ASAA 2017 Track and Field Championships

June 4, 2017 by  
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FEMALE Skylar Sieben, Cochrane High Savanna Jordan, William Aberhart Savannah McKee, Stirling High
MALE Aaron Ahl, William Aberhart Tomisin Fatoke, Dr EO Scarlett Blake Carriere-Smith, Medicine Hat


Female 1A Stirling High Glendon Bassano
Female 2A Strathcona-Tweedsmuir High Raymond High Hillside High
Female 3A Cochrane High Crescent Heights Highwood High
Female 4A William Aberhart Medicine Hat High Crescent Heights
Male 1A Glendon Eckville Central Albert CI
Male 2A Raymond High Hillside High E W Pratt
Male 3A Cochrane High St Paul Regional HS Springbank High
Male 4A Medicine Hat High Harry Ainlay High Crescent Heights


1A Glendon School Caroline Community Ecole Beausejour
2A Raymond High Strathcona-Tweedsmuir High Hillside High
3A Cochrane High St Paul Regional High W.H. Croxford
4A Medicine Hat High Crescent Heights William Aberhart

Glendon 1A Champions


Medicine Hat 4A Champions


100 m Julia Lovsin, St Peter Apostle Kiara Tan, Lillian Osborne Dawn Richardson, Ross Sheppard
200 m Julia Lovsin, St Peter Apostle Erika Binder, Robert Thirst Grace Konrad, Harry Ainlay
400 m Halle Krynowsky, Bishop Carroll Jasmine Hill-Durand, Ross Sheppard Grace Konrad, Harry Ainlay
800 m Paige Patterson, Archbishop O’Leary Kaitlin Swartz, Lacombe Composite Savanna Jordan, William Aberhart
1500 m Jasmine Feddema, Mother Margaret Mary Emma Hubbard, William Aberhart (NR) Savanna Jordan, William Aberhart
3000 m Jasmine Feddema, Mother Margaret Mary Emma Hubbard, William Aberhart Savanna Jordan, William Aberhart
Sprint Hurdles Julia Lovsin, St Peter Apostle Tristan Sinnatamby, Strathcona HS Gabrielle Gregg, Rundle College
300 m Hurdles Erika Binder, Robert Thirk (NR)
4 x 100  Relay Harry Ainlay HS Notre Dame, Calgary Dr EP Scarlett
4 x 100 Mixed Unified Relay Medicine Hat HS
Shot Put Megan Hebert, Wetaskinwin Skyler Sieben, Cochrane Caitlyn Bailes, Dr EP Scarlett
Discus Rathaine Randle, Crescent Heights Emma Bauer, Chinook HS Tanessa Morris, Brooks Composite
Javelin Gabriella Durante, Winston Churchill (Calgary) Kathryn Philpot, Brooks Composite Alyssa Banez, Holy Rosary
High Jump Ava Sleik, George McDougall Skyler Sieben, Cochrane Rachel Osczevski, St Dominic
Pole Vault Aimee Maurice, Medicine Hat Cali Kleine, Crescent Heights Lauren Ellis, Ross Sheppard
Long Jump Jenessa Doctor, Sturgeon Compostie Kiara Tan, Lillian Osborne Laura Klinck, Olds
Triple Jump Esosa Iwanegbe, St Joseph (Brooks) Natalie Thompson, École Notre Dame HS Laura Klinck, Olds
Para Shot Put Ambulatory
Para Shut Put Wheelchair Kaitlin Havens, Dr EP Scarlett
Para Intellectual Shop Put Elena McLaughlin, Holy Trinity
Para 200 m Intellectual Hannah Wilson, Ross Sheppard
Para 200 m Wheelchair Britney Volkman, New Sarepta
Para 100


Elena McLaughlin, Holy Trinity
Para 100 m


Navarra Houldin, Crescent Heights



  Women’s Men’s
Pentathlon Long Jump Catherina Carruthers, Bishop Carroll Carter Lane, Robert Thirsk (NR)
Pentathlon Shot Put Catherina Carruthers, Bishop Carroll Kurt Schulz, Hugh Sutherland
Pentathlon High Jump Catherina Carruthers, Bishop Carroll (NR) Chase Bohne, Raymond
Pentathlon  100 m Catherina Carruthers, Bishop Carroll (NR) Carter Lane, Robert Thirsk (NR)
Pentathlon  800 m Calista Andrew, ÉS Lacombe Composite HS Austin Pinnell, Lillian Osborne
Pentathlon Overall Champion Catherine Carruthers, Bishop Carroll Chase Bohne, Raymond High



