Lions athletes managed to amass a staggering 22 medals this past weekend at the Ontario Bantam/Midget/Youth Championships in Brampton including five gold. The impressive haul was highlighted by midget runner, Joe Fast’s impressive four medal collection.
Fast has been living up to his name all season and this past weekend he did not disappoint, winning three gold and one bronze over the two days of competition. The Ridgemont High School student swept both the midget boys 1200m and 2000m competitions, the latter by a 10 second margin.
In addition to his individual efforts, Fast moved up an age class to gold in the youth boys 4x400m relay and earned a bronze as part of the midget boys 4x800m team.
Youth sprinter Noah Regnier also picked up a few medals over the weekend, garnering a gold and two silver. Like Fast, Regnier was a member of the winning 4x400m relay team, but he also grabbed a silver as part of the sprint medley team where he ran the opening 400m leg. Given those performances, it should come as no surprise he was also a silver medalist in the individual 400m, finishing in a time of 50.49.
Young hurdler Peter Bertels was the star of the bantam section, picking up an astonishing five medals. After a trio of bronze medals in the 80m hurdles, 200m hurdles and high jump, Bertels also nabbed golds as a member of the bantam 4×100 and 4x800m teams.