a.m., June 16)
East end athletes
win bevy of medals at Ottawa Catholic school track and field championships
By Fred Sherwin
Kary from St. Matthew High School crosses the finish line in the midget
girls 800-metres almost 60 metres ahead of her nearest competition during
the Ottawa Catholic school intermediate track and field championships on
Monday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Ottawa's Catholic schools gathered at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility on
Monday to compete in the city wide intermediate track and field championships
for students in Grade 7 and Grade 8.
from St. Matthew High School was the east end's only double gold medalist.
After winning the midget girls 1500 metres by nearly 11 seconds she did
the same thing in the 800, crossing the finish line in a time of 2:34.74.
Grade 8 student started running with her father when she was in Grade 4
and is equally adept on road courses as she is on the track. During the
recent Ottawa Race Weekend, she finished second in her age group and second
overall among female competitors in the MDS Nordion 5K.
pretty hot when I was running today," Kary said after completing the
800-metres. "I'm very happy with my times."
Kary plans to
continue running in Grade 9 and hopes to qualify for the OFSAA provincial
championships in both cross country and track and field.
be pretty awesome," she said.
David Pagal from
St. Peter High School won the gold medal in the grueling midget boys pentathlon
in which each competition must take part in the high jump, 100-metres, shot
put, long jump and 800-metres.
Pagal from St. Peter High School placed first in the midget boys pentathlon
at the Ottawa Catholic School track and field championships on Monday. Fred
The Grade 8 student
won the 100-metres and the long jump, placed second in the high jump and
came in fourth in the shot put. He had a slim 28-point lead heading into
the 800, which was the fifth and final event. Despite placing fifth in the
race, his time was fast enough to give him the gold medal.
"I was trying
to pace myself (in the 800) but it didn't really work out," said an
exhausted Pagal after the race. "I'm actually surprised at how well
I did. It was really sunny and I got really dehydrated."
Three other athletes
from St. Pete's won medals -- Corey Bisson won a silver medal in the bantam
boys 100-metres, Cassandra Maier finished third in the bantam girls discus
and Greg Kotekaas was third in the bantam boys discus.
had four athletes make it onto the podium. Martin Goudreault placed second
in the midget boys 200 and 400; Kylee Official came in second in the midget
girls shot put; Christian Gervais placed third in the bantam boys long jump;
and Teddy Dumont and Tyrone Pierre placed second and third respectively
in the midget boys 100 and long jump.
Last but not
least, Natalie Skotnicki from St. Matt's placed second in the bantam girls
high jump and Alex Lafleur from Garneau finished third in the bantam boys
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