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St. Matthew Tiger, Keira Christie-Galloway, soars into the record books
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

St, 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

As 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 since 1973.

The junior girls 80-metre hurdle record was one of those standards that most people thought might never be broken.

Moyra 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.

Christie-Galloway's 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 5.31 metres.

Remarkably, 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.

But 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.

"That would be great," says Christie-Galloway. "I'm feeling pretty strong."

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