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Pischke gains bronze in U-23 beach volleyball

WINNIPEG'S Taylor Pischke will return from the Czech Republic with a medal around her neck after earning bronze in the world under-23 beach volleyball championship.

Pischke, a 6-1 University of Manitoba Bison, and her Toronto-based partner Melissa Humana-Paredes dispatched Czech opponents Eliska Galova and Adela Machova 19-21, 21-15 and 16-14 to take the bronze. It was the pair's first tournament of the year.

 

Students bust records

A 22-year-old track record fell on the weekend as students blazed their way to six new records at the Manitoba High School Track and Field championships.

In the long jump, Springs Christian Academy's Robyn Wear soared over the varsity girls' record, landing with a distance of 5.88 metres to beat the old high point of 5.64, which was set by Glenlawn's Janna Nikkel in 1991.

Wear added another record as she amassed 2,508 points in the tethrathlon, smashing a previous record of 2,309 set by Oak Park's Caila Kucheravy just last year.

Another double record-smasher was Carman's Jay Ort, who set a new record in the boys' junior varsity 3,000-metre run with a time of 8:52.59, almost a second faster than the previous record-holder, Will Thrift.

Ort also put up a new record time in the 1,500-metre run, clocking 4:02.26, more than five seconds faster than the 4:07.34 Christian Hunter ran in 2000, which had stood since.

In the junior varsity boys' discus competition, Morden's Michael Wirth hurled for 40.32 metres to break the previous high of 40.14, set by Ste. Rose's Drew Sidor in 2008. Among junior varsity girls, Fort Richmond Collegiate's Bright Uchechukwu threw for 10.73 metres in the shot put, snapping a seven-year-old record of 9.94 by Virden's Kristi-Lyn Pollock.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 10, 2013 C5

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