8:30 a.m., Julyt 26)
shine at Canadian Junior T&F Championships
By Fred Sherwin
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local
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