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'(Posted 7:30 a.m., May 30)
Colonel By sprinter rewrites the record books at OFSAA regional track and field meet
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Segun Makinde lunges across the finish line in record time to win the senior boys 200-metres at the Eastern Ontario Secondary School Track and Field Championships in Brockville on Friday. Fred Sherwin/Photo


Colonel By Secondary School sprinting sensation Segun Makinde had a day at the track on Friday that very few individuals have had in the history of high school sprinting in the province of Ontario.

Not only did he win all three of the individual events he was entered in at the Eastern Ontario Secondary School Track and Field Championships in Brockville, he did so in record smashing fashion.

Record number one came in the senior boys 100-metre hurdles where he finished five metres ahead of the field, knocking six-tenths of a second off the old meet record set by Tyler Fawcett in 2007 in the process.

Next up was the senior boys 100-metres. Running in lane five, he shaved more than a tenth of a second off the record held for the last 19 years by Ricardo Greenridge.

Makinde's third event of the day was the 200-metre final. Despite having already run five races including the heats, he crossed the finish line in a remarkable time of 21.27, shattering the mark held by former St. Mark's sprinter Todd Pyper by 0.34 seconds.

As his time was announced, Makinde fell to the track and raised his arms to the sky in exultation.

Makinde's three record breaking performances were sandwiched between two relay races. On Thursday, he ran the second leg on Colonel By's 4x100 relay team which knocked four tenths of second off the old meet record held by Thousand Islands Secondary School, and on Friday he ran the lead-off leg on Colonel By's 4x400 relay team which qualified for the OFSAA provincial championships with a fourth place finish.

But it was his three individual performances that won't soon be forgotten. To put them in perspective, if he runs the same times at the OFSAA provincial championships in Toronto next week he will rewrite the record books again.

Makinde's 13.51 in the 100-metre hurdles is eight-tenths of a second faster than the mark shared by Steve Yorston and Patrick Burke which they set 12 years ago in 1987, and his 10.47 in the 100 metres is only six one-hundreths of a second off Carleton Chambers 15-year-old mark of 10.41.

All three of his records fall within the qualifying standards for this summer's Pan Am Junior Games in Trinidad-Tobago, which was his goal heading into the high school track season.

Needless to say the 17-year-old sprinter was thrilled with his results.

"I feel very blessed. It's been a perfect day. Perfect weather. Perfect track. Perfect competition. Yesterday after we set the record in the 4x100 I was joking with the guys about possibly running a 10.50 in the 100 and then I ran a 10.47. It's been amazing," said Makinde after taking a moment to sign the first autograph of his blossoming career.

Makinde's confidence couldn't be higher as he prepares to compete in the last track meet of his high school career. Ideally, he'd like to go out as a triple gold medalist, but in track and field nothing is written in stone and anything can happen.

The only thing that is certain is that Makinde's performance on Friday will draw the attention of more than one major track program south of the border. All three of his times rank among the top five in all of North America according to American publication Track and Field News

The stands at next week's OFSAA provincials will no doubt be jammed packed with Division I coaches eager to see Makinde in action and salivating at the prospect of having him on their team.

For his part, Makinde has already decided to stay close to home next year and go to the University of Ottawa, but that hasn't stopped schools like Cornell and Columbia from trying their hardest to recruit him. The effort will only intensify next week with more schools jumping into the pool should Makinde continue to post the times he has up until now.

'(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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