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Katie Brickman
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Two new records set at district meet

Colton Thurlow didn’t just set a new record.

He demolished the distance that has stood for 18 years.

Thurlow, from Coronach broke the midget boys shot put record on Wednesday afternoon at the South Central district track and field meet.

“I guess it felt pretty good,” he said after accomplishing the feat at Gutheridge Field.

Greg Roffey held the record at 14.33 metres in the event. Thurlow threw a 14.23m during practice throws.

“I was only 10 metres off,” he said. “It just worked out in my favour.”

His best throw was 14.63 metres and will now take over in the record books.

“I just chucked really hard,” he said.

Thurlow had a successful day, including finishing second in high jump. He participated in discus as well, but will go onto compete at provincials in shot put and high jump.

“I want to get gold in shot put,” he said of his goals for provincials.

It was also a good day for Kyle Arndt of Peacock.

He got a couple first-placed finishes and a couple second-placed finishes.

“It has been pretty good,” said Arndt. “I was expecting to do a little bit better, but two firsts and two seconds … I can’t argue with that.”

He came in second in the midget boys 400m dash and 800m dash. He finished first in the 1,500m run and in javelin.

“It was a good day and the weather was great,” he said. “It was fun.”

As much fun as it is, competing in four events is exhausting by the end of the day. Since Arndt finished in the top two in all of his events, he qualified for provincials in all of them. However, he might drop the 400m and compete in just three events.

“It is tough and by the end of the day, you can feel it,” Arndt said. “I think I am just getting used to it.”

Now that he has qualified, the focus continues to be on practicing and preparing for a much more difficult test — provincials next week.

“I think we are just going to practice a lot on speed work. I think my stamina is pretty good going in, so I just have to work on my speed for the next week. That is what my focus will be on,” he said. “Ms. Verge and her daughter Tye have really been helping me out.”

Although he wanted to savour in his accomplishments at districts, he has set some goals that he wants to accomplish at provincials.

“I want to medal in the 800 and 1,500,” he said. “I don’t know about javelin, but it would be nice to medal there as well.”

It was a difficult day to set records, especially on the track. As the afternoon wore on and the wind continued to pick up from the east, many runners found it hard to push through the last 100 metres of any race.

“It was pretty tough, but you have to pump your hands,” explained Gabrielle Sanson. “It makes your legs go faster.”

Sanson won every midget girls event she entered on Wednesday, qualifying for three different races at provincials.

“It was fantastic, except that the 400 was a little windy on the one side,” said Sanson. “I was able to push though it, so it was good.”

Her goal was set some new personal bests and reach provincials — both of which she reached.

“I got a PB in my 100 metre,” she said.

Sanson will continue to train throughout the week in order to prepare for provincials and will even use the help of her older sister, Breanna.

“The training has been good,” said Sanson. “I have been training three times a week and weight workouts. She pushes me and always makes me faster.”

Sanson is a little intimidated about competing against the best in the province, but is hoping to make it into the top three.

“I am going to strive for some PBs,” she said.

Sulia Moses from Peacock set a new record for total points in the girls quad event.

Provincials will be held at Gutheridge Field next Friday and Saturday.

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