9:30 p.m., Julyt 17)
Handful of east
end athletes qualify for Canadian Legion T&F Championships
By Fred Sherwin
Makinde from Fallingbrook is one of five east end athletes who will be competing
at the Canadian Legion Track and Field Championships in Sherbrooke next
month. File photo
The east end
will be well represented at the Canadian Legion Track and Field Championships
in Sherbrooke next month after five local athletes managed to make the qualifying
standard at the provincial Legion championships in Hamilton on July 11.
led the way with a first place finish in the U17 400 metres. The Canterbury
High School student was the only athlete in the field with a sub-50 to his
credit and ended up crossing the finish line in 50.33 seconds, well under
the qualifying time of 52.50 seconds.
qualified at two distances with a pair of second place performances in the
U17 100 and 200 metre races. The Colonel By Secondary School student was
the only person in either event final who was born in 1993. The rest of
the competitors were all born in '92, including Ike Omoruna who won both
Makinde was less
than a tenth of a second behind Omoruna in the 100 and only three one-hundreths
of second behind him in the 200. Both runners will be among the favourites
Brian Okeny will
also be competing in two events at the Canadian Legion Championships after
making the standard in the U17 long jump and triple jump.
third in the long jump with a leap of 6.68 metres, which is well beyond
the qualifying standard of 6.25 metres, and he placed third in the triple
jump with a leap of 13.21 metres, which is 70 centimetres better than the
qualifying strandard of 12.50 metres.
The Lester B.
Pearson High School student won both events at the National Capital high
school championships in June.
is the third east end athlete who will be competing in two events Sherbrooke.
The Louis Riel high school student made the qualifying standard in both
the U17 800 and 1500 metre finals despite placing fifth in both events.
the finish line in a time of 2:01.92 seconds in the 800 and then ran a 4:06.06
in the 1500. The qualifying standard for both distances is 2:02.00 and 4:08.00
The fifth east
end athlete to qualify for the Canadian Legion Championships is also the
only female athlete from the area to earn a spot in the national meet. Tania
Bambi placed third in the U15 80-metre hurdles with a personal best time
of 12.12 seconds.
The Louis Riel
high school student has improved greatly on her time since the high school
track season when she placed sixth in the midget girls 80-metre hurdles
at the OFSAA provincial championships in a time of 12.86.
Legion Championships brings together the top young athletes in the country
to compete in two age groups based on the calendar year. The U17 category
is for competitors born in 1993 or 1992 and the U15 age group consists of
competitors born in 1994 or earlier.
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