Lee keeps pressure down to win long jump

Rob Massey, Guelph Sports Journal

GUELPH – Ross long jumper Adam Lee has a fairly simple way of reducing the pressure at the track and field meets he attends.

He approaches each event as if he’s the only one in it. In his mind, all the other competitors in his event are actually in another class.

“Compete against yourself,” he said. “All those other guys, they aren’t part of your competition. If you jump seven metres at D10 versus OFSAA, it should be the same feel for you. It’s all against you. It doesn’t matter if there’s another guy jumping 8 or if everyone is jumping 4, it’s all about you.”

Thursday’s Gaels Relays meet at the University of Guelph gave local track and field athletes a chance for a little competitive warm-up for next week’s District 4/10 high school championship meet.

“My goals are just to p.b. and hopefully to make it to the OFSAA final,” he said. “That’s to come and I feel ready for it.”

Lee won the senior boys’ long jump at the Gaels meet with a leap of 6.53 metres.

“It’s pretty good,” he said of his season. “I opened up with 6.64 at Royal City (Invitational last month). I faulted out at Track Wars, but overall the feel of my jumping is really good, especially after this meet jumping in the rain. I’m looking in good shape to do something good at D10 and further on.”

The rain that hit the Gaels meet a little before the start of his long jump competition left Lee and his opponents trying to avoid the shivers.

“With the spikes on the track, it’s not bad traction wise, but staying warm is definitely an issue – staying warm and staying dry,” he said.

Lee also won the senior boys’ high jump as he cleared 1.80 metres.

“I’m undefeated in that,” he said. “I had a huge p.b. at the first meet of 1.90 and I’m really happy with that. As an event that’s kind of my side event, it’s going really well now.”

Lee also runs the 100 metres and did it in a relay Thursday. While long jump has been his main event since he was in Grade 7, the sprint helps with it.

“I’m not a guy to medal in sprints, but it really helps me with my long jump training,” he said. “Speed down the runway is one of the most important parts of long jump.”

While the first ever Gaels Relays meet was a low-key event with all the competing schools with the exception of St. John’s-Kilmarnock coming from Districts 4 and 10, the meets will pick up in intensity as the high school season progresses.

Lee’s wins helped the Royals claim 13 individual victories at the relay meet. Bryce Sukhdeo won the midget boys’ shot put and high jump while Elijah Jimenez (senior boys’ 400m hurdles), Liam Ramshaw (senior boys’ triple jump), Lauren Stevens (senior girls’ triple jump), David Kroes (junior boys’ 300m hurdles), Henry Huang (junior boys’ triple jump), Callum MacLeod (midget boys’ 100m hurdles), Lazar Stojanovic (midget boys’ 300m hurdles), Lily Lyndon (midget girls’ shot put) and Emily Fritzley (midget girls’ triple jump) each had one win.

Centennial athletes scored seven individual wins as Carter Powell took the open boys’ 400m, Ashlan Best won the open girls’ 400m, Harris Schaubel won the senior boys’ 110m hurdles, Kaitlynn Meier-Ross won the senior girls’ 400m hurdles, Lauren Milton won the senior girls’ shot put, Qalib Ladhani won the junior boys’ 100m hurdles and Timothy Wang won the junior boys’ long jump.

Sequoia Kim had a pair of individual wins as GCVI athletes won five individual events. Kim won the junior girls’ long jump and triple jump while Tessa Ladhani took the open girls’ 1500m, Brandon Ferigo won the senior boys’ shot put and Taylor Ferigo claimed the win in the junior girls’ shot put.

Bishop Macdonell had three individual wins — Annabella Okopien in the senior girls’ 100m hurdles, Celia Markovinovic in the junior girls’ 80m hurdles and Alicia Higgins in the midget girls’ 300m hurdles.

Anna Bout of St. John’s-Kilmarnock won the open girls’ 1500m steeplechase and junior girls’ high jump while schoolmate Ron Chai won the junior boys’ shot put.

Gavin Hughes won the open boys’ 1500m for St. James while Haydn LeGrand took the midget boys’ triple jump.

Nick Bannon of Centre Dufferin won the open boys’ 200m steeplechase, Taylor Greenwood took the junior girls’ 300m hurdles and Alyssa Tuohy won the senior girls’ high jump.

Emma Ruffett of Orangeville won the midget girls’ 80m hurdles and Jurnee Lord-Stafford won the midget girls’ high jump.

Kieran Gagnon of Westside was victorious in the junior boys’ high jump.

Nina Rodrigues of Wellington Heights claimed the win in the midget girls’ long jump.

College Heights had an individual win in senior girls’ long jump.

Centennial captured six relay victories as the Spartans won senior boys 4x200m relay and 4x100m relay, junior boys’ 4x200m relay and 4x100m relay, junior girls’ 4x100m relay and midget boys’ 4x100m relay.

The host Gaels won four relays as GCVI was triumphant in senior boys 4x800m relay, senior girls’ 4x100m relay and 1600m medley relay and midget girls’ 4x200m relay.

St. James also had four victories as the Lions took the senior boys’ 1600m medley relay, senior girls’ 4x800m relay and junior boys’ 4x800m relay and 1600m medley relay.

Centre Dufferin won the senior girls’ 4x200m relay while Centre Wellington took the midget boys’ 4x200m relay, Orangeville won the junior girls’ 4x800m relay, Ross won the midget girls’ 4x100m relay, St. John’s-Kilmarnock won the junior girls’ 1600m medley relay and Wellington Heights took the junior girls’ 4x200m relay.

The D4/10 championship meet is slated for Wednesday and Thursday at the St. James track and field facility.