AO U18/Open indoor provincials 2020

 St. Thomas Legion wins U20 team title


   Club brings home 10 medals from Athletics Ontario indoor track and field meet

Tuesday, March 3, 2020


STT Legion

St. Thomas Legion Club's gold medal winning men's U20 1600-metre medley relay team is, clockwise from top left, Mason Basson, Bailey Couch, Michael Roth, Dylen Belanger. (photo / courtesy St. Thomas Legion Club)

By Rob J. Ross 

TORONTO, ON. - St. Thomas Legion is among the best track and field clubs in the province.

The local club won the team title and brought home 10 medals, at Athletics Ontario Under-20 (junior) indoor track and field championships, February 29-March 1.

STL accomplished the feat with only two athletes actually in the junior age bracket. The remainder of the team were U18 athletes competing up an age group.

Hallee Knelsen brought home three silver medals, with indoor personal best (PB) times, in the women's 400 (57.70 seconds), 800 (2:10.26) and 1500-metre (4:37.95) races.

In all three races, it was nearly a photo finish for the gold. Pickering's Cassandra Williamson won both the 800 (2:09.58) and 1500 (4:37.05), while Krystal Bechard from Tecumseh, took the 400 metres (56.71 sec.)

Tayah DeSousa won the U20 long jump (5.59 metres), increasing her PB distance and club record in the event. DeSousa finished third in the 60-metre hurdles (8.84 sec.), lowering her PB and setting a new club record. She also set a PB in the 60-metre dash (7.95 sec.).

Michael Roth finished second in the U20 men's 400-metre run (50.01 sec.) and third, in the 200-metre dash (22.44 sec.), setting personal best times in both events.

Roth, Dylen Belanger, Bailey Couch and Mason Basson, won the U20 men's 1600-metre medley relay race, in 3:38.83.

Basson improved his PB times in both the 800 (1:58.53) and 1500 (4:11.93) metre races, finishing fourth and 11, respectively. His 1500 metre time is a new club record. Basson brought home the gold medal in the relay, running the final 800 metres.

Dylen Belanger lowered his PB times in both the 60-metre dash (7.55 sec.) and 400 metres (54.07 sec.). Belanger was the lead runner on the golden relay team.

Couch placed fifth in both men's shot put (12.07m) and the 60-metre hurdles (8.57 sec.). Couch ran the second 200-metre leg on the relay team.

Harrison Belanger lowered his PB time in the 800-metres by three seconds (2:00.33), on the verge of a sub two minute run.

Claireese Coffey leaped over 10 metres for the first time indoors, setting a PB in women's triple jump (10.07m).

Justin Cole shaved off five seconds in the men's 1500 metres (4:36.01).

Taiya Freeman in her first competition, set a PB in women's long jump (4.21m).

Two STL athletes competed in the AO U16 provincials, occurring simultaneously with the U20s.

Fox Gray won a bronze medal in the men's 300-metre dash, setting a PB and new club record, at 38.21 seconds. Gray also set PBs in the 60-metre dash (7.53 sec.) and 200 metre sprint (24.51 sec.

Lynsey Last improved her PB in the women's 300 metres by three seconds (46.91 sec.) and in the 200 metres (29.02 sec.).


McIntyre wins U16 2K

Hannah McIntyre, of Dorchester, won the 2000-metre run (6:49.86), at the U16 championships occurring simultaneously with the U20s. McIntyre finished 17th, in the U20 1500-metre run (4:56.68).

Owen Pink and Connor Erb, out of Dorchester, finished 21st (4:15.29) and 25th (4:17.59) respectively, in the U20 1500 metres.

Erb was 14th, in the U20 3000-metre run (9:15.67), while Pink was 17th (9:20.17).

Brianna Rand, a 15-year old from Dorchester competing with London-Western club, placed 13th, in the U20 200-metre dash (26.58 sec.), 15th in the 400 metres (1:00.88) and 20th, in the 60-metre dash (8.15 sec.)

Aiden Coles, of St. Thomas, was seventh, in both the U20 1500 (4:07.42) and 3000 (8:59.18) metre runs. Tristan Coles, was 13th in both the 1500 (4;15.29) and 3000 (9:20.17). The brothers who attend St. Joe's high school, train with London-Western club.






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