December 17, 2020
AYLMER, ON. - One of the premier middle distance runners in Canada is staying close to home. Hallee Knelsen, a Grade 12 student at East Elgin secondary school in Aylmer, received numerous offers, but in the end chose Western University, in London, to continue her education and running career.
November 14, 2020
LONDON, ON. - Cross country runners from across western Ontario had an opportunity to race.
Cross country meets, including the entire high school season, have been a casualty of Covid-19, leaving time trials and virtual races as the only options, under provincial health regulations.
Usually one meet for the entire province, Athletics Ontario had to divide their annual championship into three regionals, West, East and Central.
Fanshawe Golf Club, the site of the cancelled OFSAA high school provincial meet, hosted the AO West Region championships. Athletes were placed in waves of no more than eight runners each, based on seed times.
September 12, 2020
ST. THOMAS - Athletes have returned to track and field meets across the province, including those from St. Thomas Legion. Meet size is a major difference in COVID-19 times, with only a handful of events at each site.
Despite the lack of training over the summer compared to normal years, St. Thomas athletes are posting solid results in the first outdoor meets of the year.
Hallee Knelsen won the open women's 800 metre run, at the Back to Track Meet three, at the Terry Fox Stadium, in Brampton.
Arthur Stanat brought home gold medals in both the 16-17 year old men's shot put, winning by two metres (15.10 metres) and discus (45.84m), at the Southwest Throws Invitational, at College Avenue school, in Woodstock.
Stanat's sister, Lexi, won the 14-15 year old women's javelin (33.55m) event and placed second in shot put (12.15m).
March 3, 2020
TORONTO, ON. - Hallee Knelsen brought home three silver medals at Athletics Ontario Under-20 indoor track and field championships. Knelsen was second, with indoor personal best times, in the women's 400 (57.70 seconds), 800 (2:10.26) and 1500-metre (4:37.95) races. Tayah DeSousa won the U20 long jump (5.59 metres) and finished third in the 60-metre hurdles (8.84 sec.) Michael Roth finished second in the U20 men's 400-metre run (50.01 sec.)
Roth, Dylen Belanger, Bailey Couch and Mason Basson, won the U20 men's 1600-metre medley relay race, in 3:38.83.
Hannah McIntyre, of Dorchester, won the 2000-metre run (6:49.86), at the U16 championships occurring simultaneously with the U20 meet.
February 9, 2020
TORONTO, ON. - If Hallee Knelsen had raced on a dirt track, the dust would have cleared before the rest of the competition reached the finish line. Knelsen won the women's 800 metre run by seven seconds (2:10.9) and the 1500 metres by nearly four seconds (4:38.29), at Athletics Ontario Under-18 provincial indoor track and field championships, February 8/9. Knelsen was one of four athletes to medal for St. Thomas Legion and one of 12 top 10 individual results. Several Legion athletes had personal best and set new club records. St. Thomas was second overall in combined team scores.
February 2, 2020
SPARTANBURG, SC. - Megan Dunn, of Dorchester, was named the Southern Conference (SoCon) field athlete of the week. The Wofford College junior won the pentathlon at the Liberty Kickoff track and field meet, scoring 3,529 points. Dunn won the 800-metre run (2;226.65), placed third in both the 60-metre hurdles and long jump, fourth in high jump and fifth in shot put. Her overall point total is the highest score in the SoCon this season and tied 41st in the entire NCAA D1 performance list.
January 27, 2020
TORONTO, ON. - Bailey Couch is a heptathlon provincial champion. The St. Thomas Legion track and field club member won the Under-20 men's heptathlon at Athletics Ontario (AO) Indoor combined events championships, held at the Toronto track and field centre, January 26th.
January 13, 2020
TORONTO, ON. - The St. Thomas Legion club had three gold medalists and 22 total top 10 results at Athletics Ontario indoor series meet one, January 11/12th, at the Toronto track and field centre. Hallee Knelsen won both the under-18 women's 800 (2:13.34) and 1500 metre (4:44.54) races. Tayah DeSousa won the U18 women's long jump (5.14m) and placed second in the 60-metre hurdles (8.91 sec.).
Michael Roth won the U20 men's 400 metres, in 51.57 seconds and finished fifth in the 200 metre dash. Mason Basson brought home silver in the U18 men's 800-metre run (1:59.85).
November 2, 2019
SUDBURY, ON. - The St. Joseph's Rams are on top of the provincial cross country mountain. Rams' Aiden Coles, Tristan Coles, Brent Haggerty, Aiden Holder and Harrison Belanger, captured the junior boys' team title, at the OFSAA cross country championships, here at Kivi Park. Not only was St. Joe's the only school to score under 100 points, the Rams won by 57 points over second place St. Francis Xavier, from Mississauga. It's the first OFSAA gold in cross country for the school. Aiden Coles finished eighth in the race with 256 runners.
October 24, 2019
LONDON, ON. - Two teams and four individuals will represent St. Thomas - Elgin County and Dorchester at the OFSAA cross country championships.
The Dorchester Beavers' novice girls won the team title, held at the WOSSAA championships, at Fanshawe Golf Club. Hannah McIntyre led the way finishing fourth, Jenna Wideman was 14th, Devin Dance, 20th, and Tegan Ceccanese, 23rd.
The St. Joseph's Rams ran away with the junior boys title, placing five runners in the top 10. Aiden Coles was second, followed by Tristan Coles, third, Brent Haggerty, fourth, Harrison Belanger, eighth and Aiden Holder, ninth.
East Elgin Eagle Hallee Knelsen was fourth in the senior girls' race and Ram Cerena Aitken-Guignard placed second in the junior girls' race. Parkside Stampeders' Mason Basson and Vincent Moore, were fifth and 11th, respectively, in the junior boys' race. Ram Will Mantel placed seventh in the novice boys' race, grabbing fifth individual spot to qualify for OFSAA. Former Mitchell Hepburn Mustang, now attending London Oakridge, Sydney Murdock, finished third, in the novice girls' race.
The top two teams and top five individuals not on those two teams, advance to OFSAA, November 2, in Sudbury.
October 17, 2019
STRATHROY, ON. - It was the Dorchester Beavers and St. Joseph's Rams' show. The two schools won five of seven races and captured five of six team divisions, at the Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) Tri-County cross country championships, at Strathroy District C.I. The top 20 runners in each race and top three teams, advance to Western Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association (WOSSAA) meet, Thursday, October 24th, at the Fanshawe Golf Club. The top four runners count towards team points.
October 12, 2019
LONDON, ON. - Every new season can bring the unexpected. Heading into the high school cross country season, Dorchester Beavers' coach James Tennant knew the talent he had returning to the school, including a junior boys' team that advanced to OFSAA a year ago, now running at the senior level. The unexpected during the first week of cross country practices and first meet on the schedule, included a group of Grade nine girls from various elementary schools.
October 6, 2019
ORWELL, ON. - The St. Joseph's Rams junior boys and Dorchester Beavers' novice girls keep rolling, Cerena Aitken-Guignard continues to make a name for herself and Hallee Knelsen wins her first senior race.
All these running feats occurred at the Springwater Invitational, the third meet of the Thames Valley Regional Athletics cross country, at the Springwater Conservation Area, Thursday, October 3.
September 28, 2019
LONDON, ON. - The St. Joseph's
Rams' junior boys keep dusting the opposition out on the trails, while the both Lord Dorchester Beavers' senior boys and novice girls open more eyes.
All three teams were champions at the Banting Invitational cross country meet, at Springbank Park, October 26th. The St. Joseph's Rams handily won the junior boys title, for a second consecutive meet, placing four runners in the top 10. Tristan Coles and Brent Hagerty finished two-three, behind London Central's Heath McAllister. Connor Erb led the Dorchester senior boys, finishing fifth.
St. Joseph's Ram Cerena Aitken-Guignard won her first high school cross country race, taking the junior girls' gold medal.
September 19, 2019
ST. THOMAS - Michael Rochus won the 10-kilometre event for a third consecutive year, at the Railway City Road Races, held at the CASO station. His time of 41:52 was 10 seconds faster then runner-up Lubos Pavlik.
The top female was 14-year old Sydney Murdock, who covered the distance in 43:10, moving up from 12th overall (46:26.4) last year.
Brad Petovello won the five kilometre race in 21:31, with Lesley Tischler-Draper, the top female, finishing fifth overall, in 23:44. Matt Suda was the half-marathon winner, crossing the finish line in 1:16:11. Sue Safadi was the top female completing the route that started in Port Stanley, 1:37:27.
September 19, 2019
DORCHESTER, ON. - The St. Joseph's Rams have continued what the team started as novice boys last season.
Aiden Coles won the four kilometre junior boys' race at the Dorchester Invitational, the first Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) cross country meet of the season.
Coles finished the route in 13:52, followed by his brother Tristan and teammates Brent Hagerty and Aiden Holder, in second, third and eighth place, respectively. The Rams handily won the junior boys' team title.
