RUS­SELL TRACK TEAMS REA­DY TO GO

Le Reflet (The News) - - SPORTS - GREGG CHAM­BER­LAIN gregg.cham­ber­lain@eap.on.ca

Both high schools in the Vil­lage of Rus­sell are rea­dy to go for gold at the Eas­tern On­ta­rio Se­con­da­ry Schools Ath­le­tic As­so­cia­tion Track and Field Cham­pion­ships in King­ston this week.

Coach Gord Zu­byk at Rus­sell High School has high hopes that so­meone from among the four ath­letes who qua­li­fied for EOSSAA will still be in the run­ning for a chance at the pro­vin­cials la­ter in the sea­son.

“I think th­ree have a real­ly strong chance of mo­ving on to OFSA,” Zu­byk said du­ring a May 19 in­ter­view, fol­lo­wing the recent Pres­cott-Rus­sell Track and Field Cham­pion­ships in Ot­ta­wa at the Ter­ry Fox Field.

Zu­byk said one of the four per­for­med well en­ough at the PR re­gio­nals to qua­li­fy for EOSSAA, and will be­ne­fit from the chance at com­pe­ting in King­ston against the top high school ath­letes from around Eas­tern On­ta­rio. With the other th­ree, he is not cer­tain right now which type of track event may prove a po­ten­tial OFSA en­try point for Rus­sell High School.

“Usual­ly our strength lies in the hurdles,” he said. “But right now we have some po­ten­tial suc­cess in the stee­ple­chase.”

Over at St. Tho­mas Aqui­nas Ca­tho­lic High School, Nik­ki Gies­brecht, co-coach for the Ra­vens track and field team, confir­med they have a ba­ker’s do­zen ath­letes rea­dy for EOSSAA, with the 13 com­pe­ti­tors sprea­ding their skills across 18 in­di­vi­dual events, along with the 4x400 se­nior boys re­lay.

“We’re all over the place,” Gies­brecht said, ad­ding there are en­tries in the run­ning events and in some of the field events like shot put and dis­cus.

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Les deux écoles se­con­daires du vil­lage de Rus­sell ten­te­ront de rem­por­ter l’or aux cham­pion­nats d’ath­lé­tisme de l’As­so­cia­tion des écoles se­con­daires de l’est de l’On­ta­rio à King­ston cette se­maine.

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