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2019 TVRA track and field

 Eagles bring surprise with expected


   Nagelhout wins three events in TVRA debut while Knelsen adds to running resume

   Parkside's Basson breaks records in midget boys' 800 and 1500 metres and

   Titans' De Sousa, Onyema and Parkside's Roth, Stanat capture double gold


Friday May 17, 2019


  • TVRA track and field
  • TVRA track and field
  • TVRA track and field
  • TVRA track and field
  • TVRA track and field
  • TVRA track and field
  • TVRA track and field
  • TVRA track and field
  • TVRA track and field
  • TVRA track and field
  • TVRA track and field




By Rob J. Ross 

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's 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.

"I have to go back a bit to think of somebody. Usually everybody has that one kid that knocks them off from three firsts," said Loney, recalling dozens of athletes coached over the years. "It's hard to do with the scheduling and how the events conflict with each other. Definitely a rare feat for Julie."

Adding to the incredible feat, is Nagelhout just recently started focusing on long jump and the TVRA meet, her first one throwing the javelin.

"That was my first time ever competing in it. I just decided to do it for this (TVRA) and I only had two practices," said Nagelhout, who won the event with a best throw of 29.26 metres. "I was doing it for fun and it went well."

Nagelhout won javelin by three and half metres and wasn't too far from the meet record for Tri-County, of 30.85 metres.

In triple jump, Nagelhout made a 23 centimetre improvement on her personal best, winning the event with a leap of 10.18 metres.

"I've been working on triple jump for awhile, so it was something I wanted to do well in. I reached my goal for it, over 10 metres."

Her golden leap in long jump was 4.92 metres.

Nagelhout surprised Loney with her results, but coming into the season, the graduate of Summer's Corners school, had a reputation of being a really good all-around athlete.

"She's just starting out, but she's so coachable, so when she gets more refined in her technique, she'll take off," said Loney. "She's a sponge. You show her something once and she picks it up, which is rare."

It's still early in her career, but Loney can vision Nagelhout going down the path of becoming a heptathlete.

While Nagelhout raised eyebrows at her first championship meet, fellow Eagles Hallee Knelsen and Nathaniel Abell added to their resumes.

Knelsen handily won both the junior girls' 800 and 1500 metre races, almost breaking a 12-year old meet record in the 800.

"I came so close. It's kind of like getting fourth in a race," said Knelsen, who finished in 2:14.76, 11 seconds ahead of the field and just off Jessica Parry's record mark of 2:14.69. "The wind was very bad in the home stretch. I feel if I didn't have that I could have changed it up a bit."

Knelsen cruised to win the 1500 by 22 seconds.

Her season goal for both races is a return to OFSAA, where last year Knelsen won bronze medal in the 800 metres.

Abell won the open boys' two kilometre steeplechase and finished fifth, in the senior boys' 3000 metres and ninth in the 1500 metres.

"Nathaniel is cursed as he's in a really good group of runners from WOSSAA," Loney said. "He's been battling those guys for five years. If he was born a year earlier or a year later, he'd be going to OFSAA most years."

The Eagles have 10 athletes heading to WOSSAA.

"We have a good bunch of kids with a good work ethic and they're fun to work with. They're really coachable," said Loney.


Basson sets two Tri-County marks

Parkside Stampeder Mason Basson is crediting his coach, Harry Stantsos, for a gold medal, won in midget boys' high jump.

"I tried my hardest to listen to my coach's advice. That I need to drive my knee up and lift my head back, then I can have a lot more arch in my back," said Basson, who cleared an event best 1.71 metres, also a school record for midget boys. "It helped a lot."

Basson may have jumped higher but stopped due to slippery conditions in front of the mat. He'll wait until WOSSAA to attempt break his personal best height of 1.75 metres, set last year while competing for Sparta elementary school.

Basson did set new marks for Tri-County schools, in the midget boys' 800 and 1500 metres.

 Up until two years ago, Tri-County (schools from Elgin, Oxford and Middlesex counties) and London based schools had separate TVRA meets. Although the two meets are now one, separate records are still kept.

In the 800, Basson broke the 36-year old Tri-County mark held by Tim Hoyland, of Ingersoll DCI, winning in 2:05.41, just off the meet record time of 2:04.01.

Basson lowered the Tri-County record time to 4:18.37, in the 1500 metres, finishing second to London Central's Heath McAllister (4:17.85). Sitting in fourth position with about 500 metres remaining, Basson made a move, passing his rivals from St. Joe's, Harrison Belanger and Aiden Coles and pushing McAllister for the lead.

"I thought I need to make my move now as I wasn't going to catch him later," Basson said. "I should have been closer to him and kicked faster, but I almost ended up catching up. It was good. I wasn't expecting to beat him, as he's an OFSAA champion for cross country."

