Amherst Regional Highs Sammy Mohamed (left) and Greg Gilroy sprint to the line in the intermediate boys 100m final at the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Northumberland Region Track and Field Championships on the weekend at the TAAC Grounds in Truro. Matt Veno - Transcontinental Media
TRURO - As it has in other years, both E.B. Chandler Junior High and Amherst Regional High School will be well represented at the NSSAF track and field championships this coming weekend in Halifax.
The high school, that will be seeking to regain the Division 2 provincial banner it held for many years before losing two years ago, will be sending a contingent of 22 athletes to Beazley Field in Halifax while E.B. Chandler, fresh off a junior girls championship banner at the Northumberland regionals in Truro over the weekend, is also sending a strong contingent of 14 athletes.
"This is probably the strongest team we've had in several years," Chandler coach Kent MacKenzie said. "We had a very good showing with the girls winning the banner and the boys getting edged out."
The Chandler girls put in a solid performance during the two-day regional track and field meet that wrapped up in Truro on Saturday, led by sprinter Paige Lewis, who was second in the 100 and 400 and third in the 3,000-metre events as well as earning a fourth in the junior high jump.
Teammate Kayla Surrette was third in the 200 and second in the high jump while Danielle Young struck gold in the junior girls long jump with a leap of 3.99 metres.
The Chandler girls relay teams were second in the 4x100 and the 4x400 while Amanda Wheaton was third in the shot put and the discus and Carly Holloway was third in the triple jump.
In junior boys, Joel Boyle of E.B. Chandler was first in the triple jump and second in the 100-metre hurdles while the 4x100 relay team was third and the 4x400 team was fourth. Ryan Thompson was second in the high jump.
Shaddy Mohamed was fifth in the 200 and Shawn DeWolfe, also of Amherst, was fifth in the 800, Andrew Skinner fourth in the triple jump and Tyler Landry fifth in the 3,000.
"You have to give credit to the elementary programs in the area,"?he said. "We were told before that this year's crop would be a good one."
In intermediate girls, Nicola Sperry was second in the 80-metre hurdles while both relay teams finished in third spot. Leah Patterson was third in the long jump while Pugwash's Taylor White won the intermediate girls long jump. Rachel MacDonald of Amherst was fifth in the triple jump.
Shaddy Mohamed led the way for ARHS in intermediate boys taking the 200-metre event in a time of 25.2 seconds and the long jump with a leap of 5.63 metres while he was second in the 100-metre event and third in the triple jump.
Dylan Rushton won the javelin with a toss of 44.98 metres, Greg Gilroy was second in the 100-metre hurdles and Luke Warner was second in the 400 while the 4x100 relay team nipped CEC of Truro with a time of 48.5 seconds while the 4x400 club also edged CEC with a time of 3:57.4.
Owen Canton was fourth in the 100 and sixth in the long jump and triple jump while Warner also earned a fifth-place finish in the 200 while Gilroy as fifth in the 400. Jaret Collins was fifth in the triple jump and sixth in the high jump.
In senior girls, Laura Conrad of ARHS won the 80-metre hurdles with a time of 14.8 seconds over Vicki Brumwell of Pugwash while the 4x100 team was third behind North Nova and Northumberland and the 4x400 team was second behind North Nova.
Krista White of Amherst was fourth in the 400 and Justine Landry was fifth while Tina Leggett was sixth in the triple jump.
David Deegan and Greg Curtis of Amherst were first and second in the discus with Deegan earning gold with a throw of 31.03 meters and Deegan placing second at 30.58 metres. Curtis was also fifth in the shot put and fifth in the javelin. Kevin LePage was second in the senior boys 100-metre hurdles behind Hugh McLellan of CEC and third in the high jump and third in the triple jump. Amherst's 4x400 relay team was third behind CEC and North Nova while the 4x100 team was fourth behind Northumberland, CEC and North Nova.
Richard Hope of Amherst was second in the triple jump and Brandon Weir was sixth in both the 800 and 1,500-metre events. Ryan Wilson was fourth in the shot put.