Marton golden at WECSSAA track championships

By Joel Charron

Coming into the 2011 track season, General Amherst long distance runner Meaghan Marton wanted to improve on what she called a disappointing track season last year.

Marton did just that.

The young long distance runner captured three gold medals, an individual championship and broke 26-year-old record in the 1,500m at the WECSSAA track and field championship held last week at the University of Windsor.

All in a days work for the 18-year-old.

“This is my first WECSSAA record,” she said. “I’m really excited and happy.”

Wearing her one long pink sock, Meahan Marton leads the pack in the Sr. girls 800m. Marton finished the race with a time of 2:20

Marton’s time of 4:42:59 in the 1,500m erased a 26-year-old benchmarks held by Assumption’s Donna Thibert. Thibert’s time of 4:45:08 has held up since 1985.

The day of Marton’s 1,500m race, she opted to change her routine. Instead was wearing her customary one long black sock on her left leg, Marton switched it up and went with a long pink sock on her left leg.

“I needed a new sock,” said Marton. “The other one was getting worn out and it kept falling down.”

Marton started wearing the sock during her races when she in grade school when she was covering up an injury. When she won that race, Marton said she decided she would continue to wear the sock for every race.

Marton donned the long pink sock in her 800m race, where her time of 2:20 was just seconds off the record pace.

Marton came out blazing in the first lap, setting the track on fire with a 1:03 split time.

“When I saw my spilt time I thought, I’m either going to run a really fast race or I’m going to get tried,” she said.

The 18-year-old admits she started running out of gas on the second lap.

“The 200 metres, my legs left like bricks,” Marton said. “ I had to push through it cause that’s what you have to do when you’re a long distance runner.”

Her gold medal performances in the 800m, 1,500m and 3,000m (10:33) were good enough to capture the Sr. Girls individual championship.

Recently, Marton announced that she has committed to the University of Windsor. Marton is expected to lead a young Windsor Lancer distance team next season and joins former General Amherst teammate Samantha Kellam.

Marton said she would study Psychology and Women’s Studies.

Marton will be look to continue her stellar season at the SWOSSAA Track and Field Championships on May 18-19.

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