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'(Posted 9:30 p.m., Julyt 17)
Handful of east end athletes qualify for Canadian Legion T&F Championships
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Tolu 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.

Devin Biocchi 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.

Tolu Makinde 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 races.

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 in Sherbrooke.

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.

Okeny placed 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.

Mohamed Souleiman 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.

Souleiman crossed 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 respectively.

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.

The Canadian 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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