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(Updated 12:30 p.m., June 12)
East end students strike gold at OCDSB track and field championships

By Fred Sherwin
Orleans Online

Yahye 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

The Ottawa-Carleton 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.

Students from Henry Munro Middle School in Beacon Hill led the way with seven gold medals and one silver.

Cameron Slupeiks 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 seconds.

Not considering that just six months ago he wasn't able to complete the two kilometre course at the board cross country championships.

"Yeah, I'm 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."

Henry Munro's 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 metres.

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.

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

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