Last November, St. Joe's placed eighth as a team in novice boys, formerly titled midget boys, at OFSAA, the high school provincial championships.
St. Joe's Ram Diego Alban-Gasca won the para race, followed by teammate Gabriel Dala.
The host school had three top 10 results. Hannah McIntyre was fourth, in the novice girls' race, Connor Erb, fifth, senior boys and Ashley Legg, ninth, junior girls. Parkside Stampeder Mason Basson placed sixth, in the junior boys' race. Former Mitchell Hepburn Mustang Sydney Murdock, now at London Oakridge, finished second in novice girls.
August 28, 2019
LIMA, PERU - Madison Wilson-Walker finished fourth in both long jump and the 100-metre sprint, at the Parapan-Am Games. The 22-year old from Avon, Ontario finished fourth in the T-64 100 metre final today, in a time of 15.37 seconds. On Tuesday, Wilson-Walker leaped 3.89 metres in long jump (T42-44/T61-63). She is the world record holder with a personal best jump of 4.29 metres.
August 27, 2019
DORCHESTER, ON. - Megan Dunn had more than a silver lining type of season. The heptathlete with the Wofford College Terriers, a NCAA Division One school in Spartanburg, South Carolina, showed her potential in year two, bringing home a trio of silver medals from Southern Conference (SoCon) track and field championship meets.
August 23, 2019
AVON, ON. - A four year wait for Madison Wilson-Walker is over.
The 22-year old para-athlete from Avon is at her first Parapan Am Games, beginning today until September 1, in Lima, Peru.
Wilson Walker competes in long jump, Tuesday, August 27th and the 100-metre dash, Wednesday, Aug. 28. CBC will be live streaming events. Returning to form similar to her high school days at Lord Dorchester Secondary School, Wilson-Walker set the world record in her class (P62) for long jump (4.29 metres) earlier this year. Lima will serve as a qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.
August 11, 2019
SYDNEY, N.S. - Hallee Knelsen has added to St. Thomas Legion Club's medal count.
The 16-year old took the bronze medal in the under-18 women's 800-metre run, on day three of the National Legion track and field championships, at Cape Breton University.
Her time of 2:09.79 was just off her personal best effort set last weekend at the Athletics Ontario provincials.
St. Thomas athletes now have six medals from the National meet.
Mason Basson just missed his second medal of the meet, finishing fourth, in the U16 boys 800-metre run. Vincent Moore and Harrison Belanger finished seventh and eighth, respectively, behind Basson.
Michael Roth finishes ninth, in the U18 men's 200-metre dash.
AJ Stanat, 16, tossed the five kilogram hammer 43.51 metres, for ninth place in the U18 men's event.
Lily Francis places 12th, in the U18 women's heptathlon, after withdrawing from the 800-metre race.
August 10, 2019
SYDNEY, N.S. - Tayah De Sousa, AJ Stanat, Mason Basson and Michael Roth have made the podium among the best in Canada.
The four St. Thomas Legion club athletes, along with the U16 men's 1600-metre medley relay team, medaled on day one and two of the National Legion track and field championships, at Cape Breton University.
De Sousa captured a silver medal in the under-18 women's 100-metre hurdles final on Friday, finishing in 14.70 seconds.
Basson took bronze in the U16 men's 1200-metre run Friday, crossing the line in 3:18.08.
Roth, wearing the Team Ontario colours, placed third today, in the U18 men's 400-metre dash. Roth, the Ontario 400 champion, finished in 48.69 seconds.
Stanat set a personal best distance taking bronze, today in the U18 men's shot put, with a toss of 14.67 metres. Stanat placed sixth in discus, with a best effort of 43.11 metres on Friday.
The relay team team of Basson, Vincent Moore, Harrison Belanger and Fox Gray, had the third best time (3:48.49) in their race today.
Hallee Knelsen just missed the podium but set a PB time of 4:35.42, finishing fourth, in the U18 women's 1500 metre run on Friday. Knelsen has the 800- metre run on Sunday.
Gray was eighth in the U16 boys 300-metre dash final (38.13 seconds).
Belanger and Moore finished eighth (3:23.82) and ninth (3:24.59) respectively, in the U16 men's 1200-metre run.
Lily Francis sits 11th overall after five events in the heptathlon.
July 15, 2019
TORONTO, ON. - Madison Wilson-Walker, of Avon and an alumna of Lord Dorchester Secondary school, won the ambulatory women’s long jump (4.01 metres), Saturday, during the Athletics Ontario para championships. Wilson-Walker, currently at student at Western University, competes for the London-Legion track and field club.
June 8, 2019
GUELPH, ON. - Since last summer East Elgin Eagle Hallee Knelsen and Chatham-Kent's Emma Pegg have formed a friendship. Well, aside for about those two minutes and 14 seconds every time they step on to the track for an 800 metre race. Pegg and Knelsen finished one-two in the junior women's 800 metre run, on day three of the OFSAA track and field championships. Dorchester's Brianna Rand set a personal best (PB) time of 45.44 seconds grabbing the silver medal in the midget women's 300-metre hurdles. Parkside's Mason Basson just missed the podium finishing fourth in the midget men's 800 metre run.
June 7, 2019
GUELPH, ON. - Crossing the finish line Tayah De Sousa covered her face realizing she was an OFSAA champion.
The Central Elgin Titan won the junior women's 80-metre hurdles, in a personal best time of 11.43 seconds, with her dad, grandparents and coaches watching, at OFSAA track and field, at Guelph University.
De Sousa is the first Titan to win OFSAA gold since 2013, when Riley Bell was
the provincial long jump and triple jump champion.
Parkside's A.J. Stanat won his second medal at OFSAA, taking home bronze in junior men' shot put, with a personal distance distance of 16.50 metres, less than 24 hours after winning the discus competition. St. Joseph's Ram Aiden Coles finished third, in the midget men's 1500 metres, thanks to incredible kick over the final 300 metres, lowering his PB time by four seconds. Central Elgin Titan Hannah Onyema placed sixth, in junior women's shot put. Parkside's Mason Basson finished sixth, with a PB height of 1.75 metres, in midget men's high jump. Julie Nagelhout also placed sixth, in midget women's javelin. Jadyn Luna, of Thorndale, was the anchor runner on Medway high school's silver medal winning midget women's 4x100-metre relay team.
June 6, 2019
GUELPH, ON. - Arthur (A.J.) Stanat is an OFSAA champion in discus for a second consecutive year. The Parkside Collegiate student threw 52.65 metres to win the junior men's event, on day one of the OFSAAtrack and field championships, at Guelph University. A year ago, Stanat was the midget men's discus champion.
June 1, 2019
CAMBRIDGE, ON. - No better way to advance to OFSAA than winning an event with a personal best effort. Four local athletes, Dorchester's Leaha Johnston and Brianna Rand, Parkside's Mason Basson and Central Elgin's Hannah Onyema, did just that feat and are now heading to the provincial high school meet as event champions, from day two of the OFSAA West regional track and field meet, at Jacob Hespeler high school. Johnston won junior women's javelin, Rand finished first in the midget women's 300-metre hurdles and Onyema took the junior women's shot put crown. Basson won the midget men's 800-metre run and was second in high jump, a day after finishing third in the 1500 metres, qualifying for OFSAA in all three events. The top four in each event from the regional meet, advance to this year's Ontario Federation of Schools Athletic Associations (OFSAA) championships, June 6-8, at the University of Guelph. In total from both days of the meet, 14 athletes in 23 events, representing Central Elgin, Dorchester, East Elgin Parkside and St. Joseph's high schools, advanced to OFSAA.
May 24, 2019
LONDON, ON. - Michael Roth is back and healthy. The Parkside Stampeder won the senior men's 200 metre sprint and placed second in the 400-metre hurdles, a day after winning the 400 metre run, at the WOSSAA track and field championships, at Western University. Fellow Stampeder Mason Basson, also qualified in three events, winning the midget men's 800 metre run and high jump on day two, after placing second in the 1500 metres.
May 23, 2019
LONDON, ON. - Tayah De Sousa may have had all four of her events on the same day, three within a two hour span, but that didn't slow the Central Elgin Titan on day one of the WOSSAA track and field championships. De Sousa won gold in both the junior women's 80-metre hurdles and long jump, placed second in the 100-metre sprint, and helped the Titans' junior women's 4x100-metre relay team finished fifth.
The top five in each event advance to the OFSAA West regional meet, May 31-June 1, in Cambridge. Fellow Titan Hannah Onyema won junior women's discus. A.J. Stanat, of Parkside C.I. won gold in junior men's shot put and discus, while fellow Stampeder Michael Roth took gold in the senior men's 400 metre run. East Elgin Eagle Hallee Knelsen finished first in the junior women's 1500 metres, while Nathaniel Abell was second, in the open men's steeplechase.
