F.E. Madill sends three athletes to OFSAA championships - June 7, 2018
Over the weekend the 12 Madill track and field qualifiers for Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) West Regionals made the trek to Windsor to compete at the Pan Am facility at University of Windsor.
The team performances were outstanding with Madill athletes earning 13 individual personal bests, breaking four school records, setting four new school benchmarks, and establishing one new OFSAA regional record.
In order to advance to OFSAA, athletes had to place in the top four of their events. Three Madill athletes will be advancing in six events.
Ryan Jacklin continued his assault on throwing records early in the meet, competing in the Junior Boys discus. He hurled the implement 61.78 metres to win the event and break the former record of Jordan Young. He also crushed his own school record in javelin when he won the event with a 55.28-metre throw. Plagued with faulting problems, he came up second in the shot event with a put of 17.26 metres.
Teammate Hanna VanStuyvenberg also made her presence felt in the discus circle when she threw a personal best 39.46 metres to win the event and set a new school benchmark. The throw is presently the best distance in Ontario for her age group. She also rose to the challenge in shot put and claimed third place with a throw of 12.43 metres, over half a metre better than any of her previous throws.
In the 300-metre hurdle event, Meghan Ash sprinted cleanly over the hurdles on the oval in her best time this season to set a new school benchmark of 49.73 seconds.
In the jumping pits, Jaime Newell had her best leap of the season with 5.07 metres earning her third place, setting a new benchmark, and earning a berth to OFSAA.
In Senior Boys, first-year senior, Austin Eadie, made his longest leaps of the season jumping 6.13 metres in long jump and 13.04 metres in triple jump. Teammate Matt Darrell sprinted the 400-metre oval in a personal best time of 50.43 seconds, narrowly missing the school record.
The Madill distance runners had some outstanding races. Steven Schraa, competing in Midget Boys 1,500-metre race, ran the distance in 4:27.37 breaking a record set by Sandy Anderson in 1987 (4:31.0). Then, racing against a strong field in the 3,000-metre, race he claimed yet another school record shaving nearly seven seconds off a record set by Sjaan Gerth in 1996.
Midget Girl competitor Mackenzie Finch continued to lower her times running strongly in both the 1,500-metre (5:04.88) and 3,000-metre (11:10.93) races.
In the Junior Girls division, Brooke Jez, hampered this season by injuries in training, still managed to run a respectable 5:01.15 in the 1,500-metre race.
Jacklin, VanStuyvenberg, and Newell advance to the OFSAA Ontario High School Championships scheduled for June 7-9 at York University. Several Madill athletes also plan to compete in the District C Legion Meet to be held in Kincardine on Saturday, June 23.
The F.E. Madill School track and field team had some outstanding results at the annual Western Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association (WOSSAA) Championships held at TD Waterhouse Stadium in London last week.
The 28 Madill athletes who qualified for the meet performed well earning 26 personal bests and two relay team bests.
Thirteen athletes advanced to Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) West Regionals in 23 events by placing top five in their events. Madill athletes broke three WOSSAA records, two school records and set four new benchmarks. The Juniors Girls also won the WOSSAA division title.
In the Midget Girls division, Mackenzie Finch continued to improve her distance running times for the 800-metre, 1,500-metre and 3,000-metre races, earning a top-five finish in all three races.
The Junior Girls team (Meghan Ash, Emma Jackson, Brooke Jez, Erika Lewis, Jaime Newell, Breelle Shaw, and Hanna VanStuyvenberg) accumulated enough total points to win the overall championship for their division.
The team has the advantage of strength in the throws, distance running and jumps.
Hanna VanStuyvenberg set the pace early hurling the discus 36.65 metres to break the existing WOSSAA record by over two metres and winning a gold medal. In shot put, her put of 11.85 metres was a personal best throw and set a new school benchmark earning her third place.
In distance running, Brooke Jez continued her onslaught on records in the 1,500-metre (4:58.16) and 3,000-metre (11:10.46) races. Both results broke existing school records. The 3,000-metre time broke a 40-year-old record set by Janet Wood in 1978 by nine seconds.
In the jumping pits, Jaime Newell had her best leaps of the season jumping 5.04 metres in long jump and 10.59 metres in the triple jump. Both distances set new school benchmarks and earned her first- and second-place finishes. Newell also sprinted down the 100-metre stretch in 13.34 seconds to win second place in an exciting and extremely close finish.
In the Midget Boys division, Steven Schraa earned a top-five finish in both the 1,500-metre (4:37.15) and 3,000-metre (9:57.35). His time in the 3,000-metre race set a new school benchmark.
Matt Oldridge jumped 5.86 metres to win WOSSAA silver and teammate Jared Fitch leapt 11.48 metres in triple jump for a qualifying spot.
Ryan Jacklin continued to crush records in the Junior Boys throwing events. Beginning with the discus event, he hurled the implement 62.03 metres, breaking the former record of Jordan Young by four metres.
His second WOSSAA record came in shot put when he heaved the shot 17.63 metres. Jacklin won WOSSAA gold in all three of his events including javelin, with a throw of 54.26 metres.
In the Senior Boys division, Matt Darrell qualified in both the 400-metre race (51.17 seconds) and long jump (5.89 metres). Austin Eadie leapt 12.59 metres in triple jump to win second overall and then jumped six metres in long jump to clinch a bronze medal. Brandon Murray, a long-time member of the track team, ran strongly in his final race for Madill, posting a personal best time of 2:15.18 for the 800-metre race. Murray had run countless races over his five years of high school and has been a hardworking and successful member of the team.