Kouri tests himself at Legion Nationals

Steven Mah
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Swift Current’s Marcus Kouri spent another summer competing against elite track and field competition.

The grade 12 student recently competed in four events at the 2014 Legion Canadian Youth Track & Field Championships in Langley, BC on August 15-17.

“It was a good experience to be there,” said Kouri of his third trip to Legion Nationals. “I didn’t jump what I wanted to jump. I was going for personal bests and that didn’t really turn out how I wanted it to. Overall, it was fun competition and the guys I competed against were really good.”

Kouri had his best result in the U18 Mens Long Jump when he placed sixth with a 6.39-metre leap. “I was looking to finish at least in the medals, for sure to PB. I didn’t personal best, I think it was a 6.39 and my personal best was a 6.60. It was disappointing but yet it was still fun to be there,” he explained.

Kouri placed ninth in Triple Jump, traveling 12.52 metres. In High Jump he cleared the bar at 1.70 metres before failing to clear 1.75 metres to place 17th. He also ran the opening leg of the 4x100 Metre Relay as Team Saskatchewan placed seventh in 44.46 seconds.

“I have trained with Gerod Weins a few times this summer just to keep at it. I have done a little bit on my own and then I have done a lot with the football guys, so that kept me in shape too,” he explained.

Kouri also competed at Westerns in Saskatoon over the summer where he won Long Jump with a personal best 6.60 meters and also placed third in triple jump.

Kouri hopes to play hockey with the AA Midget Hurricanes and football with the Comp. Colts over the fall and winter after playing volleyball with the Senior Colts the past few seasons.

He said track and field may be his route after high school though.

“For the most part it is track, I am probably going to go the track route just because that is what I have been doing more competitively now. I haven’ t made that for sure yet. You never know if hockey is going to take me somewhere or maybe even football after this year.”

Kouri won’t be eligible to return to Legion Nationals next summer but he is hoping to make the standards for Junior Nationals.

Geographic location: Swift Current, Langley

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