May 18, 2019
WINDSOR, ON. - Two days after nearly breaking the TVRA junior girls' 800-metre record, finishing in 2:14.76 (record held by Jessica Parry is 2:14.69), Hallee Knelsen, of Aylmer, runs a 2:11.48, at the Johnny Loaring Classic, an open meet, held at Windsor University. Knelsen, 15, won her heat with a personal best time and placed seventh overall. Jordan Anderson, 26, had the fastest time of 2:07.47. Knelsen meets the qualifying standard for the U18 NACAC (North America, Central America and Caribbean) track and field championships, July 5-7, in Querétaro, Mexico.
In early June, Athletics Canada will select a team of 25 from those athletes meeting qualifying standards.
May 17, 2019
LONDON, ON. - It was a question East Elgin Eagles' coach Jon Loney had to think and long and hard about for an answer. Even after several minutes and tossing around a few names, Loney couldn't recall the last time an East Elgin athlete won three gold medals at the Thames Valley Regional Athletics track and field championships. That is exactly the feat accomplished by Eagles' freshman Julie Nagelhout, by winning midget girls' javelin, long and triple jumps, during the two day meet, held at TD Stadium, May 15-16th.
The top 10 athletes in each event at TVRA, advance to the Western Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association (WOSSAA) championships, at TD Stadium, May 23/24.
East Elgin's Hallee Knelsen and Nathaniel Abell, Parkside Stampeder Michael Roth, Mason Basson and AJ Stanat, Central Elgin Titan Tayah De Sousa and Hannah Onyema and Dorchester Beaver Hannah Freer, each had a memorable meet.
February 12, 2019
TORONTO, ON. - Hallee Knelsen brought home three gold medals from the Athletics Ontario Indoor Under-18 track and field championships, February 8-10th. The winner of the girls' 800 and 1500-metre races, led a continent of 20 athletes from the St. Thomas Legion Club.
Hannah McIntrye, of Dorchester, won the under-16 girls 2000-metre run and third in the 800 metre run, part of the Ontario versus Quebec indoor dual meet, hosted by Athletics Ontario.
February 10, 2019
TORONTO, ON. - Hannah McIntyre, of Dorchester, won the under-16 girls 2000-metre run (6:42.11) at Athletics Ontario (AO) Ontario vs Quebec dual meet. McIntyre 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. Coles' brother, Tristan, was fourth in the 800-metre (2:13.83).
January 31, 2019
COLUMBIA, SC. - Megan Dunn, of Dorchester, placed third in the women's pentathlon, with 3,301 points, at the Carolina Challenge indoor track and field meet. The Wofford College sophomore won the 800 metre run (2:29,2), placed second in shot put (10.37 metres), fourth in long jump (5.17m), sixth in high jump (1.52m) and seventh in the 60-metre hurdles (9.57 seconds). Dunn improves on her personal best total from her freshman season of 3,091 points. Kiara Rhodes, out of the University of Tennessee won the event with 3,762 points.
November 3, 2018
DUNDAS, ON. - The Owen Pink had the race of his career. The Lord Dorchester runner finished 19th in the junior boys' race, leading the Beavers' team to seventh place while posting the top individual local result, during the OFSAA cross country championships, at Christie Lake Conservation Area.
Following Pink, in an event featuring 276 runners, was Connor Erb, in 61st, Aiden Currah, 115th, Joshua Smith, 122nd and Dilpreet Sandhu, 136th.
Dorchester's Ashley Legg placed 39th in the midget girls' race.
The St. Joseph's Rams midget boys' team was eighth, led by Aiden Coles, finishing 52nd, in the race with 268 participants. Tristan Coles was 63rd, James Hill, 93rd and Harrison Belanger, 119th.
October 25, 2018
ORWELL, ON. - The Lord Dorchester Beavers and St. Joseph's Rams had huge days on the trails and now are heading to the biggest cross country meet of the season. Two teams and two individuals, from St. Thomas-Elgin and Dorchester, are heading to OFSAA, the high school provincial championships, following qualifying performances at WOSSAA, held at the Springwater Conservation Area. The top two teams in each of the six divisions and the fastest five individuals not on the top two teams, qualify for OFSAA, November 3, in
Dundas. Aiden Coles was the runner-up in the midget boys' race, leading St. Joe's to the team title. It's the third consecutive year a Rams team has qualified for OFSAA. Owen Pink finished second and Connor Erb was eighth, to lead Dorchester's junior boys' team to second place, behind London Oakridge. Dorchester's Ashley Legg placed second in the midget girls' race.
East Elgin Eagle junior Hallee Knelsen was third in her race and returns to the provincial meet. As a midget, Knelsen finished 26th last year at OFSAA.
October 17, 2018
WOODSTOCK, ON. - It was not hard to spot members of the Lord Dorchester Beavers or St. Joseph's Rams cross country teams. That is because they were running roughshod among the top 20 in each of the six races, at the Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) Tri-County championships, at Roth Park. The top four teams in each of the six divisions qualify for the WOSSAA championships, Thursday, October 25th, at Springwater Conservation Area. Any individual runner finishing in the top 20 in their respective race also moves on.
The top two overall boys and girls teams also qualify. By no surprise it was Dorchester and St. Joe's, respectively.
St. Joe's won the midget boys, midget girls and junior girls' team crowns. Dorchester was the junior and senior boys team champions, leaving Strathroy DCI with the senior girls' title.
East Elgin Eagle Hallee Knelsen (junior girls), Ram Aiden Coles (midget boys) and Beavers Ashley Legg (midget girls) and Owen Pink (junior boys) were race champions.
October 11, 2018
THEDFORD, ON. - Owen Pink finished third, followed by Connor Erb in sixth place, to lead the Lord Dorchester Beavers to the junior boys' team title, at the Widder Station cross country meet.
Dilpreet Sandhu placed 12th, Aidan Currah, 13th and Joshua Smith, 14th, rounding out Dorchester's top five runners, in the five kilometre race.
The St. Joseph's Rams didn't have the Coles brothers running, but that didn't prevent their midget boys from a fourth team title of the season. Harrison Belanger led the Rams finishing third, followed by James Hill, in 11th, Joel Bowden, 12th and Carson Bonnett, 34th.
Parkside Stampeders' Brent Hagerty and Mason Basson, were second and fourth, respectively, in the midget boys' four kilometre race. Dorchester's Ashley Legg was third in the midget girls' race, while Colson Erb led Dorchester in the senior boys' race finishing sixth. St. Joseph's Cerena Aitken-Guignard and Ashley Betencourt, placed eighth and 10th, respectively. Cerena's older sister, Arielle, placed seventh, in the junior girls' race. Diego Alban Gasca, from St. Joe's, was fifth, in the para race.
October 5, 2018
ORWELL, ON. - Aiden and Tristan Coles were one-two, to lead the St. Joseph's Rams' midget boys, to a third team title this cross country season, at the Springwater Invitational, at the Springwater Conservation Area. Harrison Belanger followed the Coles brothers in sixth place, while Joel Bowden placed 16th.
East Elgin Eagle Hallee Knelsen overcame not feeling well to finish second, behind junior girls' champion, London Aquinas' Victoria Lamb. Fellow Eagle Nathaniel Abell was fifth, in the senior boys' race.
Dorchester's Ashley Legg finished fourth in the midget girls' race, while St. Joe's Cerena Aitken-Guignard was sixth.
September 27, 2018
LONDON, ON. - Aiden and Tristan Coles were one-two, in the midget boys' four kilometre race, at the Springbank cross country meet, leading the St Joseph's Rams to the team title. Following the Coles brothers, were teammates Harrison Belanger, in 10th and Joel Bowden, 18th. Cerena Aitken-Guignard finished sixth, helping the St. Joseph's midget girls' team place third. Her older sister, Arielle, was 11th, in the junior girls' five kilometre race.
East Elgin Eagle Nathaniel Abell was fifth, in the senior boys' six kilometre race. Central Elgin Titan Haylee Vlasman had Elgin County's top result for senior girls, finishing 35th, one position ahead of St. Joseph's Mary Claire Haase
September 23, 2018
ST. THOMAS – If spectators along the men’s five kilometre route for the Railway City road races thought they were seeing double, they were correct. Twins Aiden and Tristan Coles, both 13 year old Grade nine students at St. Joseph’s high school, finished one-two in the race, with Aiden leading the way, crossing the finish line in 18:05. The event featured three distances (five, 10, half marathon) and a five kilometre walk, raising funds for St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital orthopedics. The 2017 event raised $18,500.
September 20, 2018
DORCHESTER - The Dorchester Beavers' junior boys team thrilled their fans on home turf. Led by Owen Pink, Connor Erb, Joshua Smith and Evan Gillies, Dorchester won the team title, at the Fairground cross country festival, the opening meet of the running season. Pink crossed the finish line third, completing the four kilometre route in 14:05, followed by Erb in sixth (14:41), Smith, 12th (14:44) and Gillies, 17th (15:10).
