It was a memorable conclusion to the high school athletics year at SHSAA Track and Field Provincials in Moose Jaw over the weekend with district, team, and individual success for Southwest Athletic Conference entries.
The Swift Current Comp. Colts and Ardens won a second straight team title with 542 points, nearly 100 points ahead of Saskatoon Holy Cross, the second closest 4A school.
Shaunavon finished sixth amongst 2A teams with 99.50 points, while the Frontier Raiders were 10th with 44 points.
The South West District also had it’s highest ever finish at Provincials with 973.5 points to be named the most improved district and earned the most points per 1,000 students.
The Colts’ Scott Joseph won five medals on his way to the Senior Boys aggregate title with 66 points.
Joseph opened his meet with a bronze medal in the Senior Boys Long Jump with a top jump of 6.57 metres on Friday. He improved to silver in the 100 Metre Dash later that day in 11.06 seconds.
Saturday, Joseph blew away the field to win gold in the Triple Jump with a top jump of 13.36 metres, over a half metre further than the next closest jump in the 25-man field.
Joseph added a second gold medal in the 200 Metres on Saturday when he raced around the bend in 22.23 seconds.
Swift Current’s Rhett Vavra won three medals to win the Junior Boys aggregate title with 63 points.
The grade 10 athlete opened the event with a gold medal in the Junior Boys Long Jump when he sailed 6.37 metres to easily outdistance 26 other athletes in the field. Vavra added his second medal of the day with a silver in the 400 Metres in 52.12, finishing just behind Saskatoon’s Baha Salma (Holy Cross), who clocked in at 51.88 seconds.
He added a silver medal in the 200 Metres on Saturday in 23.18 seconds, trailing only Clavet’s Dawson Klinger. He also placed fourth in the Triple Jump with a 12.71–metre top jump.
Shaunavon’s Solomin Petinrin muscled his way to 48 points to tie for top spot in the Midget Boys aggregate standings. Petinrin was in a class of his own in the Midget Boys Shot Put when he won gold with a top throw of 15.01 metres, 1.68 metres ahead of any of the other 26 entries.
Petinrin added a gold medal in the Discus when he had a top throw of 40.68 metres. He also finished fifth in Javelin with a 41.22-metre effort.
Leader’s Jackson Sitter established a new record while winning the Senior Boys Quadathlon. He totaled 2,627 points to finish 99 points ahead of second-place Ryan Mills, who was the defending champion and previous record holder.
Sitter got out to an outstanding start when he won the 100 Metre Dash in 11.50 seconds. He added a win in Long Jump when he sailed 6.03 metres to eclipse the record in the Quad at Provincials.
Sitter placed third in the Shot Put with an 11.70-metre heave to remain in top spot heading in the final event. He also placed third in the 800 Metres to secure the gold medal in 2:12.72.
Swift Current’s Aleah Nickel completed a decorated high school career with a gold medal in the Senior Girls Quadathlon. She finished 228 points ahead of the next closest competitor in the 25-athlete field.
She tied for top spot in the 100 Metre Dash in 13.09 seconds to get the four-event day started on Friday. She placed third in Shot Put with a top throw of 9.33 metres. She also placed third in the Long Jump with a top effort of 4.62 metres. Nickel closed out the championship performance with a win in the 800 Metres in 2:36.27.
Sitter and Joseph also teamed up with Michael Orthner (SCCHS) and Aiden Slade (Gull Lake) to win gold in the Senior Boys 4×100 Metre Relay in 44.23 seconds.
Swift Current’s Kalea Sauder won a pair of medals to place second in the Senior Girls aggregate standing with 55.5 points to conclude her high school career.
Sauder picked up her first medal when she won silver in the Senior Girls 80 Metre Hurdles in 12.25 seconds, just behind Saskatoon’s Ojamalie Attah (Tommy Douglas) in 12.15 seconds. She quickly added a bronze medal in the High Jump when she cleared the bar at 1.54 metres.
Sauder finished just out of the medals in the 100 Metre Dash in 12.94 seconds in fourth. She also finished fourth in Long Jump with a best effort of 5.14 metres.
Swift Current’s Ryan McCleary added a silver medal in the Midget Boys Triple Jump when he traveled 12.40 metres, second only to Clavet’s Chase Klinger.
Shaunavon’s Austin Smith earned one of the Southwest’s first medals when he placed second in Senior Boys Javelin with a throw of 48.13 metres. Pierceland’s Kaleb Brunet won gold with a top throw of 48.83 metres.
Swift Current’s Kamryn Johnson brought home a silver medal in the Midget Girls Shot Put with a top throw of 10.98 metres, only 10 centimetres behind Moose Jaw Cornerstone’s Aliyah Block.
Shaunavon’s Nevaeh Folbar won silver in the Midget Girls Javelin when her best throw sailed 28.84 metres to finish behind only Waldheim’s Joselyn Kroeker.
Swift Current’s Hillary Lacelle added a bronze medal in the Midget Girls 3,000 Metres in 11:48.32.
Fox Valley’s Joseph Bosch also won a bronze medal in the Senior Boys Discus with a 39.12-metre throw.