Local roundup: Sandwich remains dominant team as five WECSSAA track & field records fall

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Returning to competition for the first time since 2019, nearly 1,000 athletes participated in the WECSSAA track and field championships.

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Despite the long break, five new meet records were set during the three days of competition at Sandwich High School.

Massey’s Julia Scarrow broke the mark for the women’s open 2,000m steeplechase to become the first area runner to go under eight minutes. Scarrow won in seven minutes and 49.37 seconds, which surpassed the old mark of 8:17.25 set by Villanova’s Lauren Malek in 2019.

Kaiya Hlady was one of two L’Essor athletes to set new records. Hlady won the novice girls triple jump (dwarf) with a jump of 11.49 meters. That was more than two meters better than her closest rival in the competition and she broke the old mark of 11.06 set in 1998.

Rose Forshaw of L’Essor also set a new record in senior women’s discus with a throw of 42.34 metres, which broke the old mark of 41.18 set by Denise Hebert of Asunción in 1982.

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St. Joseph’s Anthony Cigan set a new mark in the intellectual 800m in a time of 2:33.90. That broke the previous record of 2:52.29, set by Vista Academy’s Hunter Legault in 2019. Leamington’s Dustin Sellick, who finished second to Cigan, also bettered the previous record with a time of 2:50.73.

Ella Steel-Douglas of Sandwich held the other record by winning the novice long jump with a best effort of 5.45 metres, which broke the old mark of 5.39 set by Karen Bashak of Sandwich in 1971.

Sandwich, who had won 10 straight overall titles before the pandemic, made it 11 straight overall team and AAA titles. Massey was in second place and Holy Names was third.

In the AA/A division, Vista Academy also repeated their title win from 2019 and placed fifth overall. Essex was second and Belle River third.

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canadiens first seed

The Lakeshore Canadiens take the top seed to Saturday’s Schmalz Cup semifinal in the Provincial Junior Hockey League after round-robin competition.

Lakeshore lost its final round-robin game 4-1 to Clarington on Thursday, but finished with a 2-1 record and better goal differential to earn the top seed. Lakeshore will meet fourth-seeded Grimsby in Saturday’s semi-final. Grimsby lost all three round robin games but each by a single goal with one in extra time.

“I think we learned the importance of playing 60 minutes and the quality of the teams we’re playing against,” Canadiens head coach Anthony Iaquinta said of the lessons learned in the round-robin game. “We had some free turns and now we are playing against really good teams and they will make you pay for it. We just have to up our intensity level and compete on records.”

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Stayner will face Clarington in the other semi-final and the two winners will meet on Sunday in the Schmalz Cup final.

Canada elects Lumley

University of Windsor Lancers track and field associate head coach Brett Lumley was named Friday to the Canadian coaching staff for this summer’s Commonwealth Games by Athletics Canada and Commonwealth Sports Canada.

Lumley has previously coached for Canada at the World Under-20 Championships, Francophone Games, World University Championships and World Junior Championships.

The Commonwealth Games will take place from July 28 to August 8 in Birmingham, England.

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