Aiden and Tristan Coles, finished second and third, respectively, leading the St. Joseph's Rams to first place in the midget boys' division.
August 12, 2018
BRANDON, MB. – Thrower A.J. Stanat and middle distance runner Hallee Knelsen led the St. Thomas Club, at the Legion Youth National track and field championships.
Stanat threw a personal best throw of 15.02 metres, in under 16 men's shot put, for the silver medal. Stanat was also fifth in the hammer throw (42.48m) and sixth in discus (46.49m).
Knelsen, won a bronze, in the U16 women's 800 metre run, finishing in 2:16.76. Knelsen finished seventh, in the U16 1200 metre run.
Kyra Vellinga finished fourth, in the U16 women's 200-metre hurdles final, in a time of 29.89 seconds. Tayah DeSousa was fifth, in the U16 80-metre hurdles (12.16 sec.), ninth in long jump (4.95m) and 10th, in the 200-metre hurdles (30.53 sec.). Lily Francis placed sixth, in the pentathlon.
The St. Thomas U16 women's 1600 metre medley relay was disqualified (Rule 170.7 - baton failed to be passed within the exchange zone).
August 10, 2018
BRANDON, MB. – Three athletes from the St. Thomas Legion club, placed in the top 10, one day one, at the 2018 Legion National track and field championships. A.J. Stanat was sixth, in Under-16 men's discus. Hallee Knelsen, seventh, in the U16 women's 1200 metre race, while Tayah DeSousa, finished eighth, in the U16 women's 80-metre hurdles final.
August 4, 2018
LONDON, ON. – Hannah McIntyre won her second race, while thrower A.J. Stanat had a pair of second place performances. The two athletes led the St. Thomas and Dorchester contingent on the second and final day for Athletics, at TD Stadium, during the Ontario Summer Games.
McIntyre, from Dorchester, won the under-14 girls' 800 metre race in 2:22.19, a day after crossing the finish line first in the U14 1200 metres.
St. Thomas native Stanat, placed second, in both U16 boys' shot put (14.52 metres) and hammer throw (40.54m). Stanat won discus on Friday.
Madison Wilson-Walker, from Avon, won the women's ambulatory 800 metre run, a day after winning the ambulatory 100 metre dash. Dylen Belanger, of St. Thomas, finished second, in the U16 boys' 200-metre hurdles (28.10 sec.), while Kyra Vellinga was third in the U16 girls' 200-meter hurdles (29.48 sec.).
August 3, 2018
LONDON, ON. – Lily Francis was a dominant force in the girls' pentathlon, at the Ontario Summer Games.
Francis took four of the five disciplines, to handily win the event, amassing 2,563 points. Francis finished first in the 80-metre hurdles, high jump, long jump and the 800 metre run, while placing third in shot put.
Tayah DeSousa won the under-16 girls 80-metre hurdles, in 12.17 seconds and A.J. Stanat won the U16 boys' discus. Hallee Knelsen finished second, in the U16 girls' 1200 metre run. Kyra Vellinga was fourth, in the U16 girls' 300 metre dash. All five athletes train with St. Thomas Legion track and field club.
Hannah McIntyre, from Dorchester, won the U14 girls' 1200 metre run, in 3:55.41. Madison Wilson-Walker, of Avon, won the ambulatory 100 metres. Allie Humphries, of Thorndale, placed third, in the U14 girls' 80-metre hurdles final.
August 1, 2018
ST. THOMAS – Six athletes led St. Thomas Legion, at the fourth and final Great Lakes League meet, at Parkside Collegiate. Matthew MacNeill (open men's 100 metre dash), AJ Stanat (midget boys' discus and hammer), Kyra Vellinga (midget girls' 300m hurdles), Dylen Belanger (midget boys' 300m hurdles), Lexi Stanat (bantam girls' discus) and Olivia Krahn (midget girls' 300m dash) won their respective events.
July 29, 2018
HAMILTON, ON. – Aiden and Tristan Coles, 14-year old brothers from St. Thomas, both competed in three senior boys' races for London Legion Club, at the Minor Track Association elementary school championships, at Mohawk Sports Park. Aiden finished second in the senior boys' 1500 metres (4:34.61), fourth, in the 800 metres (2:07.73) and sixth, in the 400 metres (57.05 seconds). Tristan was fourth in the 1500 (4:35.38), seventh in the 800 (2:11.24) and 14th, in the 400 (58.77 sec.). Both Coles were on London Legion's senior boys' 1600-metre medley relay team, that placed second (4:00.69) and the senior boys' 4x100-metre relay team, in fifth place (53.71 sec.).
July 29, 2018
HAMILTON, ON. – Hannah McIntyre, of Dorchester, won the senior girls' 800 metre race and finished second in the 1500 metres, at the Minor Track Association elementary school championships, at Mohawk Sports Park. The 13-year old competes with the London Legion track and field Club, also helped the 1600 metre medley relay team finish third.
Up next for McIntyre is the Ontario Summer Games, August 3-4, at TD Stadium, in London.
July 25, 2018
ST. THOMAS – Paige Wiggans, in midget girls (28.75 metres) and Lexi Stanat, in bantam girls (23.97m), won their respective javelin events, at the Great Lakes League meet three, at Jacob Hespeler secondary school. The two throwers led St. Thomas Legion at the third of four meets.
Madeleine Krahan placed third, in the open women's 800 metres (2:44.45). Claireese Coffey landed fourth, in open women's long jump (9.61 metres). Camryn Roth won section three of the open women's 200 metre sprint (27.46 sec.), while Olivia Krahn was third (27.00 sec.) in section three of the race.
July 22, 2018
WINDSOR, ON. – Arthur Stanat is a provincial champion. The St. Thomas Legion track and field club athlete won gold for the under-16 boys' discus, with a best throw of 46.38 metres, at Athletics Ontario's U18, U16, U14 championships, at University of Windsor stadium.
Stanat won the bronze medal for the U16 shot put, with a heave of 14.07 metres.
Arthur was not the only member of the Stanat family returning with hardware. His sister, Lexi, was a double silver medalist, in under-14 girls' discus and javelin. Lexi shattered the meet record in discus for 13 year old females and also finished seventh in shot put.
St. Thomas Legion athletes brought home eight medals, among 18 top 10 results. The Legion's U16 girls' 4x100-metre relay team of Tayah DeSousa, Lily Francis, Kyra Vellinga and Katherine Heard, took silver.
Vellinga also won a bronze medal in the U16 200-metre hurdles, while Hallee Knelsen was third, in the U16 girls' 800 metre race.
July 18, 2018
WOODSTOCK, ON. – Arthur Stanat, Lily Francis and the Belanger brothers,
Harrison and Dylen, led St. Thomas Legion, at the Great Lakes League track and field meet two, at College Avenue secondary school. Stanat won the midget boys’ discus (43.85 metres) and hammer throw (34.71m) and placed second, in shot put (14.17m). Dylen Belanger won the midget boys’ 100-metre hurdles in 14.89 seconds, while his brother, Harrison, won the open men’s 2000 metres, in 6:53.9. Harrison was also fifth, in the open men’s 800 metres (2:14.03).
Francis won the midget girls’ 80-metre hurdles (13.17 seconds).
St. Thomas had 14 athletes finish in the top 10.
July 15, 2018
ST. CATHARINES, ON – Arthur Stanat, Tayah DeSousa and Lily Francis, each brought home silver medals, from the Royal Canadian Legion Ontario outdoor track and field championships, July 13-14, at the Niagara Olympic Complex. Stanat and DeSousa each brought home two silver medals, to lead the St. Thomas Legion contingent, who were competing as members of the District A team.
Stanat placed second in midget boys’ shot put (13.71 metres) and discus (46.89m), while DeSousa finished second in the midget girls’ 80-metre hurdles (12.58 seconds) and long jump (4.96m).
DeSousa was only one centimetre behind long jump champion Julian Adderly and she also finished sixth, in the 200-metre hurdles (29.69 sec.).
Francis placed second in midget girls’ pentathlon, compiling 2,557 points. The five discipline event includes high jump, long jump, shot put, the 80-metre hurdles and the 800 metre run.
Hallee Knelsen finished third in the midget girl’s 1200 metres (3:45.36). Kyra Vellinga was seventh in the 200-metre hurdles (29.71 sec.) and 10th in both the midget girls’ 200 metre dash and 200 metre hurdles. v
July 11, 2018
CAMBRIDGE, ON. – Camryn Roth won the midget girls’ 300 metres, in 44.02 seconds and placed fifth in section two of the open women’s 100-metre dash, leading St. Thomas Legion Club, at meet one of the Great Lakes League track and field season, at Jacob Hespler secondary school. Olivia Krahn finished second, in section one of the open women’s 100 metre dash (13.51 seconds). Earen Klassen had the fourth fastest time overall, in the midget girls’ 300 metres (45.24 sec.). Dylen Belanger, was third, in the midget boys’ 300 metres and fourth, in the 200-metre hurdles, while his brother Harrison, finished third, in the midget boys’ 1200 metres.
