Junior runner, Brynn Gilmour led Seaway District High School at the EOSSAA Track and Field championship hosted by TISS here on Friday, May 23 with a gold medal run in the 400m and second place finishes in the 200m and 800m races.
Collecting the only other medal for Seaway was field athlete Kaitlyn Stewart with a second place 9.91m jump in the midget girls triple jump.
The two, along with midget athletes Maggie Wells and Cassie Hummel, will compete at the East Regional Meet at the Terry Fox Facility in Ottawa, this Thursday and Friday, May 29-30.
Wells qualified in shot put with a fourth place, 8.66m throw and discus with a 25.93m fifth place throw, while Hummel qualified in javelin with a 24.59m fifth place throw.
Gilmour had a very solid day on the track. After winning the fastest qualifying heat in the 400, she claimed gold with a time of 1:01.59. (She got to EOSSAA in the 400m with a gold medal win at the SD&G in Cornwall two weeks ago with a time of 1:04.83.)
She claimed a silver EOSSAA medal in the 200m with a time of 27.20 behind the winner, Teri-Anna Libby of TISS who crossed the finish line at 26.84 seconds.
Gilmour claimed her second silver medal in the 800m with a time of 2:28.65. The win went to B. MacDougall of Kingston at 2:28.47.
“Brynn ran well and hopefully still has some improvement left,” says Mark Lewis, who with Trevor Thompson is co-coaching Seaway’s track and field team. “She hasn’t run as fast as she can yet, so we will see.”
Lewis explained that Gilmour, a very successful distance runner, “moved to the 200 to work on and improve her speed. That will be determined this week at Regional as the competition gets a lot stiffer.”
Kaitlyn Stewart improved on her 9.31m triple jump which won her a gold medal at SD&G with Friday’s EOSSAA jump of 9.91m.
“Kaitlyn had a very good jump, but I feel there is more left in the tank as well,” says Lewis. “We are hoping to peak with all of the girls this week to get some of them to OFSAA.”
“Maggie [Wells] and Cassie [Hummel] are both rookies and just learning their respective events. We have been working on a lot of technique the last few weeks, and we are starting to see some improvement. I think they will throw even better this week.”
Wells won gold medals at the SD&G with an 8.78m throw in shot put and a 25.91m throw in discus. She was third in javelin with an 18.80 throw.
While she came up just short of the two SD&G medal throws at EOSSAA, she vastly improved in javelin at 21.23m for a non-qualifying eighth place finish.
Hummel won the midget girls javelin at the SD&G with a 23.08m throw and was fifth at EOSSAA with a pb throw of 24.59m. She struggled at shot put with a 7.14m throw and did not qualify in the event. She threw 7.45m for a fourth place finish at SD&G.
Coaches Thompson and Lewis are happy with this year’s team with 15 athletes competing at the SD&G and 12 of them qualifying for EOSSAA.
In addition to the four mentioned, they included Izzy Burrell (triple jump), Kyle Ault (2nd SD&G midget 400m), Johnny Strackholder (3rd SD&G midget triple jump), Quinn Horne (4th SD&G 80m hurdles, 5th 100m), Kyle Ault (2nd SDG midget 400m), Keanne Van Dodewaard (4th SD&G midget 400m), Emily Hector (4th SD&G junior 100m, 5th long jump) and Ashley Whitteker (80m junior hurdles).