The Red Hawks junior runner Isaac Little second from right leaps from a barrier on his way to breaking a school record and a fourth place in open (includes Grade 12s) steeplechase at the COSSA (Central Ontario Secondary School Athletics) Championships held last week in Peterborough. There were 19 qualifiers advancing to the OFSAA East Regional Track and Field Championships this Friday in Kingston including two COSSA winners Desi Davies and Emma Casey. Submitted by Shannon Walker

Hawks team support basis for track success 

By Darren Lum

Published May 29 2018

The Red Hawks track and field team are sending 19 qualifiers to the OFSAA East Regional Track and Field Championships this Friday in Kingston. Top five placed competitors advance. The team is also sending four relay teams (midget boys 4 x 100 metre the junior girls 4 x 100 metre junior boys 4 x 100 metre fifth senior boys 4 x 100 metre). Below are individual and team relay results submitted by coach Karen Gervais.

Midget girls: Mikayla O’Neill triple jump fourth; Sterling Nesbitt long jump fourth; 100 m fourth.

Junior girls: Rebecca Archibald triple jump third; long jump third; Emma Casey javelin first; discus fourth.

Senior girls: Emily Domerchie 1500 metres third; 400 hurdles fifth; 3000 metres seventh.

Achieved personal bests in the 1500 metres and the 3000 metres.

Midget boys: Desi Davies discus first; shotput fourth; Jacob Dobson shotput sixth; Davis Gartshore 800 metres fifth; long jump sixth; Alex Little 400 metre third; 800 metre third; javelin ninth; Teo O’Malley 300 metre hurdles sixth.

Junior boys: Isaac Little steeplechase fourth; 3000 metres third; Jonas Moghini 800 metres fifth

Nigel Smith triple jump third; long jump seventh; Codie Wilkinson 100 metres fifth.

Senior boys: Coleman Heaven 110 metres hurdles seventh; Sam Longo 1500 metres third a personal best time of 4:29.98; Zak Shantz javelin sixth; Connor Spence 110 metres hurdles fourth; Shawn Walker 400 metres fourth; 800 metres seventh.

Team relay teams

Midget boys 4 x 100 metre fifth (Brian Kim Desi Davies Alex Little and Brendan Coumbs).

Jr girls 4 x 100 mere fifth (Brittany Bain Mikayla O’Neill Sterling Nesbitt and Rebecca Archibald).

Jr boys 4 x 100 metre fifth (Codie Wilkinson Nigel Smith Jonas Moghini Isaac Little)

Sr boys 4 x 100 metre fifth Note: tied for fifth but advance  (Shawn Walker Sam Longo Zak Shantz and Connor Spence).

Open boys 4 x 400 metres sixth (Shawn Walker Sam Longo Alex Little and Isaac Little).

Athletes respond to coaching support and efforts

The coaching staff includes Karen Gervais Russ Duhaime Will Arnup Walter Tose and Tim Davies both retirees who taught at HHSS Kyra Cockwell who is an occasional teacher that has a baby but still came to practice with a jogging stroller and to COSSA and former Olympian Al Hough.

Coach Karen Gervais said success for this team is a result of the tremendous support by staff and community coaches. Track and field requires this kind of coaching team with all the various disciplines.

With files from Karen Gervais