GORE BAY—The annual two-day Island-wide elementary school track and field championships were held last week at Charles C. McLean Public School (CCMC) with several Manitoulin records being broken by Manitoulin’s youngest athletes. The host school also took home the top honours for team scores.
For nine-year-old girls’ high jump, Alexandra Wilson-Zegil of Charles C. McLean (CCMC) jumped an amazing 1.24 metres.
Central Manitoulin Public School’s Ava Assinewai finished the 1,500 metre race with a time of 5:59.47 while also clearing the high jump at 1.27 metres.
In the 10-year-old boys’ division CCMC athletes stole the show. Malachi Joseph jumped 3.81 metres in the long jump while Eli Lock made a 1.28 metre jump in high jump. Jaydan Hayden also made a record-making 2.09 metre jump in the standing long jump.
Delaney Bridgeman of CMPS broke two records in the 11-year-old girls’ category with a 2.22 metre jump in standing long jump and a whopping 8.65 metre leap for the triple jump.
Sophie Hietkamp of CCMC broke three records in the 12-year-old girls’ category in long jump, 4.23 metres; standing long jump, 2.23 metres; and high jump, 1.37 metres.
The CCMC 13 plus girls’ relay team also broke the relay team record with a finish of 1:01.95.
The top three female athletes at the meet, age nine and under, are tied for first place, Mya Balfe of CMPS (nine points) and Alex Wilson-Zegil of CCMC (nine points) with Sadie Bridgeman of CMPS in third place (eight points). In the boys’ category, nine and under, Rhyis Arthurs of Little Current Public School (LCPS) placed first in his age category (10 points) followed by Jack Carter of LCPS (eight points), second and tied for third is Noah Thorpe of CMPS and Cody Campbell of CCMC, both with seven points
In the 10-year-old girls’ division, Ava Assinewai of CMPS placed first with 12 points, second was Brooke Gibeault of Assiginack Public School (APS) (nine points) and third was Annie Balfe of CMPS (eight points). In the boys’ category Malachi Joseph of CCMC placed first (10 points), Davin Deschenes of LCPS second (nine points) and tied for third is Jaydan Hayden of CCMC and John Michael Taggart of LCPS, eight points each.
In the 11-year-old category, girls, Aysia Debassige of LCPS and Delaney Bridgeman of CMPS tied for first with 12 points each while third place was won by Shaolin Roy of Wasse Abin Pontiac School (7.5 points). For the boys, Bay Migwans of CCMC placed first (11 points), Mason Leighton of CCMC came second (10 points) while Allan Wilkin of LCPS placed third with six points tied with Billy Biedermann, also of LCPS.
The 12-year-old girls’division saw Sophie Hietkamp of CMCC first with 12 points, Teah Migwans of CCMC with seven points and Victoria Trudeau of Wasse Abin Pontiac School and Autumn Deschesne tied for third with six points. In the boys’ category, there was a three-way tie for first with Trent Bell of CCMC, Liam Bridgeman of CMPS and Lattrell Peltier of Wasse Abin Pontiac School, all with 10 points.
In the 13 and over age category, girls, Malia Leighton of CCMC placed first (12 points), Ayriell Nodecker of CCMC came second (10 points) and Hailey Prior of CMPS and Francesca Pheasant of Wasse Abin Pontiac School tied for third (eight points). In the boys’ category, Owen Duncanson of CMPS came first (12 points), Nyron Panamick of Lakeview School placed second (11 points) and Rory Dearing of CCMC came third (nine points).
For schools, CCMC placed first with 195.5 points, LCPS second with 146.5 points, CMPS third with 136 points, Wasse Abin Pontiac School fourth with 77.5 points, Lakeview School fifth with 60.5 points with APS sixth with 43 points.