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(Updated 8:30 a.m., June 16)
East end athletes win bevy of medals at Ottawa Catholic school track and field championships

By Fred Sherwin
Orleans Online

Lindsay 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

Students from 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.

Lindsay Kary 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.

The 14-year-old 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.

"It was 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.

"That would 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.

David 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 Sherwin/Photo

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.

Beatrice-Desloges 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 100.

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

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