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May 17, 2018


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Panthers crowned as West Zone champions Cole Wagner THE MERRITT HERALD

The Merritt Secondary School Panthers put on a record-breaking performance at the West Zone Track and Field Championships on May 9, en route to being named the overall points champions at the meet. The Panthers prevailed over their rivals from Kamloops and Barriere to claim the title, with 411 points to Brock Middle School’s 375. Westsyde Secondary was third with 278 points. A strong performance by the girls helped power the MSS team to such a great finish. Grade 8 Mariska Wekking had an especially productive day, coming home with three gold medals in the 100 metre dash, 200 metre

dash and long jump events. Not to be outdone, several Panthers etched their names in the record books. Brody Pattison (high jump), Cienna Warrington -Wright (shot put), Isabelle Heard (high jump) and the junior boys relay team (Mason Hintz, Spencer Nagata, Cole Jackson and Jay Peralta) set new meet records during the championships in Kamloops. “As a team we simply had a great day with some extraordinary showings by some of our members,” said head coach Randy Sheldon. For many of the athletes, the West Zone meet serves as the first step towards earning a spot at the provincial championship meet, beginning on May 31.

(Top left) Jay Peralta wins his heat during the 200 metre dash. Peralta finished third in the final. (Bottom left) Jayna Whitecross (second from the left) finished fourth in the 80 metre hurdles. (Above) Nicolas Willey finished fourth in shot put, but claimed the gold medal in discus. Photos contributed

Podium finishes at West Zone Championships Grade 8 boys Cole Jackson    1st High jump 2nd 100-metres 1st Shot put   Carson Anscomb 3rd Triple jump Mason Fox 1st Javelin 3rd Long jump Grade 8 girls Mariska Wekking 1st 100-metres 1st 200 metres 1st Long jump Alexandra Van Rossum

2nd Triple jump

Avery Warren 2nd 80 metres hurdles 3rd 400 metress Hannah Howard 3rd 80 metres hurdles 3rd High jump Semiah Oppenheim 3rd 800-metres                             1st 1500-metres   Cienna 1st Shot put Warrington-Wright Junior boys Nicolas Willey  1st Javelin Mason Hintz

2nd High jump

Full results online at

Leif Ellingsen 1st Discus Jay Peralta 3rd 100 metres 3rd 200 metres Junior girls Kari Kroeker 2nd 80 metres hurdles McKenna 2nd High jump Mortimer-Hack 3rd Triple jump Isabelle Heard 1st High jump 3rd 200 metres   Coralyn Collins 1st 400 metres   Lexus Thomas 1st 800 metres 2nd Triple jump 3rd 1500 metres    Senior boys Brody Pattison 1st High jump  2nd Long jump 2nd Triple jump Peter Scholtens 3rd 100-metres 3rd 200 metres Nick Anscomb 3rd 400 metres 3rd 1500 metres Relay teams: Grade 8 girls Junior girls Junior boys Senior boys

2nd 4x100 metres 3rd 4x100 metres 1st 4x100 metres 2nd 4x100 metres

FUTURE STARS Many of the current stars for the Merritt Secondary School team got their first taste of track and field action at the elementary level. On May 11, athletes from Diamond Vale elementary competed to earn their spot at the District Elementary track meet later this month. (Above) Grade 4 student Riley O’Neil goes for broke in long jump. Cole Wagner/Herald