Northern News Services
Published Thursday, June 12, 2008
HAY RIVER - Medals clanked and ribbons fluttered as Deh Cho athletes returned home from the NWT Track and Field Championships.
A number of schools from across the Deh Cho sent athletes to the meet held in Hay River from June 4 to 6. One student and two adults from Fort Simpson placed in the top three of their age division at the competition.
Aaron Grossetete from Thomas Simpson school launches a shotput during the NWT Track and Field Championships. - Natalie Dunleavy/NNSL photo
Alicia Norris returned to Bompas elementary school with a gold medal around her neck.
"I felt really proud of myself," Norris said.
She placed first in the Bantam 1,500, 800 and 400-metre events. Long distance running is Norris' strong point.
"I'm not much of a sprinter. I'm more keep your pace," she said.
Some of Norris' strongest competition came in the 400-metre finals where she raced against five other runners including her classmates Madison Pilling and Sherissa Grossetete. Norris won the race by less than a second over her closest competitor.
"The other girl was right behind me," she said.
Grossetete and Pilling were also in close pursuit taking third and fourth place respectively. The race was definitely a close one, said Grossetete.
"It felt great," she said about crossing the finish line.
Although she didn't place in it Grossetete said her favourite event was triple jump.
"It's kind of fun," said Grossetete.
"It's different from the other ones because you hop, step and jump."
In the adult competition Kristen Morrison, one of the coaches for the Thomas Simpson school's team, took silver in the senior division. Fellow coach Karen Gelderman won bronze in the master division.
"Karen is an inspiration," said Morrison.
Gelderman, who is leaving the school this year, has been a big part of the track and field team, Morrison said.
"We'll definitely miss having her around," she said.
A number of the high school's team members also put in strong performances at the meet. Logan Donovan took first in the 200 and 400-metre Juvenile events and third in the 100-metre.
"People's heads were turning," said Morrison about his performance.
"If he has the passion for it he's going to be unstoppable."
Other notable performance came from Alex Roche, Devan Cli, Ramona Menicoche and Skyler Tanche-Villeneuve.
"They all did really well," said Morrison.
Thomas Simpson school won a bronze medal in grand aggregate. In the women's team rankings the female participants from Thomas Simpson placed ninth, Bompas elementary school placed 11th, Deh Gah school placed 22nd and Chief Julian Yendo placed 25th..
In the men's team rankings Deh Gah school placed 16th and Bompas elementary placed 19th.
Track and field results:
Dahetlea Antoine (Bompas)- 4th in Tyke shot put
Leah Fabre-Dimsdale (Bompas) 6th in Tyke ball throw
Emily Verge (Bompas)-5th in Tyke 50-metre, 4th in Tyke 200-metre, 4th in Tyke 400-metre
Sarah Verge (Bompas)- 2nd in Tyke shot put
Janelle Bruneau (Chief Julian Yendo)- 6th in Peewee 800-metre, 2nd in peewee shot put
Leah Burwash (Bompas)- 4th in peewee 100-metre, 5th in peewee long jump
Jessica Clillie (Chief Julian Yendo)- 6th in peewee 1,000-metre
Aleyx Smith (Bompas)- 4th in peewee 800-metre, 2nd in peewee 1,000-metre, 4th in peewee triple jump
Alicia Norris (Bompas)- 1st in bantam 400-metre, 1st in bantam 800-metre, 1st in bantam 1,500-metre
Sherissa Grossetete (Bompas)- 3rd in bantam 400-metre
Madison Pilling (Bompas)- 4th in bantam 400-metre, 3rd in bantam 800-metre, 2nd in bantam 1,500-metre
Cynthia Landry (Deh Gah)- 5th in midget 3,000-metre
Emma Squirrel (Deh Gah)- 6th in Midget shot put
Ramona Menicoche (TSS)- 3rd in juvenile shot put, 1st in juvenile discus
Shelagh Byatt (TSS)- 3rd in juvenile discus
Charlene Gargan (TSS)- 6th in junior 200-meter
Alison Minoza (Deh Gah)-2nd in junior shot put, 2nd in junior discus
Adeline Landry (Deh Gah)- 4th in junior shot put
Daphne Squirrel (TSS)- 5th in junior shot put
Jessie Loutit (TSS)- 1st in senior high jump, 2nd in senior triple jump
Keri-Ann Loutit (TSS)- 2nd in senior 100-metre, 2nd in senior long jump
Kristen Morrison (TSS)- 1st in senior shot put, 1st in senior discus, 1st in Senior javelin
Karen Gelderman (TSS)- 2nd in master 400-metre, 4th in master shot put, 1st in Master discus, 2nd in Senior javelin
Wade Sanderson (Deh Gah)- 6th in Tyke long jump
Nathaniel Tsetso (Bompas)- 4th in Tyke 50-metre
Kevin Anavilok-Roche (Bompas)- 4th in peewee high jump, 6th in peewee shot put
Michael Gast (Bompas)- 2nd in peewee high jump
Tyler Lafferty (Bompas)- 4th in peewee 400-metre, 5th in peewee 800-metre
Garret Bonnetrouge (Deh Gah)- 1st in bantam 100-metre, 1st in bantam 200-metre, 3rd in bantam ball throw
Devan Cli (TSS)- 5th in bantam 400-metre, 3rd in bantam 800-metre, 2nd in bantam 1,500-metre
Alex Keefe (Bompas)- 6th in bantam triple jump
Alex Roche (TSS)- 2nd in bantam 100-meter, 1st in bantam long jump, 4th in bantam discus
Logan Donovan (TSS)- 3rd juvenile 100-metre, 1st in juvenile 200-metre, 1st in juvenile 400-metre
Thomas Roche (TSS)- 4th in juvenile 100-metre
Cameron Sapp (Deh Gah)- 5th in juvenile 5,000-metre, 2nd in juvenile long jump, 2nd in juvenile shot put
Gordon Thompson (Bompas)- 3rd in Juvenile 5,000-metre
Skyler Tanche-Villeneuve (TSS)- 3rd in Senior long jump, 5th in senior shot put, 3rd in senior javelin throw.