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Track and Field
St. Matt's hurdler sets new meet record, claims gold at OFSAA provincial championships
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

St. Matthew's Keira Christie-Galloway set a new provincial record in the senior girls 100-metre hurdles at the OFSAA provincial track and field championships in Windsor on Friday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Keira Christie-Galloway missed out on setting a new meet record at the East Regional track and field championships last week thanks to a 2.4 k/hr tail wind.

Her time of 13.33 seconds in the senior girls 100-metre hurdles was a personal best, albeit wind-aided. On Friday, the Grade 11 St. Matthew High School student equalled the mark during her preliminary heat at the OFSAA provincial championships in Windsor, only instead of a tail wind she ran into a slight head wind.

As a result, she entered the OFSAA record book, breaking the previous provincial high school mark held by Olympian Perdita Felicien by eight one-hundredths of a second. It was also the fastest time clocked by a U18 youth athlete in the world this year.

Bouyed by her record run, Christie-Galloway returned to the track for the final later on Friday and easily won the gold medal in a time of 13.57 seconds, more than three-temths of a second ahead of Brittany Stenekes from Dundas Valley Secondary School.

Remarkably, Christie-Galloway wasn't aware she ran as fast as she did in the morning heat until they announced her time over the PA system.

"It didn't feel that fast and when I crossed the finish line I saw my mother and my grandmother and they were cheering, but they weren't going crazy, so I didn't think I did that well," Christie-Galloway told OrleansOnline.ca during the bus ride home Saturday night.

Asked what it meant to break a record held by one of Canada's most well-known athletes, the 17-year-old said she felt over the moon.

"It feels great. I'm so proud of myself knowing that all the hard work is paying off," said Christie-Galloway who set a new provincial high school record in the junior girls 80-metre hurdles last year.

What makes Christie-Galloway's performance even more remarkable is the fact that she still has a year left of high school left and a potential shot at the Canadian interscholastic record of 13.15 seconds held by Jessica Zelinka.

"That's definitely my goal next year," said Christie-Galloway.

For know, the St. Matthew student has her sights set on the World Junior Championships in July, but first she must meet the qualifying standard of 14.20 over 33-inch high hurdles. Youth hurdlers jump over 30-inch hurdles.

Christie-Galloway has been training over the higher hurdles and she clocked a time of 13.38 seconds in a meet in South Carolina earlier this spring, but it was too early to count for World Juniors.

She is hoping to break the standard when she competes at the Canadian Track and Field Championships in Edmonton later this month. Last year's winning time in the junior women's 100-metre hurdles was 13.77 seconds and the Canadian junior record is 13.32 seconds held by Lora Rigutto which she set in 1982.

Christie-Galloway's success is already drawing the attention of Division 1 universities south of the border. In fact, she got a call from Syracuse University on Saturday. Those calls will only intensify during the summer and into the fall. But a warning to any recruiters out there, if you want to woo Keira you have to go through her grandmother first.

"She's my number one fan, my statistician and my manager all rolled into one. Shd definitely has my back," says Christie-Galloway whose dream is to one day represent Canada in the Olympics. "They have me on track to compete in 2024, but my goal is 2020 in Tokyo."

(Posted 7:30 a.m., June 5)


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