Sudbury track crew ready for OFSAA
by Randy Pascal
While there were certainly a solid number of repeat winners, as the Laurentian University track played host to the SDSSAA Track & Field
and NOSSA Track & Field Championships on back to back weeks, the latter did provide a shot at redemption for others.
After finishing second at the city meet in the midget boys high jump, Mark Kouadio Koffi from Champlain used the inclement weather and rain to his advantage,
benefitting from a change in equipment.
"Last week, I had my Nike's, my Kobe Nike's," he said. "I didn't want to wear them today because I thought I was going to slip, so I just
put my other shoes on. I think those shoes got me luck."
Koffi cleared the bar at 1.78 metres, comfortably ahead of city champion Nick Burke (Lasalle) and Ayden Trudeau (Macdonald-Cartier), both
at 1.60m. A very talented basketball player in his own right, Koffi has gradually evolved his form in the high jump after being blessed with a natural
"In grade six and seven and eight, I was pretty good at high jump too," he said. "My gym teacher in grade six, he was kind of like helping me. I started
high jumping and I was jumping kind of high, but I didn't know the technique. He taught me how to do this and that, and that's how I learned."
For his part, Trudeau was edged by hundredths of a second in the midget boys 400m final last week, but managed to drop his time by more than half a
second, taking gold at NOSSA. "My favourite is the 400m, it's just the perfect distance," said Trudeau, who added a silver medal in the 800m on day two.
"I just try and hold first as long as possible, and then like any race, you just try and drudge it out for the last 200 metres, as long as you can."
Similar to his two primary rivals, Trudeau is blessed with a natural athleticism that allows for some options when it comes to selecting his track and
field events, from one year to the next.
"I chose to go down (in distance), because I had a better chance this year," he said. "I have run cross country and gone to OFSAA for that, but I have a
strong sprint. I can run from the 100m to the 400m, I'm versatile like that."
While only Taryn Lamorie of St Mary's in Sault Ste Marie managed to walk away with three gold medals from NOSSA, capturing first in the
senior girls 100m, 200m and long jump, several locals came awfully close.
Harmony Martel of Lockerby showed the way in terms of the SDSSAA senior women, garnering all three medals: gold in the triple jump (10.70m), silver
in the long jump (4.94m) and bronze in the 100m dash (13.52 seconds).
Auggy Marks de Chabris from Lo-Ellen registered victories in both the 1500m (4:21.81) and 3000m (9:37.15), and settled for third in the 800m
(2:13.61), as teammate Connor Jermyn bested his own SDSSAA time by almost six seconds, crossing the line first in 2:08.01.
Lucas Mrozewski (LOE - 400m - 53.32 and 300m hurdles - 42.07) and Zach Mainville (CND - 100m - 11.70 and 200m - 22.97) both took home
bragging rights in a pair of events, with the last time (22.97) constituting a new NOSSA record for Mainville.
Christina Robert of Lo-Ellen appears ready to challenge her fourth place OFSAA finish of 2016, breezing to victory in both the junior girls 100m
(12.85 seconds) and 200m dash (26.70), the first of which broke the NOSSA record by 3/100th of a second.
Kendyn Mashinter (LOE - 800m - 2:09.53 and 1500m - 4:27.85), Max Villano (STB - 100m - 12.52 and 200m - 25.09) and Kurtis Wennerstrom
(LOE - LJ - 6.17m and TJ - 12.03m) all managed to "double down" in the midget boys age bracket, with Dylann Mazzuchin (LOE - 800m - 2:31.90 and
1500m - 5:19.69) and Mireille Kingsley (CND - javelin - 27.79m and pole vault - 2.20* new record) both doing the same in the girls division.
Following is a listing of SDSSAA event winners at NOSSA that have not already been noted:
3000m - Meredith Kusnierczyk (LOE) - 11:56.43
High Jump - Amy Connolly (CFD) - 1.40m
3000m - André Larocque (CND) - 10:04.06
100m hurdles - Dario Beljo (LCS) - 16.51
300m hurdles - Nick Burke (LAS) - 44.93
Pole Vault - Logan Drane (LCS) - 2.50m
Shot Put - Tyson McFadden (LOE) - 12.58m
Discus - Hayden Lahaie (ESMC) - 32.74m
4 X 100m relay - St Charles College - 50.18
1500m - Jayde Hurley (LOE) - 5:21.80
80m hurdles - Jayme Anderson (LOE) - 13.27
High Jump - Kat Tasch (LOE) - 1.43m
Pole Vault - Hannah Nykilchyk (LCS) - 2.25m
4 X 100m relay - Lo-Ellen Park - 54.11
100m hurdles - Brendan Fabbro (LOE) - 15.18
High Jump - Cody Therrien (BAC) - 1.70m
Pole Vault - Justin Watson (CND) - 2.70m
Long Jump - Colin Therrien (LOE) - 5.92m
Triple Jump - Callum Bruser (LOE) - 12.73m
Shot Put - John Neelands (CFD) - 12.71m
4 X 100m relay - Lo-Ellen Park - 47.09
400m - Karly Hellstrom (LAS) - 1:00.02
1500m - Sydney Tarini (LOE) - 5:18.36
100m hurdles - Jaclyn Groom (LCS) - 16.33
400m hurdles - Sarah Maki (LCS) - 1:11.86
High Jump - Noah LaPierre (LAS) - 1.79m
Pole Vault - Melanie Cloutier (CND) - 2.25m
1500m steeplechase - Nina Kucheran (CND) - 5:31.24
110m hurdles - Oliver Ecclestone-Sterling (LCS) - 16.45
400m hurdles - Mathieu Dokis-Dupuis (ESMC) - 1:04.99
Pole Vault - Jay Norrie (LOE) - 2.70m
Shot Put - Alex Paquette (CND) - 12.64m