Nine locals advance on OFSAA track opening day

BELLEVILLE – Nine local competitors made it through the preliminary round of their events Thursday at the OFSAA provincial high school track and field championships.

Tessa Ladhani of Guelph CVI was the fastest qualifier in the junior girls’ 1,500 metres. She posted a time of four minutes, 49.85 seconds in winning the first heat. That time was 1/100th of a second faster than Lilly Tuck of Port Perry registered in winning the second heat.

Finishing second in qualifying in the girls’ 400 metres was the property of runners representing Guelph schools

Ashlan Best of Centennial had the second fastest time in senior girls’ 400 metres as she won the second heat in 56.15 seconds. Sharelle Samuel of Rockcliffe won the first heat in 55.66 seconds. Top two in each heat plus the next two fastest times qualified for the finals.

Tiana LoStracco of St. James won the third heat of the junior girls’ 400 metres in 58.59 seconds to qualify for the final. Helena Jovic of Nepean’s John McCrae won the first heat in 58.02 seconds.

Holy Steeneveld of Bishop Macdonell took the third heat of the midget girls’ 400 metres in 59.59 seconds. Anna Workman of Kingston CVI won the first heat in 59.15 seconds.

Haley Davis of Ross was second fastest qualifier in the midget girls’ 1,500 metres. She won the first heat in 4:50.92, a time beaten by 0.72 seconds by second heat winner Emma Betty of Ottawa’s Lisgar.

Cole Hannam of St. James qualified for the final in the open boys’ 2,000-metre steeplechase by finishing second in the first heat in 6:13.17. He’s the fourth fastest qualifier for the final. Fastest qualifier was second heat winner Marcel Scheele of St. Marys in 6:10.19.

Two locals qualified for the open girls’ 1,500-metre steeplechase final as Amy Dolderman of Centre Wellington was 10th fastest in 5:15.87 and Anna Bout of St. John’s-Kilmarnock was 11th fastest at 5:17.51. Mikenna Vanderheydenof Strathroy was fastest qualifier in a meet record time of 4:51.84. Top four in each heat and the next four fastest times qualified for the final.

Braydon Clarke of Erin got into the senior boys’ 1,500 metres final on time as he was 11th fastest qualifier in 4:00.65. Isaiah Frielink of Barrie’s Unity Christian was fastest qualifier at 3:58.18. Gavin Hughes of St. James was 20th at 4:15.32. Top four in each of two heats qualified for the final along with the next four fastest times.

Curtis Dawes of Centre Wellington was 12th fastest in the midget boys’ 400 metres in 54.45 seconds. Fastest qualifier at 50.32 seconds was Dillon Landon of Brockville’s Thousand Islands in 50.32. Top two in each heat and the next two fastest times qualified for the final.

All finals for Thursday preliminaries are to be run Friday.

There were no local field athletes in action Thursday.

The meet is to continue Friday and wrap up Saturday.

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