By Rob J. Ross
Friday, June 2, 2017
BELLEVILLE, Ont. - Anij Sparenberg delivered a big distance on her opening throw and then waited to see if anyone could surpass it.
Only the eventual champion, Cambridge St. Benedict's Alexandra Webb threw further, leaving Sparenberg as the OFSAA silver medalist in midget women's javelin, on day two of the provincial high school meet at Mary-Anne Sills Park.
Complete OFSAA results.
Sparenberg, from Parkside Collegiate Institute, improved her personal best distance entering the competition three times, including the one that landed her on the podium, of 33.04 metres.
"It's a really good feeling. I've been working hard so it's a good reward," said Sparenberg. "I just wanted a personal best and I made that on the first throw so that made me happy."
Sparenberg broke the 30 metre mark two other times, with throws of 32.12 and 32.65 metres.
"That was my goal. So once I hit my goal it was then however I did, was how I did," added Sparenberg. "I thought it (33.04m) might have got me most of the way (final round of eight throwers), but I thought somebody would beat it, because there was a lot of 32s, so I thought somebody would throw a 34, but it held up."
Webb had the event's three furthest distances, of 36.33, 37.42 and an incredible 40.18 metres, despite faulting on her other three throws.
"She almost beat the record (41.42 metres), so good for her. It was a good throw," said Sparenberg.
Sparenberg has her second event, midget women's discus, on Saturday afternoon.
THREE TOP EIGHTS FOR DORCHESTER'S LADIES
Dorchester's senior women's 4x100-metre relay team, of Emma McKnight, Megan Dunn and the Beaudry twins, Katie and Megan, just missed a medal, finishing fourth in a time of 48.78 seconds.
"We had a good race. We had a 48, best of the year," said Dunn, the anchor runner. "I thought a few more metres and I had Henry Carr (the bronze medalists), but just not our day. We can't complain though. We came fourth at OFSAA."
Windsor Herman repeated as OFSAA champions, winning the relay in 47.86 seconds.
A year ago, the LDSS quartet placed third.
In her individual race, Dunn finished sixth in the senior women's 100-metre hurdles final (14.72 seconds).
"I'm so happy that I came sixth. First time (year) doing hurdles and to come sixth at OFSAA. That's crazy," said Dunn. "My (final) was better than my heats but it wasn't my best race. I know what I did wrong."
Dunn continues to learn how to improve her technique and speed over the hurdles and pace running between them.
Megan Beaudry was eighth in the senior women's 400 metres final (57.86 sec.)
"I was happy to be in the final. At the start the season I wasn't even sure I'd make it to OFSAA," said Beaudry, who is recovering from a hamstring injury. "It's really competitive. At the start (of the race), I was looking around at the girls and I knew how fast they could run."
Beaudry won a bronze medal in
the 400, both as a midget and junior competitor.