Saturday, Mar 02, 2013 06:00 am
Niki Oudenaarden of St. Albert set a new Canadian pentathlon junior women’s indoor mark last week with the San Diego State Aztecs.
The Paul Kane High School graduate racked up 3,969 points at the Mountain West Conference championships in Boise, Idaho to break the previous mark of 3,949 by Catherine Bonds-Mills in 1986.
Oudenaarden, 19, won the shot put (13.71 metres), placed second in long jump (5.98m), finished fourth in the 800m (2:27.59) and 60m hurdles (8.86 seconds) and tied for ninth in high jump (1.56m).
Her results in shot put and long jump are Athletics Canada leading performances in the junior women’s category for the 2013 indoor season.
The San Diego freshman was also the runner-up by two points behind Allison Reaser, a junior Aztec, for the pentathlon meet title. It was Reaser’s third consecutive Mountain West pentathlon championship. Her 3,971 score was a school record and Oudenaarden’s total was No. 2 all-time.
Oudenaarden was also one of eight Aztecs named to the all-Mountain West Conference team.
It was Oudenaarden’s first indoor pentathlon after undergoing knee surgery in September.
A knee injury in 2011 derailed her heptathlon performance at the U17 worlds in France. It also forced the U18 national heptathlon champion in 2010 to compete exclusively in javelin and shot put.
At the 2012 Canadian Olympic trials the youngest thrower in the final stuck the javelin at 48.90m with the sixth and last attempt to finish fifth overall. She also placed eighth in shot put.
The Edmonton Capital City Track and Field Club member represented Canada at world juniors last year in Barcelona, Spain but was unable to advance past the opening round in javelin with a mark of 47.35m and finished 26th overall.
Hall of Fame skip
An inaugural member of the St. Albert Curling Club’s wall of fame is going into the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame in June.
Cathy King joins Sonja Gaudet of Vernon. B.C. as the 2013 Hall of Fame inductees.
King, 53, made history in 2012 as the first skip to win Canadian curling championships at the junior (1977 and 1978), women’s (1998) and senior 50-plus (2012) levels.
The six-time provincial women’s champion played in seven Scotties Tournament of Hearts and was the gold medallist in 1998 and silver medallist in 1995 and 1999.
The bronze medallist at the 1998 world women’s championship will represent Canada at senior worlds next month in Fredericton, N.B.
King’s last competition was the recent senior provincials at the Granite. In the final her rink lost 7-6 in an extra end on a steal by the St. Albert-based Deb Santos team.
The Bellerose Bulldogs were in a zone at the Edmonton and area high school wrestling championships last weekend at Stony Plain.
Placing first in their weight categories were Jack Hanna at 120 kilograms, Katrina Augustyn at 60 kg and Grace Vandervelden at 53 kg.
Last year at zones Hanna was the 120 kg runner-up, Augustyn placed second at 61 kg and Vandervelden was third in 53 kg.
At provincials Augustyn finished fifth.
This year’s provincials are next weekend at W.P. Wagner High School.
Flory wins ACAC
Karynn Flory of St. Albert skipped her NAIT Ooks women’s curling team to an undefeated record at the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference championship last weekend in Olds.
Flory’s rink of third Rochelle Baer, second Klara Smiley and lead Kaitlyn Roskewich posted round-robin wins of 8-3 against the Red Deer Queens, 9-5 against the Lakeland Rustlers and 5-3 against the Grant MacEwan Griffins.
In the playoffs they beat Red Deer 7-5 in the semifinals and Grant MacEwan 9-2 in the final.
Flory’s rink will compete for the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association title, March 19 to 23 at the Avonair.
Flory, a graduate of Bellerose Composite High School, is a first-year NAIT student in personal fitness training.
Last month Flory’s provincial junior championship team of Smiley, Roskewich and third Holly Jamieson from the Crestwood competed at nationals in Fort McMurray. They were relegated into the seeding pool after losing a tiebreaker in pool A for a berth in the championship round.
The St. Albert U16 Community Tier 6 Sorensen girls will kick the ball at the EMSA/CMSA intercities indoor soccer tournament next weekend in Edmonton after winning their last 10 games of the season.
Last weekend the Sorensen team recorded wins of 5-1, 4-2 and 1-0 in the four-team round robin at the EMSA city championships for a berth at intercities.
The girls started off the season with one tie and four losses, en route to a 10-5-1 overall record.
A well-balanced attack contributed to the team’s strong finish.
Rosie Eberlain and Julia Sorensen also filled in admirably in net after the regular goalkeeper, Amanda Tarapaski, was injured in the first game of round three and is sidelined for the season.
Also going to intercities are the U14 Tier 6 Johnston, U16 Tier 4 Carroll and U18 Tier 6 Findling girls’ teams.