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'(Posted 5:30 a.m., June 30)
Cougar pair turn in top individual athletic performances of the year
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Colonel By Cougars sprinter Segun Makinde turned in the top athletic performance of the year by a male athlete when he set a new Canadian high school record in the 110-metre hurdles at the OFSAA provincial track and field championships in June. Fred Sherwin/Photo


Every year OrleansOnline.ca tries to name one male and one female athlete who at one point during the past eight months raised their game to the next level in delivering the top athletic performances of the year and every year the decision gets increasingly more difficult.

Looking back on the top male athletic performances of the past year, several come to mind starting with Sir Wilfrid Laurier receiver Andrew Mullings who almost derailed the St. Peter Knights’ quest for a senior boys football championship single-handidly when he caught 12 passes for over 200 yards in the semi-finals.

Other memorable performances that stood out include Garnet Blais’ 25 point game for the St. Matthew Tigers in the senior boys city basketball championship; and Parker Morrison’s two tries for the St. Peter Knights in the AAA rugby championship.

But the single most memorable male performance of the year was turned in by Colonel By’s Segun Makinde who blew away the field in the final of the senior boys 110-meter hurdles at the OFSAA track and field championships in June.

His time of 13.36 lowered the eight year old Canadian high school record by nearly half a second. To put Makinde’s performance in some sort of perspective, his time would have been good enough to win the senior men’s race at the recent Canadian championships.

The 17-year-old, Grade 12 student came within an eyelash of one-upping himself the next day when he became only the second Canadian high schooler to run the 200 metres in under 21 seconds. Makinde’s time of 20.99 seconds was just four one-hundredths of a second shy of Atlee Mahorn’s 25 year old standard of 20.95.

Switching to the top female athletic performances of the year, Louis Riel’s Haisha Cantave deserves an honourable mention for her two goal performance in the final of the senior girls AAA provincial championship in June.

Cantave passed up on competing at the OFSAA track and field championships in order to help her team win a gold medal. She qualified for the track and field championships in both the junior girls 100 and 200 metres after winning a gold and silver medal in the respective events at the OFSAA East Region meet in Brockville.

Honourable mention also goes to Colonel By’s Kathryn Tuck who won two individual gold medals at the East Region meet in the junior girls 800 and 1500-metres and then helped Colonel By win a gold medal in the Open girls 4x400 metre relay.

But the distinction of turning in the top female athletic performance of the year goes to Rachelle Beanlands who stood on her head in stopping more than a dozen shots in the Colonel By Cougar’s loss to the Louis Riel Rebelles on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals of the OFSAA ‘AAA’ senior girls soccer championships. At least four of the saves were of the acrobatic variety, including three spectacular stops against Cantave.

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