5:30 a.m., June 30)
turn in top individual athletic performances of the year
By Fred Sherwin
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
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.
performances that stood out include Garnet Blais 25 point game for
the St. Matthew Tigers in the senior boys city basketball championship;
and Parker Morrisons two tries for the St. Peter Knights in the AAA
But the single
most memorable male performance of the year was turned in by Colonel Bys
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 Makindes performance in some sort of perspective, his
time would have been good enough to win the senior mens race at the
recent Canadian championships.
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. Makindes time of 20.99 seconds was just four
one-hundredths of a second shy of Atlee Mahorns 25 year old standard
the top female athletic performances of the year, Louis Riels Haisha
Cantave deserves an honourable mention for her two goal performance in the
final of the senior girls AAA provincial championship in June.
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.
also goes to Colonel Bys 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 Cougars 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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