AIRDRIE, Alberta (BVM) — Airdrie track star Sienna MacDonald has goals beyond Canada Summer Games. The third-year University of Calgary Dinos multi-event track athlete from Airdrie represented Team Alberta and got herself to the podium three times: She had a bronze in the women’s 100-metre (m) hurdles, a silver in the 4x100m relay, and bronze in the long jump. The George McDougall High School Class of 2020 also finished in fourth place in the women’s javelin.
MacDonald, who has also played soccer, basketball, volleyball, soccer, badminton and practiced gymnastics for about five years before becoming a full-time track athlete, aims to improve her marks in the competitions or meetings to come, so she can improve her chances of being called up by the national team.
“My goal for this indoor season is to compete at U SPORTS (next March) in all three events (pentathlon, hurdles and long jump) and podium,” the Calgary Warriors Track Club member said. “As for marks, I would like to hit for the indoor season. For the pentathlon, having a consistent season is very important, I’m just hoping to improve my point total from last season. With regards to the long jump, I’m aiming to be consistently over six meters. For the 60 meters Hurdles, I am aiming for low eight seconds. Overall my goal for this indoor season is to improve from what I did last season, which I believe is a very achievable goal.”
MacDonald’s has long been making a case for representing the country internationally. This past June, she won the open women’s heptathlon at the National Canadian Track and Field championships, in Langley B.C. There, she brought to the table a personal-best score of 5,643 points.
Before catching the national crown, and in the middle of her rookie season with the Calgary Dinos, MacDonald brought home gold in the heptathlon and silver in the 60-metre hurdles and long jump at the Canada West Championships.
The multi-athlete had also an outstanding 2019-20 indoor season, just before committing to U of C. In February 2020, she claimed the gold medal in the women’s 60-metre hurdles and set a personal-best time of 8.7 seconds in the final at the 2020 Simplot Games (a prestigious event for high schoolers) in Idaho.
At the pace she is going, becoming an Olympic athlete does not seem such a distant goal.
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