EITC Men dominate National Championships in Ottawa

In early July, EITC sent 9 vaulters to compete in the Senior and Junior National Championships in Ottawa. Deryk Theodore, Spencer Allen and Nathan Filipek claimed 2nd thru 4th respectively for Senior Men with great jumps of 5.30m for Deryk and Spencer and a personal best of 5.20m for Nathan. 

On the Senior women's side, Paige Ridout and Meghan Lim had respectable competitions jumping 4m and 3.85m. The Junior girls were highlighted with Lauren Ellis acting a personal best clearing 3.60m and Rachel Hyink right behind her also with a clearance of 3.60m. 

The 2018 championships will also be hosted by Ottawa in early July. 

Coach Mark Honoured at Athletics Alberta Banquet

2016 again saw the group have a very successful campaign under the leadership of Coach Mark Cocks, and as such he was named the Athletics Alberta Junior Development Coach of the Year. Highlights from the athletes included:

-Deryk Theodore silver at Senior Nationals and a new Indoor Alberta Provincial Record of 5.38m

-Meghan Lim Junior National Champion with new indoor and outdoor Junior Provincial Records of 3.81m and 3,97m.

-Lindsey Mix 4th at Senior Nationals and a new outdoor Alberta Provincial Record of 4.35m.

-Lauren Ellis bronze at Legion Youth Nationals

-Spencer Allen and Nathan Filipek Silver and Bronze as CIS Nationals

-Paige Ridout Silver at CIS Nationals. 

EITC Women Claim Top National Marks

Leanna Carriere and Lindsey Mix collectively added to the top marks of the 2016 ASU Sun Devil Classic Women's Elite pole vault section. Leanna nearly matched her outdoor personal best performance with a clearance at 4.25, while Lindsey Mix put to use her new Gill Athletics carbon poles to clear a new personal best of 4.35. With her recent clearance she has established a new Alberta provincial record and has moved herself up the ladder to the #11 spot on Canada's pole vault all time list. The two competitors will be joined by teammates Paige Ridout, Robyn Webster and Corey Woolnough as they head to California to continue their training camp and further compete along side some of the best vaulters in North America.

3 medals for U of A athletes at CIS national championships in Toronto

Eitc sent 4 athletes representing the University of Alberta to CIS nationals in Toronto, March 10-12th and came away with 2 silver and 1 bronze medal. 

In her return to CIS competent after a 2 year hiatus, Paige Ridout jumped her second best height indoors ever to claim 2nd place on Friday night, while freshman Meghan Lim earned a respectable 7th place and an indoor personal best. 

On the mens side, Spencer Allen earned a silver medal while Nathan Filipek took home the bronze. Although both would have like to jump higher heights, they are pleased to come away with hardware to finish the season. 

Nathan steals the show

Nathan has a lot to show after his performance at the CanWest championships in Saskatoon. Nathan broke the University of Alberta record with a jump of 5.16. Not only was this a new personal best for Nathan but it was also enough to win CanWest gold. To top it all off Nathan was awarded with the performance of the meet, very impressive. The CIS championship is up next in Toronto, where Nathan is ranked second in the nation.

Paige wins gold as a Panda

Paige returned to CanWest action this year, except this time wearing different colours. As a U of A Panda, Paige had an exciting competition. In a very exciting competition, Paige won CanWest gold in spectacular fashion. Not only did she jump a new indoor personal best of 3.98, but she did it in a jump off against Courtney Erickson of the University of Saskatchewan. When both competitors cleared all their earlier heights on first attempt, the bar moved to 3.98 where Paige cleared on her fourth attempt. A great performance under incredible circumstances, we look forward to the CIS championships!

Paige breaks through the 4 m barrier.

May 22 on a beautiful vault day in Edmonton, Paige came through with a 4.01m jump that looked all too easy.  The jump puts her in the top 10 nationally during a banner year for womens vault in Canada.  We have the strongest crew of jumpers Canada has ever seen and our EITC jumpers are snuggled in to represent our city and our province.  Congrat's Paige on breaking through and achieving a long term goal.  Having seen the jump myself, I am confident that much more is to come.  Can't wait to see your next big jump.