LANGLEY, B.C. – Logan Robinson of Albany achieved a huge accomplishment on Saturday.
He won P.E.I.’s first medal in a number of years at the Legion national youth track and field championships on Saturday.
Robinson, who just began throwing last year, won a bronze medal in javelin. P.E.I. coach Keith Tanton noted it may possibly be P.E.I.’s first medal at the Legion championships since Canadian Olympian Jared Connaughton medalled a number of years ago.
Robinson was competing in youth boys, and surpassed his personal best by almost six metres with a throw of 53.18 metres.
Islander Jonathan Goyette competed in the same event, finishing in 15th place with a throw of 32.57 metres.
In midget boys’ javelin, Malcolm Gilman finished 11th with a distance of 31.47 metres. Gilman also competed in shot put, finishing ninth with a distance of 11.44 metres.
Also in the shot put, Constance Gilman finished 14th in youth girls. Her throw was 10.44 metres.
Kylee Wallace finished 15th in the long jump with a distance of 4.91 metres while Matthew Tanton did not record a successful jump on the boys’ side. Both competitors were in the youth categories.
Several Island athletes achieved personal bests on the track, including Tori Fitzpatrick. Her time of six minutes 53.43 seconds (6:53.43) was good enough for 14th position in the midget girls’ 2000 metres.
In the midget boys’ 2,000 metres, Luc Gallant set a personal best of 6:47.91 for a 15th-place overall showing.
Adele Arsenault also set a new personal standard in the youth girls’ 400 metres – 1:04.85.
Evan Gallant completed the 300 metres in 42.56 seconds for 22nd position in midget boys.
P.E.I. entered teams in both the men’s and women’s youth 4x100-metre relays. The male team of Tanton, Ben Coles, Evan Gallant and Ryan Merrett finished 10th in a time of 49.32 seconds.
The female team of Arsenault, Kelly McCardle, Kelsey MacLean and Bailey Simpson also finished 10th. Their time was 52.90 seconds.
P.E.I. throwers recorded top performances on Friday’s opening day of competition.
Gilman was 10th in discus, including a personal-best throw of 39.81 metres. Goyette was 14th – 37.02 metres.
On the track, Fitzpatrick completed the 1,200 metres in a time of 3:59.56 for 17th position.
On the male side, Merrett was 18th in the youth boys’ 1,500 metres. His time – a personal best – was 4:09.73.
Luc Gallant had a time of 3:53.88 in the midget boys’ 1,200 metres to finish 22nd.
In the 100-metre heats, Simpson and MacLean both set personal bests in youth girls. Simpson ran 13.43 for 24th position while MacLean’s 13.74 time placed her 28th overall. McCardle was 27th in midget girls.
In the boys’ 100 metres, Coles was 25th in 12.54 seconds while Brandon Bond was disqualified due to a false start.