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The Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association track and field championships last weekend in Calgary brought out the best in athletes representing the Paul Kane Blues, St. Albert Skyhawks and Morinville Wolves.
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James Maclennan

The Alberta Schools’ Athletic Association track and field championships last weekend in Calgary brought out the best in athletes representing the Paul Kane Blues, St. Albert Skyhawks and Morinville Wolves.

Rachel Francois of Paul Kane swept the junior girls’ finals in the 400 and 800 metres. Her winning times were 57.40 in the 400m and 2:16.41 in the 800m.

Garrett King of Paul Kane finished first in the junior boys 100m hurdles (14.27) and was second in the 200m (23.29).

Trevor Schiavone of Paul Kane placed second in the senior boys’ 800m (1:58.16).

Kim Kaplar of the Skyhawks took third place in the intermediate girls’ high jump (1.50m).

Jenn Mentanko of Paul Kane was fifth in the intermediate girls’ 100m (12.86) and 200m. (26.36)

Lexi Lathan of the Skyhawks placed eighth in senior girls’ discus (23.21m).

The Morinville junior boys’ 4x100 relay team of Devin Kieser, Graham Arychuk, Luc Mecier and Brett Wenger was pure gold with a time of 46.05.

Three teams representing the Lorne Akins Gators combined to finish undefeated in nine pool games at the greater Edmonton junior high co-ed flag rugby league wind-up tournament Saturday at Ellerslie Rugby Park.

In an exciting first division crossover exhibition against the Sir George Simpson Voyageurs, the referee’s scorecard had the Gators up by a couple of points at the final whistle. However, the Voyageurs disagreed with the referee’s score and argued they had won the match.

In league play the star-studded Voyageurs line-up handed the Gators a few beatings leading up to the 24-team playoff tournament.

Junior high co-ed flag rugby is a venue for athletes to learn rugby basics while participating in a format designed to promote skill, fitness, team play, game sense and fair play.

Next year the league is looking at adopting the more open style of the seven-a-side game instead of the current 10-a-side style.

The big winner at the junior high zone track and field championships was Khalil Bertin.

The 15-year-old Grade 9 student at Vincent J. Maloney School won gold in all five events he competed in at Fowler Athletic Park last week. They included the 100 metres (11.33), 200m (24.05), long jump (5.79m was a personal best), high jump (1.85m was another PB) and the 4x100 relay.

The high jump is Bertin’s marquee event. The Team Alberta basketball guard/forward is closing in on the U15 provincial record of 1.92m.

The St. Albert Sailfish Summer Swim Club made a splash at the region B meet in Westlock last weekend.

Eight swimmers medalled for aggregate totals. They were Riley Waples (first) and Noah Wilson (first) in U6, Tyler Watson (first) and Carter Bragg (first) in U8, Mac Flowers (first) in U10, Stephanie Nichol (first) in U14, Meghan Loerke (second) in U16 and Stephanie Funtasz (third) in U18.

The next Alberta Summer Swimming Association short course (25 metre) meet for the Sailfish is Saturday in Drayton Valley.