Track and field athletes qualify for OFSAA
Several athletes from county high schools have qualified to compete at the OFSAA track and field meet, scheduled for June 6-8, at the University of Guelph.
Leading the county contingent is Eric Cumberbatch, from le Relais. He won the senior boys long jump event at east regionals (the qualifying meet), landing a best effort of 6.38 metres, to prevail by 6 cm.
Cumberbatch also placed third in the senior boys triple jump, clearing 12.71 metres.
With those results, he qualifies in both events, for OFSAA.
East regionals was held May 30-31 in Belleville, where coach Mélina Dicaire had two athletes competing. Also there was Jimmy Berry, who placed 10th in both the midget boys long jump and the midget boys triple jump.
Glengarry District’s Kady Jeurond, under the supervision of coach Christine Cicchini, joins Cumberbatch as a double qualifier for OFSAA.
At east regionals, Jeaurond placed third in two events: the senior girls 400 m dash (59.25) and the senior girls 400 m hurdles (1:05.96). She was the lone Gael at the meet.
Char-Lan pole vaulter Grace Eamer, coached by Rory Blackadder, will carry the Crusaders banner at OFSAA, after placing third in the midget girls division at east regionals, with a personal best 2.35 m effort.
Of Eamer’s performance, coach Blackadder says that she “has been very consistent this year and demonstrated tremendous commitment.”
The other Char-Lan student-athlete at east regionals was Fiona MacDonald, who competed in the junior girls pole vault, placing fifth, one spot short of advancing.
Coach Blackadder notes, that the Crusader had an amazing meet with “two huge personal best jumps” … “in a very tough competition.”
It’s the second year in a row that she’s just missed a berth to OFSAA.
Two former Char-Lan student-athletes still retain all-time records at east regionals: Michael Robertson in the junior boys 400 m dash (50.39 s, a mark set in 2005), and Brennan Seguin in the senior boys pole vault (4.51 m, in 2017).
Blackadder, who hails from Martintown, will have two other pole vaulters at OFSAA: Emily Vallance (from l’Heritage, 2.70 m at east regionals for third in the senior girls division), and Kowen Hess (St.
Lawrence, 3.10 m for first in the midget boys group).
GOING FOR IT: Le Relais’ Eric Cumberbatch glides through the air, aiming for the back of the sandpit, at track and field east regionals.
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