Meadow Lake’s Cody Ludwig always aims to improve in his sport, and that drive recently helped him gain medals at a tri-provincial track meet in Sherwood Park, Alta.
The 15-year-old is heading into Grade 10 at Carpenter High School this fall, and was invited to the event due to his strong performance throughout the school year at local and regional track events. At the tri-provincial meet in late July, he won gold in 100-metre run, and silver in the 4x100-metre event, facing runners from Alberta and Manitoba.
He said he feels proud to win, as he heard the athletes from Alberta were strong competitors.
“I wasn’t expecting to do as well as I did,” Ludwig said. “To come out with a gold in that, it feels really good.”
He found out he was invited to this event before the school year ended, so has spent the summer preparing with a mix of weight training, running endurance, and yoga. He said the cross-training has helped him keep limber and ready for track and field events, and it paid off as he also reached a personal best in the 100-metre, a time of 11.49.
“One-hundredths of a second doesn’t really seem like much, but to improve that takes a lot,” Ludwig said. “That time could mean half a metre or a metre.”
He said aside from the athletics, he enjoyed the whole experience, got to meet up with fellow running friends from across the province and met new friends from all around the prairies.
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