KCI stu­dent breaks record in WCSSAA high jump event

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CAM­BRIDGE — Emma Lemieux is no longer get­ting by on tal­ent alone.

The Kitch­ener-Water­loo Col­le­giate stu­dent cred­its out­side coach­ing and her own ded­i­ca­tion for tak­ing her to greater heights and a record-break­ing, first­place per­for­mance Thurs­day at the Water­loo County/Dis­trict 8 track and field cham­pi­onship.

Lemieux won the WCSSAA ju­nior girls’ high jump com­pe­ti­tion at Ja­cob He­speler Sec­ondary School with a 1.65-me­tre ef­fort on her fi­nal at­tempt, top­ping the pre­vi­ous mark of 1.58 me­tres, set by Galt’s Ash­lyn Beck­man in 2011.

“I re­al­ized last year that I kind of had nat­u­ral jump­ing abil­ity and I thought it would be kind of nice to see how much bet­ter I could be­come with train­ing,” said the per­sonal Lemieux.

“To set the record, it felt re­ally nice be­cause it was a per­sonal best and it came on my fi­nal at­tempt. I re­ally didn’t think I would make it but I re­ally pushed it and it worked out.”

Lemieux fin­ished in a tie for sec­ond at last year’s WCSSAA cham­pi­onship, clearing 1.48 me­tres with min­i­mal in­struc­tion. She made it all the way to the all-On­tario (OFSAA) cham­pi­onship and fin­ished fifth with a 1.50-me­tre jump. She joined forces with Der­mott Smith of First At­tempt Jumps Academy last sum­mer and has en­joyed steady progress since.

The nat­u­ral abil­ity, she be­lieves, comes from her first love.

Lemieux started danc­ing at the age of two and has been a com­pet­i­tive dancer for years. She trains out of the Evolve Dance Cen­tre and lists jazz and con­tem­po­rary as her favourite styles of dance, although she also per­forms bal­let, hip-hop and pointe.

“It’s just some­thing to keep me out of trou­ble and keep me fit with my friends,” she laughed.

“It’s some­thing I re­ally en­joy and I think it helps with my jump­ing.”

Lemieux will seek even bet­ter num­bers next week when the high school track and field sea­son con­tin­ues with the Cen­tral Western On­tario cham­pi­onship. The top four fin­ish­ers from WCSSAA events and the top two

from Dis­trict 8 will ad­vance to CWOSSA, which is sched­uled for Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day in Cam­bridge.

Records con­tin­ued to fall Thurs­day dur­ing the sec­ond and fi­nal day of the com­pe­ti­tion at the WCSSAA-Dis­trict 8 cham­pi­onship and team cham­pi­onships were also de­cided when the num­bers were tal­lied.

Cameron Heights won the WCSSAA over­all cham­pi­onship with 674 points, to fin­ish ahead of Sir John A. Mac­don­ald (617.5) and Huron Heights (394), and St. Bene­dict (630) won the Dis­trict 8 ti­tle, ahead of St. Mary’s (621) and Res­ur­rec­tion (553).

Cameron Heights led the WCSSAA boys’ divi­sion with 352.5, ahead of SJAM (258) and Huron Heights (198), and St. Mary’s (377) fin­ished ahead of Res­ur­rec­tion (320) and Wood­land (275) in Dis­trict 8.

SJAM (359.5) won the WCSSAA girls’ divi­sion ahead of Cameron Heights (321.5) and Huron Heights (196), and St. Bene­dict (363) dom­i­nated Dis­trict 8 ahead of St. David (265) and St. Mary’s (244).

Alex Webb of St. Bene­dict had a meet to re­mem­ber, set­ting a Dis­trict 8 ju­nior girls’ javelin (35.70 me­tres) record to go along with a record per­for­mances in the shot put (12.80 me­tres) and a first­place fin­ish in the 80-me­tre hur­dles.

St. Bene­dict’s Nana-Afia Agyeipah, who lost her shot put record to Webb, re­placed it with a record-set­ting per­for­mance in the se­nior dis­cus (33.37 me­tres) and then broke her own record in the se­nior shot put (11.29 me­tres).

Abi­gail Passy of Cameron Heights is the new record holder in the WCSSAA mid­get girls’ pole vault (2.75 me­tres), Ri­ley Forbes of Ja­cob He­speler set a new mark in the WCSSAA se­nior boys’ shot put (14.42 me­tres), and Cal­lum Parkin­son set a new mark in the Dis­trict 8 se­nior boys’ high jump (1.88 me­tres).

Elmira’s Owen Read, who won the WCSSAA se­nior boys’ 100me­tre race Wed­nes­day, en­joyed a record-break­ing per­for­mance in the 200-me­tre race, fin­ish­ing in 21.86 sec­onds. The pre­vi­ous mark of 22.13 was set two years ago by Cameron Heights’ Joey Daniels, who now at­tends Prince­ton Univer­sity. Tyra Boug of Huron Heights set a new WCSSAA record in a 200-me­tre dash pre­lim­i­nary race and saw it erased a few hours later by Tomi Bamigbade of Cameron Heights. Boug clocked in at 25.36 in the morn­ing and ac­tu­ally cut that num­ber down to 25.09 in the af­ter­noon. Bamigbade im­proved from 27.80 to 24.92 in the af­ter­noon. See for full re­sults.


Emma Lemieux, right, runs the sec­ond leg of the se­nior girls’ 4x100. Lemieux cred­its her years in dance for her strong legs and ath­letic skills — and her re­cent high jump train­ing. She set a record in the high jump.

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