Taking flight in the Int. Girls 80m hurdles are, from left: Kate Steele, SAERC; Kiera Calacna, SA; Léarose Aucoin, NDA; and Mariah Hervé, Riverview.
-by Bill Dunphy
The Carly Bunyan Memorial trophy was established to honour one of the greatest student-athletes to ever come out of the Strait Area Education and Recreation Centre (SAERC).
It is awarded to the top school of the annual Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Highland Region track and field meet, held last Friday and Saturday at Cape Breton University.
No school other than Dalbrae Academy has ever laid hands on it, and this year was no exception.
For the 19th time in a row, Dalbrae was the overall champion of the meet, claiming all four provincial banners in the Intermediate and Senior divisions.
Meanwhile, in the Junior Divisions, Tamarac Education Centre has established itself as the top dog of the show, winning its third straight overall championship.
Tamarac’s Junior Girls’ team finished with 68 points, topping Bayview with 51, Malcolm Munroe with 44, Cape Breton Highlands with 32, and Whycocomagh with 29.5 as the top five Junior schools.
The Tamarac Junior Boys were dominant in their quest for a third banner, finishing with 98 points. Next up were: Malcolm Munroe, 55; Bayview, 43; East Richmond, 34; and Whycocomagh, 19.
Haylee Dawn Ellis, of Whycocomagh Education Centre, was the top Junior Girls athlete. She had first-place finishes in the 100m (14.06 seconds), long jump (4.22m), and triple jump (9.19m); plus a second in javelin and fifth in the 200m.
No information was received on top athletes in Junior Boys and Intermediate Boys.
Dalbrae’s four-banner meet was powered by strong performances by Sarah Wilson in Senior Girls and Nolan Beaton in Senior Boys.
Both were the top athletes in their divisions, and for the first time ever, there was a three-way tie for the Joey Mullins Memorial trophy for athlete of the meet. Along with Wilson and Beaton, Dante Isadore, of Wagmatcook First Nation, were this year’s recipients.
In the Senior Girls division, Wilson had firsts in discus (26.67m), javelin (31.40m), and long jump (4.42m); along with a second-place finish in the 100m and fourth in triple jump.
Dalbrae’s Senior Girls won the provincial banner with 101 points, ahead of: Cape Breton Highlands, 59.5; and SAERC, 34.
In the Senior Boys division, Beaton put on a running clinic by finishing first in the 800m (2:11.93), 1500m (4:33.48), and a record-breaking run in the 3000m (9:47.81), plus a second in the 400m.
Dalbrae claimed the Senior Boys banner with 75 points to finish ahead of: Baddeck, 47; Rankin School of the Narrows, 28; and Wagmatcook, 25.
Isadore was responsible for all of Wagmatcook’s points, finishing first in the 200m (23.63 seconds), setting two new records in the long jump (6.55m) and triple jump (12.90m), and adding a second in the 100m and a third in shot put.
Dalbrae’s Alexandra Beaton was the top Intermediate Girl of the meet, mirroring Nolan Beaton’s expertise in distance running. Beaton had three firsts: 800m (2:46.04), 1500m (5:53.86), and 3000m (12:41.91); plus a second in the 400m.
The Intermediate Girls team at Dalbrae had the strongest showing of any division, claiming the banner with 114 points. Next up were: SAERC, 50.5; Riverview, 23; and Rankin, 22.
It was a closer race in the Intermediate Boys division, but Dalbrae pulled through with 83 points for the banner. They were followed by: SAERC, 65; Baddeck, 30; Richmond, 25; Riverview, 19; and NDA, 18.
This year’s provincial track and field championship will be held this Friday and Saturday at Acadia University in Wolfville.
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