Last year Tanis Bennell went to the High School Track and Field Provincials for the experience. This year she’s hoping the experience will pay off.
Bennell, 16, a Grade 11 student at DP Todd Secondary School, will be competing at the North Central Zone High School Meet today at Masich Place Stadium. The short distance runner will be looking for personal best times in the 100-metre and 200-metre.
This will be Bennell’s first summer with track as her primary sport. For the past few years she’s been playing all-star soccer as well. But after being the captain of the U-16 girls team that won provincials last summer, Bennell has hung up her cleats.
“It’s a good time to just let it go. Now track is a new exciting thing and I’ll see how I can do with it,” said Bennell.
Since she missed the Sub Zero Meet in May, Bennell will be competing for the first time this season. She’s looking to improve on her 12.80 in the 100-m and 26.94 in the 200-m.
“I like that fact I haven’t been timed yet. I can just go out there and do my race without worrying about my time,” said Bennell.
She went to the provincials last year in Burnaby. The competition was tough since she was competing in the Grade 10 to 12 division.
“There were some girls who were three years older than me,” said Bennell. “I got fourth in my 200-m heat and I got a PB. This year will be more serious. Last year was for the experience. This year I’m going to try and pour it on.”
Bennell loves the challenge that comes with racing stronger runners.
“It’s more exciting to race against faster girls because it pushes me to run faster, and it’s a lot easier when there is someone right beside you.”
The High School Zones get underway today at 3 p.m. and continue Saturday at 9 a.m.