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Saskatoon high school athletes have been competing since early May in track and field events leading to this week’s city championships.

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High school track and field athletes have been working towards the city championships with events throughout May. The local season culminates on Wednesday and Thursday, followed by provincial championships on June 7 and 8. All events will be held at Gordie Howe Sports Complex in Saskatoon.

Thank you to all the coaches who have provided insights about your track and field teams for the Star Phoenix school-by-school previews.

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The Saskatoon high school track and field city championships on May 24, 2023. Photos by Victor Pankratz Photo by Victor Pankratz /sas

Aden Bowman Bears

Coach: Justin Loshack

Athletes to watch

  • Kyra Shelton Senior Girls, Grade 12. Looking to challenge for medals in the middle distance events.
  • Alexander Isbister Senior Boys, Grade 12. Hoping to improve his outstanding performance in the quad last year.
  • Annie Beveridge-Warick Senior Girls, Grade 12. One of the strongest 1500m and 3000m runners this season.
  • Brady Blackburn Senior Boys, Grade 12. Possible medal in the 100m.
  • Taz Angelstad Senior Boys, Grade 12. Looking to challenge in all of the throwing events.

Previous Results

“We had some great results last year with over a third of our athletes competing in cities qualifying for provincials.”

Expectations for this season

“As a small team again this year, we are looking forward to athletes getting lots of opportunities to compete. And we hope to see some great results.”

Bedford Road Redhawks

Coach: Emily Humbert

Athletes to watch

  • Hilary Block and Sydney Fairburn — Grade 9, Intermediate Girls. This pair have made an immediate impact. Both of these athletes are up to trying everything, and have been an incredible addition to the intermediate division. Watch for them competing in almost all events on the track, and the field.
  • George Oliynyk Intermediate Boys, Grade 9. George’s size and strength will make him a great competitor in the shot put, discus and javelin events. He is being mentored by teammate Teerth Patel.
  • Alaina Reid Junior Girls, Grade 11. The defending intermediate girls 80m hurdle champion for the past two years. She is excited to work towards running faster every time she steps on the track.
  • Johnny Ficko Junior Boys, Grade 10. A speed demon; watch for him in the junior boys long jump, 100m and 200m events. He, and teammate Nathan Buckley, will be ones to watch on the junior boys relay team.
  • Phoenix Black Junior Boys, Grade 10. An outstanding thrower who is getting better every day.
  • Yehor Polishchuk Senior Boys, Grade 11. New to track, but has made an immediate impact in the senior boys division at Bedford Road. Watch for him as he sets his sights on getting more personal bests in high jump.
  • Teerth Patel — Senior Boys, Grade 11. Finished 2nd in junior boys shot put, and 3rd in discus. He is in his first year in a difficult senior boys division, but he will be pushing for the podium.
  • Guillermo Rodriguez — Senior Boys, Grade 11. “G” is back after an injury sidelined him during the 2023 season. He will be a force to be reckoned with in the senior boys 400m, 100m, and hurdle events.
  • Ezra Block Senior Boys, Grade 12. In his final season with Bedford track and field. He is an outstanding leader in distance events. Fresh off a personal best in the 3000m, and is excited to compete in the other distance events.

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Previous Results

11th overall finish.

Expectations for this season

“We are a team that prides itself on our culture of support, encouragement and personal bests. Our goal is to get better every time we step on the track. With these pillars in mind, we hope to have 50 athletes represent Bedford Road at the city championships. One of our secondary goals is to win the most improved trophy.”

Bethlehem Stars

Coach: Becky Arthurs

Athletes to watch

  • Enoch Tsinkorang Sprinter, Grade 12.
  • Milla Lux Throws, Grade 12.
  • Both junior girls and boys relay teams.
  • Joseph Alimasi — Sprints, Grade 10.
  • Makenna Kucherhan — Sprints, Hurdles, Grade 10.

Previous Results

Ranked 6th overall.

Expectations for this season

“Our goal is to build our program, improve our record, and maintain our overall school ranking from last year.”

Centennial Chargers

Coach: Kori Herner

Athletes to watch

  • Naysa Woods — Grade 10: An all-around great distance runner. Placing first in the 800, 1500 and 3000m.
  • Natalia Dickson — Grade 10. Another great athlete and new student to Centennial. We are looking forward to her competing in many jumping and throwing events.
  • Sophia Hrycuik — Grade 12. Looking to defend her first place city title in the tetrathlon this coming track season.
  • Melsh Mashange — Grade 11. When you think of someone with hops you think of Melsh. He received a silver medal in high jump cities and is looking for that gold now that he can flop.
  • Dawson Gerwing — Grade 12. A great multisport athlete, whose posed to wear some hardware in the throwing events.

