Fourteen athletes from Orléans and the surrounding area will be competing at the OFSAA provincial track and field championships in Ottawa this weekend, led by sprint hurdler and long jumper Timeo Atonfo from École secondaire publique Gisèle-Lalonde who qualified in three different events.
Atonfo won the junior boys 110-metre hurdles and both the long jump and triple jump at last week’s East Regional qualifying meet in Ottawa. He is hoping to repeat the success he had at last year’s provincial championships where he won the novice boys 300-metre hurdles and placed second in the 100-metre hurdles. This year, he has decided to focus on the shorter distance and the long and triple jump.
|Gisèle-Lalonde hurdler Timeo Atonfo storms to a win in the junior boys 100-metre hurdles in meet record time at the OFSAA East Regionals on June 2. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO
It paid off last week with a first place finish in the junior boys long jump were he leapt a distance of 6.48 metres on his fourth of six attempts. The following day he soared 13.57 metres to win the triple jump by nearly a metre just minutes after setting a new meet record in the prelininary heats of the junior boys 100-metre hurdles.
The record stood for a little over two hours before Atonfo lowered it even further in the final, covering the 100-metre distance in 13.76 seconds. The old record was 13.91 seconds set by Mathew Ferguson from Perth in 2014.
Atonfo is likely to be the prohibitive favourite in the 100-metre hurdles heading into the provincial championships, expecially considering he will have the extra motivation of running in front of his friends and family.
Zachary Jeggo from École secondaire publique Louis-Riel also qualified for the provincial championships in three different events. He won both the junior boys 300-
metre hurdles and the 400 metres and placed third in the 200-metres.
Other area athletes who will be joining Atonfo and Jeggo at the OFSAA meet this weekend are Jeggo’s teammate Daniel Cova, who placed second in the junior boys 800 metres and third in the 1500; Danica Mulvihill, also from Louis-Riel, who won the senior girls 100 metres and placed third in the 100-metre hurdles; and Mason Brennan from Colonel By Secondary School who placed second in the junior boys 100-metre hurdles and third in the 300-metre hurdles.
Here is a complete list of area athletes who qualified for the OFSAA provincial championship...
Long Jump 3rd Émilie Kelly, Bétrice-Desloges 4.67m
100 metres 1st Danica Mulvihill, Louis-Riel 12.80
3000 metres 2nd Olivia Baggley, Gloucester 10:23.85
100-metre hurdles 3rd Danica Mulvihill, Louiis Riel 15.54
Javelin 3rd Teresa Nze Medja, Gloucester 27.79
400 metres 2nd Taisei Tan, Béatrice-Desloges 54.90
1500 metres 3rd Owen Siderus, Colonel By 4:19.73
1500 metres 4th Austin Walker Colnel By 4:22.63
3000 metres 2nd Owen Siderus, Colonel By 9:40.41
200 metres 3rd Zachary Jeggo, Louis-Riel 22.63
200 metres 4th Ibrahim Domiati, Louis-Riel 22.82
400 metres 1st Zachary Jeggo, Louis-Riel 50.17! NR
800 metres 2nd Daniel Cova, Louis-Riel 2:01.23
1500 metres 3rd Daniel Cova, Louis-Riel 4:11.99
100-metre hurdles 1st Timeo Atonfo, Gisèle-Lalonde 13.76! NR
100-metre hurdles 2nd Mason Brennan, Colonel By 14.75
300-metre hurdles 1st Zachary Jeggo, Louis-Riel 39.80
300-metre hurdles 3rd Mason Brennan, Colonel By 42.36
Long Jump 1st Timeo Atonfo, Gisèle-Lalonde 6.48m
Long Jump 2nd Aleem Khaida, Colonel By 6.15m
Triple Jump 1st Timeo Atonfo, Gisèle-Lalonde 13.57m
Triple Jump 3rd Aleem Khaida, Colonel By 12.56m
4x100 relay 1st Louis-Riel (Zachary Jeggo, Ibrahim Domiati, Bradley Vilson and Basirou Sorné) 44.86! NR
100 metres 4th John Byrne, St. Matts 11.01
400-metre hurdles 3rd Nathaniel McNeil, St. Peter 59.44
Shot Put 1st Aaron Mukiwa, Gloucester 13.05m
High Jump 2nd Shawn Pierre-Louis, Gisèle-Lalonde 1.80m
High Jump 4th Kyle Waldrum, Cairine Wilson 1.70m
Javelin 3rd Noah Harnish, Louis-Riel 39.12m
Javelin 4th Dustin Coldrey, Colonel By 39.06m