Yukoners give their best on the track

No Yukoner ran their way to a medal this week at the Western Canada Summer Games, but the athletics team still generated a lengthy list of accomplishments.


No Yukoner ran their way to a medal this week at the Western Canada Summer Games, but the athletics team still generated a lengthy list of accomplishments.

The team of Logan Roots, Brittany Pearson, Logan Boehmer and Aiden Bradley literally gave it their best, producing their fastest-ever times in almost every race.

“Seeing the best runners in Canada really makes you want to train hard coming out of the Games,” said Pearson following the 3,000-metre race on Tuesday. “It was exciting hearing so many records get broken. A lot of guys and girls have been breaking Western Games here.

“So it’s nice to know you’re competing against people who are breaking records.”


An accomplished cross-country skier in the winter, Pearson, 20, took seventh out of 10 in the 3,000 on Tuesday and ninth out of 12 runners in the 1,500-metre on Saturday, cutting 15 seconds of her previous best time in the latter.

“I was pretty impressed with myself for shaving off 15 seconds in a pretty short race,” said Pearson, who won the women’s category of Yukon’s Five-Kilometre Road Race Championships in June. “In the heat, a lot of girls were having trouble shaving off time.”

Roots, 18, the only one to run in three events, withdrew from the 5,000-metre just before the Games to focus on the shorter races.

“With the training we’ve been doing, I felt better doing the shorter (races),” said Roots. “In training, there’s been a lot of 200s and 400s, so I felt better doing the 800 and 1,500.

“They are all personal bests, but I didn’t quite meet my goals in the 1,500 and 3,000.

“In the 1,500 I really wanted to do better, but I didn’t run my own race, I ran everybody else’s race.”

Roots came ninth out of 14 runners in the 3,000 and 12th in both the 1,500 and 800, which had 16 competitors entered.

His second major Games, Roots represented the territory in the 2009 Canada Summer Games. While attending Shawnigan Lake School on Vancouver Island this past year, Roots placed first in five, and second in two races in the Island Series, earning him a top ranking in the 16 to 19 age division.

“Those were all road races,” said Roots. “Nothing I did in the spring was less than five kilometres, mostly 10.”

Running on an injured ankle, Boehmer came ninth in the 5,000 and 14th (last) in the 3,000. It was the first time running both distances in a track event.

“The 5,000 wasn’t really a personal best – it is on a track, but you factor in the spikes and the rubber (track) and everything like that,” said Boehmer.

“I felt our team did really well; a lot of people had personal bests, which is good to see,” he said after the 3,000 on Tuesday. “Today I was happy with my performance. I felt like I gave it my all.”

At just 15, Bradley was not only the youngest on Yukon’s athletics team, he was often the youngest on the track, taking on runners years older.

“They were good (performances), I don’t think I could have done much better with the amount of training we’ve been doing,” said Bradley. “The 200 (stands out) because I did it in 26 seconds flat. That’s cool.”

He placed last in the 200- and 400-metre events. But the fact that he produced personal best times under pressure and in greater than 30-degree heat, makes his future look promising.

In fact, the future, specifically the 2013 Canada Summer Games, is exactly what Yukon head coach Don White is focused on.

“In this group, Brittany, Logan and Logan will finish their careers, as far as being able to compete at these (Games) at that point, because they will age out after the next one,” said White. “Aiden, on the other hand, has two Canada Games and the next Western Games to go to, so he has three more Western Games to go to, if he has the interest.”

Besides helping Yukon’s runners get faster, branching out into other athletics events, such as the long jump, high jump, shot put and others, is another a goal.

“The big thing now, with their successes, is to attract other athletes,” said White.

“We had one young guy who was coming out training in javelin this year, but wasn’t able to make it. We’ve had people in the past come out and do discus and shot put.

“It’s the interest of the athlete, not the interest of the coach. If the kids don’t want to do it, there’s no way the kids are going to have any success.”

Contact Tom Patrick at


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Dawson City RCMP are reporting a break and enter on Feb. 25 after two masked men entered a residence, assaulted a man inside with a weapon and departed. (Black Press file)
Two men arrested after Dawson City home invasion

Dawson City RCMP are reporting a break and enter on Feb. 25.… Continue reading

Highways and Public Works Minister Richard Mostyn speaks to reporters at a news conference in Whitehorse on Dec. 21, 2017. New ATIPP laws are coming into effect April 1. (Chris Windeyer/Yukon News file)
New access to information laws will take effect April 1

“Our government remains committed to government openness and accountability.”

City council meeting in Whitehorse on Feb. 8. At Whitehorse city council’s March 1 meeting, members were presented with a bylaw that would repeal 10 bylaws deemed to be redundant or out of date. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Out with the old

Council considers repealing outdated bylaws

A bobcat is used to help clear snow in downtown Whitehorse on Nov. 4. According to Environment Canada, the Yukon has experienced record-breaking precipitation this year. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Yukon will have “delayed spring” after heavy winter snowfall

After record levels of precipitation, cold spring will delay melt

Yukon RCMP say they’ve received three reports of youth being extorted online. (Black Press file)
Yukon youth being extorted online

Yukon RCMP say they’ve received three reports of youth being extorted on… Continue reading

A man walks passed the polling place sign at city hall in Whitehorse on Oct. 18, 2018. The City of Whitehorse is preparing for a pandemic-era election this October with a number of measures proposed to address COVID-19 restrictions. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
City gets set for Oct. 21 municipal election

Elections procedures bylaw comes forward

A rendering of the Normandy Manor seniors housing facility. (Photo courtesy KBC Developments)
Work on seniors housing project moves forward

Funding announced for Normandy Manor

Tom Ullyett, pictured, is the first Yukoner to receive the Louis St-Laurent Award of Excellence from the Canadian Bar Association for his work as a community builder and mentor in the territory. (Gabrielle Plonka/Yukon News)
Tom Ullyett wins lifetime achievement award from the Canadian Bar Association

Ullyett has worked in the Yukon’s justice ecosystem for 36 years as a public sector lawyer and mentor

The Blood Ties outreach van will now run seven nights a week, thanks to a boost in government funding. Logan Godin, coordinator, and Jesse Whelen, harm reduction counsellor, are seen here on May 12, 2020. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Blood Ties outreach van running seven nights a week with funding boost

The Yukon government is ramping up overdose response, considering safe supply plan

Ranj Pillai speaks to media about business relief programs in Whitehorse on April 1, 2020. The Yukon government announced Feb.25 that it will extend business support programs until September. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News)
Government extends business relief programs to September, launches new loan

“It really gives folks some help with supporting their business with cash flow.”

Whitehorse City Hall. (Joel Krahn/Yukon News file)
A look at decisions made by Whitehorse City Council this week

Bylaw amendment Whitehorse city council is moving closer with changes to a… Continue reading

Susie Rogan is a veteran musher with 14 years of racing experience and Yukon Journey organizer. (Yukon Journey Facebook)
Yukon Journey mushers begin 255-mile race

Eleven mushers are participating in the race from Pelly Crossing to Whitehorse

Legislative assembly on the last day of the fall sitting in Whitehorse on Nov. 22, 2018. As the legislature prepares to return on March 4, the three parties are continuing to finalize candidates in the territory’s 19 ridings. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News file)
Nine new candidates confirmed in Yukon ridings

It has been a busy two weeks as the parties try to firm up candidates

Most Read