Senior jumper, Kaitlyn Stewart, led a very young team of Seaway District High School athletes at the 40th annual Hungerford Invitational Track and Field Classic here on the weekend with a solid second place triple jump finish and a fourth in long jump.
Next up was shot put specialist, Maggie Wells with a third in shot and sixth in discus.
Both athletes are experiencing their first season at the senior level.
Stewart who has been training throughout the winter in Ottawa, claimed second place in the senior girls triple jump with a 10.38m jump. The win went in 10.53m.
She was fourth in long jump at 4.63m, the win here going at 5.01m.
Last year, Stewart had a personal best long jump of 4.84m at the East Regional Championship and had her best triple jump in competition at EOSSAA at 10.24m.
At the Hungerford, both the senior girls shot putters and discus competitors ran up against Braiden Nicholas of PDCI who finished in first place in both. Way ahead of the pack, Nicholas won discus with a throw of 33.88m and shot put with a throw of 11.86m.
Seaway’s Maggie Wells placed third in senior girls shot put with a 9.48m throw, just behind the second place throw of 9.61m.
She was sixth in discus at 26.55m.
Returning to coach Seaway’s track and field team this year are Mark Lewis and Lindsay Waddell. They have been joined by Robin Gibbs.
According to Lewis, this year’s team is running at about 20 athletes with most of the numbers at the midget level. For the last couple of years, Seaway has been building a track and field team, and with so many young athletes you never know when one might step up and surprise everyone.
Seaway took 18 athletes to the Hungerford.
At the midget level distance runner Keira Cameron ran the 1500 in 6:04.17 and the 3000 in 13:09.81. The 1500 was won in 5:12.84 and the 3000 in 10:45.03.
Abby Smith ran her 100m dash in 15.10 which did not qualify her to advance to the final.
Kristyn VanHoof had a fourth place finish in the 300m hurdles with a time of 57.10 and finished seventh in the midget girls triple jump at 9.03m.
Cameryn Broad finished in the middle of the pack of 21 long jumpers with a 3.90m jump (event was won in 4.48m) and was sixth in triple at 9.04m.
Trystyn Hummel’s best results were in the midget girls javelin where she placed fourth with a 27.67m throw. She was eighth in shot put and in discus. In shot put she threw 8.04m, and she had a discus throw of 18.58m
Rounding out the midget girls category was Ashley Hanna who threw 18.94m.
At the junior girls level, Julenea Barnhardt ran the 200m in 58.70 and had a 3.80m long jump. Trinity Hanes had a 16.30m throw in javelin and ran her 100m heat in 15.07 (she did not qualify for the final).
Rounding out the senior girls team were Quinn Horne, Victoria Gauvreau and Holly Connelly-MacDonald.
Horne failed to qualify in the 100m, running her heat in 13.97 seconds, and finished back in the pack in the 200m with a time of 29.76 seconds.
Gauvreau ran her 100m heat in 15.72 and the 200m at 33.36. Connelly-MacDonald had times of 16.39 in her 100m heat and 34.21 in the 200m.
At the midget boys level, Kendrew Byers had a solid meet with a pair of sixth place finishes in shot put and javelin. He threw 10.74 in shot and 29.46 in javelin. He fell back in the pack in discus with a 23.52m throw.
In junior boys, Shawn Dowson showed steady results with sixth place finishes in high hump and shot put and a seventh in discus. He jumped 1.65m and threw shot at 11.57m for the two sixth place finished, and had a 32.37 throw in discus.
Hunter Amlin had a 6.03m long jump and ran the 400m in 1:04.96.
Brayden Blacquiere-Rizk did not qualify in the 100m with a heat time of 13.92 seconds and ran the 200m in 28.54.