Prince Edward Island athletes broke provincial legion records at the Legion Youth National Track and Field Championships in Langley, B.C., recently.
The competition, which was hosted in Charlottetown last summer, had athletes competing in under-16 and under-18 age categories, and showcased the top young track and field athletes across the country.
This year, P.E.I. only had 12 athletes at the event with most competing at the national stage for the first time. The Island team boasted 11 personal best performances and set eight Provincial Legion Games championship records.
Top performances came in the men’s throws, with Summerside’s Matthew Tanton leading the way with a fifth-place finish in the under-16 discus with a provincial legion record toss of 47.29 metres.
Jack Perry also recorded three top-12 finishes in the under-18 division, placing seventh in the shot put, 10th in javelin and 12th in discus, with throws of 14.45 metres, 40.51 metres and 38.91 metres. Perry’s throws in the shot put and discus were also good enough for provincial legion records.
The girls’ team had impressive outings as well, with Constance Gilman’s 11th place finish in the under-18 shot put with a distance of 10.57 metres, which bettered the previous provincial legion record.
Tori Fitzpatrick became new provincial legion record holder in both the under-16’s 1,200-metre and 2,000-metre events, with running times of 3:51.12 and 6:48.97.
Lydia MacLeod also topped under-16’s previous 300-metre record in a time of 44.30.
The under-18 boys’ 4x100-metre relay team of Tanton, Perry, Elijah Hood and Ryan Merrett finished sixth with a time of 48.27.
In the under-16 girls’ medley relay, the Island team of MacLeod, Ashley Fitzpatrick, Tori Fitzpatrick and Kelly McCardle finished seventh in a time of 4:31.93, improving the previous record by almost eight seconds.