100 m Ethan Lockhart, Bishop Grandin Malachi Murray, St Francix Xavier Chuba Hubbard, Bev Facey
200 m Justin Rose, Jasper Place Sheldon Louza, Crescent Heights Kene Ezekeke, St Mary’s (Calgary)
400 m Justin Rose, Jasper Place Sheldon Louza, Crescent Heights Eric Stephens, Harry Ainlay
800 m Nick Cook, Harry Ainlay Ryder Horton, Ardrossan LiamMurray, Bishop O’Byrne
1500 m Isaac Wetmore, Centre for Learning Maximus Thiessen, Dr EP Scarlett Brandon Vail, Harry Ainlay
3000 m Skyler York, Ross Sheppard Maximus Thiessen, Dr EP Scarlett Brandon Vail, Harry Ainlay
Sprint Hurdles Mason Scshafer, William Aberhart Khymani Reid, Crescent Heights Mehrdad Shokoohi, William Aberhart
300 m Hurdles Scott Dixon, Strathcona (NR)
4 x 100 Relay Harry Ainlay Cresecent Heights Henry Wise Wood
4 x 100 Mixed Unified Relay Medicine Hat HS
Shot Put Jacob Berdahl, Eckville Anthony Francis, Cold Lake Ahmas Hammoud, Winston Churchill (Calgary)
Discus Jacob Berdahl, Eckville Adam Vasznji, Queen Elizabeth Andreas Troschke, Olds
Javelin Justine Breault, Holy Redeemer Mitchell Young, Springbank Quinton MacMillan, Hughenden
High Jump David Bacong, Holy Trinity Caleb Quaye, Spruce Grove Wesley Calef, Bev Facey
Pole Vault Jackson Anderson, Crescent Heights Maxwell MacLaren, Crescent Heights Kael Snashall, Lord Beaverbrook
Long Jump Illya Omelyanchuk, Notre Dame (Red Deer) Denven Krupity, Queen Elizabeth Matthew Hawiuk, St Paul Regional
Triple Jump Tomisin Fatoke, Dr EP Scarlett Mitchell Young, Springbank Koi McArthur, Bishop Carroll
Para Shot Put Ambulatory Andrew Livingstone, Harry Ainlay
Para Shot Put Intellectual Joseph Morin, Blessed Sacrament
Para Shot Put Wheelchair Hunter Graves, Raymond
Para 200m Ambulatory Dustin Deep, Assumption (Cold Lake)
Para 200 m Wheelchair Hunter Graves, Raymond
Para 200 m


Antonio Miguel, Medicine Hat
Para 100


Dustin Deep, Assumption, Cold Lake
Para 100 m Intellectual Lane Tricoteux, St Joseph (NR)
Para 100 m


Hunter Graves, Raymond




Newcomer shares link with Canadian Olympian

Catherine Kluyts, right, and three-time Canadian Olympic hurdler Anglea Whyte pose together at 2017 Alberta School Athletics Association Track and Field provincial championships at Foote Field in Edmonton on Friday, May 2, 2017.
Catherine Kluyts and three-time Canadian Olympic hurdler Anglea Whyte have a pretty unique link.

The 18-year-old from St. Albert who moved to Edmonton from South Africa five years ago, broke Whyte’s Alberta Summer Games record last year with a time of 14.40 in the 100 metre hurdles, and she’d later play a small role in helping Whyte prepare for her third Olympics, without even realizing it at the time.

“Being from South Africa, I had never heard anything about her before until my coach told me about breaking her record,” said Kluyts. “We ended up racing each other in a tune-up meet for the Olympic trials and junior nationals and I didn’t even know I was racing her. I mistook her for as one of us young ones and I had to go up to her and apologize to her and she was so humble. That’s what I love about her.”

Now, Kluyts would like nothing more than to follow her Whyte’s footsteps some day.

