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Port Hope athlete has splendid day at Limestone Legacy track meet

April 26, 2014


It wasn’t enough that T.J. Ryan won three events Friday at the first Limestone Legacy invitational track and field meet.

Two of those first-place ribbons were won in remarkable fashion, given the cool weather and time of year.

Competing in senior boys division, Ryan, from Trinity College in Port Hope, cleared 1.97 metres in high jump, an impressive performance not only because he won the event by 17 centimetres over his closest competitor, but considering that OFSAA was won last year at 2.00 metres.

In pole vault, Ryan cleared the bar at 4.00 metres, 80 centimetres better than the rest of the field. Had he cleared that height at OFSAA last year, he’d have finished sixth.

If that wasn’t enough, Ryan also had the second-fastest qualifying time in the 110-metre hurdles, but he did not run in the final.

Friday’s meet at Caraco Field was the first preseason invitational meet held in Kingston since the demise of the Queen’s Track Alumni meet about a decade ago. That meet ceased after a 30-year run when the condition of the track at Richardson Stadium deteriorated to the point where it could no longer be used.

About 650 athletes from 26 eastern Ontario schools participated in yesterday’s meet, held under a sky that was cloudy in the morning, cleared at mid-day but became cloudy again by the end of the afternoon.

Three female Kingston-area athletes were among the day’s five two-event winners.

Nicole Zohorsky of Bayridge won both the junior girls 100 metres and 80-metre hurdles (13.67 and 13.31 seconds, respectively). Her time in the hurdles was more than seven-tenths of a second better than runner-up Kara Blair of Rideau District.

Blair earlier won junior girls long jump, the most closely contested event of the day, where the top three finishers were separated by just three centimetres.

Kenya Costa-Dookhan of Holy Cross, competing in senior girls division, captured both the long and triple jumps (4.85 and 10.21 metres, respectively), the latter by almost half a metre over the second-place finisher.

Noa Amson of Kingston won the senior girls 1,500 metres (5 minutes 24.43 seconds) and open girls 1,500-metre steeplechase (5:44.05), with an eight-second margin of victory in each.

The other athletes who won two events were Mathew Ferguson of Perth (junior boys 100-metre hurdles and long jump) and Matt Bedard of St. Michael in Kemptville (senior boys 100 metres and 110-metre hurdles). Ferguson was also second in the high jump.

Kingston schools dominated the team point standings, with Sydenham winning the boys division ahead of Holy Cross, and Kingston Collegiate topping girls division over Sydenham. Sydenham, KC and Holy Cross finished 1-2-3 in overall team standings.

Net proceeds from the Limestone Legacy meet will be used to establish a bursary that will be awarded annually to a track or field athlete who will be pursuing post-secondary study.

Two more invitational meets are on the horizon, the 38th annual Hungerford Invitational in Brockville, May 2-3, and the Michelle Foley Bay of Quinte Invitational in Belleville, May 9.

The Kingston Area Secondary Schools Athletic Association championships, the first of three qualifying meets leading to the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations meet in Mississauga, will be held Thursday and Friday, May 15-16, with discus and javelin throws at Richardson Stadium and all other events at Caraco Field.

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