Knights rule Foothills track and field

Athletics: Large competitive HTA squad hoping to repeat as provincial champs

By: Bruce Campbell

  |  Posted: Thursday, May 22, 2014 11:28 am

Holy Trinity Academy Knight Michaela Bianchini runs alone as she heads down the backstretch in winning the Junior girls 1,500m May 14 at HTA.
Holy Trinity Academy Knight Michaela Bianchini runs alone as she heads down the backstretch in winning the Junior girls 1,500m May 14 at HTA.
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Track meet

Following are the team results at the Foothills Divisional track meet on May 14 at HTA.
1 HTA 845
2 STS 601.50
3 Foothills 526
4 Highwood 188
5 Oilfileds 81
6 Edison 79.50
7 Notre Dame 18
1 HTA 370
2 STS 272
3 Foothills 237
4 Highwood 102
5 Oilfileds 50
6 Edison 11
7 Notre Dame 9
1 HTA 475
2 STS 329.50
3 Foothills 289
4 Highwood 86
5 Edison 68.50
6 Oilfields 31
7 NDC 9

There’s nothing like quality quantity.

The 71-athlete strong Holy Trinity Academy Knights rolled to top-spot at the Foothills divisional track and field championships on their home turf May 14.

Knights coach Kirby Coderre is hoping he has the horses to repeat as 3A provincial championships in June.

“We have a lot of athletes and I hope we have enough to defend our championship,” Coderre said. “We got some throwers that we haven’t always had in the past. We have some quality to go with our quantity.

“Now it’s just a case of what does everyone else have.”

One of those throwers, Thomas Warren, was a pleasant surprise as he set an HTA record with a put of 12.23m in the Intermediate boys division. STS Spartan William Nelson was second at 10.59m.

Intermediate Sebastian Kilcommons was successful at throwing things and himself at the meet.

Kilcommons was first in the high jump at 1.64m and the triple jump at 11m. He also finished first in the discus, by chucking the 1.5kg Frisbee-like thing 35.91m. Foothills Comp’s Justin Grigor was second with a heave of 31.35m.

Grigor was able to outdistance his HTA rival in the javelin. He won with a throw of 45.51m, while Kilcommons was just behind at 43.4m.

The Knights got a gem when Grade 10 student Michaela Bianchini transferred to the Okotoks school in the fall.

She won the Junior girls 800m in a time of 2:34.36 and established a new school record of 5:33.47 in winning the 1,500m.

Bianchini opted not to chase teammate Kaylee Bertrand in the 1,500, who jumped out like she was running late for class.

“I knew that she would run out of energy because she was running really, really fast,” said the Grade 10 Bianchini, who trains with the Calgary Warriors Track Club.

“I was happy to sit in second place and I passed her just before the bell lap.”

She wants to go faster. Her goal is to go under 5:30 at the South Central zones on May 27 and hopefully finish in the top two to get to provincials in June.

“I have to do a lot of speed work,” she said.

Bertrand was able to hang on to second place and earn a spot at zone championships later this month.

Bianchini was one second away from setting a school record in the 800m.

Every spring Knight Nicanor Villarreal has to clear some hurdles after playing for many of HTA’s athletic teams.

He does it quickly.

Villarreal was second in the province last year in the Junior boys 100m hurdles. He got off to a good start this year by winning divisionals in 14.20 seconds.

“I want to win the gold in provincials this year,” Villarreal said. “This year, I am not playing rugby so I can focus on track.”

He has proven he can compete with the best. He said a record at the Calgary Dinos high school meet earlier this month when he clocked in at 13.88.

Villarreal also won the 400m at divisional. He finished third at provincials last season in that distance.

The Knights were also strong in the sprints, and if the winner of the men’s 100m at the world championships can call himself the fastest man in the world, it only seems logical Miles Pawlivsky can call himself the fastest kid in the foothills.

Pawlivsky won the Senior boys 100m in 11.70 seconds, ahead of Edison Eagle Ibrahim Adeyemi at 11.84.

The Knights didn’t seem to be weighed down by armour. They took five of the six top spots in the race.

“All three of my other relay teammates were in the race,” Pawlivsky said. “That pushes me in this race and it is great practices for the relay.”

The other members of the relay team, David Coderre, Jordan Rae and Caleb Selders finished third, fourth, and fifth respectively.

The Knights’ Jenna Morrison and Brad Sylvestre won the Senior girls and Intermediate boys 100m respectively.

The first and second place finishers at divisional will advance to the South Central zones on May 27 at Foothill Track and Field Club in Calgary.


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