Track and field shortened season

 Shortened season for track and field


   Local club athletes fare well at various smaller sized meets

Monday, September 14th, 2020


By Rob J. Ross 

ST. THOMAS - Athletes have returned to track and field meets across the province, including those from St. Thomas Legion Club.

Meet size is a major difference in COVID-19 times, with only a handful of events at each site.

STT Legion

St. Thomas Legion Club coach Harry Stantsos, right, watches a workout during a recent track and field practice at Parkside Collegiate. (photo / Rob J. Ross)

Despite the lack of training over the summer compared to normal years, St. Thomas Legion (STL) club and local athletes competing with London-Western Club (LW) are posting solid results at the outdoor meets.

Tayah DeSousa (STL) won Under-18 women's long jump (5.02 metres) and finished fifth in the 200-metre sprint (27.61 seconds), at the Niagara Olympic Club (NOC) mini meet two, in St. Catharines, September 12th.

Lynsey Last (STL) won long jump (4.35m) in the U16 girls' division and placed sixth in the 200m (28.97 sec).

Vincent Moore (STL) was second in the U16 boys' 1500-metre run (4:22.25), followed by Brent Hagerty (STL) in third place (4:22.74). Justin Moore (STL) finished seventh in the U18 men's 1500 (4:43.46).

Dylen Belanger (STL) was fourth, in the U18 men's 200m (23.54 sec.).

Madison Wilson-Walker (LW), of Avon, won women's para long jump (3.95m).

At the Back to Track meet three, in Brampton at the Terry Fox Stadium, Hallee Knelsen (STL) won the open women's 800 metre run (2:15.56) and finished fourth in the open 400 metre run (59.50 seconds).

Last won the under-16 year old girls' 300-metre sprint (47.05 sec.) and finished 11th, in the open women's 100-metre sprint (14.01 sec.)

Moore finished second in the open men's 800 (2:04.29) and ninth in the open 400 (59.5 sec.). Mason Basson (STL) was seventh in the open men's 800 (2:06.57).

Belanger placed third in the open men's 400m (52.50 sec.) and eighth in the 200-metre sprint (23.55 sec.).

Kyra Vellinga (STL) was ninth in the open women's 400m (1:02.82). Emma Westbrook (STL) was 13th, in the open women's 100m (14.22 sec.) and 16th, in the open 200m (29.28 sec.).

At the Back to Track meet two, DeSousa finished second in the U18 women's 100-metre hurdles (15.11 sec.). Vellinga won the U18 women's 400-metre run (1:13.0).

Arthur Stanat (STL) brought home gold medals in both the 16-17 year old boys' shot put, winning by two metres (15.10 metres) and discus (45.84m), at the Southwest Throws Invitational, at College Avenue school, in Woodstock.

Stanat's sister, Lexi, won the 14-15 year old girls' javelin (33.55m) event and placed second in shot put (12.15m).

Also at College Avenue, Jadyn Luna (LW), of Thorndale, placed third, in the 16-17 year old women's shot put (9.15m) and third, in javelin (29.85m).








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