Records set at Kawartha track and field meet

Shot put, pole vault records fall as 450 ath­letes com­pete

The Peterborough Examiner - - Sports - ja­son.bain @pe­ter­bor­ough­daily.com JA­SON BAIN Ex­am­iner Staff Writer

Shot­put wasn’t top of mind for Mik Wil­son as he spent most, if not all, of his prac­tice hours pre­par­ing to com­pete in dis­cus and javelin.

But that didn’t stop the Grade 10 Brock High School stu­dent from set­ting a new Kawartha record of 14.63 me­tres dur­ing the an­nual Kawartha Dis­trict Track and Field Cham­pi­onships at Thomas A. Ste­wart Sec­ondary School on Thurs­day.

It was a big sur­prise and great feel­ing for some­one com­pet­ing for the first time af­ter just tak­ing up the sport a cou­ple of weeks ago.

Most of his prac­tice en­ergy may have went into the other sports, but all three rely mainly on up­per body strength, he pointed out.

“It all works the same,” the tall, strap­ping lad said af­ter get­ting his first-place rib­bon.

Coach Matthew El­liott couldn’t be prouder of the record-break­ing ef­fort from his stu­dent and noted how it would serve to mo­ti­vate a team that, be­ing from a dis­tance away, al­ready has a bit of a chip on its col­lec­tive shoul­der.

Wil­son ac­tu­ally set the record twice. His fifth throw, 14.6 me­tres, was the first to break the Kawartha record. That re­sult mo­ti­vated him to do even bet­ter on his next turn, which broke the record yet again, El­liott said.

“He was so con­fi­dent that he was go­ing to win gold in dis­cuss and javelin,” he said, adding that Wil­son may not know it, but he could have a chance at com­pet­ing at OFSAA – a rare op­por­tu­nity for a stu­dent from a smaller, ru­ral school.

“I’m not sure he un­der­stands what kind of ac­com­plish­ment it is,” El­liott said.

Some 450 stu­dents from 17 schools com­peted in the cham­pi­onships, which in­cluded 100, 200, 400, 800, 1,500 and 3,000-me­tre race dis­tances, steeple­chase, sprint hur­dles, in­ter­me­di­ate hur­dles, a four-by-100 me­tre re­lay and a four-by-400 me­tre re­lay.

Stu­dents from pub­lic and Catholic schools across the re­gion also com­peted in shot put, dis­cus, javelin, pole vault and high, triple and long jump. There were also open in­tel­lec­tual 100 and 800 me­tre races, TAS fa­cil­ity con­venor Ken Ham­blin said.

Thurs­day’s event also saw a record set in pole vault, or­ga­niz­ers said.

The top eight com­peti­tors in each event ad­vance to COSSA, which will in­clude 36 schools next Thurs­day, also at the TASSS field.

The top five in each event ad­vance from that to the OFSAA East Re­gional Track and Field Cham­pi­onships com­ing to the INVISTA Cen­tre in Kingston on May 31 and June 1. OFSAA will then be held at Toronto’s York Univer­sity from June 7 to 9.

NOTE: See re­sults list and more pho­to­graphs from the event in the on­line gallery at www.thep­eter­bor­oughex­am­iner.com

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St. Peter's Kas­san­dra Yone­mitsu clears the bar in the pole vault event dur­ing the Kawartha Track and Field event on Thurs­day at the Thomas A. Ste­wart Sec­ondary School ath­letic field.

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Adam Scott's El­lie Mur­dock kicks up sand on her land­ing in the run­ning long jump dur­ing the Kawartha Track and Field event on Thurs­day at theThomas A. Ste­wart Sec­ondary School ath­letic field.

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Norwood Dis­trict High School's Ja­cob Lloyd com­petes in the dis­cus throw event dur­ing the Kawartha Track and Field meet. See more pho­to­graphs from the meet in the gallery at www.thep­eter­bor­oughex­am­iner.com.

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