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Track & Field
Pair of hurdlers, steeplechaser win five medals at OFSAA championships
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Keira Christie-Galloway from St. Matthew High School placed first in the senior girls 100-metre hurdles and the long jump at the recent East Region track and field meet in Belleville. File photo

During a meet in which a number of east end athletes posted less than stellar results, two hurdlers and a steeplechase specialist managed to capture five medals between them at the OFSAA provincial track and field championships in Windsor this past week.

St. Mathew High School's Keira Christie Galloway and Leewinchell Jean from École secondaire Gisèle Lalonde each won a gold and a silver medal, while Thomas Saville from Cairine Wilson Secondary School picked up a bronze medal in the Open Boys 2000-metre steeplechase..

Two other athletes came close to finsihing on the podium, but came up short. Sir Wilfrid Laurier's Marin Scotten placed fourth in the Open Girls 1500-metre steeplechase; and Japhet Divita from Louis-Riel finished fourth in the junior boys triple jump.

Christie-Galloway's gold medal came in the senior girls 100-metre hurdles on Friday. The Grade 11 student went into the final having already set a new provincial high school record in the heats with a time of 13.33 seconds. The previous record of 13.34 sconds was established by former Olympian Perdita Felicien in 1998. Her winning time in the final was 12.42 seconds.

Christis-Galloway also won a silver medal in the senior girls long jump with a leap of 5.68 metres.

Leewinchell Jean's gold medal came in the midget boys 300-metre hurdles on Saturday. After qualifying with the third fastest time in the heats, the Grade 9 student blazed his way to the top of the podium in the final, crossing the finish line in 40.15 seconds, more than two seconds faster than his previous personal best which he set at last week's East Regionals in Belleville.

On Wednesday, Jean captured the silver medal in the midget boys 100-metre hurdles with a time of 14.05 seconds, two-tenths of a second faster than his pervious personal best over the distance.

Christie-Galloway, Jean and Saville all went into the provincial championships as city and regional champions. Several of their fellow champions didn't fare so well. After winning the junior boys long and triple jump titles at the East Regional meet, Divita could do no better than fourth in the triple jump in Windsor and fifth in the long jump, with efforts that were well under his personal best.

After winning a pair of gold medals in Belleville, Louis-Riel's Caroline Poirier had high hopes in both the junior girls 80-metre hurdles and the pole vault at OFSAA, but she too, had a hard time matching her earlier performances and ended up finishing seventh in the hurdles and fifth in the pole vault.

After placing second in the junior girls 100-metres at regionals and third in the 200, Cairine Wilson's Michelle Ayotte failed to make the final in Windsor, and Louis-Riel's Oderah Pecore-Ugorj triple faulted in the junior boys shotput and failed to register a throw.

A complete list of results for local athletes competed at the OFSAA provincial championships can be seen below...

Midget Boys
800-metres 16th (2:06.75) Stuart Jones, Colonel By
3000-metres 21st (10:01.43) Stuart Jones, Colonel By
100-metre hurdles 2nd (14.05) Leewinchell Jean, Gisele-Lalonde
300-metre hurdles 1st (40.43) Leewinchell Jean, Gisele-Lalonde

4x100 relay 21st (48.37) St. Peter;:Jonathan Agette, Cameron McNeil, Brayden Chamma and Josh Bryan

Junior Boys
100-metres 20th (11.90) Japhet Divita, Louis-Riel
300-metre hurdles 6th (40.44) Cole Dumelie, Colonel By
High Jump 19th (1.70m) Eliezer Adjibi, Louis Riel
Long Jump 5th (6.34m) Japhet Divita, Louis-Riel
Triple Jump 4th (12.94m) Japhet Divita, Louis-Riel
Shot Put DNF Oderah Pecore-Ugorj, Louis-Riel
Pole Vault 5th (3.50m) Cole Dumelie, Colonel By

Senior Boys
200-metres 21st (23.00) Jay Weng, Colonel By
400-metres 11th (49.92) Bedi Ndinsil, Louis-Riel
2000-metre steeplechase 3rd (6:00.16) Thomas Saville, Cairine Wilson
4x400 Relay 6th (3:28.45) Louis-Riel; Vincent Moricz, Luckenson Adeya, Bedi Ndinsil and Mahad Ali

Midget Girls
Long Jump 15th (4.58) Abbey Jayne, SWL

Junior Girls
100-metres 14th (12.83) Michelle Ayotte, Cairine Wilson
100-metres 21st (13.20) Annabelle Gagne, Louis Riel
200-metres 19th (26.16) Michelle Ayotte, Cairine Wilson
80-metre hurdles 7th (12.78) Caroline Poirier, Louis Riel
Long Jump 19th (4.60m) Annabelle Gagne, Louis Riel
Discus 8th (30.95m) Olivia De Couvreur, SWL
Javelin 8th (31.94m) Sophie Barber, Gloucester]
Pole Vault 5th (2.70m) Caroline Poirier, Louis-Riel
Pole Vault 10th (2.70m) Annabelle Gagne, Louis-Riel
4x100 Relay 12th (51.75) Louis-Riel; Annabelle Gagne, Caoline Poirier, Stephanie Lalonde and Kadiatou Wann

Senior Girls
100-metres 11th (12:42) Keira Christie-Galloway, St. Matthew
100-metre hurdles 1st (13:33) Keira Christie-Galloway, St. Matthew
Long Jump 2nd (5.69m) Keira Christie-Gallaway, St Matthew
1500-metre steeplechase 4th (5:07.79) Marin Scotten, SWL

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