Back in competition for the first time since 2019, nearly 1,000 athletes participated in the WECSSAA athletics championships.
Despite the lengthy stoppage, five new encounter records were set over the course of the three days of competition at Sandwich Secondary School.
Massey’s Julia Scarrow broke the women’s 2,000-meter hurdle mark and became the first area runner to spend less than eight minutes. Scarrow won in seven minutes and 49.37 seconds, which surpassed the old mark of 8:17.25 set by Villanova’s Lauren Malek in 2019.
Kaiya Hlady was one of two L’Essor athletes to set new records. Hlady won the rookie girls’ triple jump (dwarf) with a jump of 11.49 meters. That was more than two meters better than its closest rival in the competition and broke the old mark of 11.06, set in 1998.
Rose Forshaw of L’Essor also set a new mark in the senior women’s discus with a throw of 42.34 meters, which broke the old mark of 41.18 set by Denise Hebert of Asunción in 1982.
St. Joseph’s Anthony Cigan set a new mark in the intellectual 800 meters in a time of 2:33.90. This broke the old mark of 2:52.29, which was set by Vista Academy’s Hunter Legault in 2019. Leamington’s Dustin Sellick, who finished second behind Cigan, also surpassed the old record with a time of 2:50.73.
Sandwich’s Ella Steel-Douglas had the other record by winning the beginners’ long jump with a best effort of 5.45 meters, which broke the old 5.39 mark set by Karen Bashak of Sandwich in 1971.
Sandwich, who had won 10 straight overall titles before the pandemic, has achieved 11 straight overall teams and AAA titles. Massey came in second and Holy Names in third.
In the AA/A division, Vista Academy also repeated their 2019 title win and placed fifth overall. Essex came in second and Belle River in third.
Canadiens top seed
The Lakeshore Canadiens take the best seed to Saturday’s Provincial Junior Hockey League Schmalz Cup semi-final after back-and-forth competition.
Lakeshore lost their last home and away game 4-1 to Clarington on Thursday, but ended up with a 2-1 record and the best goal difference to stay on top. Lakeshore will face Grimsby in Saturday’s semi-final. Grimsby lost all three of their home and away games, but each by a single goal with one in overtime.
“I think we’ve learned the importance of playing 60 minutes and the quality of the teams we’re playing with,” Canadiens coach Anthony Iaquinta said of lessons learned in the home and away game. “We had a couple of shifts off and now we’re playing with really good teams and they’re going to make you pay for it. We just have to raise our intensity level and compete on records.”
Stayner will face Clarington in the other semi-final, with the two winners facing each other on Sunday in the Schmalz Cup Final.
Canada choose Lumley
University of Windsor Lancers Associate Athletics Coach Brett Lumley was named to the Canadian coaching staff for this summer’s Commonwealth Games on Friday by Athletics Canada and Commonwealth Sports Canada.
Lumley has coached for Canada at the Under-20 World Championships, Francophone Games, University World Championships and World Youth Championships.
The Commonwealth Games will be held from July 28 to August 8 in Birmingham, England.