The five hour plus bus ride back from Laval University’s PEPS Stadium was made all the more enjoyable by the clang of medals around athletes necks. In total, 29 athletes brought home 20 medals from the Quebec U14/U16/U18 Championship led by Joe Fast and Brandon Ovington who combined for five golds.
Fast is no stranger to success on the track with a fair share of hardware already in his possession. The Ridgemont High School student added to the totals this past weekend sweeping both the U18 800 and 1500 metre distances and helping the 4×400 metre relay team to victory. While victorious, Fast was pushed in each of his individual events by Éliott Héroux of the Zenix track club in Trois Rivieres, where his combined margin of victory was less than half a second.
While the four time OFSAA champion took the 800 metre title in a swift 1:56.17, the 1500 metre gold was a more tactical battle as he crossed the line in 4:07.31. Victory in the relay was more decisive as the quartet of David Adeleye, Zachary Meredith, William Earle and Fast crossed the line in 3:40.48 – seven seconds ahead of second place.
In the field, Brandon Ovington continued his dominance of the throwing ring capturing both the U18 shot put and discus competitions. A silver medalist in the discus at the recent Canadian U20 Championships, the West Carleton Secondary School student entered the competition as the odds on favourite and did not disappoint, hurling the platter out to a distance of 47.27 metres – nearly five metres further than his nearest competitor. Ovington was also dominant in the shot put, winning by more than two metres with a heave of 15.75 metres.
Many of these athletes will be back in action this coming weekend at the Ontario BMY Championships in Windsor.
For a full list of medalists:
|Gold||U18 4x400m||Eleanor Hall, Audrey Morin, Doyin Ogunremi, Vienna Couteau||4:25.04|
|Gold||U18 800m||Joe Fast||1:56.17|
|Gold||U18 1500m||Joe Fast||4:07.31|
|Gold||U18 4x100m||David Adeleye, Zachary Meredith, Samuel Frankowski, Shea McHale||44.67|
|Gold||U18 4x400m||David Adeleye, William Earle, Zachary Meredith, Joe Fast||3:40.48|
|Gold||U18 Shot Put||Brandon Ovington||15.75m|
|Gold||U18 Discus||Brandon Ovington||47.47m|
|Silver||U18 4x100m||Kaitlyn Effenberger, Doyin Ogunremi, Kierah Barton, Eleni Pantieras||53.46|
|Silver||U16 4x100m||Xavier Carty, Joshua Van Der Lan, Cormick Holland, Yannick Meredith||49.92|
|Silver||U18 4x400m||Kaitlyn Effenberger, Cassidy Bradley, Pippa Norman, Eleni Pantieras||4:34.33|
|Silver||U18 Pole Vault||Eleni Pantieras||2.75m|
|Silver||U16 300m||Samuel Frankowski||37.52|
|Silver||U18 200m||Shea McHale||22.92|
|Silver||U18 4x400m||Shea McHale, Keaton McGrath, Joshua Van Der Lan, Liam Lemery||3:47.69|
|Bronze||U16 80H||Vienna Couteau||12.96|
|Bronze||U16 4×100||Eleanor Hall, Vienna Couteau, Audrey Morin, Marissa McCutcheon||52.37|
|Bronze||U18 100m||Doyin Ogunremi||26.33|
|Bronze||U18 4x400m||Kierah Barton, Charlotte Murchison, Marissa McCutcheon, Tatiana Pender||4:41.07|
|Bronze||U18 Shot Put||Erin Sweeney||13.01m|
|Bronze||U16 200m||Samuel Frankowski||23.89|
|Bronze||U16 800m||Yannick Meredith||2:01.49|
|Bronze||U18 110m Hurdles||David Adeleye||15.53|
|Bronze||U18 4x400m||Xavier Carty, Yannick Meredith, Cormick Holland, Peter Bertls||3:52.80|