p.m., June 12)
East end students
strike gold at OCDSB track and field championships
By Fred Sherwin
Mohammed (left) and Cameron Slupeiks from Henry Munro Middle School show
off the medals they won at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board track
and field championships on Thursday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
District School Board held its annual intermediate track and field championships
for students in Grades 6, 7 and 8 at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility on
Thursday and a number of area students did well collecting 16 gold, five
silver and five bronze medals.
Henry Munro Middle School in Beacon Hill led the way with seven gold medals
and one silver.
won two gold in the Atom boys 800 and 1500 metres. The provincial level
swimmer set a new board record in the 1500, covering the distance in 4:58.78
seconds. (The previous record was 5:06.65 held by former Queenswood Public
School student Trevor Doucette.) He then won the 800 by more than seven
that just six months ago he wasn't able to complete the two kilometre course
at the board cross country championships.
really surprised. I expected to do well at the northeast meet, but here
the competition is a lot higher so I wasn't sure what to expect," said
Slupeiks who swims with the Greater Ottawa Kinfgfish and has qualified for
the provincial junior championships in four different events.
Grade 8 student
Yahye Mohammed won a pair of medals as well. After winning double gold in
Grade 6 and Grade 7 over 800 and 1500 metres, Mohammed claimed the gold
medal in the 1500 metres and a silver at 800 on Thursday despite not having
trained for the event.
"I was concentrating
more on basketball this year so I didn't really train so," said Mohammed
who is a member of the Gloucester Wolverines Bantam AA team. "I was
actually going to quit, but my coach told me to do it, so I did. Now that
I did it, I think I'm going to keep doing it."
other gold medists were Sabir Katawazi in the Bantam boys 100 with a time
if 12.95 seconds; Stephen Clark in the Atom boys softball toss with a throw
of 46.37 metres; Chu Zhang Han in the Bantam boys triple jump with a leap
of 10.08 metres; and Waris Neyazi who added a gold medal in the Intermediate
boys long jump to the gold medals he won in Grade 6 and Grade 7. Neyazi
leapt 5.69 metres despite having to compete with an injured hamstring.
Students from Henry Larsen Elementary School in Orléans also did exceptionally
well at the board-wide meet. Nathan Egert won the Atom boys 100-metres in
a time of 13.61 seconds; Ben Cooke won the Intermediate 400-metres in a
time of 57.05 seconds; Natasha Kaasalainen finished second in the Intermediate
girls long jump with a leap of 4.38 seconds and Kaitlanne Beauregard won
the silver medal in the Intermediate girls high jump with a leap of 10.08
Emily Carr Middle School in Blackburn Hamlet had a trio of gold medalists
as Amandepp Litt placed first in the Atom girls long jump, Taylor Wells
won the Bantam girls 100-metres and Keonta Mouaga won a gold medal in the
Intermediate boys high jump.
Kira Barnowski from Maple Ridge Elementary School in Fallingbrook struck
gold in the Bantam girls high jump; Brooklyn McAlear-Fanus from Orleans
Wood Elementary School won a gold medal in the Atom girls high jump; and
Nick Deschamps from Heritage Public School captured a gold medal in the
Bantam boys high jump.
Other east end students who won medals include Anne Gauthier from Emily
Carr Middle School who came second in the Bantam girls 100-metres and third
in the 200; fellow Emily Carr student Sydney Smith won a silver medal in
the Atom girls 1500 metres and a bronze medal in the 200 metres; Will Vincent
from Maple Ridge Elementary School claimed silver in the Atom boys high
jump with a leap of 1.35 metres; Sabrina Prem won medal bronze in the Atom
girls 100 metres and Jamie Loh from Emily Carr won bronze in the Intermediate
girls long jump.
was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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