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Junior high track athletes set the bar at SPAA championship in St. Paul

A few records were broken on Tuesday during this year's SPAA junior high track and field event held in St. Paul.

ST. PAUL - It was a day for breaking records at the June 4 St. Paul Athletics Association (SPAA) junior high track and field championship.

Making an impressive jump of 1.68 metres, Yan Nkogo of École du Sommet, broke the B boys high jump record, which had previously been set in 1997 by Ronald Martin at 1.67 metres.

An even longer standing record was broken in the C boys category by FG Miller Sr/Jr High School's Derrick Wygle. He threw the discus for a distance of 32.38 metres, breaking a record from 1987 of 31.65 metres, set by Darwin Ference. 

In the Open PARA category, Sophie Petruk of Racette Jr. High School broke her own record on the 100 metre dash. She also set a record in the 200 metre dash, beating a record set in 2018.

Overall, Racette Jr. High School would claim the top spot at this year's SPAA championship track meet, netting over 2,025.50 points. Glen Avon School came in second with 1,780 points overall. Racette also had the most points in the boys' and girls' team scores.

Glendon School came in third for the girls' team scores, while FG Miller came in third for the boys' team scores. Several other schools took part at the event, which was held at the St. Paul Regional High School track.


Janice Huser

About the Author: Janice Huser

Janice Huser has been with the St. Paul Journal since 2006. She is a graduate of the SAIT print media journalism program, is originally from St. Paul and has a passion for photography.
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