8 a.m., June 13)
East end students
strike gold OCDSB track and field championships
By Fred Sherwin
Mohammed (left) and Cameron Slupeiks from Henry Munro Middle School show off
the medals they won at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board track and
field championships on Thursday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
District School Board held its annual intermediate track and field championships
for students in Grades 6, 7 and 8 at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility on Thursday
and a number of area students did well collecting 13 gold, five silver and
three bronze medals.
Students from Henry
Munro Middle School in Beacon Hill led the way with seven gold medals and
won two gold in the Atom boys 800 and 1500 metres. The provincial level swimmer
set a new board record in the 1500, covering the distance in 4:58.78 seconds.
He then won the 800 by more than seven seconds.
that just six months ago he wasn't able to complete the two kilometre course
at the board cross country championships.
really surprised. I expected to do well at the northeast meet, but here the
competition is a lot higher so I wasn't sure what to expect," said Slupeiks
who swims with the Greater Ottawa Kinfgfish and has qualified for the provincial
junior championships in four different events.
Grade 8 student
Yahye Mohammed won a pair of medals as well. After winning double gold in
Grade 6 and Grade 7 over 800 and 1500 metres, Mohammed claimed the gold medal
in the 1500 metres and a silver at 800 on Thursday despite not having trained
for the event.
"I was concentrating
more on basketball this year so I didn't really train so," said Mohammed
who is a member of the Gloucester Wolverines Bantam AA team. "I was actually
going to quit, but my coach told me to do it, so I did. Now that I did it,
I think I'm going to keep doing it."
Henry Munro's other
gold medists were Sabir Katawazi in the Bantam boys 100 with a time if 12.95
seconds; Stephen Clark in the Atom boys softball toss with a throw of 46.37
metres; Chu Zhang Han in the Bantam boys triple jump with a leap of 10.08
metres; and Waris Neyazi who added a gold medal in the Intermediate boys long
jump to the gold medals he won in Grade 6 and Grade 7. Neyazi leapt 5.69 metres
despite having to compete with an injured hamstring.
Students from Henry Larsen Elementary School in Orléans also did exceptionally
well at the board-wide meet. Nathan Egert won the Atom boys 100-metres in
a time of 13.61 seconds; Ben Cooke won the Intermediate 400-metres in a time
of 57.05 seconds; Natasha Kaasalainen finished second in the Intermediate
girls long jump with a leap of 4.38 seconds and Kaitlanne Beauregard won the
silver medal in the Intermediate girls high jump with a leap of 10.08 metres.
Emily Carr Middle School in Blackburn Hamlet had a pair of gold medalists
in Amandepp Litt, who won gold in the Atom girls long jump, and Taylor Wells
who took first place in the Bantam girls 100-metres, and Kira Barnowski from
Maple Ridge Elementary School in Fallingbrook struck gold in the Bantam girls
Other east end students who won medals include Anne Gauthier from Emily Carr
Middle School who came in second in the Bantam girls 100-metres; fellow Emily
Carr student Sydney Smith won a silver medal in the Atom girls 1500 metres
and a bronze medal in the 200 metres; Will Vincent from Maple Ridge Elementary
School claimed silver in the Atom boys high jump with a leap of 1.35 metres;
and Jamie Loh from Emily Carr won a bronze medal in the Intermediate girls
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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