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Christie-Galloway continues to run and jump her way into the record books
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

A less than 100 percent Keira Christie-Galloway strains over the final hurdle on her way to a meet record at the OFSAA East Regional meet in Brockville on Friday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

St. Matthew High School track star Keira Christie-Galloway added two more records to her collection on Friday on her way to winning the junior girls long jump and 80-metre hurdles at the OFSAA East Regional track meet in Brockville.

Not even a bout with the flu could stop the Grade 10 student as she broke two meet records within 20 minutes, despite being physically ill.

The first record-breaking performance came in the long jump where she leapt a personal best 5.71 metres on her third attempt, obliterating the previous mark by 15 centimetres.

Twenty minutes later she walked over to the start of the hurdles and ran an 11.39 to beat her own record which she had set in the heats. It was another personal best, seven-tenths of a second faster than the 12.09 ran by Ashlea Maddex in 2008, and only .38 seconds off the Canadian interscholastic record of 11.01 set by Jessic Zelinka in 1998.

After setting the record in the hurdles, Christie-Galloway was ready to take another crack at the long jump, but ultimately thought better of it.

"I'm a little surprised, but I'm really happy," Christie-Galloway said when asked about her record breaking performance.

With two more records now under her belt, Keira can turn her focus to next week's OFSAA provincial championships in Toronto where she will hopefully be healthier.

Given the fact that both of the marks she set in Belleville are better than the OFSAA meet records currently on the books, the odds are definitely in her favour.

The current OFSAA mark in the 80-metre hurdles is 11.44 seconds, while the standar she will be shooting for in the long jump is 5.69 metres.

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