By Greg Price
Some Barnwell Trojans made their presence felt at zones in track and field last month.
Kevin Krizsan earned the zone title for javelin, shattering the old record by nearly five metres in his division, with a 48.68-metre throw.
“As a track coach, I’ve been blessed with some great athletes. Our prowess with the javelin hasn’t been affected by the years of living in a construction zone. Barnwell School students hold four of the six junior high zone javelin records, and this year’s winner will likely hold the record for a very long time,” said Aaron Edlund, vice principal at Barnwell School.
“I know Kevin really had his heart set on throwing a 50. I measured a 52-metre throw for him at practice, but he should be very proud of his 48.68m. That is a huge throw.”
Joining Krizsan as a zone champion, was Edlund’s daughter, Olivia Edlund in the bantam girls high jump.
After dropping the competition at 1.48 metres, Edlund set her sights on a zone record, too.
The bar was raised to 1.51 metres, but Edlund couldn’t quite make it.
Despite third-place finishes in the 400-metre and the long jump, Olivia Edlund couldn’t quite capture the zone aggregate award either, giving out to the top point scorer in southern Alberta at the event.
Edlund is optimistic for next year as both Avery Anderson and Ty Neilsen look to improve upon their third-place finishes in the shot put as well as a great group of Gr. 7 efforts in Colby Torrie, Brooklyn Torrie and Logan Porter to build on this year’s performance.
While the new modernization of Barnwell School has been a Godsend for students and community members alike, it has hindered some types of athletic training according to Edlund, most notably, track and field.
“Despite our beautiful new school that seemingly “has it all”, what it doesn’t have is a track. I’m in love with our new school,” said athletic director Edlund. “But I’d kill to get our old shale 237-metre track back. Barnwell School’s old track fit the spot well, but at 237 metres, it was difficult to train 800-metre runners on. But at least it was a spot to work out,” joked Edlund.
From 2009 to 2013, Barnwell School was the track and field king of the castle at the 2J level.
In 2016 they added another championship to make it six out of eight.
During the last decade, the Barnwell Trojans have produced 31 zone champions in various track and field events, with 10 of those champions also setting zone records.