continues to run and jump her way into the record books
By Fred Sherwin
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
setting the record in the hurdles, Christie-Galloway was
ready to take another crack at the long jump, but ultimately
thought better of it.
a little surprised, but I'm really happy," Christie-Galloway
said when asked about her record breaking performance.
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.
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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