Sand off to provincials
With the likes of Guia Gomez, Kady Isnor, Kendra Bell and Kaylinn Poirier, among others, Our Lady of Mount Pleasant has a solid developing track and field team that finished second at 2A zones last on May 24. Supplied
Our Lady of Mount Pleasant will be sending one athlete to track and field provincials in Edmonton this weekend.
Jenna Sand advanced to the 2A portion of the meet after qualifying in the junior girls 100- and 200-metre sprints, with times of 13.08 and 27.43 seconds at 2A zones in Tofield on May 24.
“She’s only Grade 10, so she’s got a couple of more years to grow, mature, get stronger and hopefully she has a couple of good years of racing in her,” said OLMP track and field coach Christopher Reinhart.
The program has grown significantly over the last couple of years and they finished second at the zone meet.
They had three other students who put up top four finishes with Erika Bjorgum finishing third in the 800 metres (two minutes, 46.47 seconds) and fourth in the 1,500 metres (6:07.68), Cody Bell was fourth hurdles (16.68) and Levi Osterwalder was fourth in 1,500 metres (4:46.90).
Reinhart says those athletes show a lot of promise for the future and they should be strong candidates for provincial berths in the next couple of years.
Making the development a little trickier is there is no track and field club in the city, so if athletes want to train in an official club they have to go to Leduc or Sherwood Park. However, local coach Neil Isnor has been working with a number of them outside of the school. It is a partnership that has been working well for Reinhart.
“A lot of these kids at this level, they’re working outside with another coach … and then they come into the school and we do a lot of the fine tuning and background work for them,” he said.