EDSS puts up solid num­bers at an­nual “Track Wars” event

Elmira team competitive at meet hosted at Ja­cob He­speler Sec­ondary School in Cam­bridge

The Woolwich Observer - - SPORTS - FAISAL ALI

THE EDSS TRACK AND field team headed to Ja­cob He­speler Sec­ondary School in Cam­bridge last week for the an­nual Track Wars event. Com­pet­ing against some 52 schools, and 2,000 ath­letes, from the re­gion and be­yond, the small EDSS con­tin­gent cer­tainly held their own.

“Some years we have a slightly big­ger team, but this year it’s a very com­mit­ted team,” said Jan­ice Harper, EDSS teacher and coach.

It’s a far cry from where the team had been at the start of sea­son, ex­plains Harper, not because of the ath­letes par­tic­i­pa­tion, but because of staff turnover at the school. There sim­ply weren’t enough staff mem­bers left avail­able to keep the EDSS track and field team run­ning. For­tu­nately, though, some of the se­nior stu­dent mem­bers of the team stepped up to help keep it go­ing.

“The team was go­ing to fold this year but we kept it alive,” said Harper. The stu­dents vol­un­teered to coach and men­tor their peers to keep the team go­ing this sea­son.

“It’s a lot harder than I thought,” ad­mits Lizzy Klosa, one of the se­nior stu­dents coach­ing the team, with a laugh. “Just com­ing up with work­outs and stuff to do.”

“I used to coach bas­ket­ball but the kids were a lot younger. So it’s pretty cool when the peo­ple on you team are the same age as you, or just like a year younger,” adds Paul Cento of the ex­pe­ri­ence. “Because it’s more like you’re a part of the team then just try­ing to tell other peo­ple what to do.”

The EDSS team made some sig­nif­i­cant strides at this year’s Track Wars. Stand­outs in­cluded the likes of Elmira run­ner Owen Read, another se­nior vol­un­teer­ing his time to coach the team, who placed sec­ond in the se­nior boys’ 100-me­tre dash. Read’s qual­i­fied for the OFSSA thrice be­fore, two times for the 100m race, and the three times for the 200.

“It’s a long road go­ing all the way through all three of the other meets, and then hav­ing to run well in ev­ery sin­gle one in or­der to make it,” he says, adding that he was hop­ing to make it again to OFSSA this year.

In the girls 300-me­tre dash Lizzy Klosa took the bronze medal. John Wang was another bronze medal win­ner for the lo­cal high school in the boys’ 2km steeple­chase open.

EDSS also fielded a fifth place win­ner, Colby Van Bar­gen, in the boys’ ju­nior dis­cus throw. In the boys’ high jump Con­nor Cortes took the sil­ver medal, and claimed the bronze in the triple jump mid­get. The se­nior EDSS girls’ re­lay team, mean­while, claimed the fifth spot out of 28 com­pet­ing teams.

The Track Wars event was just the pre­lude to the WCSSA com­pe­ti­tion be­ing held May 16 at Ja­cob He­speler. From there, the cream of the crop will rise to the top to com­pete at the CWOSSA event in Cam­bridge, and from there only the most elite will move on to the provin­cial OFSSA games.

[FAISAL ALI / THE OB­SERVER]

The EDSS track and field team com­peted at the an­nual Track Wars May 3 at Ja­cob He­speler Sec­ondary School.

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