Matthew Tiger, Keira Christie-Galloway, soars into the
By Fred Sherwin
Matt's Keira Christie-Galloway leaps to a
new record in the midget girls long jump at
the NCSSAA Track and Field Champiosnhips on
Thursday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
days go, Keira Christie-Galloway had one she won't soon
forget on Thursday. The 15-year-old St. Matthew High School
student broke two records at the NCSSAA Track and Field
Championships, including one that's been on the books
junior girls 80-metre hurdle record was one of those standards
that most people thought might never be broken.
McDill's 43-year-old, 11.60 was the second oldest NCSSAA
girls record on the books until Christie-Galloway broke
it not once but twice. She ran a 11.52 in the heats and
then eclipsed that with a 11.48 in the final. Unfortunately,
her time in the final was wind-aided and therefore won't
count, but the wind in the final was an allowable 1.0
and her time is now etched in stone.
second record came in the junior girls long jump where
she beat the exisiting mark of 5.18 metres by 14 centimetres,
or a little over 5.5 inches. To prove her effort was no
fluke she bettered the mark on everyone of her five jumps
which were all over 5.2 metres. Her two record-setting
jumps were both 5.32 metres and she had a third jump of
neither of Christie-Galloway's record-setting performances
were personal bests. She ran an 11.43 at last week's East
Conference meet and she's jumped 5.38 in the long jump.
The OFSAA record in the 80-metre hurdles is a reachable
11.44 seconds. The long jump jump standard is slightly
more challenging at 5.69 metres. Both marks are owned
by Chanice Taylor-Chase who set them in 2009.
before she can make a run at the OFSAA record book Keira
must first qualify for the provincial championships by
placing in the top four at next week's East Region meet
in Brockville. Assuming she stays on form, she should
have no problem qualifying for Toronto where she will
want to improve on her seventh place finish in last year's
midget girls final and possibly land on the podium.
would be great," says Christie-Galloway. "I'm
feeling pretty strong."
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