Henderson earns spot at provincials

Anna Henderson

KINGSTON – Making the provincial championship for track and field was her goal. Seaway Spartan athlete Anna Henderson, realized that goal on June 1st at the OFSAA East Regional track and field meet held in Kingston.

Henderson competed in two events at the meet, the Junior Girls Javelin and the Junior Girls Discus. Javelin is her main focus: she’s been throwing consistently over 30 metres so far this season.

She told The Leader she was very happy with her performance.

“I’m pretty excited to be going to Toronto. I set my goal for this season that I wanted to make it to OFSAA and I did,” Henderson said.

Henderson threw for 31.29 metres and finished third overall in her event. Brittany Renaud from Brockville finished in first with her throw of 31.80 metres, Melanie Drost from Ottawa was second at 31.55 metres.

Henderson had also earned a spot at East Regionals competing in the Junior Girls Discus event. She threw for 24.59 metres and finished eighth overall in the standings.

The top four athletes in each event move on to the provincial championships.

Runner Erika Jordan competed in two events for Seaway at the East Regional championships, the 1500 metre Steeplechase, and the Junior Girls 1500 metre run. Less than four seconds separated the top five runners at the finish in the Steeplechase event. Less than three-fifths of a second kept Jordan from the provincial championships. She finished the event with a time of 5:23.77 minutes, 0.58 seconds behind fourth place Marisha Thompson from Norwood.

In the 1500 metre run, Jordan finished the event in seventh place with a time of 5:09.43 minutes, 11.23 seconds out of fourth place.

A late addition to the Seaway team at East Regionals was Trystyn Hummel. She had finished seventh at EOSSAA in the Senior Girls Discus, one spot out of moving on. Hummel moved on to the East Regionals after one of the athletes who had qualified had to withdraw.

Hummel threw for 23.35 metres in the Senior Girls Discus event at East Regionals, finishing 12th in the event. Eve Denault from Pembroke won the event with her 37.76 metre throw.

The Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations provincial track and field championship takes place at the York Lions stadium at York University in Toronto June 7-9th.