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EOSSAA notebook: Not many degrees of separation here

May 24, 2014

BROCKVILLE — It’s funny, sometimes, how things can come full circle.

Take Heather Jaros, for example. The first-year senior athlete from La Salle had one of the more remarkable performances Thursday at the Eastern Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association track and field championships, when she erased one of the meet’s oldest records from the book in the 1,500 metres.

Her time, 4 minutes 36.12 seconds, was a little more than two seconds better than the EOSSAA record time set by Jennifer Mather in 1986.

At one time, Jaros’ father was a Thousand Islands Secondary School classmate of Dave Mather, Jennifer’s older brother. They were in Grade 11 when Jennifer was in Grade 9.

(Dave Mather went on to have a distinguished intercollegiate career at Queen’s).

The only Kingston-area team to win its relay event Friday was the senior boys 1,600-metre group from Sydenham.

Time-wise, Connor Bayers, Chris Adams, Buddy Robertson and Ben Trickey have a way to go to get to where Sydenham’s 2013 team ended its season, on the silver-medal step of the OFSAA podium, but in coming from behind it showed as much collective pluck as anyone could want.

Trickey, the only returning member from that foursome, withstood all challenges in a truly courageous final leg to make comfortable the victory, which came in 3 minutes 35.95 seconds.

At EOSSA last year, the Sydenham team won in 3:26.96.

Besides the middle distance races, the event Kingston Area Secondary School Athletic Association athletes were most successful was the high jump, where they captured five of the six divisions.

Among them were two boys who each won their school’s only gold medal of the meet: Dave Cox of Granite Ridge and Anthony Donnet of Queen Elizabeth.

Cox, a first-year senior, had the fewest missed attempts of three boys who cleared 1.80 metres. He finished fifth as a junior at OFSAA last year at 1.75 metres.

Donnet, who needed to clear just 1.45 metres to win the the Kingston Area championship a week ago, won his competition Friday by clearing 1.71 metres.

The other local high-jump champions are Norah Lloyd-Ellis of Regiopolis Notre Dame in senior girls (1.58 metres), Regi teammate Robert Connors in junior boys (1.73 metres) and Brianna McComish of Sydenham in midget girls (1.50 metres).

One of the more competitive races was the senior boys 3,000 metres, run late Friday in a heavy rain. No fewer than six athletes hung in as a lead group throughout a race that had perhaps a dozen lead changes among four different competitors.

At the centre of it was Kingston Collegiate’s Ben Workman, who was in and out of the lead three times, before finally surrendering it in the final 50 metres to a stirring kick by Jonathan Favero of Rockland L’Escale.

Favero’s winning time was 8 minutes 48.81 seconds, 46 one-hundredths of a second ahead of Workman, who established his personal-best time, 8:42.48, in winning the bronze medal as a junior at OFSAA last year.



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