Kenny McDonald stood alone for Hapnot at Manitoba high school track provincials in Winnipeg last weekend, claiming a gold and silver medal for Hapnot at the meet.
Hapnot’s track team came home from track provincials with a pair of medals, both won by McDonald. The athlete won the top honour in the boys’ junior varsity high jump, putting in a 1.83 metre jump in the final to give him the win. McDonald had previously turned in the best jump in the preliminary round, clearing a bar set 1.7 metres off the ground.
McDonald picked up a second medal in the outdoor pentathlon, finishing a close second in the event. McDonald finished first in three of the five events of the pentathlon, winning out in the shotput, 800 metre race and in the high jump, where he set a new provincial pentathlon record in the event. In the 100 metre dash, McDonald finished second in the category.
It was the long jump where McDonald just lost out, finishing third and giving Vincent Massey Collegiate’s Brady Fay just enough space to eke out a lead. Fay racked up 2,788 total points in the pentathlon, setting a new provincial record in the process, but McDonald was hot on his heels with 2,781 - which would have also broke the provincial record for points in the competition.
Kenneth Morris also represented Hapnot in the JV boys’ pentathlon, finishing 15th of 25 competitors. Morris saw his best result in the shotput, where he finished eighth, consistently staying around the middle of the pack in the other four events.
Hapnot was also represented in the girls’ varsity pentathlon, with Shanti Church taking part in the five-step event. Church finished in the top 10 in all five events, including two eighth-places in the high jump and the 800 metre run, en route to an eighth-place finish.
Hapnot had a bumper crop of participants at provincials this year, with just shy of 40 athletes taking part in various events. All qualified after quality performances at zones earlier this month.
Mackenzie McLean came close to bringing home another medal to Hapnot, coming fourth in the junior varsity girls’ high jump - McLean finished the finals with a highest jump of 1.4 metres, four centimetres shy of a tie with the third-place finisher.
Gianna Watt saw success in the girls’ varsity one-kilogram discus event, coming 11th of 40 competitors in the preliminary round and finishing sixth of 12 in the finals.