July 10, 2018
ST. THOMAS – Seven members of the St. Thomas Legion Club are heading to the Ontario Summer Games.
AJ Stanat, Hallee Knelsen, Tayah DeSousa, Lily Francis, Kyra Vellinga and brothers Harrison and Dylen Belanger, have been selected to compete in track and field, at TD Stadium, August 2-5.
The event brings together some of the best bantam, midget and para athletes from across the province, divided into two teams, Ontario West and Ontario East.
Hannah McIntyre, of Dorchester, and Allie Humphries, from Thorndale, who both train with London Legion, and Para-athlete Madison Wilson-Walker, from Avon, are also attending.
July 4, 2018
OTTAWA, ON. – Katie Beaudry, of Dorchester, finished fourth, in the under 20 women's heptathlon, at the Canadian track and field championships. Beaudry compiled 4,683 points over the eight events (100-metre hurdles, high jump, lonj jump, shot put, javelin, 200 metre sprint, 800 metre run). Chloe Royce won with 4,892 points, while Skylar Sieban was third, with 4695 points.
June 24, 2018
TORONTO, ON. – Lily Francis, representing St. Thomas Legion, won the silver medal, in the under 16 girls' pentathlon, at the Athletics Ontario combined events championships, at York Lions Stadium. Francis amassed 2,519 points from the five disciplines. Izzy Goudros won the event with 3,082 points. Francis placed second in the 80-metre hurdles, third, in the 800 metre race, high jump and shot put and fourth in long jump.
June 13, 2018
LASALLE, ON. – AJ Stanat, Tayah De Sousa and Hallee Knelsen are riding the momentum of their high school seasons into the club campaign, competing for the St. Thomas Legion.
All three athletes concluded their respective high school track and field seasons at the OFSAA championships and were in fine form at the Legion District A track and field championships, at Sandwich secondary school, June 16.
June 8, 2018
TORONTO, ON. - Local athletes had six top 10 performances on day two of the OFSAA track and field championships,
at York Univeristy.
Central Elgin Titan Tayah DeSousa finished fourth, setting a personal best time, in the midget women's 80-metre hurdles, her second runnerup to the podium at the meet. On day one, De Sousa landed fourth in long jump.
St. Joseph's Ram Liam Clark was sixth in a talented field, for the senior men's 110-metre hurdles final. Clark has his stronger event, the 400-metre hurdles on Saturday.
East Elgin Eagle Hallee Knelsen finished seventh, in the midget women's 1500 metres, with a personal best time of 4:19.10. Knelsen returns to the track on Saturday for the 800 metre run.
Also seventh was Parkside Stampeder Anij Sparenberg, in junior women's discus.
Central Elgin Titan Hayden Bell placed eighth, in the senior men's high jump, while fellow Titan, Hannah Onyema, was 10th, in midget women's shot put. Onyema throws discus on Saturday.
Dorchester's Leaha Johnston just missed the top 10, placing 12th, in midget women's javelin.
June 3, 2018
WINDSOR, ON. - Tayah De Sousa, Liam Clark and AJ Stanat, are heading to OFSAA as champions.
The trio won gold at the OFSAA West regional track and field championships, June 1-2, at the University of Windsor Stadium.
De Sousa, of Central Elgin CI, won midget women's long jump and finished second in the 80-metre hurdles, while Stanat, of Parkside CI, won midget men's discus and placed second in shot put. Clark, from St. Joseph's high school, won the senior men's 400-metre hurdles and finished fourth in the 110-metre hurdles.
Ten athletes in total from the St. Thomas - Elgin County and Dorchester area, qualified for OFSAA, the provincial high school championships, in Toronto, June 7-9.
Placing top four in their events were CECI Titans' Hannah Onyema (midget women's shot put and discus) and Hayden Bell (senior men's high jump); Parkside's Anij Sparenberg (junior women's discus) and Jack Carlson (midget men's 400 metres); East Elgin Eagle Hallee Knelsen (midget women's 800 and 1500 metre races), and Lord Dorchester Beavers' Leaha Johnston (midget women's javelin) and Owen Pink (midget men's 3000 metres).
May 25, 2018
LONDON, ON. - The Dorchester and Elgin County area had seven athletes win 11 gold medals, led by the Central Elgin Titans with five to call their own, at the WOSSAA track and field championships, at TD Stadium. Titan Tayah De Sousa brought home two gold medals, winning both the midget women's 80-metre hurdles and long jump, while Hannah Onyema took top spot in midget women's shot put and discus. Hayden Bell won senior men's high jump.
Parkside Stampeder Michael Roth is a triple champion, the fastest in the junior men's 300 and 400 metres races and 300-metre hurdles. Fellow Stampeder Arthur Stanat, tossed out the farthest throws in both midget men's shot put and discus. East Elgin Eagle Hallee Knelsen won both the midget women's 800 and 1500 metre races. Dorchester's Abby Downing leaped to the midget women's pole vault title.
May 18, 2018
LONDON, ON. – From the Lord Dorchester Beavers capturing the men's and women's 1A overall team titles, to multiple gold medalists, including athletes with their first career wins, highlights were plenty, at the Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) track and field championships, at TD Stadium. Liam Clark led St. Joe's finishing second in the senior men's 400-metre hurdles and third, in the 110-metre hurdles. The top 10 in each event, advance to the WOSSAA meet, back at TD Stadium, May 24/25.
May 17, 2018
LONDON, ON. - The Lord Dorchester Beavers are the men's and women's 1A overall team champions, at the Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) track and field championships, at TD Stadium. The top 10 in each event, advance to the WOSSAA meet, back at TD Stadium, May 24/25.
May 16, 2018
LONDON, ON. - Dorchester's Owen Pink, in the midget men's 1500 and 3000 metres and Nolan Smith, in midget men's long and triple jumps, both won their first career gold medals, at the Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) track and field championships, at TD Stadium.
May 16, 2018
LONDON, ON. - Two athletes each, from the Dorchester Beavers, East Elgin Eagles and Central Elgin Titans, won events, on day one of the Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) track and field championships, at TD Stadium. Winning gold were Dorchester's Owen Pink (midget men's 1500 metres - 4:30.72) and Nolan Smith (midget men's long jump (5.68 metre); Central Elgin's Tayah De Sousa (midget women's 80-metre hurdles - 12.89 seconds) and Hannah Onyema (midget women's shot put - 10.93m); East Elgin's Nathaniel Abell (open men's steeplechase (6:16.92) and Hallee Knelsen (midget women's 1500m - (5:05.52).
May 10, 2018
WOODSTOCK, ON. - It is the final invitational before the Thames Valley Regional Athletics championships and athletes from Elgin County and Dorchester showed they are ready for the big meet.
Eight athletes set 10 meet records, including a pair of freshman who broke two each winning events, at the Woodstock Classic track and field meet, at College Avenue secondary school.
May 5, 2018
ST. THOMAS – Following a one year absence after being cancelled due to weather, the Kettle Creek Invitational track and field meet, hosted by the St. Thomas Legion Club, had near perfect conditions this day. The wind was brisk at times, but the sun shined and the temperatures were ideal for athletes preparing for the upcoming championship meets, starting with the Thames Valley Regional, May 16-17.
April 28, 2018
LONDON, ON. - Led by winning performances by Michael Roth and Arthur Stanat, the Parkside Stampeders opened their 2018 track and field season with 17 top 10 results at the Forest City Mustang Invitational, at TD Stadium. The Central Elgin Titans, East Elgin Eagles, Lord Dorchester Beavers and St. Joseph's Rams, also had athletes in the top 10, during a day that had single digit temperatures and a cold, brisk wind.
April 25, 2018
GUELPH, ON. - No one could win an event, but four athletes led the Lord Dorchester Beavers at the recent Royal City high school track and field meet, April 25, at St. James high school, with five runners up results. The Beavers had 17 top five results, including a pair of second place finishes by Colson Erb, in the senior men's 800 and 1500 metre races.
March 21, 2018
ST. THOMAS – The annual Shamrock Shuffle, supporting The Inn Out of the Cold, had a two and five kilometre walk, along with a non-timed five kilometre run, all starting and finishing, at Central United Church, on St. Patrick's Day.
March 11, 2018
WINDSOR, ON. - Dana Earhart is a National silver medalist. The Dorchester native and Lord Dorchester secondary school graduate, helped the University of Guelph Gryphons' women's 4x800-metre relay team finish second, at the U Sports (Canadian University) indoor track and field championships, March 8-10, in Windsor. The 19-year old covered her 800-metre stretch in 2:12.65. The University of Toronto (U of T) Blues (8:43.93) won the gold medal ahead of Guelph (8:49.39). Earhart also placed eighth, in both the women's 1500 (4:29.01) and 1000 metres (2:50.67).
