The 2018-2019 school year has been filled with Provincial Championships for Sacred Heart High School. Leading the way was the Boys 2A Soccer Team who won Gold in North Battleford in the fall. A second provincial championship was won at the Skills Canada competition in April in the area of Video Production. Sacred Heart won a third provincial championship at the 2019 Provincial High School Drama Festival in May. Their play, ‘The Last Fill,’ won Best Overall Production. Sacred Heart’s 4th and 5th championship titles came in Provincial Track and Field competition held Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8 at Guthridge Field in Moose Jaw.
Leading the way with a provincial championship gold medal in the midget boys’ 400m race was Grade 9 athlete, Alex Mushanski. Alex finished the final with an extremely fast time of 53.01. This was even faster than his record breaking time of 53.85 seconds set at East Central districts. In addition to his provincial championship Alex also placed 6th in the 200m race with a time of 24.09 seconds.
Sacred Heart won a second Provincial champion on Friday night. Kasey McCombs placed first in Midget Girls triple jump with a jump of 10.74 m, 12 cm over the second place finisher. In addition to her provincial championship, Kasey also had two top 8 placements. She finished 5th in the 80m – hurdles with a time of 13.15 seconds and 6th in long jump with a jump of 4 metres 56 cm.
Sacred Heart won a third medal on Friday night. This one came in the Senior Boys 100m sprint. Dami Ogunbiyi won a gold medal in this event in each of his grade 9, 10 and 11 years but this year had to settle for a bronze medal. He finished with a time of 11.06 seconds in an extremely close finish. The gold medalist, Blake Killam, finished in a time of 11. 03 seconds and the silver medallist, Scott Joseph, tied Dami with a duplicate time of 11:06 but was given the win in a photo finish. Dami faced a similar situation on Saturday in the 200m sprint final. In another extremely close finish Dami was edged out of the medals and finished 4th with a time of 22.84. The silver and bronze medallists finished in a tie in a time only one 1/100th of a second faster – 22.83 seconds.
Sacred Heart had an exceptional weekend of track and field overall. Other top 8 finishes were won by Jemimah Adefolarin who placed 7th in the Midget Girls 400m. Beln Reed placed 5th in the Midget Girls 3000m and 7th in the 1500m race. Camryn Danchilla placed 6th in the Junior Girls 200m and 8th in the Junior Girls 100m sprint. Braydon Wasylyniuk placed 7th in Junior Boys shot put.
Coach Rachel Sterzuk had this to say about the meet. “I was really proud of how hard all of our athletes worked this weekend. They really went above and beyond in their quest for excellence. That’s really what makes track and field provincials so exciting to watch. The athletes put everything they have into every jump, throw or run. We had a few other athletes who could have won medals. Ashley Schrader in throws and Camryn Danchilla in long jump were medal contenders. But all the athletes from around the province are working equally hard to get a medal and it isn’t an easy feat.’
(All results can be found at www.shsaa.ca.)