MacDonald sets five N.S. track records


STELLARTON — It was quite a year in 2018 for Cara MacDonald.

Now, after all the accolades and track and field records, she’s looking ahead to what more she can do.

MacDonald, a middle-distance runner for Pictou County Athletics, broke five Athletics Nova Scotia bantam-age records in 2018 and was named the ANS bantam female athlete of the year. It will be among awards presented on Saturday as part of an indoor meet in Halifax.

PCA head coach Pat Carty said 2018 “was an awesome track season for Cara MacDonald,”

MacDonald is among several PCA members receiving awards. Heath Miller has been named top junior female athlete and Dave MacLennan has been named top master male athlete. Run Jump Throw Wheel participant Amelia MacCallum was also named.

“I’m really happy because I worked hard to do it,” MacDonald said. “My coaches helped me do it. They recognize how hard I worked.”

Breaking the record at 400 metres stands out for MacDonald.

“The 400 meant a lot because it was a big goal of mine,” she said. “I was really trying to beat that record.”

MacDonald will enter the midget division this year and has set her goals modestly.

“Looking at some of the records, they’re really fast,” she said. “Coming into the midget division this year, my goal is to try to get personal best times.”

National events are on the horizon for MacDonald, including a return to the 2019 Canadian Legion championships in Sydney N.S. from August 9 to 11 after her participating in the 2018 event in Manitoba, and the 2021 Canada Summer Games taking place in Ontario’s Niagara region.

MacDonald is among PCA members who have resumed training under a schedule that began last week at the Pictou County YMCA. The schedule includes training from 4 to 6 p.m. on Fridays at the Sobey Indoor Complex, 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays at the North Nova Education Centre gym and Wednesdays from 7:40 to 9:30 p.m. at the Y.

The Athletics New Brunswick indoor track and field championship will follow the meet this weekend in Halifax and will start on February 2 in Oromocto, N.B.

Other events include the Atlantic indoor club championship February 23 and 24 in Gagetown and Oromocto, N.B. and the ANS indoor championship on March 1 and 2 at the Canada Games Complex in Halifax.

PCA will host a mini-meet on April 27 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Cara MacDonald does a moving turn during a warm-up at the Pictou County Wellness Centre. (Goodwin photo)