Cassie Hummel, left, and Maggie Wells got the Seaway District High School Track and Field team, off to a good start, at the Ottawa University Invitational meet on Thursday, May 1, when they threw their way to a pair of gold medals and then added one silver and one bronze.
Hummel collected a gold medal in midget girls javelin with a p.b. throw of 21.93m and a bronze in midget girls shot put with a p.b. throw of 8.20m.
Wells produced a 23.12 m gold medal throw in midget girls discus and a 9.60m shot put throw for a silver medal. The Seaway athletes finished in second and third in midget shot put behind Abby McMann of Immaculate H.S. who won with a throw of 10.02m.
While Hummel and Wells have thrown shot before, it was Hummel’s first attempt in javelin and Wells’ first time at discus. They both admit, they surprised themselves with their gold medal results and are now working at perfecting their technique.
Of her first time in javelin, Hummel says, “I just wanted to try it, but I didn’t think I would do that well.”
Said Maggie, “We both learned discus the night before in the pouring rain. We had a 15 minute lesson.”
They were well instructed in those 15 minutes, said Trevor Thompson who, with Mark Lewis, is this year coaching the Seaway track and field team. Both are delighted that the team has climbed from last year’s record low number to 15 athletes this year.
“We are mostly grade 9’s,” said Thompson. “But that is good. We are rebuilding, and hopefully they will stay with it.”
In addition to the medals won by Hummel and Wells, runner Brynn Gilmour claimed a bronze medal in junior girls 100m dash with a time 13.41 seconds and Kaitlyn Stewart claimed a bronze medal in midget girls long jump with a 4.17m jump.
Some other athletes who compete last week were Quinn Horne, Kyle Ault, Cole Thompson, Johnny Strackholder, Keanne Van Dodewward, Dillan Sullivan, Ashley Whitteker and Lorenzo Garcia.