By Rob J. Ross
Friday, May 26, 2017
LONDON, Ont. - They have been to OFSAA three years running and now 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. The top four from each event qualify for OFSAA, June 1-3, in Belleville.
Megan Beaudry finished second in the 400 metres, Katie, second in high jump and Dunn, fourth in the 100-metre hurdles.
Complete OFSAA West results.
"It went good considering I wasn't sure how well I'd do and there's a lot good girls. I was trying to aim for top four. So second I'm really happy with," said Megan Beaudry, who finished in 57.54 seconds, behind champion Guelph Centennial's Ashlan Best. "The last 100 metres, I looked over and realized I was third, but I thought I could catch the one girl (Ally Oulds, Chatham-Kent) and I caught her at the end."
Both Megan and her sister Katie, have been recovering from leg injuries that have challenged and slowed them this season, but haven't stopped them.
Katie had a season's best performance at the high jump pits, clearing 1.65 metres. Emily Branderhorst, of London Christian won the event, with a 1.68 metre leap.
"It was a good day. I've been struggling past few weeks because of my leg, as I haven't been practising much. I was happy I moved on at past meets, but I wasn't happy with the results. But today I'm happy.
Entering the competition with the bar at 1.48 metres, Kate needed three attempts at 1.59 metres, but cleared 1.62 metres with ease on her first attempt.
Beaudry and Branderhorst have competed against each other since grade nine and every year all the way to OFSAA.
"I came close to jumping 1.68, so that's really good seeing that the past few weeks it's been like 150-something and missing 160."
Dunn dropped an event she likely could have qualified in, the 400 metres, to focus on the hurdles. Dunn finished in 14.5 seconds.
I'm so happy to qualify for OFSAA, first time doing hurdles," said Dunn. "I was nervous before the heats because I thought I would regret my decision dropping the (400), if I didn't make it to the final for hurdles. But I did and I'm really excited. I was in second until I hit the (last) hurdle. I hit the same one both races. I have a huge bruise now."
Kaylyn Hall of London Beal won in 14.15 seconds.
The trio of Dunn and the Beaudrys concluded day one of the meet, joining Emma McKnight, to place third in the senior women's 4x100-metre relay race, finishing in 49.49 seconds.
Windsor Herman won the final in 48.43 seconds, just off their meet record set a year ago, of 48.25 seconds. Waterloo St. David was second, in 49.26 seconds.
"It went well but I think we can do better," said Katie, who admitted she panicked a little in the exchange zone with her sister as she paused slightly passing the baton.
Seth Kuiper, of Central Elgin Collegiate Institute, placed third in junior men's discus, with a personal best (PB) distance of 43.32 metres.
"I didn't think I'd make it. It's going to be a new, exciting experience," Kuiper said. "It was just really smooth. For my first throws I'm usually calm so that definitely helps."
Kuiper landed his best distance of 43.32 metres, a personal best, on his first attempt, with all of his throws from the standing position.
"It is definitely a psychological advantage if you can get your first throw to be a good one," Kuiper said. "I'm still working on my spins. Those were standing throws, so another standing PB."
Kuiper missed qualifying in shot put by one position, placing fifth, with a PB effort of 14.17 metres.
"I was happy with it as I finally hit 14."
Glencoe District High's Marlow Carter placed third in senior men's javelin with a best throw of 49.11 metres. Strathroy's Joe Mather won launching the javelin 54.06 metres.
Along with Kuiper in shot put, three other athletes had the agonizing position of fifth in their respective events.
Kenzie Smyth, of Parkside CI, finished fifth in the midget women's 80-metre hurdles (12.92 seconds). Smyth also placed seventh in high jump (1.48 metres).
Emma McKnight of Dorchester, sprinted to a fifth spot, in the junior women's 100-metre final, while Parkside's Joseph Gillespie was fifth in junior men's discus (42.39m).
East Elgin's junior women's 4x100-metre relay team of Olivia Robinson, Caitlyn Evely, Kayla Pallett and Leedell Springer, finished sixth, in a time of 52.64 seconds.
St. Joseph's Cole Barnes qualified for the senior men's 100 metre final, but during the race suffered a hamstring injury and did not finish. Barnes was a legitimate contender to move on to OFSAA (double bronze as a junior in 2015), in both the 100 and the 200 metre sprint scheduled for tomorrow. Unfortunately the injury ends his season.
Other day one top 10 results:
Savannah Cronk, of St. Joseph's, seventh in senior women's high jump (1.53m);
Mac Watson, Parkside, eighth, midget men's javelin (36.26m); Hayden Bell,
Central Elgin CI, eighth, senior men's high jump (1.85m); Katie McDonald,
Dorchester, ninth, junior women's long jump (4.81m) Nathaniel Abell, East Elgin,
10th, open men's 2-kilometre steeplechase (6:33.71); Aidan Rand, Dorchester,
10th, junior men's pole vault (2.70m); Zachary Earhart, 10th, senior men's 400
metres (51.26 seconds).