Local athlete posts personal best mark at provincial track and field championship

Sophie Hietkamp set a record for Island track and field, moving on to a personal best showing at provincials.

GORDON—Gordon/Barrie Island athlete Sophie Hietkamp posted a personal best in one of her events, one of three she competed in at the Provincial Legion Track and Field Championships in St. Catharines this past weekend.

Ms. Hietkamp posted a new personal best jump, 0.98 metres in the triple jump category of her age division to finish fourth overall.                                                                                                                                          On the first day of competition, in her first event, Ms. Hietkamp placed fifth in the high jump with a jump of 150 centimeters. She was among 10 competitors, including the Ontario Federation of Secondary School Association winner, this year. It should be noted she had only practiced once since qualifying for the provincials and, in the long jump, she was just short of setting her own personal best mark, finishing sixth overall among about 20 competitors. 

Ms. Hietkamp was a year younger than most if not all competitors in the provincials in her division-category (under 16). She was really pleased with posting a personal best mark in the triple jump and enjoyed the experience and would like to qualify for the provincials again next year.