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Local high school students take overall women’s title at WOSSAA

photo by Rob J. Ross
Lord Dorchester’s Megan Dunn (386) wins the junior women’s 200 metre final, edging teammate Megan Beaudry (384) who finished second, at the WOSSAA track and field championships, held at the University of Western, in London, May 22 and 23.
by Rob Ross

      There was no stopping Lord Dorchester’s women’s track and field team.
      A quartet of familiar faces combined for 11 top-two performances, helping LDSS take the overall women’s team title, at the WOSSAA track and field championships, held at the Western University, in London, May 22 and 23.
      Include the men and LDSS sends 16 athletes and three relay teams to the OFSAA west regional meet, at Western, this Friday and Saturday.
      The junior women handily won the team title, while the senior women were second, one point behind London Banting.
      Megan Dunn led the way capturing the junior women’s individual title, placing first in her three events, the 200 metres (26 seconds), 400m (58.11s) and javelin (29.76m).
      “I wanted to be top six with a good seed time,” said Dunn, who set a personal best in javelin. “I was surprised to be first.”
      In both the 200 and 400, Dunn was pushed by teammate Megan Beaudry, who finished second twice.
      Katie Beaudry won junior women’s high jump (1.55m) and placed second in the 300-metre hurdles, behind a meet record time by London Oakridge’s Claire Larose.
      “It’s [hurdles] not up to par with my last year times but I’m working on it. I’m improving my time every time I do it, so that’s good,” said Beaudry.
      Dana Earhart showed LDSS coach James Tennant she could run, by winning the senior women’s 1500m in 4:57.17.
      “Coach Tennant has been telling me I’ve been jogging all the time, so I wanted to prove that I wanted it as much as he wanted it for me,” a grinning Earhart said. “It wasn’t a PB but it was the fastest time I’ve ran this year.”
      Earhart was second in the senior 800m.
      The Beaudrys, Dunn and Earhart joined forces and won the open women’s 4x400m relay race by almost 10 seconds.
      Last June, the 4x4 team won OFSAA gold therefore the goal is a return to the provincial meet.
      Dunn, the Beaudrys and Stacey Henshaw finished second in the senior women’s 4x100m relay race.
      Henshaw also advanced in the senior women’s 100 metres, placing fifth.
      Para-athlete Madison Wilson Walker abolished both of her meet records in the ambulatory 100m and 800m, setting new times at 4.67 seconds and 3:17.07s respectively. Her 100 time would beat the current OFSAA record.
      “I’ve been working a lot on my starts and my form,” said Wilson-Walker, training with the London-Western club. “I’ve been wanting to hit in the 14s. I’ve come close other times, but I haven’t done it before this meet. I just went out there and gave it my all.”
      Also qualifying in two events were Emily Ashby, third in the open women’s 1500m steeplechase, sixth in the senior 3000m and Melanie Wieringa, fifth, in the midget women’s 400m, and sixth, in the 200m.
      Kaela Collin placed fourth in senior women’s javelin.
      Dorchester’s pole vault team has four athletes moving on to regionals. Samantha McCoy, second, midget women; Stephanie Muir, fourth, junior women; Lydia Heuving, fourth, senior women; Robert Foster, fourth, midget men; Jayden Engberts, fifth, midget men.
      Ryan Esler qualified fourth in senior men’s triple jump, while John Fluttert was sixth in the open men’s 2 km steeplechase.

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