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Previous Results

“Finished 5th in the city with 10 athletes who went to provincials.”

Expectations for this season

“With some great athletes and the runner up for most improved last season, Centennial is looking to continue our success individually and as a team.”

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The Saskatoon high school track and field city championships on May 24, 2023. Photos by Victor Pankratz Photo by Victor Pankratz /sas

E.D. Feehan Trojans

Coach: Stephen Ryan

Athletes to watch

  • Blessing Itaketo — Sprints and Jumps, Grade 12. One of E.D. Feehan’s strongest leaders on and off the track. She excels in everything she does and always sets a good example for younger athletes. She continues to improve in all categories, and looks to try to find the podium in the sprints and jumps categories.
  • Albert Nondo — Sprints and Jumps, Grade 10. A competitive athlete, he won gold medal last year in the intermediate boys triple jump and went on to earn a bronze at provincials. A natural athlete who hopes to medal again this year in junior.
  • Theresa Cloud-Crain — Throws, Grade 9. New to track & field this year, but is already demonstrating a lot of the essential skills needed to someday be a contender. She has improved immensely in the shot put, discus, and javelin events, and looks to continue to do so.
  • Tyrin Swiftwolfe — Throws, Grade 11. “Big Swifty” was a strong competitor in the shot put and javelin events last year, and looks to challenge for a medal again this year. Supremely confident, he has already broken his personal best in shot put this year, and hopes to do the same in javelin.
  • Zofia Petten — Jumps, Grade 11. The glue that holds the team together. Her commitment and enthusiasm is infectious, and she is a leader for the EDF track team. She competes in primarily the jumps categories, and hopes to keep improving and improving.
  • Dominik Gerard — Distance, Grade 9. Has big aspirations to succeed in the long distance categories. He is dedicated and continues to push himself to improve. He is hoping to compete in the 3000m and 1500m events.
  • Sequoyah Crane — Distance, Grade 10. Another distance runner who loves to compete. Brings a positive attitude to the track and is always carrying a big smile, but once the race begins he is as fierce a competitor as any of them. He looks to challenge for a medal in the 3000m and 1500m.

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Previous Results

14th place.

Expectations for this season

“A small team. Just looking to keep improving and having fun at the track.”

Evan Hardy Souls

Coach: Jenny Holtsman, Sam Dunphy, Irena Smith

Athletes to watch

  • All Senior Evan Hardy track and field athletes

Previous Results

“The Evan Hardy Souls track and field team had a great season. Over 60 athletes joined the team and represented our school at mini meets. From there, 42 athletes went on to compete in the Bob Adams city championship. We had multiple top-8 finishes and several medal-winners. Special mention goes to Matthew Young, Syanna Roberts, Sloane Heath, Graydon Fraser and Oliver Malinski who competed at provincials. Matthew Young won two medals silver in the 400m and bronze in the 800m. Syanna Roberts was part of the bronze medal winning 4x100m relay team. Evan Hardy finished 9th overall.”

Expectations for this season

“We’re getting ready for the city championships, aiming to beat our personal bests and stay in the Top-10 team rankings. Our goal is to send several athletes to the provincial championships. With hard work and dedication, we’re looking forward to an exciting season!”

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Holy Cross Crusaders

Coach: Laszlo Veszi

Athletes to watch

  • Yerosen Daba — Senior, Grade 12. A three-time provincial champion, recently showcased his exceptional talent at last year’s provincial meet in Saskatoon. He won three gold medals in the 800m, 1500m, and 3000m events, solidifying his status as a top distance runner.
  • Logan Kok — Senior, Grade 12. Known for his prowess in throws, pole vaults, and sprints, he stands out as a versatile and formidable athlete. His love for the sport truly shines through his vigorous training and dedication.
  • Happy Oluwasikun — Senior, Grade 11. A remarkable sprinter and hurdler. She is quickly making a name for herself on the track. Her dedication to training is evident in her results. Placing consistently in the top-two last year, each race showcases her exceptional abilities.
  • Jocelyn Hansen — Senior, Grade 12. She showcased her exceptional talent in the high jump at the last twilight meet, clearing an impressive 1.62 meters. This remarkable achievement highlights her skill, dedication, and continuous improvement in the sport. She is also making a name for herself on the track!

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Previous Results

City champions.

Expectations for this season

“City champions.”

