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Tuesday, Apr. 23, 2019
Kurtis Wennerstrom claims bronze at OFSAA track
by Randy Pascal

The Lo-Ellen Park Knights track and field team have springboarded directly from historic performances at both SDSSAA and NOSSA, rolling right along while competing against the best in the province at OFSAA this week in Toronto.

Led by a bronze medal performance from junior boys jumper Kurtis Wennerstrom, the Knights have registered a half-dozen top eight performances, with Saturday action still to come.

Wennerstrom unleashed a personal best leap of 6.54 metres in finishing third in the long jump, and was just three centimetres back of gold medal winner Mackenzie Stevens of Central Huron (6.57m).

Wennerstrom actually kicked off his 2018 OFSAA meet with another PB, this time in the triple jump, soaring 13.21 metres and placing sixth. His quest to raise his own personal standard was contagious, as teammate Callum Bruser also established a new PB, recording a triple jump of 13.69 metres and earning an eighth place finish in the senior boys triple jump.

It looks like Wennerstrom will enjoy some decent competition on a local front, moving forward, as fellow SDSSAA athletes Miguel Levac (Horizon - 12.54m - 13th place) and Parker Farstad (Lasalle - 12.18m - 18th) also showed well at OFSAA.

The Knights' sibling tandem of Chandyn and Kalila Bachiu had already served notice of being athletes to watch, the midget duo racking up numerous medals en route to OFSAA. They weren't about to slow down in Toronto.

Chandyn nailed a distance of 4.95 metres in the midget girls long jump, good enough for a 7th place finish, while Kalila crossed the line in the midget girls 1500m race in 5:07.45, a time that was the fastest recorded by a Sudbury girl, in any division, this spring.

Both of the Bachiu girls are in grade nine at Lo-Ellen, separated by ten months in age. It was suggested, in an earlier story, that an eye should be kept on fellow Lo-Ellen midget girl Lauren Fearn and the talented teen would not disapoint, claiming sixth place in the midget girls shot put with a toss of 11.89 metres.

There were some pleasant surprises, along the way, as well. After clearing just 1.55 metres to claim the midget boys high jump crown at the city championships, Jacob Schweyer improved to 1.75m to win gold at NOSSA. Friday afternoon in Toronto, the Lo-Ellen Park freshman bumped that height up a notch, clearing 1.80 metres on his second attempt and finishing fourth in Ontario.

Fellow Knights' midget Will Fabbro placed eighth in the midget boys pole vault (2.65m), with that discipline also producing another Sudbury highlight in the junior boys division. Kepler Salt (Lasalle) and Dario Beljo (Lockerby) were back to back in 12th and 13th place, clearing the pole vault at heights of 3.15m and 3.00m respectively.

Isabelle Scratch of College Notre-Dame just missed out on a top eight finish, sliding into ninth place in the midget girls pole vault (2.60m), while Calum Passi of Lasalle clocked a time of 4:24.59 in the midget boys 1500m race, his 13th slot just one shy of earning the OFSAA cross-country bronze medal winner a berth in the event final.

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