LONDON – The Listowel District Secondary School Lightning have a new WOSSAA champion in track and field. Grade 9 student Erica Ten Hove won the gold medal in midget girls shot put on May 23 in London at Western University with a shot of 8.83 metres.
She moved on to compete in the next meet at Jacob Hespler Secondary School last Friday. Ten Hove is seeded fourth, with the top four competitors moving on to the All-Ontario Championships in Oshawa the first week of June. Two sisters, Erin and Nicole See LDSS, page 22
Katerberg round out the Listowel Lightning team qualifying for the next meet at the OFSAA West Regional Track and Field Championships this past weekend in Cambridge. Grade 11 student Erin Katerberg finished fourth in senior girls high jump with a leap of 1.60 metres. She is the defending champion in the junior division at WOSSAA, west regionals and OFSAA in high jump. Erin has been constantly jumping higher throughout the season with hopes of peaking at the next two meets.
Younger sister Nicole was fifth in junior girls shot put. She constantly bettered her personal best throws and eventually ended up throwing a career high of 8.71 metres. Nicole is making her first appearance at the OFSAA west regional level.
Other notable performances from the Western Ontario meet in London were:
• Megan Siemon who finished in the top eight in both midget girls discus and shot put.
• Luke Seymour was beat out of qualifying for the west regional meet on a competitor’s last attempt. He finished sixth in junior boys javelin with a personal best toss of 39.28 metres and also 10th in discus, while twin brother Phil was seventh in javelin and ninth in discus.
• Long distance runners rounded out the outstanding performances by LDSS athletes. Junior boys runner, Ryan Bartja, was seventh in the 1,500 metre and eighth in the 3,000 metre, while teammate, senior Dallas McGriskin, qualified for three WOSSAA running events at the 1,500, 3,000 and the 2,000 metre steeplechase distances.
Other Lightning athletes competing at the Western Ontario Track and Field Championships were Reid Buchanan, Alanis Clarke, Amanda Clemmer, Conner Dewar, Adrienne Ellis, Nichole Erb, Jessica Frichitthavong, Leah Hackett, Victoria Hoover, Kortney Johnson, Krista Klumpenhouwer, Shea Kraemer, Nicole Louvelle, Alyssa Nichol and Alex McRae.