The St. Mary Marauders will be well represented at the 2014 Western Midget and Youth track meet in Saskatoon this weekend.
The meet, which kicks off on Friday at Griffiths Stadium, will pit provincial teams from Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba against each other in a series of track and field events.
Saskatchewan’s youth provincial team roster for the meet includes athletes from across the province including Marauders Austin Strauss, Brenna Hamel and CC Track Club’s Shyanna Morash.
Strauss enters this weekend’s meet as one of the top youth 400-meter runners in the province after collecting several gold medals and breaking city records at meets throughout the spring.
“I’m going to have some tough competition,” Strauss said of the upcoming meet in Saskatoon. “I’m not really worried about how I’ll do, it’s just a great learning experience.”
At the North Central District Athletic Association city track and field meet on May 22, Strauss broke the city record in the boy’s junior 100 metre dash, shattering a record set by former Carlton Crusader and current Toronto Marlies defenceman Dylan Yeo.
On the girls’ side, Hamel will be competing in all of the event’s jump competitions, which her coach Kelly Prins said is the 16-year-old’s strongest area.
Prins will join his athletes in Saskatoon as a member of Saskatchewan’s coaching staff, headed by Tisdale’s Harvey Weber.
“Her triple jump is exceptional,” Prins said of Hamel. “She can get in the 11-metre range, that’s kind of the goal for this meet. She’ll do really well I think.”
Placed in the youth age category, Hamel will tackle, among others, the long, high and triple jump events throughout the meet in Saskatoon, which wraps up on Sunday.
Like Strauss, Hamel isn’t overly concerned with results, as she is simply looking forward to taking on some fierce completion from Alberta and Manitoba.
“I’m really looking forward to competing at a higher level with some new competition from outside the province,” Hamel said. “It’ll be nice to work with new coaches, just to watch the other competitors and hopefully learn a few things.”
A total of 48 athletes are listed on Saskatchewan’s youth roster for the meet, with athletes from Corridor, Estevan, Regina, Quill Plains, Saskatoon, Swift Current and Yorkton competing.
The meet in Saskatoon marks the beginning of a busy summer for St. Mary track and field athletes.
Following this weekend’s meet, Hamel will head to the 2014 Canadian Youth Legion Track and Field Championships on Aug. 15-17 in Langley B.C. while fellow Marauders Anne-Sophie Fortier and Nayand Chand head to Quebec.
Chand and Fortier will join St. Mary volleyball players Evan Parchomchuk and Connor Murray at the 2014 Canadian Francophone Games in Gatineau to represent Saskatchewan on July 23-27.