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Six county athletes bring home N.S. track and field medals

Tamarac Education Centre athletes Jenna Proctor (left) and Raya Matheson (right) participate in the Junior Girls 80m hurdles during the provincial track and field meet in Stellarton on Friday.


June 8, 2022

-by Bill Dunphy
    Inverness County schools and its student-athletes continue to stand out among the province’s largest schools.
    Six athletes representing five schools were provincial medalists at the School Sport Nova Scotia track and field meet held on Friday and Saturday at the Pioneer Coal Athletic Field in Stellarton.
    As well, the SAERC Saints Senior team had a top 10 finish in the combined standings – the highest ranking of all Cape Breton Island schools.
    Among the individual medal winners there were two gold medalists, two silver, and two bronze.
    Annika Van Zutphen, of Whycocomagh Education Centre, beat her Highland Region distance of 23.07m to win the Junior Girls javelin gold with a new mark of 27.34m. She also competed in the shot put with a distance of 6.87m.
    Also attaining gold was Sara Scott of Dalbrae Academy, winning the Senior Girls discus with a toss of 26.95m.
    In the Junior Girls high jump competition, Inverness Education Centre Academy athlete Leah Jessome won a silver medal for her school – the first for Inverness in recent memory.
    Jessome, who won the Highland Region event with a jump of 1.47m, needed only to clear the bar at 1.38m for the medal due to a breezy, cool day on the Stellarton field. The winner was not far ahead at 1.41m.
    Tamarac’s Brooke Wadden was also a contender, finishing fourth with a jump of 1.30m.
    Cape Breton Highland Academy’s Jordan LeFort was also a silver medalist, setting a personal best of 1.76m in the Intermediate Boys high jump. LeFort qualified at regionals with a jump of 1.60m.
    Two SAERC athletes also had personal bests to earn bronze medals on the weekend.
    Clare Glover had a distance of 10.07m in the Senior Girls triple jump, beating her regional mark of 10.05 for a third-place finish.
    And Ryan Hayes crushed his Highland Region distance of 38.09m in Senior Boys javelin with a throw of 42.56m to win bronze.
    Glover and Hayes were among the strong contingent of SAERC athletes who lifted the school to a 10th place finish in the combined team score in the Senior division.
    SAERC had 60 points, with the Senior Girls collecting 31 points to finish 8th among 29 schools. The SAERC Senior Boys finished with 29 points and were 11th out of 28 schools.
    Four other county schools collected points in the Senior division, including: CBHA, 22nd, 22 points (girls 14, boys 8); Dalbrae, 27th, 12 points (all girls); École NDA, 34th, 8 points (all girls); and Inverness, 42nd, 4 points (all boys).
    Participation in the Intermediate division was relatively low compared to the Senior and Junior divisions.
    In the combined team scores for Intermediate, Dalbrae finished 38th out of 52 schools with 11 points (boys 6, girls 5); CBHA, 40th, 10 points (all boys); Rankin School of the Narrows, 46th, 7 points (all boys); Margaree Christian School, 52nd, 4 points (all girls); SAERC, 52nd, 4 points (all boys); and Baddeck Academy, 52nd, 4 points (all boys).
    Five schools had good showings in the combined Junior division, led in most cases by the female athletes.
    Tamarac led the group with an 18th place finish among 62 schools with 38.5 points (girls 25.5, boys 13); Whycocomagh, 22nd, 26 points (boys 16, girls 12); Inverness, 44th, 10 points (girls 9, boys 1); Bayview Education Centre, 37th, 6 points (all girls); and NDA, 62nd, 4 points (all girls).
    The following are the athlete results by school for both Inverness and Victoria counties. It includes the name, division, event, distance or time, and placement:
 


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