St. Thomas Legion sprinter wins the youth men's 400 metre race and makes
Team Ontario for Legion Nationals, August 9-11
Saturday, July 20, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Michael Roth will be in the National stage for the first time in his track career.
The St. Thomas Legion sprinter won the youth men's 400 metres, in 49.4 seconds, at the Legion provincial track and field championships, July 12-13, in Brampton.
Roth, heading into Grade 12 this September, at Parkside C.I., also finished second in the 200 metre dash (22.69 sec.) and fourth, in the 100 metre dash (11.24).
"It's a big accomplishment. It feels pretty good. I'm honoured to be chosen," said Roth, who won despite not having his best race. "It felt alright. A win is a win. It was kind of windy at the second bend."
In the 200, Roth didn't feel he had a great start, but the 100, he called one of his best races for the event.
His result in the 400 earned Roth a spot on Team Ontario for the Legion Nationals, in Sydney, Nova Scotia, August 9-11. It will be Roth's first National meet.
"It's going to fun and a new experience going up against other provinces," said Roth. "It shows how much I've come along. I used to be not that good, but I kept training and got better. Now it's pretty cool."
Roth was the lone St. Thomas athlete to make the Ontario roster, although Mason Basson is an alternate for the midget men's 1200 metre run.
St. Thomas Legion will be heading to Nationals as a club team, with athletes who have met the required standards in their events.
Basson placed second, in the 1200 (3:19.79), third in the 800-metre run (2:02.75) and fourth, in high jump (1.70m).
Hallee Knelsen finished second, in the youth women's 1500 metres (4:49.37) and third, in the 800 metres (2:14.44). In both races, her friend and chief rival, Emma Pegg, finished ahead of Knelsen. Cassa Williamson won the 800 (2:13.06)
Tayah DeSousa placed third, in the youth women's 100-metre hurdles (14.63 sec.), fifth, in long jump (5.21m) and ninth, in the 100-metre dash (13.01 sec.)
A.J. Stanat set personal best distances in two events, finishing fourth, in youth men's shot put (14.34m) and discus ().
Harrison Belanger finished fourth, in the midget men's 1200-metres (3:22.44) and fifth, in the 800 (2:06.75).
Dylen Belanger was fourth, in the midget men's 200-metre hurdles (27.98 sec.) and seventh, in the 100-metre hurdles (14.76 sec).
Kyra Vellinga finished fifth, in both the youth women's 400 metre run (59.54 sec.) and 400-metre hurdles (1:08.49) and 10th, in the 200-metre dash (27.32 sec.).
Lily Francis placed fifth in the youth women's heptathlon, with a personal best and club record score of 3386 points.
"The first day was good for me. All of my events felt good for me except for high jump. It wasn't my best," said Francis. "On the second day, I PB'd in javelin by two metres. I've been working on that a lot because it's new this year."
It's her first year of heptathlon after two years competing in the pentathlon and Francis is learning it's important not to let a poor performance in one discipline affect the next one.
"Even though I had two bad events, I picked it up in the other events so I could get a PB in points. I was happy with that," Francis said. "My long jump wasn't my best but I learned from it. That helped me forget about one event and just move on to the next event."
Francis will be at Legion Nationals.
"I want all of my events to be consistently close to my PBs in each one and I'm hoping to get my points higher too," Francis said. "We have a BMY meet coming up. They don't have hep, so I'm doing individual events that I want to work on. That'll help me for Halifax. I like to focus on my jumps more so I can get more points there. I'm working my hurdles to get my time lower. I'm learning the 100 hurdles."
The St. Thomas team will have several athletes at the Athletics Ontario Bantam Midget Youth (BMY) championships.
Three top fives for Dorchester's Rand
Dorchester's Brianna Rand, wearing the London Legion colours, was fourth in both the midget women's 300-metre dash (42.92 sec.) and 200-metre hurdles (29.26 sec.) and fifth, in triple jump (10.28 m).