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High School Track and Field
Sir Wil senior breaks own record twice at East Conference track meet
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Sir Wilfrid Laurier's Sarah Collie broke her own meet record in the senior girls discus at the NCSSAA East Conference championships on Wednesday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Sir Wilfrid Laurier's Sarah Collie went into yesterday's NCSSAA East Conference track and field meet unsure of just how well she would do.

The three sport athlete -- she's a member of Sir Wil's rugby team as well as the Gloucester Wolverines junior girls basketball team -- has only been training for the shot put, javelin and discus three short weeks since the end of the basketball season.

After placing second to her friend and rival Mackenzie Irvine from Immaculata in the senior girls javelin with a personal best throw of 28.28 metres, Collie was determined to come out on top in the discus. If she needed any extra motivation going into the event, she got it when Irvine broke her one-year old East Conference meet record on her first throw with a toss of 30.90 metres.

After a disappointing effort on her first attempt, Collie threw slightly better with her second throw and then uncorked a 32.29 toss in the third round to eclipse her previous personal best by more than four metres and reclaim the record.

She bested it again using a new technique that incorporates a full 360-degree rotation on her fourth attempt to improve the record to 32.83 metres, proving her earlier throw was no fluke.

Less than 90 minutes later Collie and Irvine faced off again in the shotput, with Collie once again topping Irvine with another personl best performance of 10.28 metres to retain her NCSSAA East title. Not a bad effort considering she has only practiced the shotput twice outdoors leading up to Wednesday's meet.

"I've always been better at shotput, so I've been practicing discus more. It's something I want to do better at, which is why I'm using a full rotation this year," said Collie.

Her goal is to qualify for the OFSAA provincial track and field championships in both throws. While competing as a first year senior last year, Collie placed seventh in the shotput and 13th in the discus. She'll need to finish in the top three if she wants to earn a ticket to this year's provincials in Oshawa.

Collie wasn't the only double even winner on Thursday. St. Matthew High School distance runner Lindsay Kary won both the senior girls 1500 and 3000 metres. After winning the 1500 in a time of 4:56.51, nearly a minute better than her third place performance in last year's city championships, she lapped the field in the 3000 metres to win the race by a full minute and 20 seconds.

Louis Riel's Regina Remadji won both the junior girls 100 and 200 metre sprints. Maggie Scheunert from Ecole secondaire Garneau won the senior girls 800 metres as well as the open girls 1500 steeplechase. Jonathan Mufuta from Louis Riel won the midget boys 100 metres and long jump. Fellow Rebelles Jibrel Jama won the junior boys long jump and triple jump. And Colonel By's Adam Richardson won the senior boys 1500 and 3000 in two great races against Farah Abdulkarim from Gloucester high School.

Colonel By easily defended their East Conference title in the senior boys 4x100 metre relay, but they were pushed to the limit in the open boys 4x400 metre event by Lycée Claudel which they won in a photo finish by just five one-hundredths of a second.

Louis Riel won both the midget and junior boys 4x100 metre relays and Colonel By won the open girls 4x400 event.

The top eight competitors in each event get to compete in the NCSSAA city championships next week for the chance to move on to the OFSAA East Region event at the end of the month

(Posted 2:30 p.m., May 16)


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