Cold and rainy weather may have been playing havoc on NACI’s track and field team so far this season, but at least that wasn’t the case last Wednesday in Neepawa when the Tigers hosted their annual invitational Attack on the Track meet.
Prior to last Wednesday’s meet, the track team had only been able to practice outdoors about four times due to inclement weather this spring. The Tigers athletes still knew how to take advantage of the warm weather when it counted though, finishing Attack on the Track with nearly 30 top-three finishes.
“For some of the athletes this was a chance to try out their events for the first time this year, while others were aiming to improve off their times from the Selkirk meet the week prior. In both cases, we had a lot of great results,” coach Amy Spring noted. “This meet lets the kids compete against some strong athletes from around the province, and that’s definitely going to help them heading into the zone competition.”
Leading the way for NACI at Attack on the Track was varsity boys speedster Wyatt Salmon who claimed the bronze in both the 100m and 200m sprints, while also helping NACI’s 4x100m relay team to a golden finish.
The dynamic duo of distance running Logan Young and Daniel Heschuk also put in another strong showing. Heschuk finished second in both the 800m and 3,000m runs, while grabbing third place in the 1,500m event. Young finished second in the 1,500m event and first in the 3,000m run.
On the girls’ side, junior varsity athlete Danielle Hanke tore up the track the same day she graced the front page of The Neepawa Press as she claimed third in both the 1,500m run and shot put events. Meanwhile, in the varsity category, Amy Todoruk - usually known for her figure skating skills on the ice - showed off her ability on the turf as well, finishing first in long jump and second in the 100m dash.
In total, about 450 athletes from 23 schools converged in Neepawa for the day, including schools from McCreary, Erickson, Minnedosa, and Brandon.
The Zone 7 track meet was held yesterday, Tuesday, May 27, in Neepawa.
NACI Top-Five Results:
Emily Dobson - 3rd, 100m; 1st, 200m
Taylor Allen - 5th, 100m; 3rd, 200m
Sydney McLaughlin - 5th, 200m; 5th, 400m
Danielle Hanke - 4th 800m; 3rd, 1,500m; 3rd, Shot Put
Aleigha Bell - 2nd, Long Jump
Amy Todoruk - 2nd, 100m; 1st, Long Jump
Brooke deKoning - 3rd 200m; 3rd, 80m Hurdles
Landon Young - 5th, 100m Hurdles
Matthew McKay - 5th, High Jump
Jessy Doerksen - 2nd, Discus
Reese Jones - 4th, Discus
NACI - 3rd, 4x100m Relay
Wyatt Salmon - 3rd, 100m; 3rd, 200m
Bryson Kaye - 4th, 100m; 1st, High Jump
Daniel Heschuk - 2nd, 800m; 3rd, 1,500m; 2nd, 3,000m
Logan Young - 2nd, 1,500m; 1st, 3,000m
NACI - 1st, 4x100m Relay
Cole Tardiff - 2nd, High Jump
Rylin Mitchler - 4th, High Jump
Lynden Middleton - 4th, Long Jump
Cody Pasowisty - 2nd, Shot Put; 2nd, Discus
Braedon Mitchell - 4th, Javelin
Cheyenne Levandoski (JV, Girls) - 5th, 800m; 5th, Shot Put
Maya Wallis (JV, Girls) - 3rd, 3,000m; 5th, Triple Jump
Mallory Workman (SV, Girls) - 1st, 400m; 1st, Javelin
Tya Waterman (SV, Girls) - 4th, 800m
Blake Pratt (SV, Girls) - 3rd, 3,000m; 4th, Triple Jump
Colby Ryznar (JV, Boys) - 5th, 400m
Viktor Popp (JV, Boys) - 4th, Triple Jump