General Amherst strikes gold at OFSAA All-Ontario track and field meet

Jaiden Mulder (centre) celebrates her gold medal in the 300m hurdles. (Photo by Les Holmes)

Jaiden Mulder (centre) celebrates her gold medal in the 300m hurdles. (Photo by Les Holmes)

Keely Gibb lands after one of her leaps in junior girls long jump. She set school records in junior girls long jump and triple jump at the OFSAA All-Ontario meet in Mississauga. (Photo by Les Holmes)

Keely Gibb lands after one of her leaps in junior girls long jump. She set school records in junior girls long jump and triple jump at the OFSAA All-Ontario meet in Mississauga. (Photo by Les Holmes)

Shayne Purdy throws the javelin at the OFSAA All-Ontarios. Purdy finished ninth in the javelin. (Photo by Les Holmes)

Shayne Purdy throws the javelin at the OFSAA All-Ontarios. Purdy finished ninth in the javelin. (Photo by Les Holmes)

Jaiden Mulder, Nia Holmes, Keely Gibb and Jasmine Hurst were 13th out of 24 teams in the senior girls 4x100m relay, despite the fact none are in Grade 12. (Photo by Les Holmes)

Jaiden Mulder, Nia Holmes, Keely Gibb and Jasmine Hurst were 13th out of 24 teams in the senior girls 4x100m relay, despite the fact none are in Grade 12. (Photo by Les Holmes)

Wyatt Lippert competed in the ambulatory 100m and 800m, finishing fourth in the 800m. (Photo by Les Holmes)

Wyatt Lippert competed in the ambulatory 100m and 800m, finishing fourth in the 800m. (Photo by Les Holmes)

 

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Seven athletes from General Amherst attended the biggest sporting event in North America – the OFSAA All-Ontario Track and Field Championships – in Mississauga June 5-7.

The seven athletes from Amherst represented the western region of Ontario as they finished in the top four at the regional. At the All-Ontario, these athletes faced the best 24 from the six regions of Ontario.

What a year for Jaiden Mulder as she claimed gold in the 300m hurdles and silver in the 80m hurdles! She is the first athlete in Amherst track history to capture gold in the 300m hurdles and the first girl to win a silver in the 80m hurdles.

Jared Capaldi is the first sprinter since Rocco Stella to qualify for the All-Ontario in the junior boys 100m and 200m. Jared made it to the final and finished sixth in the very close finish in the 200m.

Shayne Purdy was making his first appearance at OFSAA and finished ninth in javelin.

A very young senior girls 4x100m relay team finished thirteenth out of 24 teams. This team consisted of Grade 9 Nia Holmes, Grade 10s Jaiden Mulder, Keely Gibb and Grade 11 Jasmine Hurst. This team has a great future next year!

Wyatt Lippert attended his first OFSAA in the para-ambulatory 100m and 800m. This Grade 9 student finished fourth in the 800m. What a future Wyatt has in the years ahead!

Six new school records were set by the four girls attending this OFSAA event.

•Jaiden Mulder (junior girls 80m hurdles – 11.51 seconds, junior girls 300m hurdles 43.95 seconds)

•Keely Gibb (junior girls long jump – 5.10m, junior girls triple jump 10.66m)

•Jasmine Hurst (senior girls 100m hurdles – 14.5 seconds)

•Senior girls 4x100m relay team of Nia Holmes, Jaiden Mulder, Keely Gibb and Jasmine Hurst (50.12 seconds)

Coach Dave Scott would like to thank the following coaches for their help with this year’s track team: Stephanie Bondy, Kristy Ryan (long jump, triple jump, high jump), Scott Riddell (discus), Frank Bauer (javelin), Stephanie Goslin (sprints and relays), and Sam Kellam (statistics).

Scott also thanked General Amherst physical education department head John Rudak for his assistance and to the secretaries and administration at General Amherst High School.

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