Big medal haul for Nelson track athletes

Nelson’s Kootenay Chaos Track and Field Club proved hard work does pay off during the Van Ryswyk indoor meet in Kamloops this past weekend.



Nelson’s Kootenay Chaos Track and Field Club competed at the Van Ryswyk indoor meet in Kamloops this past weekend and proved that hard work does pay off.

Danny Burgel, Kieren Dehnel, Mitchell and Matti Erickson, and Avie Waterfall finished the two-day meet with a total of 29 medals: 16 gold, nine silver and four bronze. New meet records were set, starting with Dehnel Friday evening in the 2,000 meter run.

In his first event at his first-ever track meet, Dehnel let all his nervous energy flow, maintaining a blistering pace start to finish. He crossed the finish line in just under seven minutes, breaking the existing meet record by over one minute. Dehnel finished the weekend with one gold, two silver and three bronze medals. Matti Erickson set age group meet records in the 200, 300, 800 and 1,200 meter runs as well as the 60 meter hurdles. He took home five gold, three silver and one bronze.

Both Mitchell Erickson and Waterfall contributed significantly to the team’s medal count. Mitchell, the junior member of the team at age ten, received seven medals, six gold and one silver. Waterfall also came home with a total of seven medals: four gold and three silver. Both were particularly dominant in the middle distance runs, 300to 1,200 meters, as the whole team has focused on speed-endurance training over the past several months.

Burgel, also in his first-ever meet, showed true determination, with a respectable finish in the 60m run and a bronze medal in the 400m despite sustaining a soft tissue injury during warm-up earlier in the day.

The Kootenay Chaos track team is coached by former national team coach Alex Ulaszonek. Outdoor practises will start after spring break at Lakeside field. New members are encouraged and welcome.

Just Posted

Avalanche Canada issues special public warning

Very weak layer buried under recent snow a cause for concern

KBRH on watch for bed bugs after two recent cases

Spokesperson Mandy Lowery says there has not been a bed bug sighting at KBRH since Dec. 8

Coffee card donations return at Wait’s News

The program supplied over 200 cards last year

Trafalgar students build home for sanctuary horse

Grade 8 students collaborated on a project with a local farm sanctuary

Nelson won’t restrict parking amnesty to West Kootenay

So far, more than 800 people have responded with amnesty payments

Trudeau to make it harder for future PM to reverse Senate reforms

Of the 105 current senators, 54 are now independents who have banded together in Independent Senators’ Group

Man dies after falling from B.C. bridge

Intoxicated man climbed railing, lost his balance and fell into the water below

B.C. animation team the ‘heart’ of new ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’

The animators, largely based in Vancouver, ultimately came up with a creative technique that is drawing praise

Light at the end of the tunnel for UN climate talks

Meeting in Katowice was meant to finalize how countries report their emissions of greenhouses gases

Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will also be ushered in at the 34th induction ceremony

Supreme Court affirms privacy rights for Canadians who share a computer

Section 8 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects Canadians against unreasonable search and seizure

B.C. fire chief pleads with Ottawa for traumatic stress support

Campbell River fire chief Thomas Doherty presented concerns to federal government

21 detained before Paris protests as police deploy in force

There was a strong police presence outside the central Saint Lazare train station, where police in riot gear checked bags

Media, robotics, Indigenous studies coming to B.C. Grade 12 classrooms in 2019-20

Provincial tests are also being changed for students in Grade 10 to 12, the Education Ministry said

Most Read