SWOSSAA Athletes Move On To London

Sammi Vlasmen arches over the bar at 1.50m to win the girls junior high jump for Ursuline College.Photo by John Skinner.

Sammi Vlasmen arches over the bar at 1.50m to win the girls junior high jump for Ursuline College.
Photo by John Skinner.

Header-image-Shalapata-columnBy Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – The province is about to descend upon Windsor, and when it does, it will be the centre of the largest sporting event ever held in Windsor, bar none. Over 2,500 student athletes plus coaches, officials, and families will be part of the 2016 OFSAA track and field championships from June 2 through 4.

As a run-up to the big show, local area high school athletes attempted to qualify for the regional OFSAA West finals by competing in the SWOSSAA track meet held in Chatham and Windsor on May 18 and 19.

Kate Boycott, of Herman, before the start of the senior girls 800m run, during the 2016 SWOSSAA Track and Field Finals at Alumni Stadium in Windsor, ON, on 19 May 2016.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Kate Boycott, of Herman, before the start of the senior girls 800m run, during the 2016 SWOSSAA Track and Field Finals at Alumni Stadium in Windsor, ON, on 19 May 2016.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

OFSAA West, taking place this week at Western University in London, will pit this region’s best athletes against those from western Ontario, all vying for a chance to compete at the University of Windsor next weekend.

Highlights from the SWOSSAA meet was Sandwich Seconday’s Karlie Moore setting a new record in the midget girls 300m hurdles with a time of 45.60. Moore exceeded the previous standard set by Essex’s Kelsey Balkwill of 45.84 in 2007.

Likewise, Herman’s senior girls 4x400m relay team of Kate Boycott, Taneidra Cain, Adi Trore, Jada Jackson completed the circuit in 3:57.79, beating the existing mark set by St Christopher in 1998 by 0.53 seconds.

Breanna Pretty, St Patrick's HS, junior girls high jump, during the 2016 SWOSSAA Track and Field Finals at Alumni Stadium in Windsor, ON, on 19 May 2016.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Breanna Pretty, St Patrick’s HS, junior girls high jump, during the 2016 SWOSSAA Track and Field Finals at Alumni Stadium in Windsor, ON, on 19 May 2016.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Brooke Meloche of Sandwich also set a new mark for midget girls pole vault, clearing 2.76m and narrowly eclipsing Herman’s Ema Kralik’s 2015 record of 2.75m. Kralik, however, captured a new record in the junior girls pole vault by besting Kingsville’s Courtney Fischer by 34cm with a height of 3.20m.

All the qualifiers will now compete in London for a return trip to Windsor, along with the rest of the province.

Abby Tuckwell (1797) of Ursuline College, and Northern CI's Chloe Busby (1368) and Kasha Minaker during the midget girls 300m hurdles.Photo by John Skinner.

Abby Tuckwell (1797) of Ursuline College, and Northern CI’s Chloe Busby (1368) and Kasha Minaker during the midget girls 300m hurdles.
Photo by John Skinner.

Taylor Hamel, St Anne's, senior girls long jump, during the 2016 SWOSSAA Track and Field Finals at Alumni Stadium in Windsor, ON, on 19 May 2016.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Taylor Hamel, St Anne’s, senior girls long jump, during the 2016 SWOSSAA Track and Field Finals at Alumni Stadium in Windsor, ON, on 19 May 2016.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Amy Koomans was one of four athletes competing for Chatham Christian High School.Photo by John Skinner.

Amy Koomans was one of four athletes competing for Chatham Christian High School.
Photo by John Skinner.

Inho Choi from Holy Name High School competes in the senior boys 400m hurdles during the 2016 SWOSSAA Track and Field Finals at Alumni Stadium in Windsor, ON, on 19 May 2016. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Inho Choi from Holy Name High School competes in the senior boys 400m hurdles during the 2016 SWOSSAA Track and Field Finals at Alumni Stadium in Windsor, ON, on 19 May 2016. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Mattea Deleary, of Chatham-Kent SS, placed 3rd in the girls long jump.Photo by John Skinner.

Mattea Deleary, of Chatham-Kent SS, placed 3rd in the girls long jump.
Photo by John Skinner.

Chelsea Salter (1017), of Cardinal Carter in Leamington, would hold on to win the senior girls 800m run. Paige Phills (1471), of Riverside SS, would take 2nd place, followed by Kennedy Snively, of Sandwich Secondary, during the 2016 SWOSSAA Track and Field Finals at Alumni Stadium in Windsor, ON, on 19 May 2016.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Chelsea Salter (1017), of Cardinal Carter in Leamington, would hold on to win the senior girls 800m run. Paige Phills (1471), of Riverside SS, would take 2nd place, followed by Kennedy Snively, of Sandwich Secondary, during the 2016 SWOSSAA Track and Field Finals at Alumni Stadium in Windsor, ON, on 19 May 2016.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Josh Labelle-Voisey, Sarnia Northern, senior boys shot put, during the 2016 SWOSSAA Track and Field Finals at Alumni Stadium in Windsor, ON, on 19 May 2016.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Josh Labelle-Voisey, Sarnia Northern, senior boys shot put, during the 2016 SWOSSAA Track and Field Finals at Alumni Stadium in Windsor, ON, on 19 May 2016.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Karlie Moore (1532) set a new record in the Photo by John Skinner.

Karlie Moore (1532) set a new record in the midget girls 300m hurdles.
Photo by John Skinner.

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Ian Shalapata

Ian writes for and provides imagery to Square Media Group as well as accepting freelance photographic assignments. In addition, he has contributed to media organizations, sporting groups, and individuals across North America including the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel, Chatham-Kent Sports Network, the Golf Association of Michigan, League 1 Ontario, as well as numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States.
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