Matt's hurdler sets new meet record, claims gold at OFSAA
By Fred Sherwin
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
definitely my goal next year," said Christie-Galloway.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
7:30 a.m., June 5)
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