Goals for final year

Katie Brickman
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Grade 12s hope to finish strong in track and field

The track season is the last sporting event of the school year.

Parker Chow from Central scissor-kicks over the bar in senior boys high jump at Gutheridge Field on Wednesday at a mini track and field meet. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman

For many athletes, it is also the last month in their high school athletic careers.

Emma Maelde has a long list of accomplishments over her four years at Peacock Collegiate, but is hoping to have her best month in the colour orange. 

“I just want to have a really good season and I want to end on a good note,” said Maelde. “I want to push myself past what I think I can do this year.”

The Grade 12 student at Peacock competes in hurdles, triple jump, high jump and will choose between the 100-metre dash or the 200-metre dash.

High jump is the event is she most looking forward to and hopes to excel in this spring.

“I would say that is my strongest event,” she said.

Maelde had a decent showing on Wednesday at the second mini meet of the season, finishing second and fourth in her events.

Although Maelde participates in team sports throughout the year, she realizes she has to push herself in order to get the best results.

“I think since it is an individual sport, it is really about how determined you are to push yourself past what you think you can do,” she said. “There is always that spot where you have hit and just keep going and push through that.”

Breanna Sanson gets her energy from the atmosphere at the track.

“It is really uplifting and I just love being here,” said the Grade 12 Vanier student. “You just got to love what you do and when you cross that line, it doesn’t matter where, but running makes me feel so good.”

Sanson is also in her final year and really wants to push herself in two races this track season.

“Hopefully, for me, I want to make it to provincials this year in the 100 and 200 (metre),” Sanson said. “I am also in the relay, but I really want the 100 and 200.”

Sanson finished second in the 200m dash on Wednesday, but knows she will improve.

It has been difficult for her to train properly with the chilly and wet temperatures.

“It has been pretty tough training because I have been training in the gym the last few weeks because it has been so cold out. It has been tough,” she said.

Provincials would be a nice way to finish Zak Konopaki’s high school career, but his focus is a little more narrow at the moment.

“I think to push myself. Even if I am not in the top three — sometimes I am, sometimes I’m not — I just like to set PBs (personal bests). I just want to get better,” Konopaki said. “I think I just want to set goals as they come. I want to get past city (championship) and after that, just keep on going.”

He competes in long jump, triple jump and the 4x100m relay team for Vanier.

Konopaki has been competing in track and field all four years and he enjoys coming out year after year.

“I think it is the coaching at Vanier and the community,” he said. “You meet new people and it is fun to bond with everyone and you push each other to go further.”

The next mini meet is May 12 as the athletes prepare for section meets in a couple weeks.

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