Interlake athletes wrap up indoor season on podium

Lord Selkirk Royals Grade 11 student Heath Kurys competes in the varsity boys’ 800-metre race at the 2019 High School Series Championship in track & field at the James Daly Fieldhouse at the University of Mantioba on March 13. Brook Jones / Interlake Spectator

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WINNIPEG — Brooke Sumka and Heath Kurys were all smiles at the 2019 High School Series Championship for indoor track and field after the Lord Selkirk Royals duo earned medals at the University of Manitoba’s James Daly Fieldhouse on March 13.

Sumka said she had a really good indoor track and field season, headlined by recording a number of personal-best jumps.

Sumka, who is in Grade 10, stood on the podium with a silver medal  in the junior varsity girls’ triple jump with a new best jump of 9.36 metres. Earing a bronze medal in the same event was fellow Royal Mia Loeppky. Her best jump was 9.31m.

“The coaches really know what they are doing and it makes you feel really good that you know the coaches are going to help you,” Sumka told The Interlake Spectator. 

Kurys expressed pure excitement when he crossed the finish line in the varsity boys’ 800m run. He earned a second-place finish and a bronze medal after crossing the finish line in the multi-heat final with a time of two minutes 6.76 seconds.

“It was still a pretty close race,” Kurys said. “I thought that I would get maybe fifth and not third. It was a surprise.”

Selkirk’s Carly Kazuk placed seventh in the varsity girls’ 200m dash in a time of 28.73, while teammate Asha Gurney placed fourth in the varisty girls’ 60 m hurdle. She ran the race in 10.15.

Fisher Branch School Cougars high jumper Lauren Letexier came up just shy of earning a spot on the podium. She cleared the bar at 1.40m for a fourth-place finish.

In the JV girls’ 800m race, fellow Cougar Rofiat Badmos finished fifth  with a time of 2:40.52.

A pair of Cougars also competed in the varsity girls’ shotput (4kg) event. Laine Vandersteen finished eighth (8.12m) and Becca Waito came ninth (7.91m).

In the relay department, the Royals placed ninth in the varsity boys’  4x200m sprint with a time of 1:43.78, while in the varsity boys’ medley relay competition, the Royals finished third, completing the race in 3:55.56.

“We had some good relay teams,” Kurys added.