Sabres star leaps into record book

Scott-Kilgo sets long jump stan­dard at WECSSAA track and field com­pe­ti­tion

Windsor Star - - SPORTS - JIM PARKER jp­parker@post­media.com

Sand­wich Sabres se­nior Jas­mine Scott-Kilgo has waited a long time to put her name into the WECSSAA track and field record book. Af­ter be­ing dis­ap­pointed on three oc­ca­sions, the 17-year-old Scott-Kilgo of­fi­cially left her mark in the se­nior girls’ long jump on Thurs­day on the fi­nal day of com­pe­ti­tion at the Wind­sor and Es­sex County Sec­ondary Schools Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion track and field cham­pi­onships at Univer­sity of Wind­sor Sta­dium.

“It’s been fun fight­ing for these records,” Scott-Kilgo said. “It just feels re­ally good. I just feel I’ve worked so hard and fi­nally I have a record un­der my belt.”

On her first at­tempt on Thurs­day, Scott-Kilgo hit her win­ning jump of 5.74 me­tres, which eas­ily bet­tered the old mark of 5.56 me­tres. That was first set by As­sump­tion’s Stephanie Gouin in 1994 and equalled by St. Anne’s Sab­rina No­tarangelo in 2002.

It’s the sec­ond straight year that Scott-Kilgo has beaten the record, but last year’s win­ning leap of 5.64 me­tres was done with a tail­wind over the le­gal limit of 2.0. “That was in the back of my head that I hope it’s not su­per windy,” Scott-Kilgo said. Scott-Kilgo, who is headed to the Univer­sity of Louisiana at Mon­roe on schol­ar­ship next sea­son, also bet­tered the 100-me­tre hur­dles mark last year, but had it was also wiped out by the wind. On Wed­nes­day, she broke the 100-me­tre hur­dles record again only to see it bet­tered by Sand­wich team­mate Kar­lie Moore a heat later and then hit a hur­dle in the fi­nal that cost her the win and an­other po­ten­tial record.

“I think I would have won and beaten the record, but stuff hap­pens and you just have to keep your head up,” Scott-Kilgo said. “That’s all I can re­ally do.”

She was solid through­out Thurs­day’s com­pe­ti­tion and her fifth jump of 5.65 me­tres also would have bro­ken the record. Four of her six jumps were 5.50 me­tres or bet­ter.

“I’ve worked hard to keep my con­sis­tency and all my hard work paid off,” Scott-Kilgo said.

She was one of three ath­letes to es­tab­lish a new record on Thurs­day with Massey Mus­tangs se­nior Chloe Walker start­ing the day with a new record in the open girls’ 1,500-me­tre steeple­chase, which was the first event of the day. The 18-year-old Walker set the record a year ago in a time of 5: 15.71 sec­onds and low­ered the mark to 5:09.37 on Thurs­day. “I wanted to lower the time so it’s hard to break in the fu­ture,” said Walker, who is headed to the Univer­sity of Wind­sor in the fall. “I’m pretty happy with that (time).” Walker has only been com­pet­ing in steeple­chase for two years, but in­stantly fell in love with the event. “I just like the fact it’s kind of like an ob­sta­cle course,” Walker said. “It’s some­thing to look for­ward to, it’s not just run­ning. You have to look for­ward to the next bar­rier and then the wa­ter jump. It’s just fun.”

She won a silver medal in the event at OFSAA last year and has high hopes with her form get­ting bet­ter each race.

“The tough­est part for me is def­i­nitely the wa­ter jumps,” Walker said. “Last year, I fell on most of them. This year, I have no falls so far. So, they’re cleaner this year, but I still have to work on them.” For the sec­ond time in three days, St. Joseph Lasers’ first-year se­nior Ni­cole LaRue put her name in the record books.

Af­ter set­ting a new mark in the se­nior girls’ 1,500 me­tres on Tues­day, LaRue set a new record in the se­nior girls’ 800 me­tres on Thurs­day.

“That’s crazy,” the 16-year-old LaRue said of the two records. “The (1,500) was more of a sur­prise, but I was re­ally happy I was able to get the 800. I’ve been work­ing re­ally hard in the (800) and it re­ally showed (Thurs­day). “This is the record I wanted to get. I woke up this morn­ing and I wanted to get it. The (1,500) was more of a sur­prise, but I was re­ally happy I was able to get the 800.” LaRue took con­trol of the race early on Thurs­day and fin­ished in 2:15.82. That eas­ily broke the old mark of 2:17.23, which was set in 2008 by Bren­nan’s Holly Ben­son. “The strat­egy was I would have had to go out in 1:05 (for the first 400 me­tres) that was the goal and that’s what I hit ex­actly,” LaRue said. “Go out faster and try to main­tain and I con­tin­ued to stay strong.”

Sand­wich took the over­all team ti­tle as well as the AA ti­tle with an im­pres­sive 820.5 points, with Vista Academy sec­ond in the AA divi­sion and Her­man fin­ish­ing third. Massey won the AAA ti­tle with 489.5 points with Vil­lanova fin­ish­ing sec­ond and Holy Names tak­ing third.

NICK BRANCACCIO

Wil­liam McBride of Her­man wins the se­nior boy’s 800-me­tre event in the fi­nal day of com­pe­ti­tion at the Wind­sor and Es­sex County Sec­ondary Schools Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion track and field cham­pi­onships at the Univer­sity of Wind­sor Sta­dium on Thurs­day.

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