Red Hawks place second overall at COSSA track meet

Charlene Hicks sets a new COSSA record in triple jump – Connor Bird wins gold

By Terrance Gavan

Ever wonder what the heck all those athletes are doing on the Gary Brohman track after school lets out at old Hal High?

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Bruce Griffith Head Coach. Photo By Terrance Gavan

Some are running. Some are throwing, some are jumping and others?

Well some look like they’re just thinking.

Welcome to the disjointed and convoluted sport of track and field.

Track doesn’t look like any other practice.

But deep down, where it counts, track is a team sport.

The family of tracksters at Hal High proved that last Thursday; returning from the COSSA Track and Field meet with a collective second place finish.

Coaches Bruce Griffith, Brett Caputo and Ryan Merritt were tagged this year to fill some pretty big track cleats, following the retirement of long time mentors Paul Morrisette and Walter Tose. (Tose has been helping out with the throwers this season.)

Griffith admits that it’s been a steep learning curve, but added that the transition was surely aided and abetted by the tremendous wealth of talent on the track and in the field this year.

“Haliburton Highlands Secondary School (HHSS) placed second overall from 37 schools,” said Griffith.

When a coach at Hal High uses the full name of the school, we take note.

In truth this is a team bulwarked by veterans.

Veterans that are getting to watch as a new crop of midget athletes rip up the track this season.

“We qualified 23 athletes to go to Ottawa next week for East Regionals Championships,” said Griffith. “ The top four from each event at the regionals will advance to the OFSAA Track and Field Championships in Sudbury on June 3.”

Superb showing for this young team.

“We earned 19 first and second place medals at COSSA,” said Griffith.

Charlene Hicks is a rising midget star. She won bronze in the 200 meters, gold in the sprint hurdles and set a new COSSA record 10.22 meters in the triple jump to capture another gold.

In other midget results, Jessie Burke placed fifth in discus; Matt Lauricella placed fifth in the 100 meters and fourth in the 4×100 relay.

Tom Paul was second in the 400 meters, second in the sprint hurdles, second in the distance hurdles and placed fourth in the 4×100 relay.

Del Myers won silver in the pole vault. Chris Hall won gold in the midget long jump and was fourth in the 4×100 relay.

Julia Fedeski won bronze in the midget shot put, first in discus and won another first in the discus. Zack Alysworth placed fourth in discus and Preston Roberts was fourth in the midget boys’ 4×100.

In the junior events Ali Hicks was golden in the distance hurdles, and won silvers in the 200 meters, sprint hurdles and the junior 4×100 relay.

Sister Brigitta Hicks won gold in the sprint hurdles, silver in the distance hurdles and silver again in the 4×100.

Sandy Griffith placed fifth in the triple jump, fourth in the Javelin and joined Sarah Comer and the Hicks’ twins with silver in the junior girls 4×100 relay. Comer, Ali, Brigitta and Griffith went to OFSAA in the 4×100 midget relay last year and their goal to make it as juniors is now within reach.

In the senior events speedy Drew Paul won silver in the sprint hurdles, Tessa Iles won silver in the pole vault and Carly Shaw placed just out of the medals with a fourth in the senior pole vault.

Zane Zondervan placed fourth in pole vault and fourth in discus. Jesse Lefevbre placed fourth in the long jump and second in the triple jump. Nick Freeman placed fourth in the senior shot put.

Samantha Tallman won bronze in the discus and Tiffany vanLieshout placed fifth in the senior discus event. Andrew Murray placed fourth in the senior boys’ javelin.

The Eastern Ontario meet is slated for today and tomorrow at the Terry Fox facility in Ottawa.

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