AMHERST – Whether you’re new to high school track and field competition or have been doing it for a while, one thing is the same – the desire to win.
“I’m in Grade-12, so this is my last chance for romance,” said Dave Manuele when discussing his dream to make the provincial track and field team.
Manuele has been competing in track and field since Grade-10 and said his best chance of making the provincials rests with his discus results today and tomorrow in Stellarton.
He finished first in the discus at the district championships, which were also held in Stellarton.
“I’ve been working really, really hard on my discus technique, so I hope to do well,” said Manuele. “I’ve been throwing at the middle 30’ (metres) so I hope that’s enough.”
He’s also finished first in the shot put at the districts but said he probably won’t ride into the provincials on his shot put skills.
“I won districts but I was looking at the Truro district (results) and their eighth place finisher would have beaten me, so their shot putters are a lot better than us,” said Manuele.
Manuele throws the shot put about 10 metres.
“Some of those boys (in the Truro District) are throwing 15’s and 14’s, so that’s a little bit out of reach for me,” he said. “Truro has some really big boys, so they just put their weight behind the shot and launch it.”
Grade-9 student Miah Tooley is representing ARHS track for the first time this year.
She will be competing in the 100, 200, and 400 metres at the regional championships.
“I came in first at the districts in the 400, so that’s my best,” said Tooley.
She came in fourth in the 100 and 200 at the districts and said she likes the 400 best.
“It’s challenging and it’s a lot of hard work, and I like to push myself,” she said. “At the end of the race I feel like I’m going to collapse.”
She said she definitely wants to make the provincial championships.
Her track coach, Erica Webb, said both athletes have a good chance of making the provincials.
“Both of them are leaders and train really hard,” said Webb. “Dave has been here every day, except for one day so he could attend a leadership conference.
“And Miah shows a lot of potential,” added Webb. “I think she’ll do great at the regionals, and she’s a great teammate, who is very motivated and encourages the other girls to run. We expect her to be on the 4x400 team next year.”