Sabres star leaps into record book
Scott-Kilgo sets long jump standard at WECSSAA track and field competition
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.
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.