CECs javelin team has good shot at provincial medals
TRURO - Just by looking at the numbers the Cobequid Cougars javelin team has a better than average shot at winning some medals at this weekend's Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation track and field championships.
Cobequid throwers occupy nine of the 16 spots at the competition thanks to their performances at the Northumberland Region championships last weekend.
But the Cougars also have a shot at some glory just because they're good.
"We have some top calibre throwers and we've got a good shot at some medals," said coach Iain Lapointe.
That showed at the regional event. Cougars Jesse Cox, Alex Works and Chris Murphy swept the top three spots in the senior boys division, while Laura Gilroy and Carleigh Hiltz were second and third in the senior girls division.
Cassie O'Neil was first and Jennifer MacDonald was fourth in intermediate girls and Ryan Pederson and Ben Fraser were third and fourth in intermediate boys.
The Cougars have taken a different approach to the sport this season, focusing on the athletes as a team.
"I really approached the team this year as a unit," Lapointe said. "We've done some team building and things that you don't normally see in individual sports. The team atmosphere has really pushed everyone to go harder and that's had an impact."
Gilroy, a Grade 12 student, said that's why she's looking forward to the competition at Beazley Field in Dartmouth this weekend.
"The whole team is going to be there supporting us," she said.
"It doesn't matter if they made provincials or not, they'll still be there," added Grade 11 teammate Cox.
Both throwers said they want to medal at the event and Cox added he hopes he can help the Cougars bring hope a senior boys title from the competition. They're also shooting for some personal bests.
"Everyone has set the goal to go for personal bests and if that happens the medals and results will look after themselves," Lapointe said.
The coach said he's confident his throwers haven't yet shown their best, adding that should come out this weekend.
"We haven't really thrown off a synthetic surface and that's going to be a benefit because typically results are better than throwing off grass."
Lapointe said that, along with the excitement of being at provincials, brings out the best in athletes.
"They're competing against the best in the province and that's when you see them rise to the occasion."
A key to the Cougars' throwers success will be to stay within themselves and try not to do too much.
"The only thing you can control is what you can do," Lapointe said. "So if they just do their best and help support each other we should be fine."