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'(Posted 8:30 a.m., Aug. 8)
East end pair reach event finals at PanAm Junior Track and Field Championships
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Orleans resident and Cairine Wilson grad Rachel Aubry ran a career best 2:05.46 to finish fourth in the 800 metres at the PanAm Junior Track and Field Championships in Trinidad last week. File photo

When Segun Makinde and Rachel Aubry left for the PanAm Junior Track and Field Championships in Trinidad on July 30, they boarded the plane with a lot on their minds.

Both athletes were coming off sub-par performances at the National Junior Championships in Charlottetown the week before and both athletes were looking forward to the chance to redeem themselves.

Makinde was one of the favourites heading into the junior championships in both the 100 and 200 metres

The 18-year-old Colonel By grad ran the second fastest time ever posted by a Canadian high schooler over 200 metres with a 20.99 at the OFSAA provincial championships in June. The week before, he set a new meet record in the 100 metres with a 10.47 at the OFSAA East Region qualifying meet in Brockville.

Makinde started off fairly strong in Charlottetown, winning his 100 metre preliminary heat in a time of 10.69 seconds. He then won his semi-final in 10.56 seconds. The next day in the event final his right hamstring started to give him problems and he finished a distant second to Akeem Haynes from Calgary in a very pedestrian like time of 10.70 seconds.

In the afternoon session, he easily won his 200 metre preliminary heat, but his time of 21.90 seconds was only good enough to qualify him in the third position.

In the 200 metre final on Sunday, the hamstring problems resurfaced and he briefly lost his form on the turn. The momentary lapse would prove costly as he ended up finishing in fourth place.

Aubry's performance in the 800 was no less disappointing. After winning gold at the Ontario Junior Championships, she was looking forward to medaling in Charlottetown and possibly finishing as high as second or even first. Instead, she ran her slowest race of the season and ended up finishing fourth.

Fortunately for both runners, they had a full two weeks to heal their wounds, both physically and mentally, before jetting off to Trinidad.

Fully healed by the time he arrived in Port-of-Spain, Makinde just missed qualifying for the 100 metre final. His time of 10.51 seconds was 0.04 seconds slower than the eighth place runner.

Unbowed and more determined than ever to make the 200 metre final, he returned to the track the next day and turned in the sixth fastest time in the preliminaries with a 21.36. He ran faster still in the final, but could do no better than eighth, finishing just behind fellow Canadian Rohan Stewart.

Unlike Makinde, who qualified in two individual events, Aubry only had to focus on the 800 metres. She opened a few eyes in the preliminaries when she won her heat in a time of 2:08.13, which was just off her personal best of 2:07.96.

Heading into the final, her strategy was to try and stick with the leaders and then kick her way to the finish line. Her plans went out the window after the first 100 metres. Rosa Maria Blanco from Brazil took the race out extremely fast and everyone struggled to keep up. Aubry was sitting in seventh place when she decided to make a run for the finish line with about 150 metres left in the race. She managed to pass two or three runners and ended up finishing in fourth place behind teammate Helen Crofts.

"When I looked up at the scoreboard I saw that the Cuban girl had run 2:03 something and I knew I was close enough to possibly get a new PB. When they put up the second place finisher, then the third place finish and then fourth I was pretty excited," says Aubry, who is back in Ottawa training with the Lions.

The time on the scoreboard beside her name flashed 2:05.42 seconds, a new career best by more than two and a half seconds.

"I wasn't sure I had a 2:05 in me, but the race went out really fast and I had a strong finish," says Aubry, who credits the combination of strong base training while at the University of Guelph with the speed work she's done with the Lions at the beginning of the outdoor season.

After her strong performance in the 800, Aubry was selected to run in the 4x400 relay with Jenessa Olson, Christine Love and Crofts. The girls initially placed fourth, but were bumped up to third when Team USA was disqualified for cutting in on the lanes two soon. The Americans successfully appealed the decision, but during the review the officials ruled that one of the Jamaican runners had cut off one of the Americans and so the Jamaican team was disqualified.

The review process took so long that they ended up skipping the medal presentation. In fact, the Canadian girls still haven't received their bronze medals more than a week later.

"I guess we'll get them later. I'm not really sure," says Aubry who is still walking on cloud nine after representing her country on the international stage for the first time.

For Makinde it was his third time wearing the Canadian singlet. He competed in the World Youth Championships in the Czech Republic in 2007 and he went to the Commonwealth Youth Games last year.

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