As Pen Track’s nine-year-old athletes ran their first official races on the Blue Heron track at Parkland school, word came that another runner, Cameron Levins of Black Creek, who began his career in these same Island meets, had just run the 5000m in 13 minutes 18.47 seconds, the second fastest time ever by a Canadian, gaining the A+ standard for entry into the London 2012 Olympics later this year.
Of those nine-year-olds, two girls had results that they will remember for a long time.
Julia Peterson was first in the 100m (18.72 seconds), high jump (85 cm), long jump (2.53 metres), as well as finishing second in both the 60m and 600m, and placing third in the 60m hurdles and the shot put. Anitia Truter outraced Peterson to win the 600m race in two minutes 27.13 seconds and took first in the 1000m (4:18.55). Truter also finished second in the 60m hurdles and third in the 60m sprint.
The feature events of the meet are the George Dean 1200m races for midget, aged 14 and 15, boys and girls. Celebrating the many contributions to Island athletics by Dean, an outstanding runner and coach of yesteryear, the memorial trophies were won this year by Matthew Forbes, 14, of Pacific Athletics, who turned in an excellent 3:57.85, and Tkia King, 15, of Oceanside, who ran an even more impressive time of 4:03.53.
Pen Track’s Caelan MacEwan, 16, running the 110m hurdles for the first time, had a triumphant 17.77 performance, followed by additional first places in the 300m hurdles (66.22) and high jump (1.60m) and a second in the 400m (63.54). Jennifer Liu, 15, was a multiple winner in the high and long jumps as was Annina Lorenzo, 16, in the 800m and 3000m. Connor McCullough, 12, also celebrated double wins in the 200m and the hammer throw, while solo victories were recorded by Yannick Truter, 11, in the 1000m run, Ben Sammons, 12, in the discus, Cameron Lorenzo, 13, in the 1500m race walk, Michael Giles, 15, in the 1200m and Spencer Gaby, 16, who continued his string of victories in the 1500m race walk, posting a fast time of 7:44.
Not to be outdone, the Pen Track Masters ran up multiple wins in their field event competitions. Les East (M70) led the parade with seven victories in the discus, shot, hammer, javelin, high jump, long jump and triple jump. Sandy Anderson (W70), and holder of many Canadian age group records, took first in discus, hammer, javelin, shot and high jump. Anne Murfitt (W50) also recorded five victories in her events, while the father and son team of Don (M60) and Phil (M90) Brodeur continued their winning ways in the discus (both), hammer (Don) and javelin and shot (Phil). Peggy Morfitt (W75) won her javelin event.
Of the 281 athletes, 38 Pen Track competitors combined for 160 ribbons.