By: Korie Marshall

Taylor Beallie, Valemount Secondary School’s one-person track team this year, came in first for shotput at Zones in Prince George last week. But she was devastated on the weekend to find out it wasn’t quite good enough to make it to provincials this week.

“I wasn’t throwing my usual weight, so I didn’t do as good as I usually do,” said Beallie.

She threw the shotput 7 meters 23 centimeters, as well as placing 6th in both other events she competed in – long jump and the 100 meter race.

Beallie helped out at the High School Rodeo on Saturday, along with the other Valemountain Days Pageant contestants. Pageant organizer Carmen Byford says the pageant would have supported her giving a shot at the provincials, even though it would have meant missing the Talent Show this Friday at the Valemount Community Theatre, because she would still be representing her community and her talents.

But the disappointment of not making it to provincials will not keep Beallie down. She says she will definitely do track again next year.

“Track and field is my passion – right above basketball,” says Beallie. “I plan on doing track for a while.”