On Friday at the 2017 Alberta School Athletics Association Track and Field provincials, the Paul Kane track star competed in her final high school track event taking home a silver medal in the senior women’s 200-metre event with a time of 25.94, losing to Harry Ainlay’s Grace Konrad, who won her third straight provincial title.

Kluyts had a pretty impressive high school track career. She’s the reigning two-time provincial champion in the women’s 100-metre and she’s won two silver medals in the 200-metre.

The hurdles are her strongest event, but she doesn’t compete in the hurdles at the high school level, because she prefers running hurdles at the club level because of the longer distance and spacing between the upright frames.

She uses the 100-metre and 200-metre events at the ASAA provincials to help her train for the hurdles.

“If my family didn’t move to Canada, I wouldn’t have discovered this sport,” said Kluyts. “Sport to me is a big part of my life. It’s what I identify myself with and I love any sport. I get hooked and I just love it. When I moved here, it was just something I truly fell in love with.”

Whyte was at the provincial meet on Friday doing colour commentary for their livestream feed and she’s excited to see what the future holds for Kluyts.

“It’s awesome to line up with the future of track and field in Alberta and in Canada. For me, it was to see it through her eyes (when they raced). She was so excited and she put in a big performance,” said Whyte. “I know it helped her for the Canada Summer Games and it helped me get a good qualifying time for Rio.

“I absolutely love her spirit. She gets so excited and you can tell she’s a growth-oriented athlete. I see that twinkle in her eye when she gets out on the track and she’s eager to show what she can do and that will bode well for her future.”

Kluyts may not have known anything about Whyte before breaking her record and then racing her last year, but she’s found a new role model to learn from and she is committed to do everything she can to advance in track – particularly as a hurdler.

“When I first started track, I competed and won meets, but I realize now just how hard you have to work to achieve your goals,” said Kluyts, who is attending the University of Alberta next year and plans to compete for the Pandas track team.

“After meeting Angela and competing with her and looking at how good she is and seeing how much work she puts in to achieve everything she’s wanted. I realize that’s what I want. I’m committed to putting that work in.”

Kluyts won’t get a chance to defend her 100-metre provincial title on Saturday as she has a pretty important commitment – her high school graduation. But it wasn’t an easy decision for her.

“It was a really tough decision, because since I moved to Canada, I feel like I was born to be on the track, but I decided to go to my grad,” said Kluyts. “I’ve learned that you have to lose some and track is something that is part of my every day life. My grad will be a once in a lifetime experience.”

Gabrielle Rains rewriting high school track record book

Shot putter Gabrielle Rains broke a record at the Alberta provincial high school track and field championships in Edmonton on June 4, 2016.
The list of Canadian women to ever make it to the Olympics in discus in incredibly small, but at the rate that Gabrielle Rains is going, wearing the Maple Leaf at a future Olympics is a definite possibility.

In her final Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association provincial track and field meet, the Grade 12 student from Bev Facey Community High School captured her fourth provincial record — this time in the senior women’s discus.

With a record breaking throw of 48.96 metres, she smashed the old record of 45.44 metres set by Sandra Ketterer in 1981.

She now holds four provincial records: Intermediate women’s discus and shot-put and junior women’s shot put.
On Saturday, she is gunning for her fifth provincial record and gold medal in the shot put.

“Having the chance to break five of the six provincial records… it’s absolutely crazy,” said Rains who has eyes set on the 2020 Olympics.

While she has absolutely obliterated her high school competition the last three years and re-wrote the ASAA record book, it took a big learning experience in Grade 10 that really propelled her to achieve even higher goals in the sport.

“I fouled out three straight throws, and I didn’t even get to provincials for discus and that was a huge lesson for me,” said Rains. “I never showed it to anyone, but in my own head, I was cocky. I am glad it happened, because I’ve never had it happen again since.”

Since then, she’s not just winning gold medals and setting provincial records, she’s dominating the competition.

On Friday afternoon, her closest competitor was 18 metres behind her.

She’s also made her mark on the national and international stage. She’s currently the top-ranked women’s discus thrower in Canada for her age group and last summer she went to the World Youth Games in Columbia.

This summer she will be taking part in the World Junior track and field championships in Poland as well as the Canadian Olympic Trials in Edmonton in July to compete in the U-20 category.

