Falcon finds gold in the pits

Track and field: Rachel Mathieson finishes first in long jump, triple jump

By: Bruce Campbell

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Jun 04, 2014 06:00 am

Rachel Mathieson clears 1.43m en route to finishing second in the Junior girls high jump at the South Central zone track and field championships in Calgary on May 27.
Rachel Mathieson clears 1.43m en route to finishing second in the Junior girls high jump at the South Central zone track and field championships in Calgary on May 27.
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A Foothills Falcon took flight at the South Central zones track and field championship and landed with an aggregate championship.

Rachel Mathieson won the Junior girls long jump and triple jump at zones on May 27 in Calgary. She was third in the high jump.

She dominated the long jump, winning with a jump of 5.03m.

“It was my last jump, but I didn’t really need it, I was winning without it,” Mathieson said.

She also ruled in the triple jump, winning easily with a personal best jump of 11.13m. She got it on her fourth of six attempts. All six of her attempts were better than the second-place finisher.

“I don’t really care about the other people — I am trying to do my personal best,” she said. “I am determined without the other people.”

She finished third in the high jump going out at 1.45m. Not bad considering she is five-foot-three in height.

“That tied my personal best,” she said. “I wanted to try it for school and don’t really train for it.”

Mathieson, who trains with the Calgary Warriors, believes she can medal at high school provincials this weekend in Calgary.

I think I can do pretty well since I was able to qualify for nationals last year,” Mathieson said. “I want to win and I want to get a personal best.”

Foothills Falcon Kaleigh Fisk discovered not only is it important to clear the bar in the high jump, it’s also important to miss at the right time.

Fisk won the Intermediate girls high jump at 1.40 — a height cleared by two other girls. All three would go out at 1.43. However, because Fisk didn’t miss a jump until that height, she won on a count-back.

“In all my jumps, I wanted to make sure I made it on my first attempt just in case there was a count-back,” Fisk said.

Fisk also qualified for provincials in the Intermediates girls 200m, despite feeling she had no way of winning the darn race.

“I lost to Tegan Wilson (of Springbank) by about three seconds,” Fisk said. “She’s with a track club and trains all year and Rachel Mathieson told me nobody ever beats her.”

So Fisk’s aim was to finish second. Fisk was able to outstretch Holy Trinity Academy Knight Alex Owerko at the end to earn a berth to provincials by finishing second in 28.64s and Owerko was third at 28.87. Wilson was first in a blistering 25.47s.

Fisk also finished fourth in the long jump and triple jump.

The Knights, the defending 3A provincial champions, finished second behind the Cochrane Cobras at zones for the team title.

“We don’t have the same depth as we did last year,” said Knights coach Kirby Coderre. “But everyone who has been out here, has been at practice working hard and getting better.”

The hard work paid off for Bailey Diakow in winning the Intermediate girls 800m.

“Bailey was a surprise,” Coderre said. “I was pretty confident she was going to advance, but I didn’t think she would win by as much as she did.”

Diakow won in a time of 2:45.97.

“The first lap was pretty easy, I just tried to keep up with the person in front because I knew I could take her in the second lap,” Diakow said. “I went with my stride in the second half.”

Bailey finished sixth last year at provincials.

Michaela Bianchini continued to be a pleasant surprise for Coderre. She won the Junior girls 800m and the 1,500m. Bianchini set an HTA record when she ran a 2:28 for the 800m.

“She ran a negative split — her second lap was faster than her first,” Coderre said. “You rarely see that from a high school kid.”

The Grade 10 student also took off 12 seconds from her divisional time in finishing second at the 1,500m at zones in 5:18.93.

Coderre is hoping youth will be served in the 4x400m boys open at provincials. Sure his squad of Jake Elias, Aaron Espiritu, Lucas Byl and Nicanor Villarreal are all in Grade 11 and have to compete against Grade 12s but the Knights proved they can hold their own.

They won the open easily with a time of 3:46.10 a whopping seven seconds over second-place Chinook Edge. (The Foothills Falcons, who beat the Knights at the wire in divisional, had to scratch due to an injury).

Coderre is optimistic for his 4x400 team going into the upcoming for this weekend provincials.

“As Grade 10s, they were in the top eight of the province,” Coderre said. “This year everyone of them has run a sub-57 (second) 400. We have a shot of medalling at provincials.”

Villarreal will be busy at provincials. He qualified for the championships by finishing first in the Intermediate boys 100m hurdles in 14.11 and the lung-burning 400m turning all four corners in 51.79s

Foothills Falcon Mwambi Chali won the Junior boys 100m in 11.96s. He exploded out of the blocks and won wire-to-wire.

“I had a personal best, before it was 11.98,” Chali said of the final.

“I saw someone coming on me in the peripheral so I pushed at the end.”

Provincials are June 6-7 at Foothills Athletic Park in Calgary.


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