Emma Cannan’s day didn’t start exactly how she would have hoped, but it ended like a dream.
The 15-year-old Grade 10 girl at Kelowna Secondary School won three gold medals on Friday at the B.C. high school track and field championships at the Apple Bowl.
The highlight was her new provincial record in the 100-metres in 12.28 seconds. She followed that with gold in the junior girls’ 400 and gold in the senior girls’ 4X100 relay.
“I’m feeling really good,” Cannan said just moments after helping the seniors cross the line first. “I’m really happy.”
Her record-setting 100 was just a fraction faster than silver-medal winner Taya Batiste of Burnaby South (12.35) and Charity Obazughanmwen of North Delta (12.48).
The old record of 12.34 was set in 2015.
There’s no telling how well she would’ve run had the race gone to plan.
“I had a really rough start,” she said.
She recovered by blocking out her competitors and focusing on the finish line.
“It was mostly mental for me.”
Her day continued in the 400 with a winning time of 57.43 that included more breathing room over the second-place time of 57.81.
As much fun as winning for yourself, having teammates to support was even better.
KSS—including Kenaysha Lyder, Maddy Hettinga and Lindsay Maier—won in 49.17 over Walnut Grove (49.58) and Oak Bay (50.01).
“It’s really nice to be part of a team,” Maier said. “It’s less stressful.”
Hettinga said the future is bright with only Lyder graduating this year. “I think we just have a fast group of girls.”
Lyder ran the anchor leg, and watched a tight race unfold in front of her. She grabbed the baton, and didn’t look back.
“And then I could hear the crowd getting louder,” said Lyder, who plans to attend University of Saskatchewan this fall.
As the girls celebrated, the junior boys took the blocks hoping to improve on their record-setting performance in the heats on Friday.
They didn’t disappoint, and managed to lower the B.C. best.
Caeleb Schlachter, Noah Gross, Xavier Webb and Aidan Vint crushed the meet record (44.67, 2015) with a time of 43.94.
It’s no wonder considering Schlachter (11.18) and Gross (11.22) finished 2-3 in the junior boys’ 100 behind Yoosuf Bacha of David Thompson school (11.08).
Two relay records was something that Schlachter admitted he thought was possible heading into the weekend.
“I’m fired up,” Schlachter said. “I knew we could do it, for sure.”
Three of the relay runners are on the KSS football team and haven’t had as much time on the track as their big-city rivals.
“It’s crazy,” Gross added. “It feels crazy what we’ve done today.”
For Webb, who missed out on the 100 final, the relay was sweet redemption.
“I’m feeling fantastic,” said Webb, the anchor. “Like, out of this world.”
The KSS junior boys are actually faster than their senior counterparts, who didn’t reach the final 8 from their group.
If the juniors stay healthy, they could run together for another two years.
They’ve known each other or played football together since they were in Grade 2.
“We have a lot of chemistry,” Vint said.
“We’re just having fun out there,” Gross added.
This story appears on page B1 of The Okanagan Weekend on June 1.