Canadian Championships and Rio Selection Trials, Edmonton, July 2016
HOC was represented by four athletes at this year’s Canadian Junior Championships which were contested in Edmonton, simultaneous with the Canadian Olympic selection competition.
Brittany Stenekes competed in both the 100M hurdles and the long jump. She ran her hurdles qualifying race immediately after completing the long jump, and qualified for the final. After enduring a significant weather delay, she delivered a personal best performance in the hurdles final with a 5th place finish. In the long jump, tough weather conditions made personal bests difficult. Brittany qualified for the final against a talented field, and finished 5th overall.
Savannah Laroche threw the hammer in Edmonton well to qualify for the final and finish 5th overall.
Jenna Smith contested both the 200m and the 400m. After a well-run qualifying race in the 400m, Jenna went on to finish 7th in the final,a solid accomplishment in her first year in the Junior category. The following day Jenna faced a very competitive 200m race and finished a strong ninth, just missing the final.
Chloe Hewitt qualified to compete in both the 400m and 800m. Chloe survived an aggressive 800m qualifying race with some battle scars and a 9th place finish, missing the final by the smallest of margins.
The competition was a great experience and important preparation for these girls as all four continue their athletic pursuits as university student-athletes.