In their first track and field meet of the season, Dawson Creek athletes finished fifth of 28 teams in Grande Prairie's Peace Country Classic and look in good shape heading into the zone championships later this week in Prince George.
Dawson Creek boys won the 4X100 relay for 15-16 years old in Saturday's meet, while the local girls were second in their relay, and individual athletes won a handful of individual medals.
The competition attracted many other Peace Country schools but also some athletes from as far away as St. Albert and even the Northwest Territories.
Grimshaw's Holy Family School was tops in the combined team standings with a total score of 406. Tumbler Ridge placed second (329), Fort St. John's North Peace Secondary School was third (203) and Grande Prairie's Peace Country Track Club was fourth (175). Dawson Creek ended up fifth and had 166 points.
Dawson Creek's Danelle Gibson won the shot put for girls 15-16 years old, while Tana Gibson was fifth.
Danelle Gibson, Tana Gibson and Samantha Klassen placed sixth, eighth and 16th in the 100-metre dash.Michaela Ross, Danelle Gibson and Kim Elliot were eighth through 10th in the 200-metre race.
Courtney Watson, Tana Gibson and Klassen were 12th, 13th and 15th respectively in the long jump. Watson and Klassen was sixth and eighth respectively in the 80-metre hurdles.
Ross was fourth in the 800-metre, and she was fifth and Elliot was 11th in the 400-metre race.
Carley Tolway was third in the 80-metre hurdles.
Ryan Greenberg, Colton Rand and Anton Wolf were fifth, sixth and 10th respectively in the javelin throw for boys 15-16 years old. Rand was also sixth in the discus and shot put. Greenberg won bronze in the shot put with a throw of 9.39 metres.Greenberg and Wolf were 10th and 11th in the 800 metre.
Dawson Creek had four athletes appear in the long jump standings. Walker Adair, Mark Readman, Tristan Steinke and Cameron Glover were fourth, seventh, 10th and 11th respectively in the long jump for boys 15-16 years old.
In the high jump competition, Glover, Readman, and Ryan Greenberg were fifth, seventh and ninth respectively. Steinke and Readman placed seventh and ninth respectively in the 1,500-metre race.
Adair, Readman and Steinke were sixth, 12th and 14th in the 100-metre, and Adair, Steinke and Readman were fifth, sixth and eighth in the 200.
Mike Ryder was fourth in the high jump for boys 17-18-years-old. He was second in the 3,000 and sixth in the 1,500.
Dusty Bruhs just missed a medal in the javelin for boys 17-18-years-old. He placed fourth and was followed by Alex Tubb who was seventh.
Asher Klassen was second in the high jump, first in the race walk and second in the 1,500-metre race.
Dawson Creek track coach Eric Wolf was sixth in the shot put, second in the 3,000-metre run and fourth in the 400-metre race.
For the Alberta athletes, the Grande Prairie meet also served as a qualifier for the Provincial Hershey Final. The top four athletes in each category at the Grande Prairie meet have qualified for the finals in Edmonton June 12.
The competition was a warm-up of sorts for the Dawson Creek athletes who are going to the North-Central Zone Championships Thursday and Friday in Prince George. That is a qualifier for the provincial high school championships in Burnaby in the coming weeks.