Chasing a provincial medal

Katie Brickman
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Nolan Thoroughgood has been in this situation twice before, but he is nervous.

Gabrielle Sanson, right, pushes through the high windy conditions to finish first in the midget girls 200m dash at the South Central district track and field meet at Gutheridge Field last week. Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman

“Actually, my nerves have been a little bit more recently,” he said. “My times this year … I am not quite happy with them. I haven’t been giving out the times I would like.”

Thoroughgood was at Gutheridge Field on Thursday afternoon getting in some final reps prior to the Saskatchewan High School Athletic Association provincial track and field championship.

He will be on the track by mid-afternoon competing in the senior boys 400m dash event.

All the action begins this morning at 9 a.m. at Gutheridge Field and runs until Saturday at 7 p.m.

“My goal is to be top eight,” said Throughgood. “Even though I am Grade 11, age isn’t really a thing to me – they are just people and other runners.”

Having been to two provincial meets in Grade 9 and 10 before, Throughgood knows what he is up against.

“I know for a fact that there are going to be guys that have been training all year and they are going to be coming in with crazy good times. I am going to go out there and see if I can compete with them and do my best to keep up with them,” he stated. Throughgood will also compete in the 800m run on Saturday as well the relays.

The nerves he is feeling stems from a training error he made during the season.

“I didn’t do much for endurance, so my endurance is really low and I know that will affect me when it comes to finals and against guys that will have double the endurance levels that I do. It is going to be tough,” he explained. “I trained more for the shorter distances, but not on endurance. I just was focused on speed and strength. That was an error on my part, but there is nothing I can do about it now.”

Like Throughgood, there are many athletes that will be competing in provincials for the second or third time.

However, for Dalton Wolfe, this will be the first time in this atmosphere for track and field.

The Grade 12 Central Collegiate athlete is nervous, but anticipating his event.

“I just want to do well. This is my first time getting here, so I just want to do the best I can,” said Wolfe. “I am excited. It is one of the last events too, so I just want to get it done with.”

Wolfe is only competing in senior boys discus, which runs on Saturday morning.

Going into his event, he doesn’t really have any expectations for his performance.

“I have no idea what the other competition is like right now. It is tough to say where I will end up,” he said. “At districts, I threw one of my personal bests that I didn’t know I had in me. Hopefully I can do well this weekend.”

With 1,600 athletes coming from across the province, the atmosphere will be noisy and crowded.

“I expect it to be loud, but you just have to tune them out and focus,” said Wolfe.  

Thoroughgood added: “It is a very friendly environment, but at race time, you know who is there to win.”

Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students per day at Gutheridge Field.

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Organizations: Saskatchewan High School Athletic Association

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