By Wes Kibble
Day 3 was an intense and action filled day for the Athletics events at the 2011 Western Canada Summer Games in Kamloops, BC. The extreme heat and blazing sun did not seem to affect the athletes as there were 9 WCSG records broken on the track.
Team BC owned the podium in the Men’s 800m final! All three Team BC runners actually beat the previous record of 1:53.22 set in 2007 by Darren Mazzei of Saskatchewan. Today, John PRATT (Victoria) placed 4th in the heat race with a time of 1:55.83. However, he stepped it up for the final and took the Gold and the WCSG record by crossing the finish line at 1:52.83. Sean KEANE (Surrey), winner of the heat race, went home with the Silver at 1:52.85 and Thomas RIVA (Victoria) came in at 1:53.05.
Team BC member Sabrina NETTEY (Surrey) set another WCSG record with a 23.99 second run in the Women’s 200m final. Nettey, who also won Silver medals in the 100m and 4x100m races this week, beat a 24.28 record time that was set by Alberta’s Amon Nelson in 2007. Current Team Alberta runner Leah WALKEDEN (Ardrossan) was also fast enough to beat the record at 24.23, but was not the first across the finish line. Nettey’s Team BC teammate Katie REID (Surrey) came in at 24.41. Reid ran with Nettey in the 4x100m for the Silver.
In the Men’s 200m final, Team BC runner Rohan STEWART (Burnaby) was .01 of a second from breaking the WCSG record. Stewart’s time of 21.57 was not quite fast enough to beat 21.56 set by Albertan Sam Effah in 2007. Fellow Team BC mate Andrew NATHAN (Richmond) ran 21.60 for Silver while Shane OHRT finished at 21.66. Stewart and Nathan finished in the same order in the Men’s 100m.
In Men’s Long Jump, Team BC athlete Robert GALLAUGHER (Surrey) brought home the Gold with a 7.22m jump. Team Alberta jumper Stephen MCPHEE (Edmonton) was right behind with 7.12m while Team Saskatchewan’s Jeremy ECKERT (Regina) at 6.78m.
Team BC took the top two spots in the Men’s Javelin. 2011 Junior Canadian Champion Cody PARKER (Comox) out threw teammate James TURNER (Kelowna) 63.66 to 57.24. Team Manitoba athlete Maxim Cote (Cut Knife) threw 53.85 for the Bronze.
For the Male 1500m Wheelchair race, Team BC Tristan SMYTH (Maple Ridge) took the Gold home with a time of 3:54.22. Smyth also won the Gold medal in the 200m and 400m events. Team Saskatchewan’s Julian NAHACHWESKY (Saskatoon) picked up the Silver with 4:22.46 while Eddy SOLLA (Chilliwack) grabbed Bronze with a time of 4:27.24.
Team BC athlete Katelynn RAMAGE (Nanaimo) won Gold in the Female 5km Walk, also setting a new WCSG record. The race almost never happened, but Katelynn and coach Allen JOHNSTON (Nanaimo) were determined that she would get to race, so they worked with two athletes from the Northwest Territories, giving them two coaching sessions on technique. The two NWT competitors , Alea STOCKTON (Yellowknife) and Julianna NEUDORF (Yellowknife) came in second and third respectively.
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