8:30 a.m., Aug. 8)
East end pair
reach event finals at PanAm Junior Track and Field Championships
By Fred Sherwin
resident and Cairine Wilson grad Rachel Aubry ran a career best 2:05.46
to finish fourth in the 800 metres at the PanAm Junior Track and Field Championships
in Trinidad last week. File photo
Makinde and Rachel Aubry left for the PanAm Junior Track and Field Championships
in Trinidad on July 30, they boarded the plane with a lot on their minds.
were coming off sub-par performances at the National Junior Championships
in Charlottetown the week before and both athletes were looking forward
to the chance to redeem themselves.
Makinde was one
of the favourites heading into the junior championships in both the 100
and 200 metres
Colonel By grad ran the second fastest time ever posted by a Canadian high
schooler over 200 metres with a 20.99 at the OFSAA provincial championships
in June. The week before, he set a new meet record in the 100 metres with
a 10.47 at the OFSAA East Region qualifying meet in Brockville.
off fairly strong in Charlottetown, winning his 100 metre preliminary heat
in a time of 10.69 seconds. He then won his semi-final in 10.56 seconds.
The next day in the event final his right hamstring started to give him
problems and he finished a distant second to Akeem Haynes from Calgary in
a very pedestrian like time of 10.70 seconds.
In the afternoon
session, he easily won his 200 metre preliminary heat, but his time of 21.90
seconds was only good enough to qualify him in the third position.
In the 200 metre
final on Sunday, the hamstring problems resurfaced and he briefly lost his
form on the turn. The momentary lapse would prove costly as he ended up
finishing in fourth place.
in the 800 was no less disappointing. After winning gold at the Ontario
Junior Championships, she was looking forward to medaling in Charlottetown
and possibly finishing as high as second or even first. Instead, she ran
her slowest race of the season and ended up finishing fourth.
both runners, they had a full two weeks to heal their wounds, both physically
and mentally, before jetting off to Trinidad.
by the time he arrived in Port-of-Spain, Makinde just missed qualifying
for the 100 metre final. His time of 10.51 seconds was 0.04 seconds slower
than the eighth place runner.
Unbowed and more
determined than ever to make the 200 metre final, he returned to the track
the next day and turned in the sixth fastest time in the preliminaries with
a 21.36. He ran faster still in the final, but could do no better than eighth,
finishing just behind fellow Canadian Rohan Stewart.
who qualified in two individual events, Aubry only had to focus on the 800
metres. She opened a few eyes in the preliminaries when she won her heat
in a time of 2:08.13, which was just off her personal best of 2:07.96.
the final, her strategy was to try and stick with the leaders and then kick
her way to the finish line. Her plans went out the window after the first
100 metres. Rosa Maria Blanco from Brazil took the race out extremely fast
and everyone struggled to keep up. Aubry was sitting in seventh place when
she decided to make a run for the finish line with about 150 metres left
in the race. She managed to pass two or three runners and ended up finishing
in fourth place behind teammate Helen Crofts.
looked up at the scoreboard I saw that the Cuban girl had run 2:03 something
and I knew I was close enough to possibly get a new PB. When they put up
the second place finisher, then the third place finish and then fourth I
was pretty excited," says Aubry, who is back in Ottawa training with
The time on the
scoreboard beside her name flashed 2:05.42 seconds, a new career best by
more than two and a half seconds.
sure I had a 2:05 in me, but the race went out really fast and I had a strong
finish," says Aubry, who credits the combination of strong base training
while at the University of Guelph with the speed work she's done with the
Lions at the beginning of the outdoor season.
After her strong
performance in the 800, Aubry was selected to run in the 4x400 relay with
Jenessa Olson, Christine Love and Crofts. The girls initially placed fourth,
but were bumped up to third when Team USA was disqualified for cutting in
on the lanes two soon. The Americans successfully appealed the decision,
but during the review the officials ruled that one of the Jamaican runners
had cut off one of the Americans and so the Jamaican team was disqualified.
The review process
took so long that they ended up skipping the medal presentation. In fact,
the Canadian girls still haven't received their bronze medals more than
a week later.
we'll get them later. I'm not really sure," says Aubry who is still
walking on cloud nine after representing her country on the international
stage for the first time.
For Makinde it
was his third time wearing the Canadian singlet. He competed in the World
Youth Championships in the Czech Republic in 2007 and he went to the Commonwealth
Youth Games last year.
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