Herman Leads Essex County At OFSAA Track

Taneidra Cain (C) running for Herman, finished first in the junior women's 300m hurdles with a time of 44.02.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Taneidra Cain (C) running for Herman, finished first in the junior women’s 300m hurdles with a time of 44.02.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Header-image-Shalapata-columnBy Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – Reported to be the largest gathering in Windsor’s history, the 2016 OFSAA Track and Field Championships welcomed 2,313 competitors from around the province to participate in 108 different events.

Fifty bus-loads of high school student athletes were dropped at the University of Windsor for three days of track and field competition to determine the best Ontario has to offer. Add to that 1,150 coaches, 400 volunteers, 110 officials, and 2,500 spectators, and it will easily stand for years as biggest show Windsor has ever held.

The only competitor from St Matthew CHS in Orleans, Kiera Christie-Galloway, wowed the audience when she broke the record of 13.41 seconds in the women’s 100m hurdles set by Canadian Olympian Perdita Felicien in 1998. Christie-Galloway covered the course in a time of 13:33, knocking 0.08 seconds off the 18 year-old standard.

Kristy Alford of Nantyr Shores SS in Innisfil, set a new record of 14.18 in the Intellectual Division for the 100m dash.

In total, 17 new records were set across both track events and field.

The women’s team from Sir Fredrick Banting of London were the overall winners with 54 points as they edged out Ajax’s Notre Dame CSS by 2. WF Herman finished 13 points off the pace in 5th spot while Sandwich stopped in 6th with 37 points.

Herman’s junior women were tied for 2nd place while the senior women finished in 7th. The midget women from Sandwich landed in 8th place while the juniors tied for 4th.

On the men’s side, Bill Crothers SS from Unionville led the pack with 62 total points. The Sandwich men’s team wound up tied for 5th with 44 points. Sandwich’s placing was on the strength of the junior men who finished 1st with 28 points, narrowly edging St Mary`s of Kitchener by a single point.

Karlie Moore (R) helps the Sandwich women's track team with a 3rd place finish in the midget 300m hurdles during the 2016 OFSAA Track and Field Championships.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

Karlie Moore (R) helps the Sandwich women’s track team with a 3rd place finish in the midget 300m hurdles during the 2016 OFSAA Track and Field Championships.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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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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