February 16, 2011
Mack Kohl of Montmartre set a Canada Winter Games target-shooting record while winning a gold medal for Saskatchewan on Wednesday in Halifax.
Kohl won the men's individual event with a personal-best score of 680.5 points -exceeding the previous Games record by six points.
"It definitely is very exciting,'' Kohl said Wednesday from Halifax. "I really feel like I need to unwind and spend time with my teammates and my coach and take it all in. It's kind of overwhelming right now.
"My team and my coaches carried me on their backs. They brought me here. They provided that support team. They gave me that extra push when I needed it and kept me focused on what I needed to do. I definitely couldn't have done it without them.''
Kohl will return from the Games with two medals, having teamed with Clayton Schlosser of Lloydminster to place second in men's team air rifle on Monday. Schlosser was sixth in Wednesday's men's individual event, with 662.8 points.
The Canada Games shooting event is for athletes aged 21 and under. Kohl sparkled despite being only 14.
"That (success) all comes from the coaching staff and the team that we built,'' Kohl said. "Being able to have that level of coaching at this age and being able to bond with my team is what made it such an amazing experience.''
Like Kohl, Aerial Arthur of Saskatoon won a target-shooting gold medal Wednesday. She placed first in the women's individual event with 486.7 points. Cassandra WilsonAnderson of Saskatoon won a bronze medal in that event (484.1).
Saskatchewan also reached the podium in long-track speedskating on Wednesday when the men finished second in the 3,000-metre team pursuit. The medal-winning skaters were Axel Morin of Regina, Michael Wrubleski of Regina, Ryan Bernhard of Muenster and Pieter Stoffel of Saskatoon.
Saskatchewan was sixth in women's team pursuit. That team consisted of Christina Thiel of Regina, Ana Conly of Grasswood, Katie Babich of Saskatoon and Hillary Fast of Saskatoon.
In the men's individual 100m event, Bernhard was sixth with a time of 10.950 seconds. Wrubleski was 17th (11.180 seconds) and Stoffel was 26th (11.660).
Fast was 17th (12.010) in the women's 100m. Babich was 19th (12.220), Thiel was 23rd (12.620) and Conly was 27th (12.740).
In other Saskatchewan results on Wednesday:
Biathlon: In the men's 12.5-kilometre pursuit, Devon Sylvester of North Battleford was 21st. Natasha Boyes of La Ronge was the top Saskatchewanian in the women's 10km pursuit, placing 21st. Regina's Becky Bend was 39th.
Curling: In women's curling, Manitoba defeated Saskatchewan -skipped by Rae-Ann Williamson of Regina -7-5. Saskatchewan is to play Quebec in a crossover match today.
Gymnastics: Curtis Graves of Saskatoon was fourth in the allaround competition. Teague King was 23rd, two spots ahead of fellow Saskatoon athlete Wyatt Tyndall.
Men's hockey: In a quarterfinal, Quebec edged Saskatchewan 4-3. Jarrett Fontaine of Humboldt had two goals for Saskatchewan. Carter Hanson of Lumsden had Saskatchewan's other goal.
Ringette: Saskatchewan defeated Manitoba 3-2 in ringette. Saskatchewan got goals from three Reginans -Stephanie Zimmer, Alysha McEachern and Kailee Karchewski. In a semifinal today, Saskatchewan plays Ontario.
Speedskating: Madeleine Yager of Saskatchewan was eighth in the 1,000m women's short-track competition. Also in that event, Moose Jaw's Stephanie Kendall was 22nd, Saskatoon's Morgan Boutin was 26th and Regina's Taylor Leugner was 37th.
In the men's 1,000m short-track event, the Saskatchewan finishers were Keegan Christ of Regina (24th), Jesse Slusar of Nipawin (32nd), Alex Horst of Regina (36th), Morin (37th) and Michael Marsh of Saskatoon (38th).
Squash: The Northwest Territories blanked Saskatchewan 4-0 in men's squash. Saskatchewan plays Nova Scotia in today's seventh-place game.
Wheelchair basketball: Ontario defeated Saskatchewan 71-45 in a semifinal. Saskatchewan and Manitoba are to play for the bronze medal today.
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