Makalya Roy and Lauryn Baechler @ OFSAA Track & Field

On Saturday, June 9, Stratford Northwestern’s Makalya Roy won an OFSAA Bronze medal in the Junior Girls (Grade 10) Javelin competition at the OFSAA Track and Field Championships hosted by York University in Toronto. In a field of the top 24 javelin throwers in Ontario, the contest turned out to be the most competitive Junior Girls Javelin event in OFSAA history. Roy threw her second best throw ever, a 39.51 metre effort for Bronze, a distance that during most years is by far enough to win Gold at OFSAA. It took an OFSAA record to beat Roy. Roy was in Silver medal position after three rounds of throws, only 5 cm behind Alexandria Webb of St. Benedict who was leading with a best throw of 39.56 metres. In the fourth round however, Webb set a huge 3.5 metre personal best and OFSAA record of 43.98 metres that would remain the top throw of the competition making her the top Junior Girls Javelin thrower in OFSAA history. Ashley Spain of Delhi had one throw further than Roy, a personal best effort of 42.36 metres in the fifth round, bumping Roy to Bronze. Roy was well ahead of the fourth place finisher Taylor Powers-Luketic of Humberside – Toronto who threw 33.24 metres. 
Roy’s OFSAA Bronze is her second OFSAA Javelin medal in two years. In 2017 Roy placed third at OFSAA in the Midget Girls (Grade 9) Javelin event throwing a personal best of 32.12 metres. “We are so proud of Makayla.” “For her to improve her personal best in the javelin by over 7 metres in one year is remarkable”, said Northwestern coach Randy Johnson. “We are not surprised by Makayla’s marked improvement this season based upon the tremendous physical and technical training she put forth during the winter months and this spring.” “Her dedication to the sport is a huge part of her success, always training with focus and purpose to be the very best she can be”.”Being so close to the “40 metre club” puts Makayla in another league of elite throwers for her age group”. Roy will continue throwing the javelin this summer competing with the London-Western Track & Field Club. Roy is hungry for continued improvement over the next couple of years of high school competition as she transitions to the senior ranks, and hopefully more OFSAA medals in the throws (Javelin, Shot Put and Discus). One of Roy’s long term goals includes earning a Track and Field scholarship to an NCAA Division One University in the U.S. following graduation. Now that her high school season is complete, Roy will begin the process of learning a brand new throwing event (her fourth) – the hammer.
Congrats to Makayla!

Stratford Northwestern’s Lauryn Baechler placed an outstanding 7’th in the Midget Girls Javelin competition at the OFSAA Track and Field Championships held at York University in Toronto on Friday, June 8. In a competative field consisting of the top 24 throwers in the province, Lauryn threw a personal best of 30.17 metres making the top eight final in her first ever OFSAA experience! Lauryn was one of only 7 throwers in her competition to throw over the 30 metre mark. Her best throw came on her second attempt of the competition. Lauren was with striking distance of the medalists. The Gold medal winning throw was 33.91 metres, Silver was 32.95 metres, and Bronze was won with 32.28 metres. Lauryn accomplished her goals of setting a new personal best (under the immense pressure of the OFSAA stage), throwing over the 30 metre mark, and making the OFSAA final (the top 8 throwers after the first three round receive three additional throws). Congrats to Lauryn!

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