By Joel van der Veen
DAVIDSON — A chilly spring day greeted young athletes from around the district as they gathered at Davidson School on Wednesday.
Davidson hosted eight other schools, including nearby Kenaston and Loreburn, in the east sectional track and field meet.
Paulette Killoh, one of the staff organizers, said the events ran on schedule for the most part.
Davidson hosts every three years, she noted, adding, “Every time you host you get a little better at it.”
Though the skies were sunny and clear, the temperature hovered between 5°C and 10°C for much of the day, and wind was also a constant presence.
Athletes, supervisors and spectators were bundled up warmly, some wrapping themselves in blankets and sleeping bags to guard against the frigid air.
Volunteers had to keep a close watch on the track during the hurdles events as the hurdles themselves were prone to falling over in the wind.
Killoh said they decided to hold the high jump in the high school gym, to avoid having similar problems with the bar.
It was a successful day for many of Davidson’s athletes, several of whom enjoyed first-place finishes in multiple events.
For the bantam girls, Maggie Boehm took first place in both the 100-m dash and the triple jump.
Among the midget girls, Jordan Matheson was first in the 100-m dash, long jump and triple jump, while Tylar Oliver was tops in both the 200-m and 400-m events.
Nolan Allan was first in three bantam boys events: the 100-m dash, high jump and long jump. Deiondre Boychuk led in the 400-m and 800-m events, while Hunter Herback was first in both discus throw and javelin throw.
Clay Murfitt, competing in the junior boys division, took first in the 100-m dash, 100-m hurdles and shot put.
For the senior boys, Jacob Schilling led in the 400-m and 800-m events.
Loreburn’s Anika Lakinger took first in shot put and javelin throw for the bantam girls, while Abigail Graham led in the 80-m hurdles and triple jump for the junior girls.
The top six competitors in each event are invited to move on to the district meet, which will be held the weekend of May 26 and 27 in Outlook.
Killoh said some Davidson athletes who qualified for districts would be unable to compete due to other commitments such as hockey or volleyball.
For the full story, detailed results and additional photos, please see the May 22 edition of The Davidson Leader or call 306-567-2047 to subscribe today.