Track and field season is the highlight of the year: Kings athletes

John Decoste
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Jayda Veinot of Horton in intermediate girls’ high jump. – John DeCoste,

There’s something special about a track and field competition.

“I like team sports, but I really like the individual competition in track and field,” says Katie Russell, a Grade 11 NKEC student who also plays soccer and basketball. “I get to push myself in track, and I like it that there are such a variety of events.”

At the Western Region track and field competition in Wolfville, Russell did triple jump on May 30 and long jump as well as the 4x100 relay on May 31. She has competed at all three levels – district, regional and provincial.

“Regionals is a cool meet because you get to compete with the best kids from other districts,” she said.

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Grade 12 Central Kings student Tim Hunt was busy at regionals as well.

“I’m doing the 100, 200, 400 and 800 metres and both relays,” he said, “but my main events are the 100 and 400.”

Hunt, who also played football and basketball and ran cross-country during his Grade 12 year, said he prefers track and field.

“I love to run. At practices, I help out with the juniors – it would be fun to maybe be a track coach someday,” he said.

“I just enjoy doing it, and I like the excitement of the races.”

Asked which level of competition he prefers, Hunt said provincials are his favourite. “It’s the highest you can go.”

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Grade 12 Horton student Courtney Garland played school soccer in the fall, but this time of year, she can most readily be found on the track. She was one of 12 Horton girls who got to travel to Toronto last month for the NIKE High School Grand Prix.

“I like the speed,” she said. “I like the feeling before a race, and comparing and contrasting it with the feeling afterward.”

At regionals, Garland ran the 100 and 200 metres, both relays and the long jump. In past years, she has also done the 400 metres and triple jump. She won the senior girls’ long jump, was second in 100 metres, and helped Horton to second-place finishes in both relays.

Asked her favourite level, Garland said, “I like provincials, just because there’s so much diversity.”

In all, Kings and West Hants competitors combined for 131 top-three finishes in individual events and relays – 38 firsts, 48 seconds and 45 thirds.

In addition, there were 18 top-three finishes by junior and senior Special Athletes – four firsts, seven seconds and seven thirds.

Organizations: NIKE High School Grand Prix

Geographic location: Western Region, Wolfville, Toronto West Hants

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