McAllister and Basson were about 13 seconds ahead of Coles, who placed third.

Seven athletes, from Elgin County, including Nagelhout, Knelsen and Basson, won multiple events at TVRAA.

Central Elgin Titan Hannah Onyema won both junior girls' shot put and discus.

"Discus was my best, 30.03 metres. That was a PB for me. It felt good. Something clicked and I got a really good throw in," said Onyema, who was not quite as satisfied about her 11.18 metre throw in shot put. "That was not my best throw. I was hoping to be a bit farther, but next time."

Her season goal is a return to OFSAA.

"It'll be working on minor things," Onyema said. "For shot put, it's getting my leg under me and for discus, just keeping it inside the sectors. It's kind of a big thing for me."

Fellow Titan Tayah De Sousa brought home gold in the junior girls' 80-metre hurdles and long jump and finished second in the 100 metre sprint. All of De Sousa's events fell on day one of the meet, including the junior girls' 4x100-metre relay race, which the Titans placed fifth.

De Sousa lowered the meet record time in the hurdles during the heats, from 11.70 seconds to 11.66. She won the final in 11.72 seconds.

Michael Roth, of Parkside CI, won both the senior boys' 200 metres and 400 metres, the latter setting a Tri-County record of 49.55 seconds. Roth finished second in the 400-metre hurdles.

Parkside's AJ Stanat won junior boys' discus and shot put.

Below are the WOSSAA qualifiers from the area.





De Sousa

De Sousa

Double gold medalists Hannah Onyema and Tayah De Sousa lead the Central Elgin Titans, with eight athletes and a relay team, heading to WOSSAA.

Tayah De Sousa, first, junior girls' long jump (5.09m), first, 80m hurdles (11.72 sec.), second, 100 metres (13.10 sec.); Hannah Onyema, first, junior girls' shot put (11.18m), first, discus (30.03m); Sydney Gee, second, junior girls' javelin (30.00m), fifth, 400m (1:05.19), ninth, long jump (4.33m); Camryn Roth, fifth, midget girls' 100m (13.93 sec.), sixth, 200m (29.33); Nick Estepa, seventh, midget boys' 200m (26.69 sec.);  Allison Vandyk, seventh, senior girls' shot put (8.23m); Simran Patel, seventh, junior girls' shot put (9.14m); Quinlan Bundschuh, 10th, senior girls' 400m (54.99 sec.); junior girls' 4x100-metre relay race, fifth (54.14 sec.).





The Beavers had four athletes, Brianna Rand, Hannah Freer, Dilpreet Sandhu and Owen Pink, win events at TVRA and send 17 athletes and two relay teams to WOSSAA.

Brianna Rand, first, midget girls' 300m hurdles (48.96 sec.), third, triple jump (9.95m), 10th, 400m (1:08.39); Hannah Freer, first, midget girls' discus (23.82m), third, pole vault (2.45m), fourth, shot put (9.57m);  Dilpreet Sadnhu, first, junior boys' 800m (2:09.93), seventh, 400m (56.57 sec.); Owen Pink, first, junior boys; 1500m (4:24.14), third, 3000m (9:36.47); Connor Erb, second, junior boys' 1500m (4:27.98), second, 3000m (9:32.44); Eric McLellan, second, junior men's javelin (42.18m); Colson Erb, second, senior boys' 800m (1:57.11), sixth, 1500m (4:10.69); Sarah Ashby, second, senior girls' shot put (10.42m), seventh, discus (23.67m); Nolan Smith, second, junior boys' long jump (5.81m), third, triple jump (11.41m);  Josh Smith, second, junior boys' 400m (53.52), fourth, 200m (25.19 sec.); Leaha Johnston, third, junior girls' javelin (29.14m), sixth, discus (22.56m); Evan Gillies, third, junior boys' pole vault (2.90m), eighth, 800m (2:20.19); Micah Coyle, fourth, midget boys' 300m hurdles (58.56 sec.); Abbey Downing, fourth, junior girls' pole vault (2.15m); Aiden Currah, fifth, junior boys' pole vault (2.60m); Jonathan Ledgley, sixth, junior boys' 3000m (10:53.02), seventh, 1500m (4:55.45); Ruby Sebinagna, 10th, junior girls' triple jump (8.42m); open boys 4x400m relay team, sixth (3:43.02); junior boys' 4x100m relay team, sixth (49.61 sec.).




Triple gold medalist Julie Nagelhout lead the East Elgin Eagles, who have 10 athletes and a relay team advancing.

