The podium at this year’s provincial high school track and field championship was carpeted in Spartan red and black.
Sisler High School athletes sprinted home with 11 medals at this year’s meet, held at Lord Selkirk Regional Comprehensive Secondary School from June 6 to 8, along with the provincial banner for the school.
True to his name, Grade 11 runner Michael Medal brought in two pieces of silver in the varsity boys 100-metre hurdles and high jump events, and helped run the varsity boys 4x100-metre relay team to a bronze medal finish.
Medal, who tied a personal record of 1.8 metres in the high jump, credited Sisler’s five-man coaching corps for the success.
"We practise every day, so we get a good workout," said Medal, who has been running track since Grade 7 and has won three provincial medals since Grade 9.
"We got a lot of coaches so we get a lot of one on one time."
In all, Sisler won four golds in the junior varsity boys 100-metre hurdles, varsity boys long jump, junior varsity girl 80-metre hurdles and the junior boys tetrathlon. The school took silver in the junior varsity girls 4x100 metre relay, and bronze in the varsity boys triple jump, junior varsity girls triple jump, and junior varsity boys 4x400 metre events.
Giselle Dela Merced and Jamie Dumaran also won two individual medals at the meet. The school’s varsity boys tied Vincent Massey Collegiate for most points — 47 — meaning the two schools share the spot as co-champions at this year’s meet.
Jonathan Fast, Sisler’s athletic director, said both the students and coaching staff have benefitted from retired coaches Evan Jones and John Iwanski, both of whom still continue to offer a mentoring hand.
"There’s a lot of natural talent here, that’s for sure," said Fast.
"We learn a lot from Evan and John. This is a hard-working group of athletes, that’s very dedicated and they don’t miss a lot.
"These two (Medal and Dela Merced) don’t really miss practice. When you have those elements, you end up being successful."
There are about 60 athletes on the school’s track team. Medal and Dela Merced will be among the top five boys and girls that Fast says he plans on taking to next year’s Howard Wood Dakota Relays in Sioux Falls, S.D., a major meet where the group can try to catch the eye of universities in the hopes of landing a scholarship.
Medal and Dela Merced say the both hope to continue training throughout the summer with Iwanski and compete at the national level in Canada.
"We make sure they get some exposure," said Fast.
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