CLINTON – St. Marys DCVI track and field team travelled here last Tuesday and Wednesday, May 13-14, for the Huron Perth championship, hosted by St. Anne’s CSS.
Over the two-day competition, Salukis competed very well and will be sending a large contingent of athletes to the WOSSAA championship this Thursday and Friday, May 22-23, at the University of Western Ontario in London.
Leading the way for DCVI were Junior girl Natalie Topp, who turns 16 next month, and Senior boy Stan Froese, 19, who each won three gold in track events.
Topp and Froese each picked up 30 points for the Salukis and both were individual champions in their respective divisions.
Both athletes hope to advance to OFSAA this year. Topp competed in the All-Ontario event in the 400 metres and 800 metres as a Midget girl last year.
A ‘ team effort’ in Clinton
DCVI coach Ellen Bettger was impressed with the “team effort” the Salukis displayed in Clinton last week.
“The whole team did very well as a group of athletes, not only individually but as a team,” Bettger told the Journal Argus. “From my perspective, the kids came together as a team and worked well together, encouraging each other.
“The kids rose to the challenge and some of our Senior students, such as Madeline Aarts, really helped with our younger athletes,” she said.
Salukis’ highlights at the two-day H-P meet at St. Anne’s are as follows:
Elizabeth Aarts won both the 1,500-metre run and 300-metre hurdles, and was second in the 800-metre run.
Sophia Slater and Marcel Scheele both won their respective 3,000-metre races. Slater was also fourth in the girls 1,500-metre run, and sixth in the 800 metres. Scheele was third in the boys 1,500-metre race.
Erin Lucas finished third in the 100-metre dash.
Jacob Ford placed third in the 400-metre dash.
Levi Rice came second in both the 100 and 300-metre hurdles.
Ben Berry placed second in high jump.
Scott Williams finished second in shot put.
Houston O’Hara was fifth in the 200-metre dash.
The Midget boys 4x100-metre relay team of Houston O’Hara, Sam Triemstra, Thomas Redman and Levi Rice placed third.
Jordan Jarrett had personal bests in all of her events, and Ali Nagle (sixth) earned a personal best in the 400m dash which qualified her for WOSSAA.
Natalie Topp finished first in all three of her events, the 200-metre and 400-metre dashes, and the 800-metre run.
Makenna Clark placed third in the javelin throw.
Brendan Bishop, Taylor Cornwall, Hayden Moore and Peter Conway-Black all posted personal bests which qualified them for WOSSAA next week.
Cornwall was fourth in the 400-metre dash, and fifth in the 1,500-metre run. Bishop was fifth in both the 400 metres and 800 metres.
Stan Froese finished first in all three of his events, the 100-metre and 200-metre dashes, and the 800-metre run.
Travis Mann won the 2000-metre Open steeplechase, came second in the 800-metre run, and was fourth in the 400-metre dash.
Mason Mueller placed second in the 110-metre hurdles.
Jack Hutton came second in the 400-metre hurdles.
Madeline Aarts finished second in all three of her events, the 100-metre and 400-metre hurdles, and the high jump.
Kyle Harvey was fourth in both the 100-metre and 200-metre dashes.
The Senior boys relay team of Stan Froese, Mason Mueller, Kyle Harvey and Travis Mann placed first in the 4x400m and second in the 4x100m.
Campbell Leavitt, Julian Herrell, Brent Vink and Brandon McLeod all had personal bests in their events.
Congratulations to the entire DCVI team on representing St. Marys very well and good luck to the team at next week’s WOSSAA championships at TD Waterhouse Stadium.