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Dorchesterís Sean Reed (385) in a tight battle with London STA and St. Thomas St. Josephís during the open menís 4x400-metre relay race at the WOSSAA track and field championships at TD Stadium.

Stellar performances by


by Rob J. Ross

      The LDSS women continue to be the queens of the relay races.
      For the past three years, Lord Dorchester has racked up wins totalling in the double digits for the womenís relay races, including winning OFSAA gold in the open 4x400-metre relay last year and in 2014.
      The trend continues this spring, as LDSS won both the senior womenís 4x100-metre and open womenís 4x400-metre relay races at the WOSSAA track and field championships May 18 and 19 at TD Stadium.
      The top six teams advanced to the OFSAA west regional meet Friday, May 26 and Saturday, May 27 back at TD Stadium.
      On day one of the meet, the 4x100 team of Megan Dunn, Emma McKnight and sisters Megan and Katie Beaudry cruised to victory, finishing in 49.17 seconds and winning by over a second.
      The 4x400 offered some drama during the four laps around the oval, but the foursome of the Beaudrys, Dunn and Bethany Hiemstra still won by almost five seconds over London Central.
      Receiving the baton for the third leg, with LDSS sitting fourth, 10 metres behind front-running London Mother Teresa, Katie passed the three teams by the midpoint of her run around the oval. Katie then passed the stick to her sister, who put LDSS in control of the race.
      ďIím happy. Iím proud of us. We all ran well,Ē Katie said. ďBethany stepped in and ran really good for us.Ē
      The most pressure fell on Hiemstra, the newest member of the team, replacing the graduated Dana Earhart. Hiemstra, who is battling a low iron count this season, ran the second leg.
      ďIt was scary because they are all really good. I thought with the Beaudrys and Megan, Iím going to look so bad,Ē said Hiemstra, the relay teamís lone Grade 11 athlete. ďTheyíre a very supportive team. They told me to go second, and it worked out well. They could get a good start (with Dunn) and then make up for what I didnít gain.Ē
      The win helped Hiemstra with an important decision.
      ďI was debating whether to buy a T-shirt, but now I can get one next week.Ē
      Katie, who won the senior womenís 400-metre hurdles earlier in the day, has been battling a lingering sore hamstring.
      ďI didnít even know if I would be doing track this season because of my leg. Iím happy to be here,Ē Katie said. ďLast week (at TVRA), I just jogged the hurdles. There were only nine of us, so as long as I made it to the end, I would move on. That gave me another week (to heal). I was hoping top six (at WOSSAA), but I didnít think I would do that, because Iíve been hurt.Ē
      Due to her time from the Thames Valley (TVRA) meet, Katie was in the first heat at WOSSAA with slower seed times. Therefore she had to wait for the results from the second heat to see if her 1:04.91 was fast enough. Katie also placed second in senior womenís high jump (1.56 metres), behind a meet record-tying performance (1.70m) by friend and longtime rival Emily Branderhorst from London Christian.
      Megan Beaudry won the senior womenís 200 metres in 25.92 seconds and finished second in the 400 metres (58.67 sec.), impressing her twin.
      ď(Megan) has been more sore than me. My leg has been healing up, but hers is still pretty sore,Ē Katie said.
      McKnight won the junior womenís 100 metre (13.69 sec.), finished second in the 200 and fifth in long jump (4.81 metres).
      Sarah Ashby took the junior womenís shot put crown with a personal best heave of 11.29 metres.
      Katie McDonald qualified in three events, the junior womenís triple jump (third, 10.33m), 80-metre hurdles (fifth, 13.78 sec.) and long jump (sixth, 4.78m).
      Also moving on to regionals: Victoria Quance, third, junior womenís pole vault (a PB of 2.50 metres); Aidan Rand, third, junior menís pole vault (2.80m); Zachary Earhart, fourth, senior menís 400 metres (51.81 sec.); Emma Lavoie, fifth, midget womenís pole vault (2.00m).
      Beaver Nationís other WOSSAA results: Colson Erb, seventh, junior menís 800m, eighth, 1,500m; Sarah Ashby, eighth, junior womenís discus, ninth, javelin; Kristen Bisschop, ninth, junior womenís discus; Michael McKnight, 10th, midget menís long jump; Bethany Hiemstra, 10th, senior womenís 800m; Emily Patterson, 10th, midget womenís 300m hurdles; Sean Reed, 11th, junior menís 400m; Matthew Vervoordeldonk, 11th, midget menís 3,000m; Sierra Scott, 11th, junior womenís 800m, 11th, 400m; Eric Pettipiece, 12th, midget menís 300m hurdles; Megan Brownrigg, 14th, midget womenís 80m hurdles, 14th, 300m hurdles; Carter Schiffer, 15th, junior menís shot put.

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