Madill athletes excel in Cambridge - May 16, 2019
Athletes on F.E. Madill School’s track and field team competed at Track Wars in Cambridge last week.
Over 50 schools from south western Ontario took part and Madill athletes claimed 16 personal-bests, five first place finishes, three second-place finishes and three third-place finishes.
Ryan Jacklin set a new meet record in Senior Boys discus when he threw the implement 46.72 metres.
The following week, the team competed in the Huron Perth Invitational held at St. Anne’s Catholic Secondary School in Clinton.
Again Madill athletes rose to the challenge, bettering their results from the previous week and earning 33 personal-best performances.
Jacklin broke two school records, both longstanding records set 23 years ago by Dave McDonald. Jacklin smashed McDonald’s existing shot put record of 16.78 metres with a heave of 17.83 metres. In the discus event, he hurled the implement 54.34 metres to break McDonald’s record of 48.90 metres.
Hanna Van Stuyvenberg continued her onslaught in the discus event earning first place finishes in both meets (39.30 metres) and also winning shot put at Track Wars (9.20 metres).
The distance runners continued to show their strength on the track with Bronwyn Garniss, Avery Harding, Abby Kraayenbrink, Mackenzie Finch, Steven Schraa, and Brooke Jez all running strongly and earning several top three placings.
In the jumping pits, Jaime Newell and Austin Eadie won top finishes. Eadie also topped the sprint hurdles and while Newell won the 100-metre dash.
The team then moved on to the Huron Perth Championships, held May 14-15 at St. Anne’s in Clinton. Results were not available as of press time.
The top six finishers in each event qualify for the Western Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association (WOSSAA) to be held at TD Waterhouse Stadium in London May 23-24.