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Roth qualifies for Summer Games

Heptathlete Luna sets PB at Trials


  Roth qualifies in the 400 metres for Canada Summer Games while

  Luna prepares for the provincial U20 combined events championship  


  July 5, 2022 Update:  July 7


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By Rob J. Ross 

ST. THOMAS - Not wanting a monotonous routine of practicing for just one event, Jadyn Luna decided to train for seven.

That naturally led Luna to compete in multi event contests, the pentathlon and heptathlon.

"When I started track I was doing a whole bunch of different events. When I got older I didn't really have one that I wanted to specialize in. I still liked all of them. I found out about multis and have stuck with it," said Luna, who trains with the London-Western club. "For me, it's the variety of different events. I'd get bored training for one specific event all of the time."

Luna placed sixth in the heptathlon, with a personal best overall score of 3,808 points, at the Canada Summer Games Trials, July 2-3, in Toronto. The Summer Games are usually an U23 event, but due to the COVID pandemic delaying the meet one year, it's U25 for this year.

The 18-year old from Thorndale, who trains with London-Western club, used the meet as preparation for Athletics Ontario U18/U20/Open and Masters combined events championships, July 29-30, at Western University, in London. Luna increased her PB overall score by 200 points.

"A lot of them are trying to make Canada Summer Games and that's not my goal. My goal was to PB overall. I'm happy with that," said Luna. "I'm doing this meet for more of a practice to get ready for the hep at the end of the month, because there are usually not many throughout the season. My goal for this meet was just to get a PB for my overall score. For championships, I want to try to break that again."

Luna finished the heptathon setting a PB in the 800-metre run, of two minute and 36 seconds (2:36).

"It felt great," Luna said. "Way better than I thought I was going to get. It was like a three second PB."

The 800, the final event of the seven event contest, can be gruelling, following the six previous events over two days.

"It's especially hard because you're already exhausted," said Luna, adding with a laugh. "You just want to go home and not run it."

Luna's best scoring events were shot put and the 200-metre dash, placing third in both.

"I feel shot is where I usually tend to get best scores in, because it's right after high jump and I'm pretty mad afterwards," laughs Luna. "I definitely like shot put."

High jump was Luna's lowest placement, finishing eighth, at 1.28 metres.

Being able to move forward following a poor performance in any event is vital, for a multi events athlete.

"I try not to stress about it too much", said Luna. "In multis, it is very hard to have every single event go your way. There is always going to be one that brings you down. So try to forget about it and focus on the next event and hopefully you do better."

Luna started track the summer following Grade six, while a student at West Nissouri elementary school, in Thorndale.

During the high school season at Medway, Luna usually competes in the 100-metre hurdles, javelin and shot put.

Back in April, Luna won the AO U18 pentathlon.

"It felt good and it boost morale," said Luna. "I stayed consistent throughout my events."

Luna hopes her performance at Trials, will be a boost for the outdoor provincials.

Roth to Summer Games

Michael Roth is heading to the Canada Summer Games.

The St. Thomas native was officially named to Team Ontario, Tuesday, for the men's 400-metre dash.

Roth finished second in the 400, at Trials, with a season best time of 47.19 seconds. The winner isn't age eligible for the Games.

Roth also placed fourth in the 200-metre dash, in another season's best time of 21.65 seconds.

"I felt okay for the 400," said Roth. "My hamstring was pretty tight for the 200, but otherwise felt fine.

His PBs, set at world juniors (U20) last summer, are 47.25 secondss in the 400 and 21.14, for the 200.

Roth is recovering from injuries suffered during his season at the University of San Antonio-Texas.

"I do feel like I'm getting back in to shape, but it'll definitely take more conditioning and more physio and strengthening to get back in to peak shape."

Roth was one of six members from the St. Thomas Legion club at the Trials.

A.J. Stanat was busy placing third in the hammer throw (46.02 metres), fifth, in shot put (13.53m) and sixth, in discus (44.08m).

Hallee Knelsen placed fourth, in both the women's 800 (2:09.72) and 1500 (4:39.19) metre runs.

Mason Basson, of Sparta, finished fourth in the men's 800 metre run, in a PB time of 1:52.80 and 16th, in the 1500 metres (3:59.68).

Dylen Belanger was fourth, in the 110-metre hurdles (55.52 sec.) and 16th, in the 400-metre dash (51.31 sec.)

Brady Fodor was sixth, in hammer (32.41m) and ninth, in discus (32.89m).

Emma Westbrook, the youngest at 16 years old, placed eighth in shot put (8.04m), 15th, in long jump (4.47m) and 21st, in the 200-metre dash.


Sabrecats Twilight meet

Brianna Rand, of Dorchester, won the women's 200-metre dash (26.44 sec.), at the Sabrecats Twilight meet, at Medway high school, in Arva, July 4.

Andrew Monteith, of St. Thomas, won the men's 3000-metre run, in 10:01.61. Dorchester's Jeremy Hardeman placed third (10:15.52.)

Sam Willsie, of Dorchester, placed third, in the men's 800-metre run (2:04.93).

Ryan Johnson and Kirk Hallman, both from Thorndale, finished third (6:26.22) and fourth (6:33.73), respectively, in the men's 2000-metre run.


Coles wins but misses goal

Tristan Coles, of St. Thomas, won the open men's 3000-metres (8:32.12), at the Edge Elite Distance night, in Welland, July 7, but missed his goal of attaining the standard for junior worlds.

On pace after 2,600 metres, Coles had a challenging last lap, including a fall, in the final 100 metres.



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