Julie Nagelhout, first, midget girls' long jump (4.92m); first, triple jump (10.18m), first, javelin (29.26m); Hallee Knelsen, first, 800m (2:14.76 *Tri-County record); first, 1500m (4:57.25); Nathaniel Abell, first, open boys' steeplechase (6:25.52), fifth, senior boys' 3000m (9:12.18), ninth, 1500m (4:16.98); Adam Dekraker, third, triple jump (11.94m), 10th, senior boys long jump (5.63m); Caitlin Evely, fourth, senior girls' 400m hurdles (1:15.33), seventh, 100m hurdles (18.88 sec.); Danny Wiebe, sixth, senior boys' high jump (1.70m); Gwen Martens, seventh, senior girls' long jump (4.51m), eighth, 100m (13.86 sec.); Kayla Froese, eighth, senior girls; 400m hurdles (1:16.51); Earen Klassens, fifth, junior girls' 400m (1:03.35); ninth, 200m (28.61 sec.); Kolbie Wall, ninth, junior boys' 1500m (4:59.68), eighth, 3000m (10:59.1); open boys' 4x400m relay, 10th (4:48.98);





The Stampeders are led by a trio of double gold medalists, senior Michael Roth, winner of the senior men's 200 and 400 metres races, junior AJ Stanat, champion of discus and shot put and freshman Mason Basson, who broke Tri-County records in the midget boys' 800 and 1500-metres races.

Michael Roth, first, senior men's 200m (22.83 sec.), first, 400m (49.55 sec. *TriCounty record), second, 400m hurdles (58.07 sec.); AJ Stanat, first, midget men's shot put (13.48m), first, discus (44.33m); Mason Basson, first, midget boys' 800m (2:05.41 *Tri-Country record), first, high jump (1.71m), second, 1500m (4:18.37 *Tri-Country record); AJ Stanat, first, junior boys' shot put (15.77m), first, discus (49.25m); Jared Parkin, second, senior boys' shot put (13.16m), fifth, discus (38.42m); Bradley Grignard, third, long jump (6.14m), seventh, senior boys' 100m (11.94 sec.); Brady Fodor, sixth, senior boys' shot put (12.17m), seventh, discus (34.18m); Zachary Copeland, sixth, senior boys' discus (36.87m), sixth, javelin (4.72m); Cole Palmer, sixth, midget boys' discus (25.01m); Justin Cole, seventh, junior boys' 3000m (10:57.88); Paige Gocan, seventh, midget girls' triple jump (9.46m); Vincent Moore, eighth, midget boys' 1500m (4:46.35); Connor Mills, eighth, junior boys' discus (29.54m); David Payne, ninth, junior boys 800m (2:22.07), ninth, 3000m (10:59.7), 10th, 1500m (5:00.57); Liam Briggs, 10th, senior boys' shot put (11.14m); senior boys' 4x100m relay, second (44.73 sec.).



D Belanger

The Rams advance 17 athletes to WOSSAA, including Ethan Colby and Dylen Belanger, who both won an event and qualified for two.

Ethan Colby, first, midget boys' 200m (25.3 sec.); fourth, 100m (12.11 sec.); Dylen Belanger, first, 300m hurdles (49.42 sec.), fourth, midget boys' 100m hurdles (18.64 sec.); Claireese Coffey, second, midget girls' triple jump (10.14m), fourth, long jump (4.65m); Aiden Coles, second, midget boys' 3000m (10:03.49), third, 1500m (4:31.11); Harrison Belanger, second, midget boys' 800m (2:07.85), fourth, 1500m (4:32.64); Brent Hagerty, third, midget boys' 800, (2:13.28), ninth, open boys' steeplechase (7:18.71); Cerena Aitken Guignard, third, 3000m (12:16.82), sixth, midget girls' 800m (2:35.13), fourth, 1500m (5:23.72);  Nathaniel Dresser, fourth, midget boys' high jump (1.65m), ninth, triple jump (10.59m); Diego Alban-Gasca, fourth, Intellectual boys' 100m (17.89 sec.); James Hill, fifth, 3000m (10:32.41), ninth, midget boys' 1500m (4:47.00); Megan Vanlingen, sixth, midget girls' 3000m (12:48.85); Arielle Aitken Guignard, seventh, midget women's 3000m (12:56.12); Lauren Martin, seventh, midget girls' high jump (1.35m); Diago Silva, seventh, midget boys' discus (23.98m); Grace Gillet, seventh, senior girls' 3000m (12:12.00); Jack Stubbs, eighth, junior boys' 100m (12.47 sec.); Emma Kebbel, 10th, senior girls' 3000m (13:00.74).


Matthew Magrath, fifth, midget boys' long jump (5.24m), seventh, triple jump (10.67m); Lydia Jocius, ninth, senior women's discus (19.2m);


Brad McAlpine, third, discus (32.53m), fourth, midget boys' shot put (9.93m), fifth, javelin (34.30m); Adrian Barnes, eighth, junior boys' triple jump (10.34m); Braxton Haggith, ninth, junior boys' shot put (11.33m)


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