of local athletes medal at OFSAA track & field championships
By Fred Sherwin
Divita from École secondaire Louis-Riel
is one of three local athletes who have so
far won a medal at the OFSAA provicial track
and field championships in Toronto. File photo
end athletes won three medals at the OFSAA provincial
track and field championships in Toronto on Friday, bringing
their total medal count to four.
the list was Keira Christie-Galloway from St. Matthew
High School in Orléans who not only added a gold
medal to the silver she won in the junior girls long jump
on Thursday, but established a new OFSAA meet record in
Grade 10 student ran the junior girls 80-metre hurdles
in a time of 11.24 seconds, shattering the old mark set
in 2009 by two-tenths of a second.
Thursday she placed second in the junior girls long jump,
repeating her silver medal performance at last year's
OFSAA championships in the midget girls event.
east end's other two medalists are both members of École
secondaire Louis-Riel's sporte d'etude program.
Divita won a silver medal in the midget boys long jump
and Stephanie Lalonde shocked herself for the second week
in a row by jumping yet another personal best in the midget
girls pole vault.
gymnast turned pole vaulter took up the event for the
first time a little over a month ago and her progress
has been nothing short of astonishing. She barely cleared
1.95 metres at the city championships last month and sqeaked
into the East Regional meet in the fifth and final qualifying
practicing for the regional meet, she learned how to flex
the pole while planting it which improved her height.
She would go on to set a new meet record in Brockville
with a jump of 2.46 metres, more than half a metre higher
than her what she jumped at the city championships.
After Lalonde and six other competitors cleared 2.45 metres
in the fifth round of the pole vault on Friday, the officials
raised the bar to 2.60 metres, 14 centimetres higher than
her record-setting jump at regionals.
girls cleared the height on their first attempt. Three
failed on all three of their attempts. Lalonde knocked
the bar down on her first two tries, leaving her with
one final chance to stay in the competition. Not only
did she clear the height, she would successfully jump
2.70 metres on her third and final attempt in the next
round to clinch the silver medal.
was a remarkable performance for a young lady with a bright
future in the sport.
performances of note include a fifth place finish by Louis-Riel's
Jonathan Rioux in the midget boys 3000-metres, he also
placed ninth in the 1500.
Mollie Soroczan-Wright from Colonel By Secondary School
finished sixth in the midget girls 3000 metres, while
fellow Cougar, Cole Dumelie, placed sixth in the midget
boys 300-metre hurdles after qualifying for the final.
winning silver in the triple jump, Japhet Divita placed
fifth in the midget boys long jump and 17th in the 100-metre
Guessan from Samuel Genest finished just ahead of Divita
in the 100-metres and a centimetre behind him in the long
Ayotte from Cairine Wilson Secondary School made the midget
girls 100-metre final on Friday and finished seventh,
but failed to qualify for the 200-metre final on Saturday
after placing fifth in her preliminary heat.
complete list of results for the east end athletes who
competed in Toronto can be seen below...
100-metres 16th (11.68) Christopher Guessan, Samuel-Genest
100-metres 17th (11.84) Japhet Divita, Louis-Riel
1500-metres 9th (4:15.75) Jonathan Rioux, Louis-Riel
3000-metres 5th (9:08.25) Jonathan Rioux, Louis-Riel
300-metre hurdles 6th (42.63) Cole Dumelie, Colonel By
Long Jump 6th (6.08m) Japhet Divita, Louis-Riel 12.39
Long jump 7th (6.07m) Christopher Guessan, Samuel-Genest
Triple Jump 2nd (12.93m) Japhet Divita, Louis-Riel 12.39
200-metres 16th (23.34) Jay Weng, Colonel By
800-metres 11th (1:56.58) Luckenson Adeya, Louis-Riel
2000-metre steeplechase 16th (6:28.99) Felix Robillard,
4x100 Relay 16th (44.82) Louis-Riel; Bedi Ndinsil, Joel
Roy-Couvillon, Jibril Jama and Pierre-Andre K-Mawka
4x400 Relay 10th (3:28.84) Louis-Riel; Joel Roy-Couvillon,
Vincent Moricz, Luckenson Adeya and Bedi Ndinsil
100-metres 7th (12.56) Michelle Ayotte, Cairine Wilson
100-metres 17th (13.11) Annabelle Gagne, Louis Riel
200-metres 15th (26.40) Michelle Ayotte, Cairine Wilson
3000-metres 6th (10:29.43) Mollie Soroczan-Wright, Colonel
Long Jump 14th (4.72m) Annabelle Gagne, Louis-Riel
High Jump 21st (1.35m) Alexandra Korolev, Colonel By
Javelin 9th (28.42m) Sophie Barber, Gloucester
Discus 18th (20.64m) Nicole Minkevich, Colonel By
Pole Vault 2nd (2.70m) Stephanie Lalonde, Louis-Riel 2.46
Pole Vault 7th (2.30m) Annabelle Gagne, Louis-Riel
4x100 Relay 7th (53.28) Louis-Riel; Aida Daoud, Vanessa
Laporte, Julianna Moore, Annabelle Gagne
1500-metres 13th (4:49.55) Marin Scotten, SWL
1500-metres 14th (4:53.36) Jenna Rossi, Gisèle-Lalonde
3000-metres 11th (10:35.02) Marin Scotten, SWL
3000-metres 16th (10:54.62) Jenna Rossi, Gisèle-Lalonde
80-metre hurdles 1st (11:24 NEW OFSAA RECORD) Keira Christie-Galloway,
Long Jump 2nd (5.52m) Keira Christie-Gallaway, St
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