Deryk will once again represent Canada this spring, this time in the Gold Coast, Australia. He is one of two vaulters from Canada that will compete April 12th at the games. He also will be jumping in Auckland, New Zealand and Brisbane, Australia in Invitational meets leading up the games at the end of March.
Another great showing to end the varsity season at the University of Windsor, with Spencer Allen repeating as National Champion, and Meghan Lim following up last years silver medal with the same placing. Meghan cleared a personal best height of 4.10m, just 5cm behind the winner.
Kathryn van Ryswyk cleared 4.00m for the first time, but was bitter sweet finishing in 4th place with Rachel Hyink right behind her in 5th.
Nathan Filipek couldn't quite get things connected finishing in 6th place and Lauren Ellis jumped a respectable 3.65m at her first National Championships.
In February, Deryk jumped a personal best of 5.42m at the Panads Open in Edmonton. It is 1cm higher than his life time best, and 4cm higher than his previous indoor record. Deryk is the second highest ranked vaulter in Canada.
At the end of February, the U of A Varsity Crew had a successful weekend in Winnipeg capped off with Spencer Allen awarded with performance of the meet after breaking the Can West record. He vaulted to a new personal best of 5.31m surpassing the old record of 5.23m. Nathan Filipek was 2nd with a seasons best of 5.10m.
Coach Mark also received honours, as he was awarded Canada West Assistant Male Coach of the Year. It was the first time ever this award has been handed out.
Not to forget, the rest of the crew jumped extremely well, as Kathryn van Ryswyk and Rachel Hyink came home with Gold and silver, while Megahn Lim was 4th and Lauren Ellis secured her spot to Nationals with a personal best jump of 3.71m for 6th.
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.
In July, Rachel Hyink represented Canada as one of two female vaulters and came away with the bronze medal with a new personal best of 4.00m. The meet in Trujillo, peru is held every two years for under-20 year old athletes.
In late July, Paige Ridout, Deryk Theodore and Spencer Allen all represented Canada in the Ivory Coast for the Francophone games where Paige and Deryk claimed Bronx medals with Spencer placing 5th. The Francophone games are every 4th year with Canada hosting them in 2021 in Moncton.
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.
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.
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 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 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!
Deryk has broken the indoor Alberta record at the Husky Classic at the University of Washington in Seattle. With a jump of 5.38, Deryk got a new personal best and placed third in the open competition. The excitement continued the following day, where Deryk won the Husky Open with a jump of 5.23.
After moving from Victoria to begin school at the U of A, Kyle Weiman returned to the coast. At the Dempsey Indoor in Seattle, Kyle jumped a new personal best of 4.63. This is fresh off of posting a PB of 4.60 in his hometown of Saskatoon.
Spencer Allen moved from Kamloops, BC in September to begin his schooling at the University of Alberta. In his first home meet as a Golden Bear, Spencer jumped 4.90, a new indoor PB. This puts the CIS rookie number 1 in the country! What an addition to the club!
Corey Wollnough set a new indoor PB at Alberta's Indoor Provincial Games. He cleared 4.52 and had many good attempts at the following height. He cleared these heights jumping on some old Pacer IIIs with very little practice while his regular poles were travelling.
At the University of Alberta's first home meet for the 2016 season, Meghan Lim jumped a new indoor PB at 3.78. Meghan is in her rookie year with the U of A Pandas, an exciting start to her career as a collegiate athlete.
Leanna finished first in the open women's division at the National Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nevada. She jumped 4.20 which is also a new indoor provincial record!
Other notable performances is Lindsey's third place finish with a jump of 4.00 and Deryk starting off the 2016 season with 5.10.
After winning provincials and finishing second at junior nationals, Meghan ender her season by finishing first place at the Western Canada Summer Games. She finished with a jump of 3.80, a jump that almost matches her personal best of 3.85 which she accomplished earlier this season. What a fantastic year for Meghan!
At the National Track League's stop in Edmonton Deryk Theodore jumped a new outdoor PB. The invitational event included Shawn Barber, Brad Walker, Jack Whitt and Jordan Scott and Deryk jumped very well against these notable opponents. He ended the meet with a jump of 5.35, a week after finishing second at the Canadian National Championships.