County athletes brave the cold to qualify for regional meet
Alexandra Beaton (third from left), of Dalbrae, cuts to the inside track in the Intermediate Girls 800m and cruised to a winning time of 2:53.26 at the Inverness-Richmond district track meet last Wednesday in Mabou.
-by Bill Dunphy
The Inverness-Richmond district track meet is a means of keeping representation at the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Highland Region meet down to a reasonable number.
The student-athletes who competed at last Wednesday’s district meet at Dalbrae Academy should all get a pass just for surviving he cold, wet, windy day.
Without fail, Mother Nature did her best to provide the most miserable of conditions for the event, and while times and distances were down, the athletes were up to the challenge.
The distance runners met the challenge without the aid of parkas and winter boots.
Dalbrae’s Nolan Beaton won all three of his Senior Boys events, including the 400m (1:00.93), 800m (2:20.01), and 1,500 (4:50.63).
In the Senior Boys sprints, Broderick Murphy peeled off wins in both the 100m (12.71) and 200m (26.86).
Eilidh Campbell, of Dalbrae had solid wins in the Senior Girls 400m (1:14.81) and 800m (2:55.01) and settled for second in the 1500m when Dalbrae teammate Kali Beaton edged Campbell at the finish line by .46 of a second with a time of 6:27.73 – making for an interesting race at regionals.