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2019 WOSSAA track and field

 Parkside's Roth healthy and on track


   The first year senior wins two races and places second in a third event at

   WOSSAA track and field putting last year's injury behind him


Friday May 24, 2019


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By Rob J. Ross 

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.

 WOSSAA day one

"It wasn't a great start but I caught him at the end of the back stretch," said Roth, on his win in the 200 metres, finishing in 22.01 seconds ahead of Clinton St. Anne's Callum Robinson (22.19 sec.).

 Roth advances in all three races, to the OFSAA West regional meet, May 31-June 1, at Jacob Hespeler Secondary School, in Cambridge.

A year ago, a lower body injury at the regional meet derailed his junior season, but Roth has returned stronger and wiser, but with same hopes of reaching OFSAA.

"I'm just trying to make it to the end (OFSAA). Last year I didn't do that. There's motivation to get back and redeem myself and then see what happens (at OFSAA)," said Roth, a first year senior. "I'm feeling really good. I keep getting better every time. I'm improving, so hopefully I can carry on. I've got stronger, ate better, worked out more, all of that stuff. I am more fit."

Parkside coach Harry Stantsos believes Roth has faster times in him.

"Mike is in good shape right now. I'm thinking he should be breaking 49 seconds soon in the 400 metres (run). He's looking really good. He's in good form," said Stantsos. "He ran his third 400 hurdles race ever. It was good to see him PB by a second. He had a couple difficult hurdles but nothing huge."

Everyone in Roth's camp is monitoring the runner's condition after each race.

"We're hoping to keep him healthy and that's the main thing. Don't want to happen to him what happened last year," said Stantsos

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.

"I was staying comfortable behind (St. Joe's) Harrison (Belanger) and I made my move with 300 (metres) left. I tried to finish strong and it was better than I expected," said Basson of his 800 run. "It feels good. Going into track I didn't expect to do as great as I'm doing now. But I've learned a lot and I'm getting better."

Basson continues to strengthen his 1500 race, attempting to push London Central's Heath McAllister, the race winner

"I'm hoping to be even closer to him," Basson said. "I'm improving. I get more knowledge every time I race. My coach tells me the good things I did in my race and the bad things I did."

Basson won high jump with a measurement of 1.65 metres, but it was six centimetres lower than his winning height at TVRA.

"I kept jumping off of my wrong foot. I wasn't feeling too great."

Central Elgin Titan Hannah Onyema won junior women's shot put, while East Elgin Eagle Hallee Knelsen finished first in the junior women's 800 metre run, for their second golds of the meet. On day one, Onyema won discus and Knelsen, the 1500 metres.


Sandhu's redemption

Dorchester has two WOSSAA champions, with Brianna Rand the fastest in the midget women's 300-metre hurdles and Dilpreet Sandhu winning the junior men's 800 metres.

Sandhu used last year's disappointing finish in the midget men's 800 at WOSSAA, as motivation this time around. Sandhu pulled away from the field on the second lap, winning by three and half second, in 2:07.76.

"Last year I lost in the kick. I came sixth. I was first in the last 200 and then I lost. I trained all winter for this," said Sandhu. "It feels cool. It's a different feeling. I can't explain it. It's nice because I put in the work and then I got something out of it."

Sandhu gave shout outs to fellow junior runners at Dorchester and is thankful his family moved to Dorchester.

"(Connor Erb) pushes me everywhere I go and Owen (Pink) as well. Johnny (Ledgeley) is always making me laugh during the workouts. Mr. Tennant is just a great coach. He's always with us. We have a nice team," said Sandhu. "I used to live in Brampton and then I moved here. I'm quite happy that I moved. Second year in track and I'm a WOSSAA champion. It's been a good experience. Hopefully I can go to OFSAA from there (regionals), if I have a good race."

Rand won gold in the hurdles in 46.9 seconds, a personal best time that surprised her and coach Tennant.

"I didn't think I would get first but it feels really good," said Rand, a graduate of Northdale Central elementary. "It was one of my better races. My form wasn't that great but I was surprised. I thought it would be around 48 (seconds)."

Rand knows what needs work on for regionals.

"My arms when I'm going over because that will help bring my legs down faster. That'll help get me a faster time."

In her second event, Rand placed fourth in triple jump, with a personal best effort of 10.08 metres.

"She is a very nice athlete who is very coachable," Tennant said. "We started the hurdles because she has long legs and now we're cleaning up her technique. She's fast and she's learning the technique and she's progressing quite quickly. I didn't expect the 46. That's a nice surprise.

"If she does the same thing again and runs another 46, she'll have a really good chance at getting to OFSAA."

Erb and Pink are heading to regionals in two events, after finishing third (9:33.24) and fifth (9:53.04), respectively, in the junior men's 3000 metres. Both also qualified in the 1500 metres.

