“There were 63 teams taking part at the 2015 EOSSA track and field competition held at Thousand Islands Secondary School in Brockville May 21-22,” said track coach, Mark Lewis. “Seaway ended up 14th in the team standings. We sent just 13 participants. For that many athletes to go to EOSSA and do so well is really impressive.”
The Seaway team numbers may be small, but there is little doubt that they are ‘mighty’. The results of the two days of competition tell the story.
David Swerdfeger took first in the Men’s 300 Meter Hurdles Midget, (43.78), first in Men’s Triple Jump Midget (12.05m) and fifth in Men’s Long Jump Midget.
“David had another great day. He won the hurdles Thursday night by 30 meters or 3 seconds, which is a lot,” said Lewis.
“He won the triple jump very, very convincingly with a jump of 12.05 m. And he was one centimeter off his personal best in the long jump. He simply had a really big day out there.”
Maggie Wells had outstanding results in her events. She placed second in Shot Put Junior (11.22 m), and third in discus throw junior (30.55m).
Grant Wells qualified in 1500 Meter Midget (4:36:68) and 3000 Meter Midget (10:00:39). “Grant ran his personal best in both those events,” said Lewis.
One surprise for coaches Lewis and Lindsay Waddell (described as a “track coach extraordinaire” by Lewis) was Sid Sideratos’ showing in Men’s Shot Put Midget. He placed second with 12.61m.
“Sid actually posted a personal best of a half meter,” said Mark Lewis.
Julenea Barnhartd placed fourth in Women’s Long Jump Midget (4.42m) while Jaycie Maville came 6th in Women’s Shot Put Midget (9.6m).
Kaitlyn Stewart was 5th in Women’s Long Jump Junior (4.55m) and third in Women’s Triple Jump Junior (10.24m)
Cassie Hummel placed third in Women’s Javelin Throw Junior (25.48m).
“I was really impressed with how these kids competed,” said Lewis. “They had a competitive mind set, they focussed on technique and they went out there and did what they had to do. We had these great results up and down the board.”
Seaway is sending eight athletes to the eastern Regionals May 28-29, also at TISS.
If they are successful, four could move on to OFSSA competition: the stakes for Seaway are high.
“We have some kids who I feel have a good shot,” said coach Lewis. “Our kids are young and they listen. They are focussed on technique and on race strategy, and they go out there and get the job done. They’ve ‘overcome’ a lot of coaching this year,” he added laughing.