The Northwestern Track and Field team competed at Jacob Hespeler Secondary School in Cambridge on Friday, May 27 for Day one of the highly competitive OFSAA West Regional Championships. The Huskies came home with 3 personal best performances and narrowly missed qualifying the Midget Girls 4x100m Relay team to the OFSAA Championships next week by only .02 second! The Huskies smashed their school record of 54.42 seconds they set at WOSSAA last week by running a personal best of 52.92 seconds in winning the first heat of two in the event. Usually the top 4 at Regionals qualify for OFSAA, however the Northern Region could only field 3 teams to OFSAA and this allowed the West region to enter a fifth team into OFSAA. The 5th place team (and OFSAA qualifier) St. Patricks of Sarnia ran 52.90 seconds vs Northwestern’s blistering 52.92 second effort for 6th.
Northwestern Day One Results:
6’th – 4x100m Relay – (Tatum James, Payton Dias, Aly Stone, Natalie Bice) – 52.92 seconds (Northwestern Record – Previous record 54.42 seconds at WOSSAA)
7th – Jason Guy – Midget Boys Shot Put – 12.62 metres (Personal Best)
9th – Tatum James – Midget Girls 100m – 13.16 seconds
9th – Sam Knechtel – Senior Boys Javelin – 44.97 metres (Personal Best)
11th – Jason Guy – Midget Boys Javelin – 37.74 metres
Tatum James and Sam Knechtel competed at Day Two of the OFSAA Regioanl West Track and Field Championships held at Jacob Hespeler Secondary School in Cambridge on Saturday, May 28.
Tatum James qualified for OFSAA next week at the University of Windsor by placing a close fourth (out of 16) in the Midget Girls 200m Final. James qualified for the final by placing second in her preliminary heat with a personal best time of 26.61 seconds (Northwestern Record). In the final, James ran 26.78 seconds. She competes at OFSAA on Saturday, June 12 with the 200 metre heats beginning at 12:00 pm.
Graduating athlete Sam Knechtel also competed in the Senior Boys Pole Vault on Saturday. Unfortunately Sam experienced technical issues with the pole (rated for his size and weight) he was to use in the meet and entered the competition at a greater starting height than he would normally open with. Sam opened the competition at 3.75 metres and did not clear this height on his three attempts. Sam has a personal best of 3.80 metres and hopes to continue pole vaulting at the University level next year.
Photos by Marcie Stears