Truong Tran prepares to release the javelin en-route to a third place finish.

Prince Rupert Rainmakers shine at Terrace track and field meet

Thirty participants from five high schools all over the Northwest converged in Terrace last Saturday to compete in the first meet.

Thirty participants from five high schools all over the Northwest converged in Terrace last Saturday to compete in the season’s first meet for the Charles Hays squad.

Coach Dighton Haynes, visiting his old stomping grounds as the ex-coach of Terrace’s contingent, made his first appearance as the new head coach of the Rainmakers and his squad didn’t disappoint.

Kevin Rioux highlighted a strong showing by the school, winning the high, triple and long jumps, setting a personal best for each in the process. He also triumphed in discus and came in second in the 100m dash.

Teammate Kory McSorley finished second in the triple jump and third in discus. Caile Kendal advertised his raw upper-body strength, taking second in shot put and third in long and high jumps, while Truong Trang channeled his inner gladiator and won third-place in javelin.

On the juniors side of things, Jason Rioux claimed first in high jump and the 100m and Zack Dixon, from Prince Rupert Middle School, held his own in the Grade 8 boys category with two firsts, a second and a third-place finish in long jump, triple jump, javelin and shot put.

Kody Deschamps, also of the middle school, put his endurance to the test, taking second in the 800m race and third in the 100m.

The next competition will be in Prince George for the Sub Zero meet this weekend.