Katie Beaudry, a freshman with the Western Mustangs, just missed the podium, placing fourth in the women's pentathlon, compiling 3,404 points, from the five events.
November 4, 2017
PETAWAWA, ON. - Hallee Knelsen is among the top 10 per cent for high school midget girls cross country in the province. The East Elgin Eagle finished 26th, in the midget girls' four-kilometre race, featuring 259 runners, at the OFSAA cross country championships, held at the Petawawa Golf Club. Connor Erb, of Lord Dorchester, was 74th, in the midget boys' four kilometre race. Arielle Aitken Guignard, of St. Joseph's, placed 114th, in the same race as Knelsen. The St. Joseph's Rams' senior girls' team of Kyleigh Stubbs, Jocelyn Delgado, Grace Gillet, Kaila Novak and Alyce McLean, placed 24th. Delgado led the Rams, finishing 111th, in the six kilometre race.
October 26, 2017
CLINTON, ON. - It wasn't Children of the Corn, but for Hallee Knelsen, Connor Erb, Arielle Aitken Guignard and the St. Joseph's Rams' senior girls' team, it was a memorable thriller around the corn field. The three individuals and the St. Joe's ladies, are OFSAA bound, after qualifying at the WOSSAA cross-country championships, held at St. Anne's high school. Knelsen placed third in the midget girls' 4-kilometre race, while Aitken Guignard followed in sixth place. Erb was eighth, in the midget boys' 4-km event. The top two teams, plus the top five individuals, not on those top two teams, in each division, advance to the OFSAA championships, November 4, in Petawawa. St. Joseph's top five senior runners were, Kyleigh Stubbs, Jocelyn Delgado, Grace Gillet, Kaila Novak and Alyce McLean. The course, located behind the school, took runners alongside a couple corn fields, igniting comments on movies with some association with the crop.
October 19, 2017
ORWELL, ON. - Hallee Knelsen is a Tri-County champion. The East Elgin secondary school runner won the midget girls' race, at the Thames Valley Region Athletics (TVRA) Tri-County cross-country championships, at the Springwater Conservation Area. Knelsen was the lone individual race champion, from Elgin County-Dorchester, however, local schools dominated the team divisions. St. Joe's took the overall boys and girls' team titles, led by their first place senior boys and senior girls' teams.
October 12, 2017
ORWELL, ON. - Runners from across the Thames Valley Region had the opportunity to check the terrain and the competition, at the annual Springwater Invitational cross country meet. Actually, at Springwater Conservation Area, the site for both TVRA Tri-County and Central division cross-country championships next week, the terrain may be tougher than any opponent.
September 28, 2017
LONDON, ON. - Hallee Knelsen finished third, in the midget girls' three kilometre race, at the Banting Invitational cross-country meet, at Springbank Park. The East Elgin secondary school runner had the best result for St. Thomas-Elgin County and Dorchester. Other top results were East Elgn's Nathaniel Abell, fourth, in the senior boys race, St. Joseph's Kyleigh Stubbs, 11th, in the senior girls' race and Lord Dorchester's Connor Erb, 11th, for midget boys.
September 21, 2017
DORCHESTER - Another season of running through the woods
is underway, as the local cross-country schedule hit the ground running, at the Dorchester Fair Grounds.
Avery Rice had Dorchester's top result finishing 10th, in the midget girls' race.
September 17, 2017
ST. THOMAS – The annual Railway City Road Races took over the CASO Station, for their starting and end point for the 10-km, five-km (both through Pinafore Park) and the 1K choo choo challenge, a kids' fun run. The half marathon (21-kilometres) started in Port Stanley, before heading towards St. Thomas, along Sunset Drive.
August 5, 2017
WINNIPEG, MB – Megan Dunn, of Dorchester, picked up a bronze medal, as part of Team Ontario's women's 4x400-metre relay team, in a photo finish, at the Canada Summer Games.
Ontario completed the four lap race in 3:43.84, behind winner B.C. (3:43.35) and silver medalist Manitoba (3:43.65). Team Ontario also includes Ally Oulds of Chatham, Kristen Melcalfe of Mississauga, Katrina Innanen, of Scarborough and Kate Current, of Cobourg. Dunn won two gold medals and a silver, as part of Lord Dorchester secondary school's women's 4x4 team, over three years at the OFSAA high school track and field championships.
August 4, 2017
WINNIPEG, MB – Rebecca Chouinard and Megan Dunn, both finished in the top 10 in their respective events, representing Team Ontario, at the Canada Summer Games tonight.
Chouinard, of St. Thomas, placed sixth, in women's hammer, with a best throw of 50.23 metres. B.C.'s Kaila Butler had the winning toss, of 56.38 metres.
Dunn, from Dorchester, placed eighth in the women's heptathlon, amassing 4,394 points, in the seven event competition held over two days. The 18-year old daughter of Dave and Kendra Dunn, placed sixth in each of today's events, long jump, javelin and the 800 metres. On day one, Dunn finished fourth in the 200 metres, 11th in both the 100-metre hurdles and shot put and 13th, for high jump. Ontario's Dallyssa Huggins won the heptathlon, compiling 3797 points, including winning high jump, shot put and the 800 metres.
August 2, 2017
ST. THOMAS – St. Thomas Legion had four event winners, at meet four of the Great Lakes League track and field season, at Parkside Collegiate Institute.
Arabella Alton, 19, won open women's high jump, clearing 1.65 metres, Hallee Knelsen was the fastest in the open women's 800 metres (2:24.77), Hayden Bell won the youth boys' 110-metre hurdles and Dylen Belanger, was the best in the bantam boys' 80-metre hurdles. Belanger was also second in his division's 150-metre dash. Camryn Roth finished third in the girls' 150 metre race.
Brooke Hoxar, of Dorchester, wearing the London-Western club colours, won the women's one kilogram discus throw, with a distance of 34.9 metres.
August 1, 2017
WINNIPEG, MB – Emily Branderhorst, of Fullarton, set a personal best height of 1.71 metres, winning the bronze medal, in female high jump, at the Canada Summer Games.
Quebec's Mikella Lefebvre won the gold clearing 1.86 metres, while Branderhorst's Ontario team-mate Autumn Bigger took the silver medal (1.74m).
Branderhorst is well known to Dorchester's Katie Beaudry, as both competed against each other every year for four years throughout their high school careers, from WOSSAA right on to the OFSAA podium. This past June, Branderhorst won OFSAA gold at the senior level, while Beaudry took the silver. In 2016, their positions were reversed.
August 1, 2017
DORCHESTER – Megan Dunn rides momentum of Junior National gold in to Canada Summer Games.
July 31, 2017
ST. THOMAS – Rebecca Chouinard (photo, far left), of St. Thomas and Megan Dunn, from Dorchester, both in athletics, are at the Canada Summer Games, occurring in Winnipeg, July 28 - August 13. Chouinard has the hammer throw, while Dunn competes in the heptathlon over two days, starting Thursday, August 4.
Chouinard had the fifth best distance (51.16m), in female hammer throw qualifying today. The final goes Friday.
A 2016 graduate of St. Joseph's high school, Chouinard just finished her first year at DePaul University, a Big East school in Chicago. Earlier this summer, Chouinard placed second in the hammer throw, at Athletics Ontario Junior track and field championships and sixth, at the Canadian Junior (U20) championships.
Dunn, a graduate of Lord Dorchester in June, heads to Wofford College, in South Carolina, a NCAA Division 1 school in the Southern Conference. Dunn is coming off gold medal performances, at both the Athletics Ontario Junior Combined Events championship and Canadian Junior (U20) track and field championships.
July 30, 2017
BRAMPTON, ON. – Dylen Belanger,
of the St. Thomas Legion club, won the gold medal, for the bantam boys' 80-metre hurdles race,
in 13.47 seconds, at the Athletics Ontario bantam, midget and youth (BMY) track and field championships, a two day event, held at Terry Fox Stadium.
Harrison Belanger finished third, in the bantam boys 1200 metre race (3.42.79), Kenzie Smyth tied for third spot, in midget girls' high jump (1.50 metres) and Liam Clark was third, in the youth boys' 110-metre hurdles (14.97 sec.). Smyth also placed sixth in both the midget girls' 80-meter hurdles (13.17 sec.) and long jump (3.86m).
The Legion's Youth boys' 4x400-metre relay team of Clark, Hayden Bell, Jordan Palmer and Jackson Medeiros, finished second (3:45.69).l.
