stiffest competition all season, RSS athletes managed four top eight finishes and several school-record breaking performances in the stifling heat at Macleod Athletic Park.
Grade 12 Jacqueline Cottingham put a bow on her five years of work in track and field by cracking the top eight twice at the provincials. After jumping 150 centimetres to take seventh in the high jump, Jacqueline ran a best-ever, RSS School record of 1:00.41 in the sr. Girls 400 metres, good enough for a spot in the final where she finished in eighth place in the province. Although this was the last track meet of the year, Jacqueline plans to continue with the sport at the University of Calgary next year, where she will study engineering.
The best singular performance of the team belonged to big Jacob Ancell, who finished in sixth place in the grade eight boys shotput with a put of 11.02 metres. Another grade eight thrower, Aleks Klassen, also was able to crack the top eight. Klassen’s mark of 34.02 metres in the javelin was good enough for seventh place in the province. Earlier, he missed out on the finals in the 400 metres by 1/100th of a second, finishing in ninth place with a new school record time of 58.06 seconds.
Maxine Opatril broke Brittany Evans’s school record in the sr. girls 800-metre run. After a disappointing 1500 metres the day before, Opratril ran strongly throughout her 800-metre race and finished with a 2:28.73.
The junior girls 4X400 metre relay team of Megan Cottingham, Elizabeth Elliott, Alexis Welch, and Alana Brittin also got their name on the RSS record board with an inspiring 4:25.23 in their race.
Most athletes peaked at the right time and left Langley with personal bests and season’s best results. In the final race of the meet, Hayden Mallet’s performance in the 3000 metre exemplified RSS track and field. With every one of his teammates chanting his name, Hayden ran his personal best by more than 20 seconds in the gruelling 7.5-lap race in 30 degree heat. The team then ran onto the field and flooded him with high fives.
After winning several North Zone and Okanagan Valley pennants this year, the RSS track season comes to a close. With key grade 12s leaving for university next year, grade eight athletes such as the speedy Riley Wallach are ready to take the baton and run with it.
Here are the complete Revelstoke results:
Elizabeth Elliott – 13th 400m 1:02.56, 25th 800m 2:35.29, 22nd 200m 27.88
Jacqueline Cottingham – 8th 400m 1:00.41, 7th HJ 1.50m, 15th 400mh 1:10.92
Adam Smith – 22nd 400m 55.53
Kate Granstrom – 25th 1500m 5:11.90, 18th 3000m 11:48.64
Alana Brittin – 26th 1500m 5:15.25, 20th 800m 2:32.31, 17th Javelin 24.87m
Maxine Opatril — 13th 800m 2:28.73, 27th 1500m 5:41.83,
Megan Cottingham – 25th 80mh 14.65, 26th Hammer 22.07m, 22nd 300mh 52.83
Daniel Blackie – 18th 110mn 20.12, 21st 400mh 1:08.13
Spencer Spannier – 29th 800m 2:10.93, 13th 300mh 45.57, 16th 1500m steeple 4:52.38
Zoë Kramer – 28th 200m 30.47
Alexis Welch – 29th Triple Jump 8.84m
Nick Flick – 15th Long Jump 5.56m, 15th High Jump 1.7m
Linnea Allain – 33rd Shot 6.58m, 23rd Hammer 26.40m
Cam McKenzie – 20th Discus 26.57m, 20th Javelin 34.32m
Roger Jover – 26th Triple Jump 10.59m
Robyn Rourke – 14th Javelin 26.53m
Erin Behncke – 18th Javelin 24.49m, 27th Discus 19.28m, 10th Hammer 34.48m
Mitch Kovacs – 19th Shotput 9.99m, 10th Hammer 30.02m
Andreas Suchovs – 15th Hammer 26.65m, 22nd Javelin 33.03m
Stefanie Wallach – 20th Shotput 7.15m, 18th Javelin 28.01m
Alexis Allain – 25th Shotput 5.88m
Aleks Klassen – 9th 400m 58.06, 7th Javelin 34.02m, 18th 200m 26.68
Riley Wallach – 10th 100m 12.69, 11th 200m 25.98
Jacob Ancell – 6th Shotput 11.02m
Hayden Mallet – 15th 3000m 10:48.14
Rylan Bokis – 30th 400m 1:00.91
Jr. Girls 4X100m 29th 55.32 – Zoë Kramer, Elizabeth Elliott, Megan Cottingham, Alexis Welch
Jr. Girls 4X400m 15th – Alana Brittin, Elizabeth Elliott, Megan Cottingham, Alexis Welch 4:25.43
Jr. Boys 4X400m 27th – John Echlin, Tettey Tetteh, Rylan Bokis, Spencer Spannier 4:05.98
Sr. Girls 4X100m 26th 56.69 – Jacqueline Cottingham, Maxine Opatril, Stefanie Wallach, Erin Behncke
Sr. Girls 4X400m 15th 4:27.89 – Erin Behncke, Maxine Opatril, Jacqueline Cottingham, Zoe Kramer
Sr. Boys 4X400m 26th 4:10.28 – Roger Jover, Adam Smith, Daniel Blackie, Jacob Ancell