MCHS Track & Field has strong finish at provincial championships

From left: Standing: Emma Newborn, Katy Krupa, Katrina Lessard, Haley Cornelis, Austin MacDonald, Josh Lane, Jorden Rooke (Bronze Medal winner – Sr. Boys Discus), Justin Kulbisky, Shane Kerrison, Ashley Domoslai, Evan Clewes, Steven Jones, Shelby Mason, Ryan Marsden. Front Row: Chelsea Critchley, Sam Ringuette, Taylor Rutkowski, Dana VanBrabant, Keagan Hunt. (Missing: Carrie Mossey). Submitted Photo

JORDEN ROOKE MEDAL-webBy Morinville News Staff

Morinville – The Morinville Community High School (MCHS) Wolves returned to school Monday with a sixth place finish in the weekend’s 2013 Provincial Track & Field Championships, held in Calgary June 7 and 8. The school finished with 143 points, putting them in 6th place out of 50 3A teams competing this year. Twenty-one MCHS athletes competed in the event, the largest number to date.

“We would really like to thank our Grade 12 student athletes for being such great leaders and role models,” said Coach Terry Maslyk. “All the Grade 12s have been such a strong influence for our younger athletes and a real treat to work with over the past three years.”

Maslyk praised Grade 12 students Steven Jones, Katrina Lessard, Shelby Mason, Taylor Rutkowski, Evan Clewes, Austin MacDonald, Carrie Mossey, Josh Lane, Shane Kerrison, Kaitlyn Dryden, and Jorden Rooke, the latter of whom was the Bronze Medal winner in the Senior Boys Discus.

“Jordan Rooke has been a model of consistency and patience over the past three years in track and field,” Maslyk said, adding Jorden’s regular after school gig in athletics is being a member of the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers AAA Midget Hockey Team as well as a Black Belt in Karate. “For the past three years Jorden has also been moonlighting as a member of the MCHS Wolves Track & Field team throwing the javelin and discus and being a team leader.”

Maslyk said Rooke has finished 4th in javelin at the High School Provincials for the past two years, always being just a few centimeters away from a Provincial Medal. The coach said missing a medal by a short distance did not end the game for Rooke.

“When Jorden finished a disappointing 6th in his premier event, the javelin throw, he thought his dream of winning a medal at High School Provincials was over,” Maslyk said. “Always close but no cigar. So instead of hanging his head, Jorden stepped up big time in his second event on day two of the championships. In discus [he had] a throw of 37.27 metres, which held up to give Jorden the Provincial Medal he worked three years to achieve.”

Above right: Grade 12 athlete Jordan Rooke with his Bronze Medal in Senior Boys Discus. – Submitted Photo