St. Thomas Legion club middle distance runner leads way at the Athletics Ontario
Under-18 indoor track and field championships
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
By Rob J. Ross
ST. THOMAS - Hallee Knelsen brought home three gold medals from the Athletics Ontario Indoor Under-18 track and field championships, held in Toronto, February 8-10th.
Knelsen, 15, won the U18 girls' 800 and 1500 metre races, before anchoring St. Thomas Legion Club's gold medal winning U18 girls' 1600-metre medley relay team, with Tayah DeSousa, Kyra Vellinga and Earen Klassen. The foursome won in 4:20.12, five seconds ahead of the field. The medley race is a pair of 200-metres legs, a 400 metre leg and an 800 metre.
"It went well. I never ran a 1500 indoors before. I ran a smart race. I stayed with the pack until I broke away with about 150 metres to go," said Knelsen. "The 800 was slightly slower than my outdoor PB but definitely my indoor PB."
Knelsen, a Grade 10 student at East Elgin Secondary School, is enjoying a strong indoor season after her final outdoor races of 2018 weren't up to her standards.
"It was good to have a fresh start after cross country since that wasn't a great season for me," said Knelsen. "I've been working hard and it's really been showing. I've been doing lot of speed work."
Over 20 athletes represented St. Thomas Legion at the U18 championships.
Michael Roth finished second in both the U18 boys' 200 (23.16 seconds) and 400 (52.00 sec.) metres races. The Parkside CI student, joined Fox Gray, Mason Bason and Dylen Belanger, on the fastest U18 boys' 1600 metre medley relay team,winning in 3:50.03. Roth, Gray, Belanger and Vincent Moore, were third in the U18 boys' 4x200-metre relay race.
DeSousa, Vellinga, Klassen and Camryn Roth, were fourth in the U18 girls' 4x200-metre relay race.
Vellinga placed eighth in the U18 girls' 400 metre run and 11th, in the 200-metre sprint.
AJ Stanat was eighth in the U18 boys' shot put, with a best heave of 12.39 metres.
Claireese Coffey landed 13th, in U18 girls' triple jump and 14th, in long jump. Basson finished 15th in the U18 boys' 800-metre run.
In the Open men's division, Hayden Bell landed eighth, in men's long jump (5.92 metres). In open women's high jump, Rachael De Zwart took silver in high jump (1.30 metres).
McIntyre golden in U16 2K run
Hannah McIntyre, of Dorchester, won the under-16 girls 2000-metre run (6:42.11), part of the Ontario versus Quebec indoor dual meet, hosted by Athletics Ontario. The Northdale Central student running with the London Legion club, also finished third in the U16 girls' 800-metre run.
Aidan Coles, of St. Thomas placed fifth, in both the U16 boys' 2000-metre (6:14.45) and 800-metre (2:14.3) races, while his brother, Tristan, was fourth in the 800-metre (2:13.83), both wearing the London Legion colours.
Jadyn Luna, of Thorndale and competing for the London Western Club, won a silver medal, in the U16 girls' 200 metres.
Connor Erb, of Dorchester placed 12th, in the U18 boys' 3000 metres (9:45.52)