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'(Posted 8:30 a.m., Aug. 11)
East end athletes win four medals at Canadian Legion Track and Field Championships
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Fallingbrook resident Devin Biocchi has had busy but successful outdoor season on the track this summer winning a bevy of medals in his specialty the 400 metres. Fred Sherwin/Photo


The track and field season came to a successful end for three area athletes on Sunday with competition wrapping up at the Canadian Legion Championships in Sherbrooke.

Tolu Makinde, Devin Biocchi and Brian Okeny all managed to medal at the national youth championships which brings together the top 17 and under athletes in the country.

All three young men began their competitive track and field campaigns on May 12 at the NCSSAA East Conference meet. Since then Makinde and Okeny have competed in eight major meets, including the Canadian Legion Championships, while Biocchi has competed in 10 meets including the National Junior Championships in Charlottetown last month.

The Canterbury High School student has had a great summer season. Since failing to make the 400 metre final at the OFSAA provincial championships, he's won a gold medal over the distance in the 17 and under age group at the Ontario Legion Championships; he was the second fastest '92 born competitor in the 400 metres in Charlottetown where he place ninth and he was a member of the Ottawa Lions 4x400 relay team that won a gold medal at the same meet.

A week later he won individual gold at the Ontario Age Group Championships in Timmins with his third sub-50 performance of the season and this past weekend he covered the distance in 49.64 seconds to capture the bronze medal in the 17 and under age group at the Canadian Legion Championships.

Tolu Makinde's journey has been very similar to Biocchi's. A year younger than Biocchi, Makinde placed fourth in the junior boys 100 at OFSAA and 21st in the 200 metres after straining his hamstring in the preliminary heats.

Like Biocchi, he would bounce back at the Ontario Legion Championships where he won a pair of silver medals in the 100 and 200 metres competing in the 17-and-under age group as a 16-year-old..

Two weeks later he ran a career best 22.15 seconds to capture the gold medal in the 200 metre final at the Ontario Age Group Championships in the 16-and-under division and then added a silver medal in the 100.

The Colonel By Secondary School student put an exclamation point on his season this past weekend by capturing the bronze medal in the 200 metres and placing fourth place in the 100 metres in a new career best time of 10.90 seconds.

Brian Okeny didn't set any new personal bests in Sherbrooke, but he did win a pair of silver medals in the long jump and triple jump to go along with the gold and silver medals he won at the provincial age group championships,

The summer season offered Okeny a chance at redemption after he placed seventh in the senior boys long jump and ninth in the triple jump at the OFSAA provincial high school championships.

Fellow Lions club member Isaiah Moses also competed at the Legion championships and the Ontario Age Group Championships. The Gloucester High School student placed fourth in the 400 metres and sixth in the 200 metres at the age group championships and eighth in the 400 metres at the Canadian Legion Championships..

Gabriel Skupek-Martin, 16, captured the silver medal in the 300-metre hurdles in the 16-and-under age group in Timmins and placed ninth in the 400-metre hurdles in the 17-and-under division in Sherbrooke.

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