By Rob J. Ross
Friday, May 19, 2017
LONDON, Ont. - Cole Barnes, Hayden Bell, Emma McKnight, Olivia Robinson, Sara Ashby and Katie and Megan Beaudry, all share something in common.
Each of them was an individual event winner, at the Western Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association (WOSSAA) track and field championships, at TD Stadium, May 18/19.
For complete results, visit WOSSAA.
The Beaudry twins were also part of Lord Dorchester's winning open women's 4x400-metre and senior women's 4x100-metre relay teams.
The top six in all events, advance to the OFSAA West regional meet, May 26/17, at TD Stadium. From there the top four move on to the OFSAA championships, June 1-3, in Belleville.
Barnes was the fastest in the senior men's 200 metres, clocking in at 22.39 seconds, a day after finishing in the 100-metre sprint (11.66 sec).
The St. Joseph's sprinter returns to the track after missing last season due to injury. Two years ago Barnes, set the WOSSAA record in the junior 100 metres (10.89 sec.).
On a windy day one of the meet, Bell managed a personal best height, winning senior men's high jump, clearing 1.92 metres. Adding to this achievement was the fact the Central Elgin Titan ran the 110-metre hurdles final and qualified, while the high jump competition continued.
Bell missed his first attempt at 1.70 metres, before leaving to run the hurdles final. When he returned the bar was set at 1.83 metres, above his personal height of 1.80.
Leading an East Elgin Eagle contingent of nine individuals and two relay teams to regionals, is Robinson, who took the junior womens' high jump title. Robinson and Tia Christensen,from London Oakride, both cleared 1.52 metres, but the tie-breaker of fewer misses at lower heights decided first place.
Robinson joined Kayla Pallett, Caitlin Evely and Leedell Spronger, on the junior women's 4x100-metre relay team that crossed the finish line second, in 53.46 seconds, behind London Mother Teresa.
Pallett also placed third, in the junior women's 200 meters sprint (26.98 sec.) and fourth, in the 100 (14.01 sec). Evely grabbed the sixth and final qualifying spot in the junior women's 80-metre hurdles (13.89 sec.).
East Elgin's junior men's 4x100-metre relay team, which placed sixth, features Oakley Potter, Darren Catt, Rick Damen and Nathan Baughman.
Three of the four qualified in individual events. Potter placed fifth in junior men's javelin, setting a personal best of 42.67 metres and sixth in the 100-metre hurdles (18.73 seconds). Catt was fifth in the 400 metres (54.68 sec.), while Damen landed sixth in triple jump (11.33m).
Other East Elgin qualifiers are: Kendra Cornelissen, fourth, senior women's shot put (10.26m), fifth, discus (30.59m); Adam Dekraker, fifth, midget men's 100-metre hurdles, fifth, triple jump (11.37m); Nathaniel Abell, fifth, junior men's 3000m (9:36.15), sixth, open men's 2-km steeplechase (6:47.23).
The Beaudrys left WOSSAA being three time winners and four event qualifiers, including being part of both Dorchester's open women's 4x400-metre and senior women's 4x100-metre relay teams. McKnight and Megan Dunn complete the 4x1 team, while Dunn and Bethany Hiemstra are part of the quartet.
McKnight and Ashby, both junior women from Dorchester, took the 100-metre sprint and shot put titles, respectively.
Parkside sends a team of 10 athletes on to regionals, including six throwers in seven events, led by Anij Sparenberg and Zachary Copeland, who both had two place results.
Sparenberg threw the second farthest in midget women's javelin, at 28.74 meters and tossed out the third best distance in midget women's discus (26.05m).
Copeland was second in midget men's discus with a best toss of 38.82 metres.
Also qualifying: Chase Cookson, third, junior men's discus (39.06 metres), sixth, javelin (40.89m); Michael Roth, fourth, midget men's 200m (24.35 seconds), fourth, 400m (55.69 sec.); Samantha Brown, fifth, midget women's 200m (27.94 sec.); Kenzie Smyth, third high jump (1.45m), fourth, midget women's 80-metre hurdles (13.43 sec.) Mack Watson, fifth, midget men's javelin (37.37m); Joseph Gillespie, fifth, junior men's discus (37.14m); Steve Fodor, sixth, junior men's shot put (12.12m);
West Elgin's Mallory Hooghiem just missed a spot at regionals, placing seventh in senior women's javelin.
Marlow Carter qualified third, in senior men's javelin (46.12 metres).