Marion Graham Falcons

Coach: Julene Hillis

Athletes to watch

  • Michael Tetrault — Senior Boys. City medalist last year in sprints and long jump.
  • Jackson King — Senior Boys. City medalist last year in sprints and long jump.
  • Wren Bargen Senior Girls. City medalist last year in pole vault.
  • Aimee Braden Junior Girls. City medalist last year in javelin.

Previous Results

8th overall at city championships.

Expectations for this season

“To continue to grow the team, fill categories, and finish amongst the Top-8 teams at cities.”

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The Saskatoon high school track and field city championships on May 24, 2023. Photos by Victor Pankratz Photo by Victor Pankratz /sas

Mount Royal Mustangs

Coach: Sarah Trih

Athletes to watch

  • Chloe Prytula — Senior Girls, Grade 12. Earned silver in discus at the city championship meet and represented Saskatoon at provincials last year. She is hoping to close out her Grade 12 year with another trip to provincials.
  • Charley Struhar — Senior Girls, Grade 12. Narrowly missed landing on the podium last year in senior girls discus but she is ready to earn that spot in her Grade 12 year.
  • Be sure to watch out for both girls in the shotput event as well!

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Previous Results

“Chloe Prytula won silver medal in senior girls discus at the city championship.”

Expectations for this season

“Have our sights set on a provincials spot in senior girls discus or shot put. Or both! We have two very strong throwers this year, make sure to keep an eye on them!”

St. Joseph Guardians

Coach: Amy Pearson

Athletes to watch

  • Olivia Wilson — Sprints, Grade 12. Having an excellent season and looking to medal in her events at cities
  • Noah Sommacal — Throws, Grade 12. Has started the season finishing in the Top-3 in his events plus setting personal bests. He is also a great leader for the throws team.
  • Esther Obidiya — Sprints and Jumps, Grade 11. Looking to build off the success of her Grade 10 year and reach the podium in her events at cities.
  • Jacine Stroh and Raeya Charlton — Grade 9. These girls have shown a lot of promise at the first mini-meets in jumps and throws respectively.
  • Morgan McCleary Junior Girl. Can medal in her sprint races.
  • Cory Holman — Senior Boys. Looking to medal in 100m and anchor a medal-hopeful 4x100m relay team.
  • Aliya Clarke — Grade 9. An excellent multi-event athlete.
  • Will Sawchuk — Grade 9. Standout who can medal in anything from the 200m to 1500m.

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Previous Results

3rd in cities.

Expectations for this season

“First and foremost we want all of the student-athletes to try their best and unite as a team. We are lucky to have a large pool of talented young athletes who are looking forward to doing their personal bests this track and field season. We are expecting to be in the top 3 once again.”

Tommy Douglas Tigers

Coach: Kelsie Hendry

Athletes to watch

  • Drake Friesen — Junior, Grade 10. Strong in the 800, 1500 and 3000 distance events and will likely medal in all three.
  • Rylan Fugel — Junior, Grade 10. Rylan broke the city championship record in high jump last year and could do the same this year.

Previous Results

“Drake Friesen took silver at cities in 800m and 3000m and bronze in 1500m. Rylan Fugel set the high jump record, winning gold and took silver in long jump.”

Expectations for this season

“Would like to see Drake Friesen and Rylan Fugel medal in all three of their events. Fugel could perhaps break another record.”

Walter Murray Marauders

Coach: Jack Sloboda and Raelene Cameron

Athletes to watch

  • Michael Hussey — Senior. Last year he broke the 800m record,
  • Zuzana Morog — Senior. A leader that is a top-eight competitor in any event she competes in.
  • Lauren Smith — Quad, Senior. A multi-event athlete that is taking her talents to quad where she is looking to finish her high school career with a gold medal.
  • Julia Colbourne — Quad, Senior Girls. Finished second last year and looking to improve this year.
  • Megan Jetzke — Triple Jump, Discus, Senior.
  • Garson Gignac — 100m, 200m, Junior.
  • Trey White — Junior.
  • Juliette Smith — Intermediate Girls.
  • Ryan Deutscher — Intermediate Girls.

Previous Results

“We came in 2nd place in the city in 2023 and had 18 athletes qualify for the provincial team.”

Expectations for this season

“Our expectation for 2024 cities is to send as many athletes as possible. Walter Murray had a number of key categories that did not have athletes in cities last year. This year we are looking at being a more well-rounded team, filling all of our categories with athletes that can compete.”

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The Saskatoon high school track and field city championships on May 24, 2023. Photos by Victor Pankratz Photo by Victor Pankratz /sas

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