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(Posted 11 a.m., July 11)
Local high school hurdler earns berth on World Junior team
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Orléans 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 on Sunday.

Christie-Galloway lost to Mariam Abdul-Rashid by just one one-hundredth of a second in the final, crossing the finish line in 13.73 seconds.

At 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.

The 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.

"I 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."

Both women will be competing at the World Junior Championships after besting the qualifying standard of 14.20 seconds earlier this year.

Christie-Galloway 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-Schliep’s U19 provincial record.

Filicien and Lopes-Schliep have both competed for Canada at the Summer Olympics.

Another 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).

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)


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