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Cairine Wilson hurdler ends high school track career on a high note
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Cairine Wilson's Alexia Lamothe recenly won a bronze medal in the senior girls 100-metre hurdles at the OFSAA provincial track and field championships in Mississauga. File photo

After five trips to the OFSAA provincial high school track and field championships, Cairine Wilson hurdler Alexia Lamothe finally has the medal she's coveted her entire high school track career.

The 17-year-old second year senior recently won the bronze medal in the senior girls 100-metre hurdles, but for the Ottawa Lions Track & Field Club member it could has just as well been gold.

"It means everything to me, to be honest," says Lamothe. "To win a bronze medal and to have my family there and my coaches from the Lions, it was extra specia. I can't even describe the feeling."

Lamithe's euphoria after crossing the finish line and realizing what she had accomplished was captured on video and uploaded on YouTube. You can view it at www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMbG_w05d4g.

It's been a challenging year for Lamothe, to say the least. It started off with a bout of mononucleosis which made training of any sort impossible. When she finally was able to get on the track, her training was limited to the dome at Louis-Riel high school.

The long winter didn't allow her to train outdoors until two weeks before the start of the high school season. For whatever reason, the challenges resulted in a storybook ending to Lamothe's high school career.

Her magical season started off with a sub-14 second run at the East Conference meet on May 15.It was the first time in her career that she had broken the 14-second barrier. A week later she broke Anne Lebel's 16-year-old record at the city championships with a winning time of 13.68 secons.

After running another sub-14 second race at the OFSAA qualifying meet in Ottawa on May 29, Lamothe was primed and ready for the provincial championships.

"I was the most focused I've ever been in my life. I knew the other girls in the final were all pretty fast, but I just concentrated on my own race and doing the best I could."

Lamothe's best on the day of the final was 13.86 seconds, just four one-hundredths of a second out of second place.

"All the hard work and training I've put in this year and everythng I've been through, it all came together pefeclty," says Lamothe, who ran straight to her parents after crossing the finish line for a hug. "Being able to share the moment with them and also my two coaches from the Lions, I couldn't have asked for anything better than that."

Lamothe will enjoy the rest of the school year, including her grad dance, before returning to the track for the Canadian Junior Championships in early July and the Athletics Ontario meet two weeks after that.

She will continue running at the University of Windsor in the fall where she's been accepted for an athletics scholarship.

Sometime between now and then, Lamothe's name will be placed on a banner and hung on a wall in the school gymnasium where it will take its place beside Cairine Wilson's other championship accomplishments.

(Posted: 6 a.m., June 12)


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