Reaching personal bests goal for Oxford athletes

Justin Dickie
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Oxford Regional High School has 10 athletes competing at the NSSAF Track and Field Championships today in Lower Sackville.

At the junior level, Shawn Patterson qualified in javelin, Milton King qualified in discus and shot put, and Nicole Cotton will compete in the high jump, long jump, and triple jump.

Oxford Regional High School has 10 athletes competing at the NSSAF Track and Field Championships today in Lower Sackville.

At the junior level, Shawn Patterson qualified in javelin, Milton King qualified in discus and shot put, and Nicole Cotton will compete in the high jump, long jump, and triple jump.

Brett Mattinson made provincials by finishing second in the intermediate boys' 800-metre while Nick Dormiedy qualified in shot put and Travis Griffin made the cut in discus.

Senior girls Virginia King and Katelyn Ripley will participate in the 3000-metre and 800-metre, respectively, while senior boys Kyle Purdy and Jeremy Black should contend for podium positions in javelin.

"We did about as well as we expected (at regionals).We thought that probably 25 per cent of our kids would advance to provincials and that's what we had," said ORHS track and field coach Kendall Black. "Some people set some personal bests in Truro, so that was good."

Black isn't putting any pressure on his athletes, stating that his only hope is that the athletes can reach personal bests.

"If we get one or two (podium finishes), we've done quite well. It's pretty competitive," he said. "I think our best chance is probably Nicole Cotton, because she has three jumping events and she's pretty competitive in them."

He said this year's group is on par with athletes that have qualified in previous years.

That is a positive, considering ORHS competed in softball for the first time this year and lost track athletes because of it.

"Some of the kids that were doing throwing events for me before weren't this year because they were involved in softball," he said. "It's probably a good thing overall for the school, but not great overall for the track program."



jdickie@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Oxford Regional High School

Geographic location: Oxford, Lower Sackville, Truro

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