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Northeast Winnipeg athletes brought home the hardware this year at the provincial high school track and field championships, which were held June 6 to 8.
Jordan Soufi, a Grade 12 student at Miles Macdonell Collegiate, won both the boys varsity 100 metre and 200 metre races. Soufi, who is among the top ranked U20 100-metre sprinters in Canada, was hoping to break his own provincial record for the 100-metre of 10.67 seconds with a wind of 1.9 m/second, but the hot weather and strong winds did not co-operate.
In the 100 metre, he finished in 11.13 seconds, and finished the 200-metre in 21.88.
"Ever since his first year (Grade 10), he’s done everything he possibly can to be a better sprinter," Bille McBride, track coach at Miles Mac, said of Soufi. "He’s also developed into a wonderful teammate, and has helped coach some of the younger teammates as well."
Soufi, who currently trains with the Winnipeg Optimist Athletics Club, will run with the University of Manitoba Bisons next year.
Two Grade 12 varsity distance runners and a junior varsity hurdles sprinter collected medals for River East Collegiate.
Calvin Reimer won the boys varsity 1,500-metre run with a time of 4:10.96 — a personal best for Reimer — and placed third in the boys varsity 3000 metre with a time of 9:24.72.
Angela Kroeker won the girls varsity 3,000-metre, clocking in with a personal best time of 10:40.41.
"Both these athletes have focused on their running and working hard the last couple years," said Danielle Fontaine, coach of River East’s track and field team. "That hard work has paid off."
Both Reimer and Kroeker have accepted track scholarships to the University of Manitoba.
Grade 10 sprinter Adam Andres won silver in the 100-metre junior varsity 0.838 m hurdles with a time of 14.19.
Murdoch MacKay Collegiate also made several trips to the podium this year.
Preston Kull, a Grade 12 athlete, won gold in the boys varsity high jump, vaulting 1.89 metres and placed second in the outdoor pentathlon event. Kull, who also won gold in the junior varsity high jump two years ago, intends to compete for the U of M Bisons team next year.
"(He’s) a kid who’s dedicated to what he does," coach Edward Pieczonka said of Kull. "He goes all in, and he’s also pretty gifted athletically. He’s a really nice kid, really supportive of everyone around him who just loves to compete the right way."
Grade 11 sprinter Reese Lange won silver for Murdoch MacKay, finishing with a time of 13.22 in the 100-metre dash.
"She just started in track last year," Pieczonka said. "She’s seeing some results, and she’s got a lot of room to grow."
Grade 10 sprinter Jayden Bryant also cleaned up for the Clansmen, winning gold in the boys junior varsity 200- and 400-metre dashes, clocking in at 22.86 and 51.11 seconds, respectively.
"He’s one of those typical track kids, he works his butt off," Pieczonka said of Bryant. "He does all the right prep, so focused when he gets to the track."
Mason Schwartz, a Grade 10 student at Elmwood High School, won gold in the inaugural 400-metre para-intellectual dash with a time of 1:16.
"Mason loves to run," Nancy Baker, track coach at Elmwood High School, said. "He never missed a practice, he tries his hardest through the entire season, both indoor and outdoor track. For him to win this was awesome."
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