Lee soars to senior boys’ individual title at CWOSSA
Rob Massey/Guelph Sports Journal
CAMBRIDGE – At his first meet since signing his letter of intent to attend the University of Guelph and compete on the school’s varsity track and field team, Adam Lee of the Ross Royals claimed the senior boys’ individual championship at the CWOSSA track and field championship meet at Jacob Hespeler Secondary School.
Lee won all three events he was in – two of them going at the same time – to claim the division title.
Lee won the senior boys’ high jump Wednesday and the long jump and pole vault Thursday when he had to run between the two events. Fortunately for him, they were located fairly close together.
“(They are) two different jumps for sure,” he said. “Pole vault was trickier because I hadn’t practised in just over a week so I was a little bit rusty. Long jump just comes from muscle memory. I’ve been doing it a long time. That’s the event I started in, but I was literally running back and forth between the two events.”
While he competed in eight individual events at a one-day meet earlier this spring, high school track and field rules limit him to three individual events. Lee’s an athlete who thrives under pressure and he delivered at Hespeler.
“The pole vault, I was really scaring myself,” he said. “I had two faults on a lot of the heights and I didn’t know where it was going to take me. I just had to compose myself for the third attempts.
“Long jump, I would run over to long jump and my adrenaline would still be there. I was fast on the runway today and I think that was a big reason why I jumped far. I had to handle myself well and I feel like I did.”
Lee jumped that far that he set a new CWOSSA meet record with a winning leap of 7.16 metres. Second-place finisher Kenny Siharath of Kitchener’s Cameron Heights jumped 7.11 metres to also beat the previous meet record of 7.00 metres set seven years ago.
Lee also won high jump by clearing 1.95 metres and he got over the bar when it was at 4.15 metres to take the pole vault title.
“It’s just kind of the ideal situation for me right now,” he said. “I don’t think it’s all processed, hasn’t hit me yet. I’m super happy with the season health wise, but I had a little bit of a scare last night. Out of nowhere I had a back injury that flared up. I could hardly walk the night before and the morning of, but somehow it healed up and I was able to compete at nearly full health.
“I’m happy, I’m surprised and I don’t know how it happened, but I’m glad it did.”
Tennessee Tremain of the Guelph CVI Green Gaels was co-champion in the midget boys’ class. Tremain, Trent Frede of Waterloo CI and Ryan Caughy of Walkerton Sacred Heart each won two events.
Tremain’s wins came in the 1,500 metres and 3,000 metres.
Joanna Hui of the Centennial Spartans and Haley Davis of Ross finished in a tie for third in the junior girls’ class with two wins apiece.
Tiana LoStracco of the St. James Lions had two wins to finish tied for second in the senior girls’ class.
In the team standings, GCVI took the midget boys’ title with 57 points, two more than runner-up Cameron Heights. St. James tied for second in senior girls and Ross was third in senior boys.
Hui won the junior girls’ 100m and 200m while Davis took the junior girls’ 800m and 1,500m.
LoStracco was victorious in the senior girls’ 400m and 800m.
Sammy Lapps of GCVI and Aidan Hinsperger of Sacred Heart tied for first in the midget boys’ 100m with a time of 11.83 seconds. Judges scoured photos of the finish to try to break the tie, but they couldn’t.
Natalia Van Esch of Centre Wellington won the midget girls’ high jump by clearing 1.50 metres.
Tessa Ladhani of GCVI was victorious in the senior girls’ 1,500m in 4:54.87.
Lauren Stevens of Ross won the senior girls’ javelin with a best throw of 33.94m.
Centre Wellington A won the open girls’ 4×400 metres relay while St. James A was second and GCVI C was third.
Top five in each event qualified for next week’s OFSAA West championship meet at Windsor.