Track athletes show up the competition

College of the Rockies hosts track meet for Kootenay zone schools.

Representing the East Kootenay Track and Field Club is (left to right): Samara Schiefner

Representing the East Kootenay Track and Field Club is (left to right): Samara Schiefner

Cranbrook was well-represented at a track meet on Tuesday for the Kootenay Zone Track and Field Championships at the College of the Rockies, as five local athletes had success in their individual events.

Cameron Paulson, Zoe Chore, Sarah Doll, Samara Schiefner, and Nicole Byford all participated in the event, as each athlete trains with the new East Kootenay Track and Field club, headed by James O’Kane.

The competition featured all the traditional track and field events such as short and long distance running, high jump, long jump, along with shot put and javelin throw.

“Overall, I was very impressed with their performances,” said O’Kane. “It was great that they could compete and it was just nice to see their training come together. They gave it 100 per cent and they got good results. “

The Cranbrook athletes took on competitors representing schools and communities from around the Kootenays such as Nelson, Creston, Golden, Jaffray, and Fernie.

O’Kane said he was impressed with the turnout from around the region.

“It showed that there’s a lot of track and field throughout the Kootenays. There were a lot of kids there,” O’Kane said.

“…The Kootenays was well represented and it was nice to get some Cranbrook representation in there as well, and compete well with all those schools.”

The East Kootenay Track and Field Club practice on Tuesday and Thursday nights at the College of the Rockies track. Anyone interested in joining the club can contact O’Kane at ektfc@hotmail.com