“This year I stuck the Canadian junior record and all my Canada gear on the wall as a constant reminder of all my goals I’m working towards,” said Rains, who will be headed to Florida International University on a scholarship next year.

“I don’t think of track meets anymore of trying to get first or beating other people. It’s about beating myself. Getting a personal best is the best feeling in the world.”

Rains also accomplished something on Friday that won’t go in the ASAA record books, but will definitely be tossed around in dinner table conversations.

She now has bragging rights over her father and coach Paul, who set a series of city and provincial records in discus as a track athlete for Scona high in the 1980s.

“With her throw today, she’s officially thrown farther than I ever did,” smiled Paul. “I’m incredibly proud of her of all she’s accomplished, but I’m even more proud of her, because I’ve seen how hard she’s worked over the last five years.”

Rains made the decision to fully commit to discus and shot-put after playing multiple sports in high school.

She throws five days a week, even in the middle of winter.

Rains started weight lifting back in August and now dead lifts 300 lbs, and can bench press and clean and jerk 220 lbs. Part of her training also includes sprints and yoga.

She’s committed to making the next level in her sport.

“Last year when I threw at the World Youth Championships, it really hit me. I knew then that I could go far in this sport if I was more dedicated, and it’s really paid off this year,” said Rains.

It’s been an incredible experience for her father Paul to be able to watch his daughter dedicate herself to a sport that he’s always loved.

Together they can share that passion and their bond as father and daughter has only gotten stronger.

“It takes a lot of personal dedication, and Gabby has that,” said Paul.

“It’s been an incredible experience.It’s one of the hardest things to do is be a parent/coach and we’ve had our times where we’ve had to step back and take a deep breath, but it’s been very special to share this bond with her.”


Leduc Composite High’s Ginelle Demone and Western Canada High School’s Madeleine Sumner have quite the rivalry going — but it’s a friendly one.

Heading into the 2016 Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association Track and Field championships, Demone had won back-to-back gold medals in the 800 metre race, while Sumner settled for silver twice.

In the 1500 m race, Sumner won back-to-back golds, while Demone earned two silvers.

On Friday that trend continued with Demone winning gold and Sumner settled for silver.
The senior girls 1500 metre race takes place on Saturday.

Demone’s time of 2:11.88 was just 0.023 second behind the provincial record. It would’ve marked her second straight provincial record in the women’s 800 metre race.

“It was so close. I was hoping to break the record, but what can you do… it was still a great race,” said Demone.
“She’s (Madeleine)’s an amazing runner. We’re really good friends too and we’ve raced against each other for as long as I can remember. She’s so good at the 1500. She definitely has a chance to break that record (on Saturday).

OTHER NOTABLES: William Aberhart’s Mehrdad Shokoohi set a new provincial record in the intermediate boys 100 metre hurdles with a time of 13/06. He broke the old record set by Strathcona’s Callum Macnab back in 2014.

Strathcona High’s Melina Kuerschuer won her third straight provincial gold medal in the senior women’s 3000 metre race. She posted a time of 10:25.47.

Edmonton Christian’s Lewis Collin is expected to challenge for the intermediate men’s long jump provincial record, but on Friday he got off to a great start with a silver in the intermediate men’s 200 metre race.

He just narrowly lost to Salisbury’s Austin Cole.
Ernest Manning’s Charlie Kambata earned his second straight provincial gold medal in the men’s high jump. He posted a jump of 1.95 metres to seal the win. Last year, Kambata set the junior boys provincial record in high jump.

Glendon school small in population, big in pole vault

EDMONTON, ALBERTA, MAY 20, 2015: Lewis Collins, 16 from Edmonton Christian High school, takes part in the Hurdles event during the Edmonton high school zone track and field championships at Foote Field in Edmonton on Wednesday May 20, 2015. ( Photo by John Lucas/Edmonton Journal) (standalone)

Small towns in Alberta are known to have large sculptures that recognize what their town is all about.

Vegreville has the giant easter egg. If you head south, Bow Island has the friendly-giant looking pinto bean welcoming you into town.

In the future, the small village of Glendon, (population 486) may need to come up with some form of track and field monument — maybe something relating to pole vault.

