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Saturday, Jun. 23, 2018
Relay Round-Up leads into City Meet
by Randy Pascal

The Lo-Ellen Park Knights track contingent still boasts some top end talent, though the depth of the field surrounding them also appears to be taking a step forward.

Where the Knights were on the verge of running the table at the SDSSAA Relay Meet just a few years ago, threatening to capture first place in each and every one of the 16 races that were contested, Lo-Ellen runners had to share top spot accolades with athletes from no less than five other schools Wednesday afternoon at Laurentian.

Still, the long-time track & field powerhouse did sweep the aggregate banners in both the boys and girls divisions, en route to a comfortable 134-82 overall point margin over the second place Lockerby Vikings.

And the much publicized junior boys team from Lo-Ellen did manage to break two records on the day, setting the only new standards that were established, in the 4 X 100m and 4 X 400m events. The chance to shine, however, was shared by more schools than usual, as the Collège Notre Dame Alouettes, St Benedict Bears, St Charles College Cardinals, Marymount Regals and Lockerby Vikings all cheered teammates on to first place finishes.

While the Knights showed the way with nine gold medal performances, the Bears did manage to secure three of their own, including the Open Boys 4 X 200m, as well as the senior boys 4 X 400m grouping. Sixteen year old grade 11 senior Calub Rivers was a part of both teams.

"We have a lot of good sprinters at St Ben's this year," he said. "My favourite is the 400m - I get a strong kick at the end and like to come back." The Bears featured a mix of the old and the new, with a pair of grade nine runners joining in on the 200m fun, as Rivers partnered with Nana Awah-Ben, Curtis Bertrand and speedy freshman Max Villano.

"It started when we first got chosen together and we realized that we have some midgets that are strong 200m runners," said Rivers. "It just clicked." Similar story for the young ladies at Marymount, as Tiffany Hodgins, Allison Byrnes and Hope Joly welcomed Carlie Parker to the senior fold this spring.

"The challenge for us is trying to have everyone showing up for practice," said Joly, celebrating her 18th birthday with a first place finish in the senior girls 4 X 100m relay. "We all do multi sports, so we do soccer and Carlie has Track North practices."

With much of the team remaining constant, year over year, Joly was more than happy to run the third leg, coming around the far bend of the track. "I always run that one, I like the curb," she said. "You can't see the ending line, so you just run as fast as you can. On a straight stretch, I get slower and slower."

There was simply no slowing down the Lo-Ellen junior boys, who bested the previous mark in the 4 X 100m (46.28 vs 47.00) and the 4 X 400m (3:44.28 vs 3:44.41). Lucas Mrozewski, Luca Nardi and Connor Jermyn were members of both teams, with Colin Therrien pitching in for the 100m and Auggy Marks de Chabris doing the same in the 400m.

Already an ultra-talented bunch, the grade ten Knights benefitted from the transfer of Nardi from CND, cross-town, to the south end juggernaut. "I'm loving it so much," he said, following the 4 X 400m. "I'm adjusting to a new team - it's a little bit more intensity at Lo-Ellen."

"We started training in November, I loved that. And I think that this team just pushes me to my limit." While he is targetting a possible trek to OFSAA in the 200 metre distance, individually, Nardi does not alter the strategy substantially when doubling that distance in the relay.

"It's still a sprint, but you have to preserve some energy," he said. "You start off fast, you have to keep your energy in the middle and give it your all at the end." With those words, he may very well have written the script for Lockerby senior Sarah Maki, who saw herself overtaken by Sydney Tarini of Lo-Ellen, initially, in the final leg of the 4 X 400m senior girls race, before surging to first place down the stretch.

In fairness, Tarini is far more well-known for her prowess in the longer distances, though she remains a fierce competitor, right across the board. "I went to school with her when we were younger," said Maki. "I know her record."

"When she passed me, I just thought that I was going to pass her and win the race for us. I felt like I had a bit of energy left, so I thought that I was going to use all of it to try and beat her." By contrast, Tarini opened the final leg with about a ten metre deficit, gradually making that up before taking the lead with about 200 metres remaining.

Still, she was facing a Viking opponent very much in her element. "I really like running the 400m," stated Maki, finishing her final six weeks of secondary schooling at Lockerby. "I like how my legs feel after, all "jello-y". And I like that in the relay, I don't have to run in my own lane, that we can cut into the middle."

Following is a complete listing of the remaining race winners*
* listing of individuals is based on team rosters that were initially submitted to organizers - if corrections need to be made, simply email Randy Pascal at

Girls 4 X 800m - Open
Lo-Ellen Park - 10:26.80
Sydney Tarini/Nathalie Marks de Chabris
Jayde Hurley/Fiona Symington

Boys 4 X 800m - Open
Lo-Ellen Park - 8:50.32
Lucas Mrozewski/Connor Jermyn
Auggy Marks de Chabris/Josh Tillson

Girls 4 X 100m - Midget
Collège Notre Dame - 53.13
Madisyn Papineau/Emma Bissonette
Joelle Gagnon/Myah Fillion

Boys 4 X 100m - Midget
Lo-Ellen Park - 51.18
Max Mahaffy/Kendyn Mashinter
Giordano Biondi/Jacob Tremblay

Girls 4 X 100m - Junior
St Benedict - 53.60
Milenna Gigliotti/Kate Dambremont
Jacklyn Krueger/Marissa Graffi

Boys 4 X 100m - Senior
St Charles College - 46.37
Carter Struk/Justin Gibeault
Jacob Kruk/Aidan Martel

Girls 4 X 200m - Open
Lo-Ellen Park - 1:57.04
Devin Mantle/Bronwyn Mantle
Megan Wickie/Christina Robert

Girls 4 X 400m - Midget
Lo-Ellen Park - 4:40.54
Erika Brown/Hanna Smith
Fiona Symington/Delaney Bourget

Boys 4 X 400m - Midget
Lo-Ellen Park - 4:06.51
Max Mahaffy/Kendyn Mashinter
Giordano Biondi/Jacob Tremblay

Girls 4 X 400m - Junior
Lo-Ellen Park - 4:30.79
Nathalie Marks de Chabris/Jayde Hurley
Jayme Anderson/Bronwyn Mantle

Girls 4 X 400m - Senior
Lockerby Composite - 4:35.99
Jaclyn Groom/Sarah Hancharyk
Sarah Maki/Emma McDougall

Boys 4 X 400m - Senior
St Benedict - 3:50.62
Conrad Naponse/Dawson Nootchtai
Calub Rivers/Jack Heaphy

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