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Track and Field
St. Matt's hurdler sets new OFSAA record
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

St. Matthew Tiger, Keira Christie-Galloway broke another record on Friday, this time in the junior girls 80-metre hurdles at the OFSAA provvincial championships. It was her fourth record-setting performance in the past three weeks. File photo

Keira Christie- Galloway is the new queen of the junior 80-metre hurdles after she set a new provincial high school record at the OFSAA track and field championships in Toronto on Friday.

The Grade 10, St. Matthew High School student blew away the field, covering the distance in 11.24 seconds. Here nearest rival was more than half a second behind, which is an eternity in sprint hurdles, and the new record is two-tenths of second better than the old mark of 11.44 seconds set in 2009.

It also represents a vast improvement over her seventh place finish in the midget girls 80-metre hurdles at last year's OFSAA championships.

Christie-Galloway's record-setting performance came a day after she finished a disappointing second in the junior girls long jump, an event in which she was the top seed coming into the meet and was a real threat to set another record.

At the last week's East Regional qualifying meet in Brockville, Christie-Galloway set a new meet record with a personal best leap of 5.71 metres. The OFSAA meet record is 5.69 metres.

On Thursday, Christie-Galloway had a difficult time with her run up and take off at the University of Toronto track and field complex. After stepping over the take-off board on her first attempt, she made a successful leap of 5.52 metres on her second jump.

She fouled again on her third attempt and then only cleared 5.04 metres on her fourth jump after over-compensating on her run up. After a third foul on her fifth attempt she could do no better than 5.44 metres on her sixth and final jump of the competition.

The eventual winner was Claire Larose from Oakridge Trafalgar High School in Oakville who cleared 5.65 metres on her fifth jump. The result was a repeat of last year's meet when Larose and Christie-Galloway places first and second on the midget girls long jump.

With the high school track season coming to an end, Christie-Galloway will turn her focus to the end of the year exams before returning to the track to prepare for the Canadian Legion Youth Championships in Langley, B.C. in August.

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