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Medals come in a flurry for local athletes on final afternoon of OFSAA track meet

June 9, 2013


OSHAWA — If medals came in a trickle from the tap of success for Kingston-area athletes during the first day and a half of the 64th Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations track and field championships, the faucet was wide open Saturday afternoon.

In the final three hours of the meet, local competitors won six medals, including a medal in each of the last five events on the Civic Fields track that had a Kingston-area athlete in the field.

That gave the area seven medals for the day, and 11 for the three-day meet. That’s the most medals since Kingston-area competitors came home from Etobicoke in 2001 with 13.

The most remarkable performance was by Sydenham senior Wade Embury, who followed his bronze-medal performance in the 400 metres Friday with two silver medals, first in the 200 metres and then, about an hour later, as part of Sydenham’s 1,600-metre relay team.

Embury became just the second local athlete in KASSAA history to win three medals at a single OFSAA meet, and the first to do so since Danielle Froese of Loyalist in 1993, coincidentally the last time the meet was held in Oshawa.

Embury will graduate this month with five OFSAA medals lifetime.

Also Saturday, Heather Jaros of La Salle won her second medal of the meet, silver in junior girls 800 metres, to go with her record-breaking gold medal performance Friday in the 1,500 metres. Cole Norton of Prince Edward in Picton won the silver in junior boys 200 metres, his second medal of the meet after winning bronze in the 100 metres Friday.

Hailey Wolfgram of Regiopolis Notre Dame started the day by winning a bronze medal in midget girls shot put Saturday morning. It was the first OFSAA track medal for the school since Bobby Tozer won two silver medals in St. Catharines in 2003.

A pair of 3,000 metre runners ended a five-year medal drought for Kingston Collegiate. Ben Workman came third in the junior boys race and Cameron Linscott followed shortly thereafter with a bronze medal in midget boys division, both in whopping personal-best times, by 14 and 10 seconds, respectively.

The most stirring performance, however, came from the Sydenham boys 1,600-metre relay team of Ben Trickey, Jay Dearborn, Eamon Hillis and Embury.

Seeded third coming into the meet and second after Friday night’s heats, the Golden Eagles dazzled, as Embury took the baton third, about 30 metres behind the leader, and came within a couple of strides of overtaking him on the final bend when his opponent from Cameron Heights in Kitchener pulled away for good.

Just outside the medals were some other fine performances, by Ben Cross of Frontenac, who finished fourth in junior boys javelin with a season-best throw, his first this year beyond 50 metres; by Nicole Armstrong of Sydenham, who needed a season-best time to get out of the heats and followed that with a time in the final that matched her personal best (2:12.91) and allowed her to finish fourth in senior girls 800 metres; Jonathan Besselink of Holy Cross, who’s now had back-to-back PBs in the OFSAA heats, this year by three seconds,1:59.66, enabling a 17th seed to reach the final in junior boys 800 metres; Branna MacDougall of Regiopolis Notre Dame, who also PB’d in the 800-metre heats (2:19.95) en route to finishing fifth in midget girls division; and David Cox of Sharbot Lake, who matched his PB of 1.75 metres and finished fifth in junior boys high jump.

In total, the 49 local athletes who contested 47 individual events and four relays at the three-day meet produced 11 medals, 26 top-eight performances, 18 personal bests and 11 other season bests.

Next year’s meet will be held in Mississauga.


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