With just one day before the 2015 Ontario High School Championships kick off at Varsity Stadium in Toronto, Lions athletes look set to make a splash with more than 35 making the drive down the 401. Based on the results from last week’s regional championship in Brockville, there are a number of athletes to keep on an eye on.
Last week’s qualification meet produced no less than nine record breaking performances, highlighted by midget Lauren Gale’s performances in the 200m, 400m and 300m hurdles. The South Carleton student enters OFSAA ranked first in both the 400m and hurdles, and has the second best seed time for the 200m. For Gale, the potential for an OFSAA record also exists as her performance in the 400m is just 0.03 seconds of the current standard.
Lauren will not be the only potentially looking to get her name in the OFSAA record book. St. Matthews student Keira Christie-Galloway posted winning performances in Brockville of 11.39 seconds in the junior girls 80m hurdles as well as 5.71m in the long jump. Both were personal bests for Christie-Galloway and exceed the current OFSAA standards in each event.
On the boys side, Eric Mitchell of Carleton Place’s Notre Dame High School equaled Oluwasegun Makinde’s regional record in the junior boys 100m with a 10.97 second clocking to go with his record setting 6.99m leap in the long jump. For his efforts, the grade ten student enters the provincial championships as the top ranked athlete in each event.
Other record breakers from regionals include Elodie Drew in the junior girls triple (11.28m) who enters OFSAA ranked third and Shona McCulloch in the junior girls 3000m (10:04.93) is ranked first. McCulloch was the midget girls 3000m champion in 2014 and owns a personal best of 9:38 from the Penn Relays this April.
Other returning medalists from 2014 include
Erinn Stenman-Fahey – Senior Girls 800m
Claire Smith – Senior Girls 1500m, 3000m
Larissa Brown – Girls Visually Impared 100m
Shyvonne Roxborough – Senior Girls 100m
Farah Abdul-Karim – Open Boys 2000m SC
Keili Shephard – Junior Girls 1500m