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WINNING FORM – Kerric Masters crosses the finish line to win the Grade 8 Boys 100 metre race at the Whitehorse High School Track and Field Meet Wednesday at F.H. Collins track in Whitehorse. Masters also captured the Grade 8 Boys 200 metre crown.

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FLYING HIGH – Vanier’s Denise Alfaro flies over the high jump bar.

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REACHING FOR FIRST – Two boys reach for first at the finish of a 4 x 100 metre relay race.

Good turnout for Whitehorse High School Track and Field Meet

The Whitehorse High School Track and Field Meet took place Wednesday June 1 at F.H. Collins Secondary School track in Whitehorse.

By Morris Prokop on June 6, 2022

The Whitehorse High School Track and Field Meet took place Wednesday June 1 at F.H. Collins Secondary School track in Whitehorse.

Atlin School, F.H. Collins Secondary School, Porter Creek Secondary School, CSSC Mercier and Vanier Catholic Secondary School all participated in the meet.

According to Ann Jirousek, Yukon Schools Athletic Association (YSAA) executive director, over 100 athletes competed.

Track events included the 100 (including relays), 200, 400, 800, 1500 and 3000 metres.

Throwing events included the discus, shot put and javelin.

The jumping events, including long jump and high jump, rounded out the events.

Conlan Wilson, 17, of Vanier Catholic Secondary School won the Grade 12 long jump.

“I felt good. It’s the very first time I’ve ever done long jump in like, my entire life. So it was kind of exciting to find out I’m actually good at it.”

“It wasn’t until last Friday that I signed up for the track and field in general. I saw the list of all the different things and I didn’t want to do any long distance, so I saw that long jump is kind of one of those quick, easy ones ... I thought that maybe with my height and my long legs I’d be good at it, so it was just kind of a whim,” he added.

“It did work out well.”

Kerric Masters, 14, of Porter Creek Secondary School, won the Grade 8 Boys 100 and 200 metre finals.

“It was pretty good. Exhausting.”

Asked what he attributed his success to, Masters said “Just a lot of previous races. Just wanting to do it. I think if you want to do something, then you can do it.”

Luke Wesley,16, of Atlin School won the Junior Boys 100 metres and 400 metres. The Star spoke with him after his 100 metre win.

“I feel good. It was very close but I pulled it off by, like, a toe.”

Wesley trained for a month and a half before the races.

“I just started track and field.”

As for how he was feeling about his day “good. Accomplished,” he responded.

“I like track and field. It’s good.”

Ian Evalarosa anchored the winning team in the Junior 4 X 100 metre relay.

“I just felt fast after running that whole thing.

“I didn’t really think about winning. I was just, like, thinking about running the whole way and it felt very good.”

Joel Musiime, 17, anchored the winning Senior 4 x 100 relay team.

“I thought I was doing pretty good at the beginning but towards the end, my last teammate was coming after me and I was kind of worried that I wouldn’t pull through and get first place, but luckily we did.”

Musiime also took a turn at the high jump and looked pretty good.

“I didn’t think I would go as much as I did. It was kind of impressive for me.”

Musiime is going to be competing in the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games in basketball.

The last word on the day goes to YSAA executive director Jirousek.

“Overall, it went well.”

“I’d like to thank everybody for volunteering and coming out today so the athletes could enjoy a track meet on our nice new turf and field.

“We’ve had relatively few accidents and trips and falls.

“Whoever ordered the weather for today – thank you.”

Comments (2)

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amr on Jun 7, 2022 at 8:52 pm

And no girls existed?

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Scott Keesey on Jun 6, 2022 at 6:02 pm

There were girls competing at this event too. Super disappointing to see such a gender bias in this reporting!

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