July 26, 2017
LONDON, ON. – St. Thomas Legion's Dylen Belanger won the bantam boys’ 80 metre dash (11.03 seconds) and 200-metre hurdles (30.55 sec.), at the Great Lakes League track and field meet three, at TD Stadium. Shaylyn Kowalchuk won the invitational open women’s 100-metre hurdles (15.76 sec.). Michael Roth won the midget boys’ 300 metres (40.04 sec.) and placed third in the midget 100-metres (12.13 sec.).
July 19, 2017
WOODSTOCK, ON. – Lily Francis, Connor Maclean, Hallee Knelsen, won events for the St. Thomas Legion track and field club, at the second meet for the Great Lakes League season, at College Avenue secondary school. Francis won the midget girls’ 80-metre hurdles (14.01 seconds), Maclean won the bantam boys’ 80-metre hurdles (15.86 sec.) and Knelsen, the open women’s 800 metres (2:24.73). Jadyn Luna, from Thorndale, won the bantam girls’ 150-metre dash, running for the London-Western club.
July 17, 2017
WINDSOR, ON. – Hayden Bell, with the St. Thomas Legion track and field club, placed third in the under-17 men's octathlon (eight events), at the Legion Ontario track and field championships, held at Windsor Stadium, July 14/15. Bell amassed 4,702 points, finishing second in long jump (6.02 metres), high jump (1.76m), shot put (10.47m) and the 110-metre hurdles (15.26 seconds), third in javelin (41.15m), 400 metres (55.57 sec.) and fourth in the 100-metre dash (12.49 sec.) and the 1000-metre run (3:07.44). Calum Doherty won the event with 4,828 points.
July 12, 2017
July 12, 2017
CAMBRIDGE, ON. – St. Thomas Legion track and field club had four event winners and over 20 top 10 results, at meet one for the Great Lakes League, at Jacob Hespler high school.
Dylen Belanger won both the bantam boys’ 80-metre dash (10.88 seconds) and 200-metre hurdles (31.09 sec.). Harrison Belanger won the open boys’ 1200-metre run (3:43.06) and Julia Vanhoucke was the fastest in the youth girls’ 400-metre hurdles (1:04.14).
July 9, 2017
OTTAWA, ON - Charles Nguyen, of St. Thomas, placed fourth, in senior men's hammer throw (63.69m), at the Canadian track and field championships.
Rebecca Chouinard, of St. Thomas, was sixth, in the Under-20 women's hammer throw (49.16m). Madison Wilson-Walker, from Avon, finished sixth, in the para ambulatory 100-metres (15.79 sec.). Julia Vanhoucke of St. Thomas, was 13th, in the U20 women's 400-metre hurdles. Hunter Smith of St. Thomas, placed 16th, in U20 women's hammer throw.
Nguyen, Chouinard and Vanhoucke, train with the St. Thomas Legion club.
July 5, 2017
OTTAWA, ON. – Megan Dunn, of Dorchester, won the silver medal, in the under-20 women's heptathlon, at the NACAC (North American Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association) Combined Events Cup.
Competing for the London-Western track and field club, Dunn accumulated 4,648 points from the seven disciplines. Dunn won javelin (37.73 metres) and the 800 metres (2:27.48), placed second in the 100-metre hurdles (15.02 seconds), third in both long jump (5.10m) and the 200 metres (25.74 sec.), fourth in shot put (9.35m) and fifth, in high jump (1.45m). As the top Canadian in the event, Dunn also took home the U20 Canadian heptathlon gold medal, as part of the National track and field championships.
Trindad-Tobago's Tyra Gittens won the heptathlon amassing 5,490 points.
June 3, 2017
BELLEVILLE, ON. - As Katie Beaudry crossed the finish line for the senior women's 400-metre hurdles race, it signalled the conclusion of one of the most remarkable athletic careers at Lord Dorchester Secondary school. Beaudry will graduate having earned nine medals from OFSAA track and field - four gold, two silver and three bronze. She also has a hat trick of fourth place finishes including the 400-metre hurdles race today.
June 2, 2017
BELLEVILLE, ON. - Anij Sparenberg delivered a big throw on her first attempt and then waited to see if anyone could pass it. Only one could throw further, leaving Sparenberg as the OFSAA silver medalist in midget women's javelin, on day two of the provincial high school meet at Centennial high school. The Parkside CI athlete bested her personal best distance entering the competition three times, including the one that landed her on the podium, 33.04 metres. 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. Megan Dunn placed sixth in the senior women's 100-metre hurdles (14.72 seconds), while Megan Beaudry was eighth in the senior women's 400 metres final (57.86 sec.).
June 2, 2017
BELLEVILLE, ON. - Megan Dunn finished second in her heat, qualifying for the OFSAA senior women's 100-metre hurdles final this afternoon. The Lord Dorchester athlete clocked in at 15.46 seconds, overcoming a slow start out of the blocks. The top two finishers in each of the three heats, plus the next two fastest times advanced. Dunn has the hurdles final, along with Dorchester's senior women's 4x100-metre relay final.
June 1, 2017
BELLEVILLE, ON. - Katie Beaudry and Emily Branderhorst have been familiar faces competing in women's high jump since grade nine. Now in grade 12, Lord Dorchester's Beaudry and Branderhorst, from London District Christian school, have become friends, pushing one another at every meet, year after year and usually sharing space on the podium. This year was no different, as Branderhorst and Beaudry finished one-two in the senior women's event, on day one of the OFSAA track and field championships, at Centennial high school.
May 27, 2017
LONDON, ON. - Anij Sparenberg is heading to OFSAA as a double qualifier. The Parkside CI athlete placed second in both the midget women's javelin and discus, with personal best throws in each event, at the OFSAA West regional track and field meet, at TD Stadium. Katie Beaudry, of Dorchester, is also a double qualifier, finishing second in the senior women's 400-metre hurdles, a day after placing second in high jump. East Elgin Secondary's Oakley Potter, in junior men's javelin, Parkside's Jared Parkin, in midget men's discus and Dorchester's Victoria Quance, in junior women's pole vault, each placed fourth in their respective events, on day two of the regional meet. Over the two days at the regional meet, 10 athletes including a relay team, from Dorchester and Elgin County schools, placed in the top four, qualifying for OFSAA, June 1-3, in Belleville.
May 26, 2017
LONDON, ON. - Megan Dunn and the Beaudry sisters, Megan and Katie, are heading to their fourth provincial high school track and field championships. Each of the three Lord Dorchester secondary school athletes qualified for OFSAA, in an individual senior women's event, at the OFSAA West regional meet, at TD Stadium. Megan Beaudry finished second in the 400 metres, Katie, second in high jump and Dunn, fourth in the 100-metre hurdles. Then the trio concluded day one of the meet, teaming with Emma McKnight, to place third in the senior women's 4x100-metre relay race.
May 19, 2017
LONDON, ON. - They continue to be the queens of the relay races. For the past three years, Lord Dorchester has racked up the wins totalling in the double digits for the women's relays, including winning OFSAA gold in the open 4x400-metre relay, last year and in 2014.
May 19, 2017
LONDON, ON. - Cole Barnes, Hayden Bell, Emma McKnight, Olivia Robinson, Sarah Ashby and Katie and Megan Beaudry, all share something in common. Each won an event, at the Western Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association (WOSSAA) track and field championships, at TD Stadium.
May 19, 2017
LONDON, ON. – Cole Barnes is back. Following a year away from the track due to a groin injury, the St. Joseph’s sprinter is returning to the form that made him a double bronze medalist at OFSAA in 2015. Barnes won the senior men’s 200 metres, a day after finishing second in the 100 metre sprint, at the Western Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association (WOSSAA) track and field championships.
May 12, 2017
LONDON, ON. - Elgin County schools still had their share of highlights, merging with London schools, in the newly formed TVRA track and field championships, at TD Stadium.
May 3, 2017
WOODSTOCK, ON. - Megan Dunn continues to show why the Wofford College Terriers from South Carolina recruited her for a scholarship.
Dunn led the Lord Dorchester Beavers, at the Woodstock Spring Classic track and field meet, hosted at College Avenue secondary school, winning both the senior women's 200 metre sprint (26.63 seconds) and javelin (30.65 metres) and placing second in the 100-metre hurdles (15.44 sec.).
Zachary Earhart won the senior men's 400 metres (52.73 sec.) and placed fourth in the 200 (24.11 sec.) Emma McKnight was second in both the junior women's 200 metres (28.08 sec.) and long jump (4.28m). Thrower Sarah Ashby placed second in junior women's discus (25.67m), third in shot put (10.55m) and fifth in javelin (23.45m).
Other top five results: Victoria Quance, second, junior women's pole vault (2.40m); Aidan Rand, third, junior men's pole vault (2.40m); Colson Erb, fourth, junior men's 3000m (10:06.44); Kristen Bisschop, fifth, junior women's discus (23.38m); Emma Lavoie, midget women's pole vault (1.82m); Thomas Hertner, fifth, senior men's shot put (11.19m); Katie McDonald, fifth, junior women's long jump (4.00m), fifth, 80-metre hurdles (14.69 sec.).
