EDSS track ath­letes head to OFSSA fi­nals this week­end

Elmira high school fields 11 com­peti­tors at the OFSAA West Re­gion­als

The Woolwich Observer - - SPORTS - FAISAL ALI

THE AREA WAS WELL rep­re­sented at the OFSSA West re­gion­als last week as sev­eral EDSS stu­dents headed south to com­pete at the Univer­sity of Wind­sor cir­cuits. Fac­ing off against the elite prospects of western On­tario, the 11 Elmira stu­dents held their own, with two qual­i­fy­ing for the fi­nal On­tario Fed­er­a­tion of School Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tions cham­pi­onships this week­end.

Of the EDSS stu­dents to com­pete at the West Re­gion­als, star ath­letes Owen Read and Lizzy Klosa clinched the medals in their re­spec­tive events, qual­i­fy­ing for the fi­nal OFSSA meet start­ing this Fri­day in Toronto.

Read medaled in both of his solo cat­e­gories, bring­ing home the gold and a sil­ver to boot. In the men’s se­nior 100-me­tre dash, Read proved to be the speed­i­est of the lot, claim­ing the first-place po­si­tion and per­haps giv­ing him the ti­tle of the fastest high school stu­dent in the en­tire western half of the prov­ince. Whether he’ll be able to claim the fastest high schooler in all of On­tario will be de­cided in just the next few days.

Read also placed sec­ond in the men’s 200-me­tre dash, en­sur­ing him a sec­ond spot at the starter’s line at OFSSA this week­end.

Klosa, mean­while, claimed the bronze in the women’s 400-me­tre se­nior dash, miss­ing the sil­ver by just 3/10s of a sec­ond, but giv­ing her just the win she needed to move onto the next round. Klosa also placed 7th in the 400-me­tre hur­dles leg, no easy feat con­sid­er­ing the com­pe­ti­tion.

EDSS’s long-dis­tance run­ner John Wang was also out com­pet­ing at the OFSSA West Re­gion­als over the week­end. De­spite a mam­moth of an ef­fort, com­pet­ing in both the se­nior 800-me­tre run and 2000-me­tre steeplechase, Wang was un­able to re­peat his suc­cesses at CWOSSA the week prior.

Over in the men’s midget high jump, young EDSS stu­dent Con­nor Cortes made a valiant at­tempt for the qual­i­fy­ing spots, but fell short of a podium fin­ish. It was an dis­ap­point­ing end to the ju­nior ath­lete’s mo­men­tum, who at CWOSSA had picked up the bronze medal in the same cat­e­gory. But, with a few more years of high school to go, Cortes has nowhere to go but up.

Two of EDSS’s re­lay teams were out at the OFSSA re­gion­als as well. The EDSS se­nior women’s re­lay team, fea­tur­ing Mad­die Quinn, Me­gan Bart­ley, De­laney Dou­glas, and medal­ist Lizzy Klosa, put on a stel­lar ef­fort, but couldn’t quite edge out the com­pe­ti­tion. The boys had a sim­i­lar run of things, with Brian Al­paugh, Em­mett Bart­ley, John Wang and medal­ist Owen Read fall­ing a few paces short of a medal, an un­for­tu­nate down­grade from their sec­ond-place fin­ish at CWOSSA.

Read and Klosa will be at the OFSSA fi­nals this week­end, which is be­ing held at the York Lions Sta­dium and Toronto Track and Field Cen­tre.

[FAISAL ALI / THE OB­SERVER]

The EDSS track and field team were out in force at the OFSSA West Re­gion­als last week. Pic­tured are gold and sil­ver medal­ist Owen Read, long-dis­tance run­ner John Wang, bronze medal­ist Lizzy Klosa and re­lay run­ner Mad­die Quinn. Read and Klosa will be...

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