Louis Riel foursome wins relay gold at provincial high
Jonathan Mufuta, Bedi Ndinsil, Nicolas Renaud
and Benjamin Dufour recently won the gold
medal in the midget boys 4x100 relay at the
OFSAA provincial track and field championship
in Oshawa. Photo supplied
a medal at the OFSAA provincial high school championships
is one of the most difficult achievements in high school
sports. Winning a gold medal is harder still.
into the midget boys 4x100 relay event at the recent OFSAA
track and field championships in Oshawa, the Louis Riel
midget boys team of Jonathan Mufuta, Benjamin Dufour,
Bedi Ndinsil and Nick Renaud were seeded fifth having
placed second at the East Region qualifying meet in Belleville.
their expectations were relatively low until they burned
up the track in their openind heat in a time of 46.79
which was the second fastest overall time heading into
most successful relay teams have one or two individual
medalists in their line-up. For instance, the last team
from a local high school to win a relay gold at OFSAA
was the Colonel By boys 4x100 relay team in 2008. That
foursome was anchored by Segun Makinde who set a new Canadian
interscholastic record in the 110-metre hurdles earlier
that same meet.
Louis Riel team all had mediocre results in their respective
events. Only one of them even made an individual final,
that being Dufour who placed 7th in the 300-metre hurdles.
Mufuta and Ndinsil both placed 19th in their respective
preliminary heats in the 100 and 400, and Renaud didn't
even qualify for OFSAA in his specialty the 200 metres.
they had no business being on the track in the 4x100 final,
collectively they ran the race of their lives.
to the main event, the Louis Riel coaches told the boys
to try and stay relaxed, espeically during the all-important
got things going with a relatively fast opening 100. When
he handed the baton off to Renaud they were in a virtual
dead heat with two or three other teams. Renaud maintained
their position during the second leg before passing the
baton to Ndinsil raced around the bend like a hoop around
a barrel to give the Rebelles a slight lead.
the fourth and final exchange an extra careful Mufuta
was nearly at a dead stop when he recieved the baton from
his teammate, allowing the team from Michael Power/St.
Joseph High School to briefly take the lead.
in a state of panic, Mufuta managed to power past his
opposite number in the first 15 metres and took it home
in a time of 45.20 seconds, more than a second and half
better than the time they set in the heats.
was one of those magical moments when everything comes
together and the result is pure perfection or darn close
to it. For Mufuta, Dufour, Ndinsil and Renaud winning
the gold medal in the relay is a dream come true.
sure all four boys did exactly what they needed. Ben had
an awesome start. Nick held our spot throught the second
leg. When Bedi ran the third leg, I knew for sure we would
finish on the podium, but then Jonathan slowed up to take
the exchange which had me a little worried, but then he
just exploded down the stretch and brought it home for
us. It was an incredible run," said their coach Sebastien
Ndinsil and Mufuta used their 19th place finishes in their
respective individual races to fuel their performances
in the final.
didn't really get my chance in the 400, and I knew we
had a shot in the relay. For sure, I didn't want to go
home empty-handed," said Ndinsil.
he only got to run the relay at OFSAA, Renaud spent much
of his time between the heat and the final pumping up
just wanted to get everyone as hyped as possible so we
could go all out," said Renaud.
his part, Mufuta only had one thing on his mind -- get
the baton cleanly and run like hell.
wasn't really nervous at all I was just chilling and then
when I got the baton from Bedi it was go time," said
man who got the team of on the right foot was Dufour who
was able to watch the entire race unfold in front of him
after the first exchange with Renaud.
was amazing. As soon as Bedi gave the baton to Jon I knew
we were going to win the gold," said Dufour. "Our
goal was to try and get on the podium and realistically
we thought we had a chance at bronze, but to win gold...
relay gold was the lone medal won by area athletes competing
in Oshawa. While a number of them managed to achieve personal
bests in their respective events, for most the provincial
championhips ended in disappointment.
Dufour, only one other east end athlete managed to qualify
for an individual final. Alexia Lamothe from Cairine Wilson
finished 7th in the senior girls 100-metre hurdles after
failing to make the final in the 400-metre hurdles which
is usually her stronger event.
Dufour and Lamothe, only one other east end athlete managed
to finish in the top 10. That being Isabelle Larocque
from Samuel Genest who placed 10th in the junior girls
complete listing of all the east end athletes who competed
at the OFSAA provincial championships can be seen below...
100-metres 19th (11.77) Jonathan Mufuta, Louis Riel
400-metres 19th (55.31) Bedi Ndinsil, Louis Riel
300-metre hurdles 7th (43.32) Benjamin Dufour, Louis Riel
Long Jump 22nd (4.89m) Oliver Ng, Colonel By
4x100 Relay 1st (45.25) Jonathan Mufuta, Nicholas Renaud,
Bedi Ndinsil and Benjamin Dufour, Louis Riel
4x100 Relay 18th (48.20) Muyiwa Womiloju, Brent Zhang,
Matthew Tung and Jay Weng, Colonel By
Triple Jump 19th (11.68m) Jibrel Jama, Louis Riel
Javelin 14th (43.37m) Dylan Jesso, Cairine Wilson
Pole Vault 23rd (NH) Dominique Leduc, Louis Riel
4x100 Relay 14th (48.04) Joel Roy-Couvillon, Jibrel
Jama, Pierre-Andre K-Mwaka and Jonathan Mukishi, Louis
100-metres 15th (12.69) Regina Rimadji, Louis Riel
200-metres 13th (26.18) Regina Rimadji, Louis Riel
800-metres 21st (2:33.52) Sydney Smith, Colonel By
Javelin 10th (29.89m) Isabelle Larocque, Samuel Genest
3000-metres 12th (8:43.80) Adam Richardson, Colonel By
Javelin 19th (40.37) Josh Rector, Colonel By
4x100 Relay 10th (44.49) Marc Bitar, Jeff Graham, Trevor
Melcher and Liam Moore, Colonel By
400-metres 15th (1:00.03) Marie-Ève Dahms, Beatrice-Desloges
400-metres 17th (1:00.68) Annie Dai, Colonel By
100-metre hurdles 7th (14.45) Alexia Lamothe, Cairine
400-metre hurdles 11th (1:04.78) Alexia Lamothe, Cairine
Pole Vault 18th (2.40m) Kori Sirrs, Colonel By
Open 1500 metre Steeplechase 10th (5:19.83) Maggie Scheunert,
4x400 Relay 10th (4:02.74) Alannah McBride, Esther Raji,
Sydney Smith and Annie Dai, Colonel By
11:30 a.m., June 12)
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