Red Hawk Track and Field sending 37 athletes to COSSA

By Terrance Gavan

Up and coming.

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John Rae puts the shot getting ready for COSSA meet. Photo by Gav

Sometimes used a pejorative for teams – like the Toronto Maple Leafs – who are stuck in neutral and on a never-ending rebuilding curve.

Hook it up with Hal High track however?

And up and coming becomes a superlative; an orthodoxy that inspires confidence; and a motto for change; especially considering the already entrenched karma associated with a track and field team that has always sought solaceand rejuvenation in youth.

Haliburton High Red Hawk track has never been tied to static paradigms.

Inspired by Paul Morrisette and Walter Tose and other retired coaches, Hal High track has found its niche.

Coaches at Hal High are also dedicated to sharing that paradigm with the elementary school programs through the auspices of the annual Legion grade school track meet – that went last Saturday at Hal High.

Right now the Hawks are staring at a copious number of young athletes that are glued to a path of excellence.

New head track Coach Bruce Griffith was absolutely blown away by his midget athletes last Thursday at the Kawartha track and field meet held at St. Peter’s facility last Thursday (May 12).

In a cogent aside. Yer’ agent had an opportunity to cover Legion Elementary School Track meet last Saturday at Hal High I witnessed a mind-blowing array of talent from our area elementary schools and especially from ASES and JD Hodgson.

It looks like these young runners and leapers are destined to bring Haliburton Highlands High School to track prominence over the next five to six seasons.

Griffith – who is ably assisted by Brett Caputo and throws coach Walter Tose – says that the team came back from the Kawartha meet qualifying 42 athletes – the team brought 50 athletes to the zones – for the upcoming COSSA meet in Belleville today (May 19).

“Our midgets performed very well, but really the whole team had a great meet,” says Griffith. “We had 50 athletes at the meet and I believe 42 of them moved on to COSSA.

“Two of our midgets, Tom Paul and Charlene Hicks had three first place finishes in separate events.”

If the names sound familiar it’s because Tom is a younger brother of hurdler and sprinter Drew Paul and Charlene is the younger sister of Brigitte and Ali Hicks, twin sisters who also excel at track and many other sports.

Tom Paul had gold medals in the sprint hurdles, distance hurdles and the 400 meters. Charlene Hicks won the triple jump, the 200 meters and the sprint hurdles.

Julia Fedeski first place in midget girls discus and was top three in javelin.

Jesse Lefebvre  won the triple and long jump competitions.

Connor Bird came first in triple jump juniors Ali Hicks was first in sprint hurdles and twin sister Brigitte was right behind her in second.

Griffith said they popped the same time in separate heats and Ali was a wink faster in the head to head.

And following up on that story line. Charlene broke the record in the sprint hurdles.

And of course the record was struck last year by her sister Ali. Charlene clocked in at 13 flat beating Ali’s mark by one-tenth of a second.

Senior Zane zondervan claimed first in senior pole vault and Tessa Iles placed first in the senior girls pole vault.

Another familiar name Nick Freeman won the gold in the seniors javelin.

Last year the midget girls 4X100 relay team made it all way to OFSAA.

They’re back together again and Sarah Comer, Sandy Griffith along with Brigitte and Ali Hicks are looking once again to head to the Ontarios, this time in the tougher junior field. They placed first in Kawartha last week.

The team is at the COSSA event in Belleville today and survivors will be off to the Eastern Regionals in Ottawa at the Terry Fix Centre next week.

“It gets tougher from here on in,” says Griffith.

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