More records fall on day two at L.U. track
by Randy Pascal
As a rule, sprinter Ashley Huard of Hanmer is not prone to emotional outburst.
That made it all the more clear how happy the defending OFSAA Senior Girls 100m dash bronze medallist was with her
time in the morning heats Thursday at the 2012 SDSSAA Track & Field Championships at Laurentian.
Crossing the line in 12.21 seconds, Huard bettered the mark previously established by Olympian Rebecca Johnston,
lowering the former standard of 12.30 by almost a full tenth of a second.
Although her time was slightly slower in the final, the gold medal was never in doubt, with Huard (12.41) finishing
comfortably ahead of Clarissa Elliot of Lo-Ellen (13.22).
Along with a number of record-setting performances, the meet was higlighted by no less than five athletes winning their
individual aggregate championships with first place finishes in three events.
Rachel Leck (Midget Girl - Lockerby), Teagan Moxam (Junior Girl - Lockerby), John Kosar (Senior
Boys - Lo-Ellen), Brandon Belan (Senior Boys - St Benedict) and Brandon Shirk (Senior Boys - Lasalle) all
turned the trick as competition wrapped up late Thursday afternoon.
Though Moxam captured top spot in the 400m dash (1:05.20), it is really in the hurdles where she shines, sweeping both
the 80m (13.27) and 300m (49.32) events.
"I love doing hurdles," Moxam said between races. "I wasn't really into jumping, and this is something that involves
both running and jumping - it actually made me like jumping."
"I had always seen hurdlers to it and I didn't think I could do it, so it was cool to learn how to hurdle," Moxam added.
Still only in grade ten and just two years into attempting to master a very technical discipline, Moxam understands that
there is work that remains to be done.
"Even now, I need to work on my trail leg," she said. "Near the end (of the race), I tend to slack off. I have to
remember always to bring my trail leg up instead of out - if you don't get that right, it's hard not to hit the hurdle."
Also a member of the Sudbury Midget "AA" Lady Wolves, Moxam walked away pretty pleased with her overall
performance in a competition that was staged in unusually hot temperatures for late May.
"I really wanted to come under 50 seconds for the 300, and I was 49-something (49.32), I think - so I was happy with
that," Moxam said. "And this was my first year doing 80m hurdles. I just thought if I don't fall, I'll be happy."
Over in the field, Keegan Moore of Lo-Ellen added the Junior Boys Javelin crown to the Shot Put title he won on
Wednesday, smashing the previous record in the process with a toss of 51.32 metres.
In fact, his launch of the javelin on his 5th attempt on Thursday would have also bettered the Senior Boys Javelin mark
of 51.23, currently held by Justin Richardson of Macdonald-Cartier.
"I wanted to beat 50 metres," Moore acknowledged. "I just kept the javelin higher, tried to throw it straighter. My dad
helps me out a lot, he used to throw."
In fact, Moore was sitting next to his parents, watching older brother Sean competing in the triple jump as the
knowledge of his new record began to settle in.
With a background in both the jumping events and the shot puts as an elementary student at Algonquin Public, Moore made
the move to throwing events somewhat pragmatically. "I couldn't jump anymore," he said with a laugh.
In fact, he bears a closer resemblance these days to the muscled Lo-Ellen linemen who ply their trade on the football
field, than the lean, mean jumping machines that soar through the air at the pits.
"I like the javelin the best. It's technical - there's a lot of little things you need to tweak." For those who move on
to the NOSSA Championships next week in Sault Ste Marie, there will be precious little time to tinker.
Northern Ontario winners will move on to the OFSAA meet, being staged in Brockville (Thousand Islands Secondary School)
from June 7th to the 9th.
Following is a complete listing of day two winners from the SDSSAA track & field championships:
100m - Brandon Shirk (Lasalle) - 11.25
400m - Brandon Shirk (Lasalle) - 50.12*
1500m - Brandon Belan (St Benedict) - 4:26.35
400m hurdles - John Kosar (Lo-Ellen) - 1:01.90
Long Jump - Sean Moore (Lo-Ellen) - 5.84m
Shot Put - Erick Lessard (St Benedict) - 12.64m
Javelin - Alex Niesing (Notre-Dame) - 39.74m
2000m steeplechase - Brandon Belan (St Benedict) - 7:06.73
4 X 100m relay - Lasalle - 46.22
100m - Ashley Huard (Hanmer) - 12.41
400m - Zvia Mazal (ESMC) - 1:03.48
1500m - Eve Boissonneault (Notre-Dame) - 5:18.99
400m hurdles - Katie Wiwchar (Lo-Ellen) - 1:08.42
High Jump - Brianne Plante (Champlain) - 1.35m
Long Jump - Nicole Collard (Lasalle) - 4.59m
Javelin - Jessica Honse (Notre-Dame) - 31.54m
1500m steeplechase - Emily Marcolini (St Benedict) - 6:05.78
100m - Myles Therrien (Lockerby) - 12.04
400m - Rudy Giusti (St Benedict) - 55.74
1500m - Tim Tindall (Lockerby) - 4:40.54
300m hurdles - Talon Farmer (Lo-Ellen) - 46.51
High Jump - Cray Roberge (Sacre Coeur) - 1.70m
Discus - Tayte Kosmerly (Lockerby) - 32.28
Javelin - Keegan Moore (Lo-Ellen) - 51.32*
4 X 100m relay - Lo-Ellen - 49.27
100m - Megan Burt (Lockerby) - 13.50
400m - Teagan Moxam (Lockerby) - 1:05.20
1500m - Bronwyn Novak (Lo-Ellen) - 5:30.31
300m hurdles - Teagan Moxam (Lockerby) - 49.32
High Jump - Amber Mayer (Champlain) - 1.46m
Triple Jump - Jillian Vallier (Lasalle) - 10.52m*
Discus - Malory Rivet (St Charles) - 26.03m
4 X 100m - Lo-Ellen - 55.08
100m - Skylar Savage-Perreault (Notre-Dame) - 12.03
400m - John Bronicheski (St Charles) - 56.29*
1500m - Aidan Spoel (Lo-Ellen) - 4:45.59
300m hurdles - Ty Beauchamp (Lo-Ellen) - 47.19
Triple Jump - Willem Deisinger (Lo-Ellen) - 11.70m*
Shot Put - Eric Fraser (Lasalle) - 11.28m
Discus - Alex Berthiaume (Champlain) - 34.71m
4 X 100m - Lo-Ellen - 49.91
100m - Jennie Philipow (Notre-Dame) - 13.56
400m - Erin Watters (Lo-Ellen) - 1:07.09
1500m - Rachel Leck (Lockerby) - 5:28.47
300m hurdles - Rebecca Black (Lo-Ellen) - 51.09
Long Jump - Jessica Bonnis (Confederation) - 4.45m
Triple Jump - Brittany Lebel (Lasalle) - 9.37m
Shot Put - Emma Petahtegoose (Lo-Ellen) - 8.39m
4 X 100m - Lo-Ellen - 56.16