Locals claim four medals, three gold, at OFSAA track

BELLEVILLE – It was a golden Friday for local athletes at the OFSAA provincial high school track and field championships.

Of the four medals won Friday by athletes from local schools, three were gold. The other was a bronze.

Ashlan Best of Centennial claimed gold in the senior girls’ 400 metres. She won with a time of 53.51 seconds and that was less than 2/10ths of a second off the meet record of 53.32 seconds set in 1980 by Charmaine Crooks who went on to compete in five Olympic Games for Canada, winning silver in the 4×400 metre relay in 1984.

Tiana LoStracco of St. James captured gold in the junior girls’ 400 metres. She recorded a winning time of 56.36 seconds.

Haley Davis of Ross was the other gold medalist as she took the midget girls’ 1,500 metres. Davis finished the event in 4:37.96.

Cole Hannam of St. James won bronze in the boys’ 2,000-metre steeplechase. Hannam finished in 5:59.04 while Marcel Scheele of St. Marys won in 5:56.07 and Alex Drover of Kingston CI was second in 5:57.68.

Anna Bout of St. John’s-Kilmarnock was fifth in the girls’ 1,500-metre steeplechase in 5:11.91. Mikenna Vanderheyden of Strathroy won in 4:46.54, a meet record, while Avery Dolderman of Centre Wellington was eighth in 5:12.50.

Holly Steeneveld of Bishop Macdonell finished fifth in the midget girls’ 400 metres in 59.04 seconds. Anna Workman of Kingston CI won in 56.68 seconds.

Braydon Clarke of Erin, who’s to attend the University of Guelph in the fall and run both cross country and track for the Gryphons, was sixth in the senior boys’ 1,500 metres. He posted a time of 3:59.32 while Isaiah Frielink of Unity Christian of Barrie won in 3:54.66.

Von Davis of St. James finished seventh in the senior girls’ 100 metres in a time of 12.35 seconds. Eunice Boateng of Scarborough Cedarbrae won in 12.06 seconds. Davis had been the fastest in the morning qualifying.

Tessa Ladhani of Guelph CVI was eighth in the junior girls’ 1,500 metres in a time of 4:53.62. Lilly Tuck of Port Perry won in 4:37.36.

Spencer Wright of Lourdes was eighth in the junior boys’ triple jump with a best leap of 12.53 metres. Aaron Barton of Brantford’s Pauline Johnson won with a leap of 13.67 metres.

Sequoia Kim of GCVI was 13th in the junior girls’ long jump with a leap of 4.80 metres. Sarah Saldutto of Welland Notre Dame won with a jump of 5.84 metres.

Bryce Sukhdeo of Ross cleared 1.60 metres to place 17th in midget boys’ high jump. Quinton Duemo of St. Francis of St. Catharines won by clearing 1.85 metres

Both local relay teams in the girls’ 4×400-metre event qualified for Saturday’s final. Top two in each of three heats and the next fastest two times gained berths in the final.

The GCVI team of Ladhani, Jordyn Farquarson, Madi Jarvis and Sara Farquarson finished second in their heat at 4:03.49. Centennial’s squad of Kaitlynn Meier-Ross, Amber Champagne, Lauren Zonneveld and Best were third in their faster heat, but their time of 4:01.50 got them into the final.

The meet is to wrap up today.


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