Dorchester's Leaha Johnston placed second, in junior women's javelin (31.34m).

St. Joseph's Rams Ethan Dolby won the midget men's 200-metre dash in 24.19 seconds.

Jadyn Luna, of Thorndale and student at Medway high school in Arva, placed third in both the midget women's 80-metre hurdles (13.79 sec.) and 300-metre hurdles (49.8 sec.) and fourth in the 200 metre dash (27.75 sec.).

Also a Medway student from Thorndale, Noah Grant placed third, in midget boys' triple jump (11.47m).

The top four at regionals advance to OFSAA, June 6-8, at the University of Guelph.



OFSAA West regional qualifiers and round up of results for entire teams





De Sousa

De Sousa

Double gold medalists Hannah Onyema and Tayah De Sousa lead the Central Elgin Titans.

Tayah De Sousa, first, junior women's long jump (5.00m), first, 80m hurdles (11.96 sec.), second, 100 metres (13.03 sec.); Hannah Onyema, first, junior women's shot put (11.8m), first, discus (30.71m); Sydney Gee, fourth, junior women's javelin (29.91m), fifth, 400m (1:05.19); junior women's 4x100-metre relay team, fifth (53.27 seconds).

Round up: Camryn Roth, sixth, midget women's 100m (13.59), seventh, 200m (28.46): Simran Patel, 11th, junior women's shot out (8.53m); Quinlan Bundschuh, 12th, senior men's 400 metres (55.44 sec.); Nick Estapa, 12th, midget men's 200m (26.96 sec.); Sydney Gee, 12th, junior women's 400m (1:07.31) 12th, long jump (4.16m); Allison Vandyk, 15th, senior women's shot put (7.52m).






Led by WOSSAA gold medalists Brianna Rand and Dilpreet Sandhu, the Beavers send 12 athletes to regionals.

Brianna Rand, first, midget women's 300m hurdles (46.9 sec.), fourth, triple jump (10.08m); Dilpreet Sandhu, first, junior men's 800m (2:07.76); Sarah Ashby, second, senior women's shot put (10.44m); Owen Pink, second, junior men's 1500m (4:18.75, fifth, 3000m (9:53.0); Leaha Johnston, second, junior women's javelin (31.34m);  Connor Erb, third, junior men's 1500 (4:19. 47) , third, 3000m (9:33.24); Colson Erb, third, senior men's 800 metres (1:56.55); Hannah Freer, third, midget women's discus (24.36m), fourth, pole vaul(2.15m); Evan Gillies, third, junior men's pole vault (2.95m); Abbey Downing, fourth, junior women's pole vault (2.35m); Josh Smith, fourth, junior men's 400 metre dash (54.03 sec.); Aiden Currah, fifth, junior men's pole vault (2.65m).

Round up - Nolan Smith, junior men's long jump (5.51m), sixth, triple jump (11.23m); Josh Smith, sixth, junior men's 200m (24.48 sec.) Leah Johnston, sixth, junior women's discus (24.35m); Aidan Currah, sixth, junior men's high jump (1.60m); Colson Erb, seventh, senior men's 1500m (4:10.74): Micah Coyle, seventh, midget men's 300m hurdles (54.27 sec.); Ruby Sebinagana, seventh, junior women's triple jump (9.91m); Evan Gillies, ninth, junior men's 800m (2:19.68); Jonathan Ledgley, ninth, junior men's 3000m (10:49.05), 12th, 1500m 94:54; Eric McLellan, ninth, junior men's javelin (37.22m); Dilpreet Sandhu, 10th, junior men's 400m (55.24; Sarah Ashby, 10th, senior women's discus (24.33m); Sean Reed, 11th, senior men's 400m (55.24 sec.); Aiden Good, 12th, junior men's 200m (25.59); Brianna Rand, 12th, midget women's 400m (1:08.3); Serena Beaudry, 15th, junior women's javelin (17.61m); Cole Webster, 15th, junior men's 800m (2:30.75).




Double gold medalist Hallee Knelsen leads the East Elgin Eagles to regionals.

Hallee Knelsen, first, junior women's 800m (2:14.07); first, 1500m (4:48.64); Julie Nagelhout, first, midget women's long jump (4.93m),  third, javelin (26.66m), fifth, triple jump (9.96m); Nathaniel Abell, second, open men's steeplechase (6:23.38); Earen Klassen, fifth, junior women's 200m dash (28.03 sec.); open women's 4x400-metre relay team, fifth (4:24.03).

