Sanson wins second provincial 400-metre title in a different sport

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Vanier sprinter wins three provincial medals

On the track or on the ice, Gabrielle Sanson is hard to catch.

Vanier's Gabrielle Sanson turns the corner in the midget girls 200m Saturday at the SHSAA provincial track and field championship in Moose Jaw.

The Grade 9 Vanier student won three individual medals at her first SHSAA provincial track and field meet this weekend.

Sanson won the junior girls 400-metres Friday and followed that up with bronze medal runs in the 100m and the 200m races.

"I was really, really happy," said Sanson. "I was hoping to get in the top three (in each race), so that's really good."

Sanson is also one of the best young speed skaters in the province. She won gold in the 200m and the 400m at the Saskatchewan Winter Games and silver in the 1,500m and the 3,000m.

"It definitely translates. You train the same muscles," said Sanson of her dominance over 400 metres in two sports in the same year.

She won the 400m in a personal best time of one minute and 1.86 seconds.

"It was pretty good, especially with the wind (Friday)," said Sanson of her time which lead to a win over just over a second.

"I had a lead the whole race," said Sanson who said her strategy in the 400m is to just push it hard as she can "and then at the end you feel like collapsing."

Sanson felt that he bronze medal run in the 100m to start the meet gave her some confidence that she could do well against the best in the province.

"I only train in the summer for track, so yeah it (gave me confidence)," said Sanson.

She wasn't able to set personal bests in the 100m or the 200m, but she was happy to get her first taste of provincial competition on the track.

"Having the girls that train year round really help to push you hard in the 200 and the 400," she said.

Sanson also ran the anchor leg in the midget girls 4x100m relay team which advanced to the final, but failed to medal.

Geographic location: Saskatchewan

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