WCSSAA track and field was this past week on Wednesday and Thursday at Jacob Hespeler Secondary School.

Starting out with field events, the midget girls’ high jump competition came close to breaking a record on Wednesday after the 2016 WCSSAA champion Karley Breen (WCI) cleared 1.51m but just missed the current WCSSAA record of 154. In second place, clearing 1.48 was KCI’s Emily Smith, who was also the WCSSAA champion for the midget girls’ pole vault with 2.20. Thomas Weigl (JHSS) was the winner for the senior men’s pole vault and he set a new WCSSAA record with a height of 4.62m.

WCI’s Isabelle Lyn won the midget women’s long jump at 4.65m. The midget women’s triple jump champion was Deanna Meacher from Jacob Hespeler (10.42m), and the midget men’s long jump and triple jump first place winner was Walter Le (GPSS).

WCI’s Adeolu Banjoko won WCSSAA gold in the senior women’s long jump (4.74m) as well as triple jump (9.96m). Also winning both categories, Ryan Taylor from Huron Heights finished first, jumping 7.04m (long jump) and 14.86m (triple jump).

In the track events, KCI proved to have some strong runners, placing first multiple times. The Laurie sisters, Lizzy and Christine, continue to lead the pack as Christine placed first in the senior women’s 1500m, 800m and fourth in the 400m run. Lizzy finished fourth in the 800m, the 1500m and sixth in the 400m.

The Laurie sisters aren’t KCI’s only top runners, though. Grade ten student Mackenzie Morgan has proved that she can hold her own and bring home gold, and on Wednesday afternoon she placed first in the junior girls’ 1500m run (5:22.22), 400m (1:01.98), and 800m (2:21.26).

The midget girls’ 100m dash winner was Rebecca Ampopowah, who was also first in the midget girls’ 200m dash. In second and third, both from Cameron Heights, were Jessie Ramseyer and Tayjah Bryan. In the midget men’s 100m finals, Misha Melnyk (SJAM) finished in first with a time of 12.03 and was also the winner of the midget men’s 200m with a time of 24.81.

Korbett Cator from Grand River Collegiate broke the 2011 WCSSAA midget boys 1500m of 4:27.21 with a time of 4:19.55.

Tyra Boug from Huron Heights finished the Junior Women’s 200m dash with a time of 25.33 seconds and was also first in the 300m and the 80m hurdles. John Fish from SJAM was the WCSSAA champion for the senior men’s 800m and 1500m. Preston’s Brendan Ford won the senior men’s 400m hurdles in 58.81 seconds.

Emily Huras from Waterloo-Oxford won the junior girls 3000m, finishing with a time of 11:44.27. Mitchell Mowbray from KCI was first in the men’s 3000m at 10:34.50.

WCI, SJAM, Cameron Heights and Jacob Hespeler dominated relays in all age categories. For the midget girls’ relay, Cameron Heights finished first, in second place SJAM, and in third Jacob Hespeler. For the midget boys’ relay in first was SJAM, second Huron Heights, and third Elmira. WCI finished first in the senior women’s relay, followed by Cameron Heights and Jacob Hespeler, and the in the senior men’s relay Cameron Heights took gold, and Jacob Hespeler and WCI finished second and third.

CWOSSA track and field will be Wednesday and Thursday, May 18th and 19th in Kincardine. Details available on the CWOSSA website.

By Gabby Crowley