Whether it was the rest after all the competitions and stress leading up to OFSAA, or a positive change in the weather, many Hamilton Olympic Club athletes set personal best performances in many of their events at the Royal Canadian Legion District B track and field meet last month. Those performances helped propel 11 athletes from the Mountain-based HOC to this weekend’s provincial meet.
Advancing to the 2014 Royal Canadian Legion Ontario track and field championships this weekend are: Christian Janzen (hammer, discus, shot put); Alec Purnell (300m, 800m); Jared Walkling (300m, 800m); Molly Giannone (200m hurdles, 300m); Kaitlyn Lynch (800m, 1200m); Maddie Sinnamon (long jump); Brittany Stenekes (100m hurdles, 300m hurdles, long jump); Marissa DuBois (100m, long jump); Jenna Smith (200m, shot put); Monica Binotto (300m hurdles); Rachel Langelaan (2000m steepelchase).
Leading the charge was Marissa DuBois, who set a personal best in all three of her youth girl events: 100m (12.91, 3rd); 200m (26.49, 5th) and long jump (5.39m 2nd).
Britanny Stenekes, running the 100m hurdles for the first time, came home with the gold medal in 14.56 seconds, then leaped 5.45m for a personal best in placing first in the long jump. Later, she won the 300m hurdles in a time of 46.57, followed closely by Monica Binotto in 48.50.
Chloe Hewitt earned her PB in the 400m as she came fourth in a time of 59.29 – breaking the one-minute barrier for the first time. She also placed fourth in the 800m with a time of 2:25.78, with Mikayla Hewitt on her heels in 2:27.89.
Brooke Bottos set two PBs. Her long jump result of 5.02m was 25cm further than her previous best and her 100m hurdle time of 16.93 gave her a good starting standard for this new event. The only female thrower in this age group, Jenna Smith, set her PB in the 3kg shot put with a heave of 8.82m, for third place. Earlier she ran 25.60 in the 200m to place second.
In the midget girls division, every athlete set at least one personal best performance. On this day, Maddie Sinnamon was the PB leader. She ran 13.79 for sixth place in the 100m, followed by 28.10 and fifth place in the 200m.
Later, she placed second in the long jump, with her best ever result of 4.77m.
Kaitlyn Lynch picked up two silver medals. She ran 800m in 2:29.32, then set a PB in the 1200m with her time of 3:54.72. Molly Giannone set two personal bests as she earned a silver in the 200m hurdles with her 32.52 clocking, then placed third in the 300m with 43.58. Eryn Reader picked up two fourth-place finishes. Her 100m time was 13.48, while her 200m finish of 27.62 gave her the PB for which she had been looking. To round out this age group, Meaghan Boatsmith was third in the 500g javelin event with her best performance of 24.59m, then place fifth in the 800m with a time of 2:33.64.
In the midget boys division, Owen Opie had two personal bests as he placed third in the 1200m (3:28.63) and fourth in the 800m (2:11.04). Alec Purnell also set his PB in the 800m; he finished in second with a 2:05.91. Purnell won the 300m in a time of 38.25sec.
Sandwiched between his teammates, Jared Walkling of Sherwood Secondary School came third in the 800m with his 2:10.71 time, then had a PB of 39.17sec to place second in the 300m.
Eric Huynh was fourth in the 200m with his PB of 25.62sec, and was fifth in the 100m (12.49sec)
The PBs were not just relegated to the running and jumping events. Christian Janzen of Westmount Secondary School set his PB in the hammer throw, where he tossed the implement 47.82m. His shot put result of 11.27m and his discus throw of 38.62m also earned him first-place finishes.
In the youth boys division, Brent Smyth, also a Westmount student, came through the 800m in 2:05.81 for third place, while Jack Mosquite, battling an upper-chest infection, managed two eleventh-place finishes: 100m (12.55sec) and 200m (25.98sec).