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Track & Field
Trio of local athletes medal at OFSAA track & field championships
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Japhet 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

East end athletes won three medals at the OFSAA provincial track and field championships in Toronto on Friday, bringing their total medal count to four.

Topping 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 the process.

The 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.

On 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.

The east end's other two medalists are both members of École secondaire Louis-Riel's sporte d'etude program.

Japhet 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.

The 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 position.

While 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.

Two 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.

It was a remarkable performance for a young lady with a bright future in the sport.

Other 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.

Besides winning silver in the triple jump, Japhet Divita placed fifth in the midget boys long jump and 17th in the 100-metre sprint.

Christopher Guessan from Samuel Genest finished just ahead of Divita in the 100-metres and a centimetre behind him in the long jump.

Michele 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.

A complete list of results for the east end athletes who competed in Toronto can be seen below...

Midget Boys
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

Senior Boys
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, Louis-Riel
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

Midget Girls
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 By
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

Junior Girls
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, St. Matthew
Long Jump 2nd (5.52m) Keira Christie-Gallaway, St Matthew

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