May 3, 2017
WOODSTOCK, ON. – Cole Barnes led the St. Joseph’s Rams winning the senior men’s 200 metres, in 22.98 seconds, at the Woodstock Spring Classic track and field meet, at College Avenue secondary school. Joey Hardy finished second in the open men’s 2-km steeplechase (6:52.77), while Jordan Palmer was second, in the senior men’s 400 metres (53.76 seconds). Kyle Luyt placed fourth in the senior men’s 3000 metres (9:50.09).
April 30, 2017
LONDON, ON. – St. Josph's Cole Barnes won both the senior boys' 100 (10.99 seconds) and 200 metre (22.55 sec.) sprints, at the Forest City Mustang track and field meet, at Western University. Kyleigh Stubbs was third in the senior girls' 800 metres (2:28.6), and Joey Hardy, sixth in the senior boys' 3000.velin (48.45m).
April 30, 2017
LONDON, ON. - Megan Dunn won the senior girls' 400 metre sprint and 100-metre hurdles and placed second in javelin (31.39 metres), at the Forest City Mustang track and field meet, at Western University. Dunn ran the 400 in a minute flat and 14.75 seconds for hurdles.
Emma McKnight finished second in the junior girls' 100 metres (13.04 sec.), Victoria Quance landed second in junior girls' pole vault (2.45m) and Thomas Hertner was fourth in senior boys' shot put..
April 27, 2017
LONDON, ON. - Sarah Ashby won junior girls' discus (24.96m), placed third in shot put (11.33m) and was eighth in javelin. Emma McKnight won the junior girls' 100m (13.40 sec.) sprint, while Megan Dunn had the best leap in senior girls' long jump (5.40m). Megan Beaudry was fourth in the senior girls' 100 metres and Grace Downing, sixth, in junior girls' shot put (21.29m).
April 27, 2017
LONDON, ON. – The Cole Barnes was the top finisher for the St. Joseph’s Rams, winning the senior boys’ 100-metre race (11.35 sec.) Kyleigh Stubbs finished second in the senior girl’s 1500 (5:32.81) and fourth in the 800. Jordan Palmer was third in the senior boys’ 800 and Savanna Cronk, third, in senior girls’ high jump.
April 19, 2017
GUELPH, ON. -
Several familiar names led the Lord Dorchester Beavers at their first track and field meet of the 2017 season. Eleven LDSS athletes combined for 15 top five performances at the Royal City Invitational, at St. James high school. Event winners were Megan Dunn (insert photo), senior girls' javelin; Katie Beaudry, senior girls' high jump; Sarah Ashby, junior girls' shot put and Zachary Earhart, senior boys' 400 metres. Megan Beaudry finished second in both the senior girls' 200 and 400 metre sprints.Emma McKnight placed second in the junior girls' long jump and third in the 200 metres. Mikayla Vanyolai finished in the junior girls' 200 metres. Colson Erb was third, in both the junior boys 800 and 1500 metres. The senior girls' 4x100-metre relay team of Dunn, McKnight and the Beaudry sisters, won their race in 49.82
November, 5, 2016
PORT HOPE, ON. - The St. Joseph's senior boys team wrapped up this year’s cross country season, placing 10th at the OFSAA championships, held at Trinity College school. The meet featured the top 38 high school teams in the province, with each race averaging 300 runners. Joey Hardy led the St. Joe’s team, finishing 64th.
November 5, 2016
PORT HOPE, ON. - Lord Dorchester cross country coach James Tennant is a proud father. His daughter Mary, placed 29th, in a field of 284 runners for the midget girls' race, at the OFSAA cross country championships, running for London Catholic Central High.
October, 27, 2016
LONDON, ON. - The St. Joseph’s Rams came up big, winning the overall girls, senior girls and senior boys team titles, at the Western Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association (WOSSAA) cross country championships, held at Springbank Park. The overall banner is a first for the St. Thomas school. The senior boys and senior girls now head for OFSAA, the provincial meet, Saturday November 5, in Port Hope.
October, 19, 2016
NILESTOWN, ON. - An injured toe failed to prevent Jaxon Nolte from leading Dorchester's midget boys to a team title at the Thames Valley Regional Athletics Tri-County cross country championships. Nolte won the midget boys race, which featured a 1-2-3 finish for Dorchester.
September, 22, 2016
LONDON, ON. - Not only did Marcel Scheele win his senior boys' race, the St. Marys Salukis runner crossed the finish line 25 seconds ahead of everybody else, at the Fanshawe Invitational cross country meet.
June 5, 2016
WINDSOR, ON. - Dorchester raced to their second
gold medal in the women's 4x4 relay, in three years, at the OFSAA track and
field championships. The gold medals sandwich last year's silver medal. This
year's race was a wire to wire win.
May 28, 2016
CAMBRIDGE, ON. - If it isn't an OFSAA
regional first, it's certainly a
rare occurrence. The Lord Dorchester secondary school's women's
4x400-metre relay team, of Megan Dunn, Dana Earhart, Megan and Katie
Beaudry, defended their OFSAA west regional title, winning the race for
the third consecutive year, at Jacob Hespeler Secondary School.
May 28, 2016
CAMBRIDGE, ON. - It has been quite a debut season for Emma McKnight.
The Grade nine sprinter heads to the OFSAA track and field championships for three events.
McKnight finished second in both the midget women's 100 and 200 metre races and
helped the senior women place second, in the 4x100-metre relay, during the OFSAA
west regional meet,
at Jacob Hespeler Secondary School.
May 20, 2016
LONDON, ON. - For the third consecutive year Lord
Dorchester wins the overall girls title, at the Western Ontario Secondary School
Athletic Association (WOSSAA) track and field meet, held at Western University.
LDSS sends thirteen females to the OFSAA West regional meet.
May 11, 2016
ST. THOMAS - Christina Hertner almost quit track and
field. But after a year away from the sport, Hertner not only returns, she is
setting lofty goals. The Lord Dorchester secondary school athlete won the senior
girls' shot put and placed second, in discus, at the Thames Valley Regional
Tri-County track and field championships, at Parkside Collegiate.
June 6, 2015
TORONTO, ON. - Katie Beaudry glanced around the infield, took a breath,
exhaled and calmly expressed, 'It's finally over'. The
16-year Lord Dorchester Secondary school athlete had reason to be exhausted
following three events within four hours, at the top track and field meet of the
high school season, the OFSAA championships.
June 6, 2015
TORONTO, ON. - The ladies continue to keep Lord Dorchester well known throughout the province.
Six females combined for nine top eight performances, including two gold medals from para-athlete Madison Wilson-Walker, at the OFSAA
track and field championships, at Varsity Stadium, June 4-6.
May 30, 2015
LONDON, ON. - Katie Beaudry made a crucial third attempt, Megan Dunn stayed in her land and Dana Earhart kept her position. This trio of LDSS athletes each overcame challenges at the regional track and field meet at Western University, qualifying for
provincial high school meet, the OFSAA championships.
LONDON, ON. - The return
of pole vault coach Paul White was a welcome sight at the Lord Dorchester track and field practice.
After a one year absence, the pole vault team was alive again with seven enthusiastic athletes,
at the regional track and field championships.
May 23, 2015
LONDON, ON. - There was no stopping Lord Dorchester's women.
A quartet of familiar faces combined for 11 top two performances helping the Dorchester Beavers take the overall women's team title, at the WOSSAA
track and field championships, at Western University. May 22/23.
June 8, 2014
MISSISSAUGA, ON. -
There are five OFSAA champions walking around Lord Dorchester secondary school this week.
Morgan Hendriks, Megan Dunn, sisters Katie and Megan Beaudry and Madison Wilson Walker won gold medals at the
provincial high school track and field championships, in Mississauga.
WINDSOR, ON. - A historic season for the Lord Dorchester Beavers' track and field
Eight females will represent the high school at the OFSAA championships, June 5 to 7, in Mississauga.
Dana Earhart, Emily Ashby, Megan Dunn, Morgan Hendriks, Madison Wilson-Walker and twins Megan and
Katie Beaudry, will compete on the provincial stage.
LONDON, ON. - School
track and field records are dropping like dead flies for the Lord Dorchester
Beavers. Four new marks were set by athletes at the WOSSAA track and field championships at Western University, May 22/23.
The top five in each event advance to the OFSAA West regional meet, May 30/31, in Windsor.
WOODSTOCK, ON. - The Lord
Dorchester Beavers' women cleaned up at the first championship meet of the
season. The ladies handily captured the overall team title, winning every
division on the female side, midget, junior, senior, open and ambulatory, at the Thames Valley Regional Athletics (TVRA) Tri-County championships, at College Avenue Secondary School.
DORCHESTER, ON. - It has
become the most memorable meet in the track career of Hillary Taylor.