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Schultz, First Canadian Junior Athlete Over 6000 points

Schultz, First Canadian Junior Athlete Over 6000 points in Heptathlon. The Standard of the first stop at University Games, is gone.

Ups, on the evening of April 8, Athletics Canada, updated the Ranking in the website.

Canadian U20 Record (Pending) 6021, SCHULTZ, NINA Tuscon, 07/04/2017,  Achilles International Society, posted the information at the website:

And I was shocked. Who is this athlete. I famous coach from USA informed me by e-mail.

Right there, I goggled in my computer, and realized that she is a freshmen of Kansas State University, and train with the well-known coach, Cliff Rovelto.

I was curious, and continue my search, and Nina, was a long time member (10 years) of the New West Spartans Track and Field Club, a BC club of New Westminster, founded on 2007.

I contacted her mom Debra Duan, and she told me that Nina, runs in her last event of 800m, 2:18.75, and achieved 6021 points, breaking the Canadian junior record in heptathlon.

Looks like someone predicted time ago that she is able to run 2:18, and under.  After winning bronze medal indoor pentathlon at Indoor NCAA D1, with a new Canadian Indoor record of 4341 points, everyone knows who is the first Canadian junior athlete, who jumped the border of 6000 points in heptathlon. Schultz, is ranked # 1 in the World IAAF list for 2017, in heptathlon for junior category.

Kansas State Athletics website informs:
Schultz’s final score of 6,021 points is the fourth-best point total in program history, as well as the second-best mark in Division I this season behind Arkansas’ Taliyah Brooks (6,075) and the third-best heptathlon score in the world behind Erica Bougard (6,246) and Brooks.

And now, I realized that she is the product of one of the best athletics school, prepared beside her, nine more members of the Canadian national teams, as Devan Wiebe, another standard of Summer Olympic Games in 800m with 2:03.21, Shannon Elmer, silver of NACAC, Jessica Hanson, a multidimensional athlete and a BC High School High Jump Champion, Sophie Pauls, a talented high jumper (1.59m as a 13 years old), S. Dodds, S. Cho, K. Tourigny, T. Harris, M. Kandola, Mihalilo Stefanovic, Anastas Eliopoulos, Thomas Nobbs, J. Schiedel, B. Pavel, N. Hole, K. Kazuta, and many other great athletes, with a total numbers of 28 Canadian National Champions, and 26 BC High School Champions.
Schultz achievements, makes proud the coaching staff of the program, lead by the Head Coach, Tatjana Mece, a University Prof. from Albania, and many times the national champion of high jump and pentathlon, in her country.

Way to go Nina to the second stop, at 2017 World London Championship.

Your highway to Tokyo 2020 is paved. You just need to change the gears and drive faster.

Besnik Mece,
New Westminster

London and Taipei, the First Two Stops, of Schultz for Tokyo 2020

New Canadian Junior Indoor Pentathlon Record at NCAA D1 Championship with 4340 points

It is well known the fact that Nina Schultz, is now one of the best Canadian combined event athletes.

Schultz, who competed last year in 50 events, achieved some great results finalised with 6th place in Heptathlon at World Junior Championships, and ranked #1 in the country, with new BC record of 5639 point, and third place in 100mH at Canadian Junior Championships, with 13.98.
Nina Schultz, since she was 8 years old, was recruited at Lord Kelvin Elementary School, from the program of New West School district #40, “Fitness Fun for Kids”, leaded by the head coach of New West Spartans, Tatjana Mece, and trained for 10 years with New West Spartans Track and Field Club. A big support in her preparation, was given from her family and especially from her grandfather.

With her great talent and dedication, she set up a phenomenal record of 13 BC Provincial High school champion titles.

Now, as a freshman of Kansas State University, she continued to achieve great results in her first indoor season under the leadership of her well-known coach Cliff Rovelto.

She run 8.33 in 60mH, ranked # 1 in the country for junior, Long Jump with 6.12m, ranked # 2 in the country for junior, High Jump with 1.80m, ranked # 1 in the country for junior, shot put 12.11m,and 800m with 2:19.96, all of them with PB, and breaking the Canadian Junior indoor record in pentathlon with 4271 points, ranked # 1 in the country, and # 6 in NCAA and ranked # 3, at the 2017 USA Indoor Championships the world for Juniors.

On March 10, she set a new Canadian Indoor Junior records in pentathlon with 4340 points, finishing third and winning bronze medal at NCAA Div.1 Indoor Championship, in College Station, TX. (60mH-8.41; HJ-1.81m (PB); SP-12.14m(PB),LJ-6.18m(PB), and 800m 2:26.55), and ranked # 1 in the country for 60mH,LJ,HJ and pentathlon, for junior category.

With this new results, Schultz is ranked # 3 in the world indoor pentathlon for junior, behind Alina Shukh of UKR with 4550 and Bianca Salming of SWE with 4389.

Now, she is taking much attentions from the media, as the new talented athlete of the Canadian Combined Events, who could replace the great Brianne Theisen-Eaton, and some of them are predicting for her to compete at 2019 World indoor.

But Schultz engine is much more stronger. She will accelerate faster in the highway of Tokyo 2020.  And the first two stops will be the World Track and Field Championship, in London, August 4-13, and University Summer Games, in Taipei, on August 23-28,2017.
She is able to achieve in this season, over 6000 points for University Summer Games and 6200 points for London World Championship.

We wish to Nina Schultz, Good Luck in her brilliant carrier.
Besnik Mece
Technical Director of New West Spartans and VOC Athletics Program.
Pictures courtesy of Kansas State Athletics website, Doug Clement and Achilles International Society .