College Park Cobras strike down records

By Jamie Harkins

May 18, 2017 12:00 AM

ON TARGET College Park School Cobras athlete Karli Tluchak runs toward the throw line during the javelin event. JAMIE HARKINS LLS PHOTO

Some results at the College Park School Cobras track and field meet may not have been intentional or expected, but they were still record breaking.
“Honestly I’ve never thrown a javelin before,” said Emma Minish, who only moments earlier broke the Cobras bantam girls javelin record with a toss of just over 20 metres.
“I went up there and I was throwing it backwards then, all of a sudden, I just threw it straight and it stuck in the ground.”
Approximately 90 Cobras attended the school’s annual city championship qualifier at Lloydminster Comprehensive High School on Monday.
The group featured a mixture of dedicated track and field students expected to move on to cities and eventually districts as well as strong all-around athletes and those who just decided to give the competition their best shot.
Mark Westman, athletic director at College Park School, said this is their third year competing in track, which coupled with a late start to the season due to the mid-April Easter break makes any outcomes for the team hard to gauge.
However, he said they do enjoy a strong athletic presence in throwing, such as discus and javelin, and running that did show itself in the qualifier with Vaughn Holbeche also setting a new school record in the midget boys 1,500-metre run and Jaxson Smith capturing the Cobras top time at the 800-m event.
“We don’t really have result expectations for our kids,” added Cobras track and field coordinator Brent Hamilton.
“If our kids bring a really solid effort (at cities), my expectation would be that we’re going to have three or four of our midget kids going on to districts and probably four or five of our bantam kids going on to districts.”
Minish said her qualifying meet also included competitions in the bantam girls long jump and shot put events, but the success she attained in javelin failed to follow in those.
She said it’s an unknown what her results in the city championships will be, but at least she now has some practice.

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