Twenty-two members of the Estevan Comprehensive School’s track and field team competed at the Saskatchewan High School Athletics Association’s provincial championships in Moose Jaw on Friday and Saturday.
Hunter Wallster, a Grade 11 student at the school, won a gold medal in the discus with a distance of 46.46 metres, which was more than five metres better than the runner-up, Nicholas Bertoia of North Battleford.
He also won silver in the shot put with a distance of 13.21 metres.
Coach Kelly Phillipchuk said Wallster is a fantastic athlete.
“He threw really well. He will compete as a senior again next year,” said Phillipchuk, who noted that Wallster has been competing at events across the country.
Numerous other students had top 10 results. In midget boys, Adullahl Dairo was fifth in the 200 metres, seventh in the hurdles and eighth in the 100 metres; Sam Meek was seventh in the shot put; and Hunter Eagles was fifth in the quad event, which has four different disciplines.
Jaslyn McNabb was seventh in the midget girls high jump.
In junior boys events, Aden Haywood was eighth in the 3,000 metres and 10th in the 1,500 metres.
In senior girls, Sarah Dacuycuy was fifth in the triple jump and Nicole Kistanov was sixth in the long jump.
Parker Lavoie was eighth in the senior boys shot put.
Other ECS athletes who competed were Khenan Colbow, Clark Cabiluna, Mason Kukura and Alec Waldegger (midget boys), Hannah Hjortland, Tiana Seeman and Lauren Kobitz (midget girls); Curtis Phillipchuk and Hunter Eagles (junior boys); Chelsea McLenehan and Sydney McKenzie (junior girls); and Shanelle Rioux and Taylor Haux (senior girls).
Kelly Phillipchuk said they had a really good year, and the kids put in a lot of work to be ready for provincials.
The next edition of the Mercury will have more on this story.