Arnyek sets lofty goals after four-gold performance at districts

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Vanier's Keegan Arnyek, right, runs away from the field in the senior boys 100-metres Tuesday.

Keegan Arnyek put up a lot of impressive numbers on the track and in the field Tuesday, but the one he is most interested in is 40.

That was his individual total after winning four events (worth 10 points each) at the South Central District Athletic Association track and field meet at Gutheridge Field.

“I just want to beat my (personal bests). Records don’t really mean too much to me,” said the Vanier senior. “It’s more beating myself, beating my times, that’s really the only way you can get better is by beating yourself.”

Arnyek ran to gold in the 100- and 200-metre sprints and then leaped to first place finishes in the long jump and triple jump. He hopes to do the same at provincials Friday and Saturday in Saskatoon.

“I want to get 40 points (at provincials). I want to finish first in all four of my events,” said Arnyek. “I think it’s realistic. I think I can do it if I keep doing what I’m doing.”

Arnyek ran the 100m in 11.00 seconds and the 200m in 23.10. He won the long jump in 6.29 metres and the triple jump in 12.93m. His heat time in the 100m had him close to Shane Nicholson’s 1999 record of 10.80 seconds.

The 100m was competitive for about 50 metres before Arnyek pulled away for a comfortable win.

“It was definitely way more competitive than (the city meet) was,” said Arnyek. “I’m way more excited for Friday and Saturday at provincials. I know some guys from other towns who are pretty fast — especially in the 200.”

Organizations: South Central District Athletic Association

Geographic location: Saskatoon

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