College Heights in reckoning at track and field meet

Rob Massey, Guelph Sports Journal

GUELPH – Their team members weren’t easy to spot at the District 4/10 track and field championship meet.

There wasn’t any team uniforms for them to don, but the College Heights Huskies were there as a team.

“Because I’m new at the school and I love track and field, as soon as spring rolled around I asked ‘Do we have a track team?’ They said ‘No.’ So I said ‘Can I start one?’ And they said ‘Yes.’ So I put out the call and I got an amazing response – 17 kids to start and only two dropped out,” coach Shonda Lipskie said.

College Heights has been represented at the meet before, but usually by the odd athlete here and there. This year they were there as a team and their athletes aren’t just there to get a day or two off school.

“We’ve had some great results,” Lipskie said. “We won first place in the senior boys’ long jump in London at the Titans Crusaders meet and we (won another medal) for the senior girls last week at the GC event. We also took third place there and fourth in senior boys as well.”

That has shown the athletes that hard work pays off.

“We have regular practices and they’ve all been coming out,” Lipskie said. “I’ve actually recruited a couple of people because they came out at lunch time and they said ‘Oh, can I try that?’ and they were good at it … so they’ve joined the team as well. The kids are loving it. It’s been a great experience for them.”

It’s also created a bit of a buzz at the school with a bit of talk about track and field, something that was rare in years past.

“I’ve actually had kids come up later after we started when it was a little too late wanting to join the team,” Lipskie said. “I’m guessing the team might be a little bit bigger next year.”

This year College Heights has a CWOSSA qualifier as Jessica Mclean finished as the runner-up in the senior girls’ long jump with a leap of 4.88 metres. Top four in each event move on to next week’s CWOSSA meet at Kincardine.

The Huskies came close to having two athletes at the CWOSSA meet as Danny McLaughlin finished fifth in the senior boys’ long jump with a best jump of 5.58 metres. Ryan Pham of Lourdes was the fourth-place finisher at 5.72 metres.

In all the Huskies recorded five top-10 placings at the D4/10 meet. Mackenzie Peppler-Vandenboom was sixth in the senior girls’ long jump and Josh Rhynold was ninth in both the midget boys’ shot put and javelin events.

College Heights didn’t have much presence on the track with two athletes running in the 100 metres heats. All the others are in field events including five of them in senior boys’ javelin.

“We have a lot of throwers,” Lipskie said.

The Huskies might not have had any first-place ribbons at the meet, but they certainly showed the spirit of competition and put down the groundwork needed to get a track program up and running.

“They are thrilled, they’re absolutely thrilled,” Lipskie said of the athletes on the team. “They are so excited about this track team. We don’t have a lot of uniforms and things like that, but I’m going to petition that we hopefully get some singlets next year so that we come together as a team.”

Centennial and Ross athletes each recorded 10 wins for their schools on the second day of the meet at the St. James facility while Centre Wellington had six wins, Bishop Mac, Erin, Guelph CVI, Lourdes and St. James had four wins apiece. Orangeville and Westside each had two wins while Centre Dufferin, Emmanuel Christian and Wellington Heights had one each.

Ashlan Best won the senior girls’ 200 metres for Centennial while Carter Powell took the senior boys’ 200 metres, Hilary Davidson was triumphant in junior girls’ javelin and Kaitlynn Meier-Ross won the senior girls’ 400-metre hurdles. Centennial also had six wins in the relays as Spartans won

junior girls’, junior boys’, senior girls’ 4×100-metre relay, senior boys’ 4×100-metre relay, open girls’ 4×400-metre relay and open boys’ 4×400-metre relay.

Getting wins for Ross were Adam Lee (senior boys’ long jump), Caitlin Epp (midget girls’ javelin), David Kroes (junior boys’ 300-metre hurdles), Elijah Jimenez (senior boys’ 400-metre hurdles), Haley Davis (midget girls’ 800 metres), Lazar Stojanovic (midget boys’ 300-metre hurdles), Liam Ramshaw (senior boys’ triple jump), Lisa Wedel (senior girls’ shot put), Taylor Embree (junior girls’ 3000 metres) and Ross’s midget girls’ 4×100-metre relay team.

Centre Wellington winners were Elizabeth Teasell (senior girls’ 3000 metres), Jade Ortmeyer (senior girls’ high jump), Mike Bradley (midget boys’ 200 metres), Shawn Patton (junior boys’ 200 metres), Spencer Dyce (junior boys’ javelin) and Centre Wellington’s midget boys’ 4×100-metre relay team.

Grace Drewry had two wins for Bishop Mac as she took the senior girls’ long jump and triple jump. Alicia Higgins won the midget girls’ 300-metre hurdles and Holly Steenveld took the midget girls’ 200 metres.

Braydon Clarke (senior boys’ 800 metres), Mackenzie Collings (senior girls’ discus), Ryan St. Denis (midget boys’ discus) and Taylor Paquette (midget girls’ discus) had wins for Erin.

Brandon Ferigo (senior boys’ shot put), Madi Jarvis (senior girls’ 800 metres), Sequoia Kim (junior girls’ long jump) and Taylor Ferigo (junior girls’ shot put) had a win apiece for Guelph CVI.

Recording wins for Lourdes were Brock McKenzie (junior boys’ 800 metres), Brooklyn Haelzle (junior girls’ 300-metre hurdles), Spencer Wright (junior boys’ long jump) and Sydney Benninger (junior girls’ 200 metres).

Gavin Hughes (senior boys’ 3000 metres), Hadyn Legrand (midget boys’ triple jump), Luke Cabral (junior boys’ 3000 metres) and Tiana LoStracco (junior girls’ 800 metres) each had a win for St. James.

Jackson Bull (midget boys’ 800 metres) and Sarah Gilles (ambulatory girls’ 800 metres) were victorious for Orangeville.

Westside runners swept the midget 3000 metres as Abby Huehn won the girls’ race and Liam Peters won the boys’ event.

Others to record wins Thursday were Alyssa Tuohy of Centre Dufferin in senior girls’ high jump, Nicole Van Der Meulen of Emmanuel Christian in midget girls’ triple jump and Scott Gilstorf of Wellington Heights in junior boys’ high jump.