The Highland track team has started the outdoor season with some outstanding results from Guelph to Toronto. In the season opener, the Hawks brought home nine medals, including three gold. And in the exclusive Rowland games, the open girls’ 4-by-400-metre team and Jake Northey brought home two more medals.
The first meet, in Guelph, saw the 800-metre squad bring home three medals, with Paige Tate winning the Senior girls’ race in a time of 2:24, and the duo of Adam Rowles and Liam Smith dipping under two minutes to place second and third.
Paul Kolb matched his teammates' silver in the Senior boys 1500. These three joined rookie Tom Manson to place third in the 4-by-400-metre relay. The girls’ squad excelled in the relays as the Midget girls won their sprint relay and the Junior girls placed second. But it was the 4-by-400-metre where the team made their mark, winning by 12 seconds in 4:13. Kyndra Hughes added a bronze in the javelin.
In Toronto, Jake Northey, continued Highland’s throwing tradition with a toss of 40.55 metres in the Junior boys javelin to place third. The mile relay team lowered its season time to 4:12 to place third as well. Six other Hawks placed in the top ten from the hurdles through to the 1500 metres.
Team members have been training diligently at Highland's track three days a week since Easter and hope to improve their times as they move into the main part of the season. They have meets in St. Catharines and Hamilton before the city championships on May 17.
In a related note, former Highland runner Carise Thompson, who won the OFSAA 3KM title for the school, recently represented Canada at the World University Championships in Poland. She was the second Canadian across the line, finishing 15th in the world.