11 a.m., July 11)
high school hurdler earns berth on World Junior team
By Fred Sherwin
high schooler Keira Christie-Galloway is heading to the
World Junior Championships in Poland next month after
finishing second in the junior women's 100-metre hurdles
at the Canadian Track and Field Championships in Edmonton
lost to Mariam Abdul-Rashid by just one one-hundredth
of a second in the final, crossing the finish line in
just 17 years of age, Christie-Galloway, who will be entering
Grade 12 at St. Matthew High School this fall, was the
youngest person in the race. Her rival, Abdul-Rashid,
just finished her freshman year at the University of Texas.
difference in the race came down to the final hurdle which
Christie-Galloway brushed with her trailing leg causing
her to stumble just enough to allow Abdul-Rashid to nip
her at the wire.
thought it was a bit slow. I felt like I ran my heart
out and I still only ran a 13.73," said Christie-Galloway,
admitting to feeling a few butterflies before the start
of the race. "I was a little nervous. I wanted to
perform well in front of the other junior team members.
I just didn't show it."
women will be competing at the World Junior Championships
after besting the qualifying standard of 14.20 seconds
earlier this year.
is having a stellar season having broken Perdita Filicien's
18-year-old OFSAA senior girls record at the OFSAA provincial
high school championships in June, and Priscilla Lopes-Schlieps
U19 provincial record.
and Lopes-Schliep have both competed for Canada at the
east end athlete, Olawesegun Makinde, finished fifth in
the senior men's 100-metre final. Makinde is a graduate
of Colonel By Secondary School (Class of 2011).
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