Cobequid athletes bring home hardware from track provincials
TRURO - Shakara Paris was so focused on what she was doing, she didn't know where she finished when she crossed the line in the intermediate girls 100m final on the weekend at the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Track and Field Championships.
But it turned out she nabbed the Cobequid Cougars only gold medal at the event, crossing the line in 13.1.
"It feels good because I've worked hard so it was good to win it," the 16-year-old Truro resident said.
Although she trains all year with Truro's Legion Legends track club, Paris said ending up with the school's lone gold medal was a surprise.
"I thought we all had good chances to win," Paris said of the rest of her schoolmates.
But Cobequid head coach Jody Miller said there was nothing surprising about Paris' performance on the weekend.
"She's taking track very seriously now and she's working really hard and she's naturally talented anyway so I had a lot of confidence in her to do that," Miller said.
Miller said the feat is even more impressive taking into consideration the 100m is the premiere track event and one of the deepest competition pools in the province.
"But she came out this year and said she's the best," he said.
Another Cougar who came close to gold was intermediate boys long distance runner Nick Wood. The 16-year-old settled for a pair of school records instead.
Wood laid claim to the 1,500m mark by crossing the line in 4:16, about a second faster than the old mark set in 1976, to claim the silver medal. He also smashed through the 9:33 record in the 3,000m with a 9:20 effort for bronze.
But the Great Village resident wasn't doing much celebrating afterwards.
"I thought that it was really cool," Wood said. "But I was pretty tired."
After running 9:30 a year ago in the 3,000m, Wood said he was confident he could break the record in that event and set the goal to do so this year.
Although the records are nice, Wood said he would gladly trade them for a pair of gold medals.
"I would have preferred gold over the records," he said with a laugh.
But Miller said there is plenty of time left for the runner, who also won the cross country running title earlier this school year.
"He's very serious about running and it shows in his results," Miller said. "He was anxious to take those records down and I'm glad he did it."
The Cougars intermediate girls brought home the provincial title. Tristan Langley committed the most points toward the team prize with fourth-place finishes in the 800m, 1,500m and 3,000m.