Thirteen seems to be a lucky number for Pen Track, since the club has five boys on the team all celebrating 13th birthdays this year, and they are doing so by recording winning performances in events right across the board in track and field.
Leading the way is Ben Sammons who had seven first-place finishes last weekend in Duncan at the Garriock Memorial Track Meet, including two new personal bests in the 200m and the javelin. He also had victories in the 80m and 200m hurdle races, the discus, hammer and long jump.
Although Sammons had to settle for second place in the shot put, he had some excellent company in that event because Pen Track took all three podium places.
Winning that shot competition was Connor McCullough, with a personal best throw, while Brennan Hopkins was third.
McCullough also won the 100m and was second in the hammer, behind Sammons.
Finn Battersby, another in this age group, literally ran away with his three middle distance events, easily winning the 800m, the 1200m and the 2000m.
The fifth member of this 13-year-old group is Justin Miles, who collected his win in the high jump and placed second in the discus.
Among the Pen Track Masters, Mette Fosberg (W60), Ann Murfitt (W50), Peggy Morfitt (W75) and Phil Brodeur (M90) were all successful in their events, but the outstanding result of the day was turned in by Don Brodeur (M60).
Don, in addition to winning the shot and javelin competitions, also took the discus, in which his two best efforts are the two best throws in Canada this year in his age group, and just below his Canadian record.
Danny Daniels is a regular Peninsula News Review contributor, covering local track and field.