Prince Albert, SK – Carson Miller was back in action at the Art Hauser Centre on Friday.
But instead of suiting up in the Raiders locker room and taking the ice, the Yorkton product was registering to compete in the tetrathlon at the 2018 SHSAA Provincial Track and Field Championships contested at Harry Jerome Track and Max Clunie Field.
Miller qualified for the tetrathlon – which consists of a 100-metre dash, an 800-metre run, long jump, and shot put – by winning the gold medal at the East Central District meet held two weeks ago.
The 21st overall pick in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft said he started running competitively in Grade 2 and gradated into the indoor track program in Grade 7, following in the footsteps of his father.
Miller picked the tetrathlon as his event as it allows him to have a well-rounded training experience as it requires endurance, jumping, sprinting, and throwing.
“I can train for everything and it’s kind of the way hockey is, too,” he said. “There’s so many different skills in hockey and things that you need to do to do well in it. Being well-rounded is something that can help in hockey and can help in any sport.”
Of the four events, Miller picked the 800-metre run as his favourite and it’s not a surprise. He mentioned competing in cross country meets until Grade 10. He also set a new district record in the 800-metre run for tetrathlon athletes.
“It’s based on talent and skill, but in in the moment it’s based on will and who’s willing to gut it out until the very end and go across that finish line first,” said Miller of the event.
Miller placed 11th place in the provincial meet, which accomplished his goal of finishing in the top half of the 26 athletes.
Now, he turns his attention to the rest of a busy summer as he prepares for his graduation from Yorkton Regional High School. He also will be competing at lacrosse provincials in a couple of weeks.
Following his graduation, Miller is moving to Saskatoon for the summer to train, which will bookend a 10-day training camp in Fargo, Minnesota.
In late August, Miller will return to Prince Albert for training camp and is excited to get things started with the team.
“Going into next year, I know we have a good group of guys and everyone knows that we’re going to do well and that’s what we’re working for this summer.”