Rebelles de Louis-Riel have banner day at East Region
By Fred Sherwin
Stephanie Lalonde pulls her way over the bar
on her way to setting a new meet record in
the midget girls pole vault at the OFSAA East
Regional meet in Brockville on Friday. Fred
weather was picture perfect at the Thousand Islands Secondary
School track and field facility in Brockville on Friday,
and so was the Louis-Riel Rebelles track team which racked
up a slew of top four performances at the OFSAA East Regional
Rebelles were led by a pair of gymnasts competing in track
for the first time; two converted soccer players who are
the best of friends; and a senior who carried the men's
4x400 relay team on his back and across the finish line.
Gagné and Stephanie Lalonde both train and compete
at the Les Sitteles gymnastic club. When their coach found
out the two Grade 9 students were gymnasts, he suggested
they try their hands at pole vaulting.
just three weeks of training under their belts, they competed
at last week's National Capital high school championships
with vastly different results. Gagné won the event
with a leap of 2.25 metres, while Lalonde captured the
last qualifying spot with fifth place jump of 1.95 metres.
ahead a week, and the results were vastly different as
in vastly improved. Gagné and Lalonde were locked
in a battle for the top three spots with Holly Pennings
from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Russell.
the dust had settled, Lalonde not only won the event,
but she set a new meet record with a leap of 2.46 metres,
more than half a metre over her previous personal best.
week I didn't know how to bend the poll and now with another
week of practice I actually know how to bend the poll
and properly jump." said Lalonde.
Japhet Divita was a double event winner in
the midget boys long jump and triple jump
in Brockville. He also qualified for the OFSAA
provincial championhips in the 100-metres.
to competing in the pole vault, Gagné won the midget
girls long jump and finished third in the 100-metre sprint.
With three berths to next week's provincial championships
already in her pocket, she ended her day by helping the
midget girls 4x100 relay team to a first place finish.
really appy about how things turned out. I got a PB (personal
best) in the long jump and the 100 too," said Gagné.
friends Jonathan Rioux and Japhet Divita had a banner
day as well. The two young men enrolled in Louis-Riel's
sporte d'etudes program with the intention of playing
all changed when Rioux won the NCSSAA midget boys cross
country championship last fall. His success convinced
him to switch his focus to track. When Divita heard that
his best friend was switching to track he decided to switch
too. It turned out to be a wise decision.
Friday, Divita followed up his first place performances
at last week's city championships in the long jump and
triple jump, with a pair of wins at Regionals. He also
finished fourth in the 100-metre sprint between jumps
to qualify for the provincial championships in three different
also followed up on his first place performances in the
1500 and 3000 metres at last week's city championships,
with a pair of convincing wins in Brockville, establishing
new personal bests over both distances. But it was his
win in the 3000 metres, in the heat of the day, that was
especially rewarding -- and difficult.
was about the third lap that I really started to feel
the heat, but I stayed focused and I knew I wanted to
go to OFSAA, so I pushed as hard as I could," said
Rioux. The result was a 9:27.03, three seconds better
than his previous PB.
third key player in Louis-Riel's successful trip to "The
City of 1000 Islands" was Luckenson Adeya. The Grade
11 student qualified for OFSAA with a second place finish
in the senior boys 800 metres on Thursday, but fell short
in the 2000-metre steeplechase and the 400-metres on Friday.
it turns out, he was saving his best for last. With his
team mirred in sixth place after the first two legs of
the 4x400 relay, he took the baton from teammate Vincent
Moricz and started to reel in the competition one runner
at a time. By the time he handed the stick off to anchor
man Bedi Ndinsil he was on the heels of the Thousand Islands
Secondary School runner.
soon passed his opposite number and brought the race home
in a time of 3:29.92. The other two members of the team
were Joel Roy-Couvillon, who along with Ndinsil, Jabril
Jama and Pierre-André K-Mawka, came in second in
the 4x100 relay, and Vincent Moricz, who was nursing a
foot injury that forced him out ot the 800.
fourth Louis-Riel member who qualified for OFSAA in an
individual event was Felix Robillard, who place fourth
in the steeplechase.
total, the Rebelles qualified in 14 different events.
By far the most among east end schools. Colonel By had
five athletes qualify in six events, and Cairine Wilson
had two athletes qualify in three events. Gloucester,
Béatrice-Desloges, St. Matthew, Sir Wilfrid Laurier,
Gisele-Lalonde and Samuel Genest qualified one athlete
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