By Pat Payton
CLINTON – St. Marys Salukis posted great individual and team results at the annual Huron-Perth track and field championships here last Tuesday and Wednesday at St. Anne’s Catholic secondary school.
First, the individual accomplishments. Over the two-day competition, Salukis combined for seven first-place finishes, 10 second-place finishes, and 13 third-place finishes.
DCVI’s Ethan Aarts won three events (two on the track and one on the field) and was the first overall Junior boy with 30 points. Teammates Curtis Taylor was second and Arjay Thomson fourth, respectively. Jelena Lorentz and Anna McIntosh both won events, and tied for third overall in the Junior girls division.
Salukis, coached by Nathan Good, Ellen Bettger and Ian Morton, also did very well in the team standings as well. The Junior boys team was first overall, the Midget boys team was third overall, and the Junior girls team was fourth overall.
The DCVI boys team placed second overall in points, and the full St. Marys team was fourth overall.
The top six finishers in each event at Huron-Perth, meanwhile, qualify for the WOSSAA track and field championships being held at TD Waterhouse Stadium, Western University in London this Thursday and Friday.
Day 2 results at H-P
On Day 2 of Huron-Perth last Wednesday, May 15, Salukis picked up four firsts, three seconds and nine third-place finishes in both track and field events.
Ethan Aarts showed his versatility by winning the Junior boys’ 3,000-metre race in a time of 9:45.59, and tied for first in the Junior boys long jump with a leap of 1.60 metres.
Jelena Lorentz won the Junior girls 200-metre dash with a time of 29.12 seconds. The other first for DCVI on Day 2 went to Arjay Thomson, who claimed the Junior boys’ 200-metre dash with a time of 25.89 seconds.
The three second-place finishes for St. Marys went to Curtis Taylor, Caleb Thompson and the Men’s Open 4X400-metre relay team.
Taylor earned a silver in the Junior boys’ 300-metre hurdles with a time of 46.09 seconds, while Thompson was runner-up in the Midget boys’ high jump with a leap of 1.65 metres.
Members of the Men’s Open relay squad were Liam DeNeve, Scott Standeaven, Curtis Taylor and Ethan Aarts. Their combined time was 3:55.71.
There were seven third-place finishes on the track and two more in the field for the Salukis.
Lydia Taylor finished third in the Midget girls 3,000-metre race with a time of 12:18.87.
Aaron Vernooy was third in the Midget boys’ 200-metre dash with a time of 26.52 seconds, while Mason Boonstra was third in the Midget boys’ 300-metre hurdles with a time of 49.15 seconds.
Jelena Lorentz was third in the Junior girls’ 800-metre race with a time of 2:39.61, while Curtis Taylor was third in the Junior boys’ 200-metre dash with a time of 26.30 seconds.
Jaci Mitchell was third in the Senior girls’ 200-metre dash with a time of 27.61 seconds, and Liam DeNeve was third in the Senior boys’ 200-metre dash with a time of 24.26 seconds.
In field events, Ava Bettger was third in Junior girls javelin with a toss of 24.72 metres, while Ben Richardson was third in the Midget boys’ triple jump with a leap of 11.53 metres.
Day 1 results at H-P
On Day 1 of Huron-Perth last Tuesday, May 14, Salukis collected three firsts, seven seconds and four thirds in both track and field events.
In the Junior girls’ 80-metre hurdles, DCVI’s Anna McIntosh placed first with a time of 14.59 seconds. The two other firsts for St. Marys came from Junior boys. Curtis Taylor won the 400-metre dash in a time of 57.70 seconds, while Ethan Aarts topped the field in the 1,500-metre race with a time of 4:25.66.
For DCVI, there were second-place finishes on both the track and in field events.
Anna McIntosh was second in the Junior girls’ 100-metre dash with a time of 14.31 seconds. In the Women’s Open 2,000-metre steeplechase, Hazel Taylor was second with a time of 8:19.27.
Caleb Thompson was second in the Midget boys’ 100-metre hurdles with a time of 16.66 seconds. In the Junior boys’ 100-metre dash, Arjay Thomson was second with a time of 12.88 seconds.
The DCVI Junior boys 4X100 relay team also finished second. The foursome was comprised of Arjay Thomson, Scott Standeaven, Curtis Taylor and Ben Winchester.
Two second-place finishes came in field events. Ava Bettger was second in Junior girls’ discus with a toss of 21.24 metres, while Ben Richardson was second in the Midget boys’ long jump with a leap of 5.49 metres.
Three of the four third-place finishes for Salukis came on the track.
Jaci Mitchell was third in the Senior girls’ 100-metre dash with a time of 13.42 seconds.
Mason Boonstra earned a third in the Midget boys’ 100-metre hurdles with a time of 17.74 seconds. Boonstra was also a member of the Midget boys’ 4X100-metre relay team which grabbed second with a time of 51 seconds flat. Aaron Vernooy, Ben Richardson and Caleb Thompson are the other team members.
In the Senior boys triple jump event, Craig Weselan placed third with a leap of 12.43 metres.