A golden last jump

Track and Field: Rachel Mathieson wins a pair of medals at provincials

By: Bruce Campbell

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 06:00 am

Foothills Composite’s Rachel Mathieson flies through the air to win a silver medal in the Junior girls long jump at the provincial high school championships Saturday in Calgary.
Foothills Composite’s Rachel Mathieson flies through the air to win a silver medal in the Junior girls long jump at the provincial high school championships Saturday in Calgary.
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Better late than never.

Foothills Falcon Rachel Mathieson hit 10.99m on her final attempt in the Junior girls triple jump to win the gold medal at the high school track and field championships Friday in Calgary.

“All of my jumps weren’t very good until my last one, when I pulled it out and won by four centimetres,” Mathieson said.

Prior to her final jump, the Grade 10 student at the Comp was sitting in fourth-place.

“For my last jump, I didn’t want to make this just a waste of time — I knew I could do better,” she said. “It was mostly mental. It was like now or never — I had to do it.”

Mathieson had played it somewhat cautious on her previous jumps, taking off before the board so as not to fault.

That wasn’t the case for the all-or-nothing jump.

“This time I focus on being on the board,” Mathieson said. “I wanted to run fast into it and focusing on staying in the air and stretching out each phase (hop, skip and jump) to get the most out of it.”

Even getting off to the wrong foot didn’t stop Mathieson from winning a silver medal Saturday morning in the long jump.

“My jumps were a little bit off — I did the wrong leg a couple of times,” she said. “But even with that I got a personal best.”

Her jump of 5.30m was five centimetres shy of the champion Kiera Greenaway from Edmonton.

Mathieson added had she kept her feet together on her final jump, she might have had a second gold.

“My one foot was a little further back, if they would have been together I think I might have won,” she said with a smile. “It would have been nice to have two golds, but I am still happy with my jump.”

Another Okotoks long jumper found sometimes it pays not to think.

Holy Trinity Academy Knight Charissa Hielema won a silver medal in the Senior girls long jump when she came out of her shoes with a 4.96m leap on her sixth and final attempt Friday morning.

“I was in sixth-place before my final jump,” Hielema said with a smile. “I don’t know what happened. I didn’t think, I just went.”

She still didn’t realize what she had done just seconds after landing.

“I had no idea — I had to wait for the numbers to be announced,” Hielema said. “I was pretty pumped.”

Her previous best jump was 4.77m.

Hielema finished in the top eight last year. She came into provincials seeded second.

“Getting second was what I was aiming for,” Hielema said. “The girl who won (Tiana Pisoni from McCoy in Medicine Hat) was 5.61. Nobody was going to beat her.”

Strathcona-Tweedsmuir Spartan Gillian Ceyhan battled shin splits and fatigue in the Senior girls 800m. Ceyhan, who finished second last year, was fourth in 2014 as the provincials was her first major race since April due to shin splints.

“I ran a 2:12 in April 17-20 and that was a long time ago,” Ceyhan said with a smile. “I scratched the 1,500m because of my shin splints. Today (the 800m) I felt pretty good, but that was when the cardio kicked in.”

Ceyhan fell behind and had to settle for a still impressive fourth-place finish.

The Grade 12 student at STS will attend the University of Toronto next year where she will run track and cross-country.

Holy Trinity Academy’s Michaela Bianchini was fifth in the Junior girls 800m, in a school record of 2:28.40.

She was also fifth in the 1,500m.

To see the full results go to www.asaa.ca


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