Knights pass their way to podium
Track and field: HTA finished third in 3A team standings
Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 10:28 am
Four Holy Trinity Academy Knights’ sprinters passed on getting to the podium at the biggest high school track meet of the year.
Passed the baton, that is.
The Knights were flawless in their passes in picking up the bronze medal in the Senior boys 4x100m relay in an HTA record time of 44.46 seconds at the high school provincial track and field championships Saturday in Calgary.
HTA anchor Miles Pawlivsky had to wait patiently — about 32 seconds — before he received the baton from third Caleb Selders.
“David Coderre got an amazing start off the blocks and he made a clean pass to Jordan (Rae),” Pawlivsky said. “Then Jordan gave a clean pass to Selders.
“I just stayed in the zone until Caleb hit the mark and then I took off.”
The Knights were in third-place when Pawlivsky got the baton from Selders. The fastest teen in the Foothills was able to maintain third place while E.P. Scarlett Lancer Farrukh Naghiyev gave chase for the final spot on the podium.
“As I crossed the line, I kind of looked over and I wasn’t sure if we got third or not,” Pawlivsky said. “I was ecstatic. This is my first medal at provincials. Caleb and I had set a goal of going under 44.5 and we did it.”
The foursome ran together in 2013, finishing fourth as Intermediates at provincials.
Pawlivksy has earlier finished fifth in the Senior boys 100m in a personal best of 11.59s.
It was Selders’ second medal of the day. He had picked up a bronze medal in the Senior boys long jump at 6.42m.
“This is what I wanted to accomplish — to get a medal,” Selders said.
Selders was sitting in second-place when the field of 16 was whittled down to eight after three jumps. However, when two opponents jumped further than him, suddenly the Knight was fourth with two more jumps left.
So he called for some help from a higher source.
“I was definitely nervous,” Selders said. “I just said a prayer and asked God to help me to reach a potential I couldn’t do on my own.”
Selders also finished fifth in the triple jump on Friday.
The Knights’ Nicanor Villarreal just missed landing on the podium by finishing fourth in the Intermediate boys 100m hurdles in a personal best time on Friday.
“Last year, I got second at 14s, and this year I got fourth at 13.55s,” Villarreal said. “It was a strong field. I’m not disappointed but I was hoping for a medal.”
The race was won by Callum Macnab who set a provincial record at 13.19s.
Strathcona-Tweedsmuir Spartan Harrison Hart finished fourth in the Junior boys triple jump at 12.59m. It was new territory for him.
“It was a personal best by 50cm — a half a metre,” Hart said. “The guy passed me for the bronze on his last jump, but I am really happy with how I did.”
The Spartans Angus Rawling finished fourth in the Senior boys 3,000m in 9:29.66.
The best finish by a Foothills Falcon in the boys competition was Graham Strang who was sixth in the Junior 800m.
It was another successful weekend for the Holy Trinity Academy Knights who finished third in the 3A team event.
The STS Spartans were second in the 2A division, behind the powerhouse Sundre Scorpions.
For full results go to www.asaa.ca