Round up - Caitlyn Evely, sixth, senior women's 400m hurdles (1:13.53), seventh, 100m hurdles (18.28 sec.), 12th, 400m dash (1:08.14); Nathaniel Abell, seventh, senior men's 3000m (9:07.85); Adam Dekraker, seventh, senior men's triple jump (11.48m), eighth, long jump (5.92m); Kayla Froese, seventh, senior women's 400m hurdles (1:14.64), eighth, 100m hurdles (18.32 sec.); Danny Wiebe, seventh, senior women's high jump (1.70m); Earen Klassen, seventh, junior women's 400m dash (1:03.62); Gwen Martens, eighth, senior women's long jump (4.64m), 13th, 100m dash (13.92 sec.); Kolbie Wall, 10th, junior men's 3000m (10:45.23), 14th, 1500m (5:02.63); Riana Lowen, 11th, junior women's 300m hurdles (54.41 sec.); Sandra Vanderkooy, NH, senior women's pole vault; junior women's 4x100-metre relay team, 12th (57.13 sec.).





The Stampeders' contingent to regionals is led by a trio of double gold medalists, senior Michael Roth, junior AJ Stanat and midget Mason Basson.

Michael Roth, first, senior men's 200m (22.01 sec.), first, 400m (49.31 sec., second, 400m hurdles (58.02 sec.); AJ Stanat, first, junior men's shot put (15.07m), first, discus (52.18m); Mason Basson, first, midget boys' 800m (2:05.85), first, high jump (1.65m), second, 1500m (4:22.23);  Brady Fodor, fourth, senior men's shot put (13.12m); senior men's 4x100-meter relay team, fourth (45.05 sec.)

Round up -  Jared Parkin, sixth, senior boys' shot put (12.72m), sixth, discus (35.79m); Zachary Copeland, sixth, senior boys' discus (36.74m), ninth, javelin (39.76m); Brady Fodor, eighth, senior boys' discus (35.74m); Bradley Grignard, DNS, long jump, eighth, 100m dash (12.14 sec.); Connor Mills, eighth, junior boys' discus (31.82m); Vincent Moore, eighth, midget men's 1500m (4:39.83); Paige Gocan, ninth, midget girls' triple jump (9.23m); Cole Palmer, 11th, midget boys' discus (21.88m); Kaitlyn Pinnegar, midget women's long jump (4.20m); Justin Cole, 12th, junior boys' 3000m (10:54.17); Liam Briggs, 12th, senior boys' shot put (10.28m);  David Payne, 12th, junior boys 3000m (11:07.92), 13th, 800m (2:25.91), 15th, 1500m (5:04.86). 




Winner of the midget men's 200 metre dash final, Ethan Dolby leads St. Joseph's Rams' team of six athletes to regionals.

Ethan Dolby, first, midget men's 200m (24.19 sec.); Aiden Coles, second, midget men's 3000m (9:51.87), third, 1500m (4:26.91); Harrison Belanger, second, midget men's 800m (2:08.92; fourth, 1500m (4:28.78); Cerena Aitken Guignard, third, midget women's 3000m (11:37.24); Claireese Coffey, third, midget women's triple jump (10.17m); Brent Hagerty, third, midget men's 800m (2:12.05).


Round up -  Ethan Dolby, sixth, midget boys 100m (12.19 sec.); Jack Stubbs, sixth, junior men's 100m dash (12.21 sec.); James Hill, sixth, midget men's 3000m (10:11.21), ninth, 1500m (4:40.25); Cerena Aitken Guignard, seventh, 1500m (5:25.784); Lauren Martin, seventh, midget women's high jump (1.40m); Claireese Coffey, seventh midget women's long jump (4.31m); Arielle Aitken Guignard, eighth, midget women's 3000m (12:27.64); Nathaniel Dresser, eighth, midget men's high jump (1.60m), 10th, triple jump (10.69m); Diago Silva, ninth, midget men's discus (23.86m); Carter Walt, 10th, junior men's shot put (11.03m); Brent Hagerty, 10th, open men's steeplechase; Megan Vanlingen, 11th, midget women's 3000m (12:41.86); Dallas Cooper, 13th, midget women's 3000m (13:04.46); Chris Haasen, 14th, senior men's 800m run (2:19.67); Ryan Jeffery, 15th, midget men's 400m dash (1:04.54); open men's 4x400-metre relay team, 13th (4:03.78).


Round up - Matthew Magrath, 11th, midget boys' long jump (4.87m), 11th, triple jump (10.50m); Lydia Jocius, 13th, senior women's 40m hurdles (1:22.9), 16th, discus (18.48m).


Round up - Brad McAlpine, sixth, midget boys' shot put (10.59m), seventh, discus, (31.2m), ninth, javelin (32.29m); Braxton Haggith, 11th, junior boys' shot put (11.33m); Adrian Barnes, 12th, junior boys' triple jump (10.34m); Janelle Turner, 12th, midget women's 300m hurdles (54.09 sec.).



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