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SportsRecreationTrackField19TuesdayMay272014ByMARIACHURCHDarkcloudsandthethreatofrainwasnotenoughtoslowdowntrackandeldathletesattheFortSmith5000lastSaturday.Justover100athletesofallagesfromFortSmithandHayRivercompetedintheannualtrackandeldeventgunningforthegoldsilverandbronzemedalsinthe100m200m400m800m1500m3000mand5000mandforthersttimeajavelinandashotputevent.ForonebantamathleteHayRiversMadisonMcPheeherdeterminationbrokeanNWTRecordandbonebrokenattrackmeetrecordduringthemeetwhensheclocked13.92secondsinthe100-mrace.FortSmithcontestantBillieBourquealsostood-outduringthemeetasamodelofperseverance.Theyounggirlfellduringherracebutdespitelaterlearningthefallhadfracturedhercollarbonegotbackupandnishedtheracetowinamedal.MyBilliegirlbrokehercollarboneyesterdayatthetrack.Toughasnails.FinishedtheracewithabrokencollarboneJessicaHvaltheyounggirlsmotherwroteonFacebook.JanieHobartoneoftheeventsorganizerssaidshewasmorethanpleasedwithhowthetowncametogethertoputontheannualmeet.Itwassomuchfun.IwasreallyreallyimpressedwiththevolunteersshetoldTheJournal.Itwassuchagreatexampleofacommunity-basedevent.FormanyathletestheFortSmitheventwasthersttrackandeldmeetoftheseason.ThenexteventisinYellowknifeonMay31followedbytheNWTTrackandFieldChampionshipstobeheldinHayRiveronJune4-6.PhotosPaulBannisterandMariaChurchIsaacZimmerleftandCananOlverataketheirpositionsatthestartlinepreparingforthe50-mmitesprintrace.Ajavelineventwasaddedtothemeetthisyear.Peeweeracersrest-upbeforetheir400-meventbegins.JoelGordoncrossesthenishlineduringthe400-mrace.Atthesoundofthegunracerslaunchoffthe100-mstartlineduringtheFortSmith5000annualtrackandeldmeetlastweekend.