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'(Posted 8:30 a.m., Julyt 26)
Area athletes shine at Canadian Junior T&F Championships
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Fallingbrook resident Segun Makinde won a silver medal in the 100-metre final and a gold and bronze medal in the relays at the recent Canadian Junior Track and Field Championships in Charlottetown despite having to deal with leg problems. File photo

The far east end was well represented at the Canadian Junior Track and Field Championships in Charlottetown last month with no fewer than five local athletes managing to bring home a medal.

Segun Majkinde had high expectations heading into the meet, especially after running 10.47 in the 100 metres at the OFSAA East Region qualifying meet in June and a sub-22 second 200 at the OFSAA track and field championships a week later. Uinfortunately leg cramps would prevent from performing at 100 per cent in Charlottetown, but he still managed to bring home three medals including a silver in the 100-metre dash.

Makinde's problems started after the 100-metre semi-finals. After winning his semi-final in a very quick 10.56, he began experiencing some cramping in his right leg.

The problem flared up again the next day in the 100-metre final where, despite running well off his personal best, he still managed to cross the finish line in a time of 10.70 seconds, giood enough for second place. He wasn't so fortunate in the 200 which was run the next day. As he was coming out of the turn, he felt a twitch in his right hamstring causing him to lose valuable ground and finish a disappointing fourth.

After getting the leg worked on, he returned to the track and managed to help the Ottawa Lions Track and Field Club win bronze in the 4x100 metre relay and and gold in the 4x400 relay.

Fellow Orleans resident and Ottawa Lions member Devin Biocchi was also on both relay teams, while Cameron Smithers, who was part of the Colonel By Secondary School 4x100 relay team that won a gold medal at OFSAA along with Makinde, was also on the 4x100 relay team.

Both men made it to the 'B' final in their respective individual events. Biocchi placed fourth in the 400 metre 'B' final, while Smithers won the 'B' final in the 400-metre hurdles.

Former Cairine Wilson middle distance runner Rachel Aubry made it to the 'A' final of the 800 metres and finished a respectable fourth in a time of 2:11.59. She then helped the Ottawa Lions 'A' team set a new meet record in winning the 4x400 metre relay along with teammates Alicia Brown, Emilie Halle and Fiona Callendar.

Besides Segun Makinde, the only other east end athlete to win an individual medal at the Junior Championships was former St. Matthew High School student Mila Simulik who came third in the women's triple jump with a leap of 11.78 metres on her second to last attempt.

Makinde and Aubry will both be competing for Canada at the upcoming Pan Am Junior Championships in Trinidad, which get under way on July 31.

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