Their high school (population 55 students) is gunning for their seventh straight (1A) provincial track and field championship.

This year’s track team makes up nearly 55% of their school with 30 athletes on the team. Fifteen of them are taking part in the 2016 Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association track and field provincials this weekend at Foote Field. Twelve of them will be competing in pole vault, a sport the school just started two years ago.

“I think it just boils down to our school having a lot of buy-in to try new things. Some people see it as an individual sport, but our school sees it as a team event,” said Glendon’s track coach Daryn Galatiuk.

“It’s become part of our culture, part of what we do.”

The small school doesn’t just make it to provincials — they make an impact.

Since 2000, 18 athletes have won provincial medals in various events.

Last year, Carson Donnanco won a bronze medal in the junior boys pole vault.

“This year, Carson is ranked first going in. He jumped 3.55 metres in the zone meet, and we have some others that could reach the podium this year,” said Galatiuk.

So how did a little school become so good at pole vault?

“It’s kind of funny. I found a an old vault box sitting outside of our school that was being used as a spout to direct water… it had probably been there 20 years,” said Galatiuk.

“We purchased some pole vaulting poles and I’ve created a pole vaulting pit, and I took that box and built it into the ground. It seemed like karma to get us moving in that direction.”

Along with long training days in Glendon, the team also makes the 2½-hour drive to Edmonton throughout the year to get more training intense training in.

“This helped keep our program alive,” said Galatiuk.

Prior to all their success in track the last decade, the school had only won one provincial championship — in women’s basketball.

“Some people say that this (competing in pole vault) is our way to win … of course it is, but I want my kids to have as many options as anyone else. Our kids are getting an opportunity that any school may get,” said Galatiuk.

“The kids aren’t afraid to put themselves out there and try new things. The encouragement they give each other is what I love to see.”

MORE RECORDS BROKEN?: Last year there were an unprecedented eight provincial records broken and this year there could be a bunch more that fall.

Bev Facey’s phenom sprinter Chuba Hubbard broke the 100 m junior boys record last year with a time of 10.68, and he could very well make it two-for-two breaking the Intermediate boys record of 10.59 held by Akeem Haynes back in 2009.

“Typically we have anywhere between three and five records broken, but last year we had eight, which was an outstanding year. We may have close to that mark again this year,” said John Paton, Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association executive director.

Other local athletes who broke records last year and could repeat include Edmonton Christian’s Lewis Collin (long jump), Bev Facey’s Gabrielle Rains (shot-put and discus) and Leduc’s Ginelle Demone (800m).

GETTING BIGGER: You see it at the Olympic level, so why not bring it down to the grassroots level?

For the second year, the ASAA high school track and field provincials will feature para events.

“For us, it’s a starting point for trying to recognize all kids deserve an opportunity to compete in sports in high school,” said Paton.

Last year, provincials had two athletes in wheelchairs competing, two with intellectual impairments and two more competing in the ambulatory (missing limbs) category.

“We have more than 20 athletes taking part this year,” said Paton.

“We’re hoping in the future that it continues to grow and we see more athletes taking part.”

The ASAA is also introducing pentathlon to the provincial competition this year.

Pair of Edmonton high school track stars headed to IAAF World Youth Championships

The 8th IAAF World Youth Championships will be held in Donetsk, Ukraine later this month.

This summer will be one to remember for local track stars Natasha Brown and Kendra Clarke.

The Edmonton high schoolers were selected Wednesday to represent Canada at the upcoming International Associations of Athletics Federation’s World Youth Championships July 10-14 in Donetsk, Ukraine.

Both athletes recently put the finishing touches on outstanding high school track seasons and will be the province of Alberta’s only representatives on a Canadian team that is dominated by athletes from Ontario and British Columbia. The pair are also the only athletes from the prairie provinces on the squad.

Brown, from J.H. Picard High School, will compete in the 100m after winning gold in both the intermediate 100m and 200m at last month’s Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association Provincial Track and Field Championships, while Clarke, from Holy Trinity High School, was selected for the 400m after winning both the junior 400m and 800m at the ASAA Championships.

Clarke’s time of 54.47 set a new record in the 400m junior category, besting the previous mark by more than a second.

A complete list of Canada’s team for the IAAF World Youth Championships can be found here.

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