It was a mad dash to the finish line for the EDSS track and field members as the team headed to the WCSSA competitions last week.
Competing on May 16-17 over a period two days at Jacob Hespeler Secondary School in Cambridge, students from across the Waterloo Region and beyond raced, jumped and threw for a chance to move up to Central Western Ontario Secondary School Association (CWOSSA) games.
The competition was stiff and immense, but the Elmira students held their own in several departments.
In the senior men’s 100-metre dash, Elmira’s Owen Read claimed the gold medal competing against a field of 30 runners, coming first in the preliminaries, semi-finals and final round. In the 200-metre dash, despite coming third in the preliminary round, Read claimed a second gold in the event. And, to cap it all off, the EDSS runner claimed silver in the WCSSA 400-metre race, securing his spot comfortably in numerous CWOSSA categories.
The star-runner has in previous years made it to the OFSSA provincials, twice in the 100-metre dash and three times in the 200-metre, Read has also been helping to coach the other members of the high school track team, lending his expertise to his peers.
On the women’s side, the EDSS team boasted some considerable powerhouses as well. Lizzy Klosa, another volunteer trainer on the track team, claimed yet another gold medal for Elmira in the senior 400-metre dash, and a second gold in the 400-metre hurdles.
Read was the man in the short sprints, but over in the longer runs, Elmira’s John Wang proved to have the endurance. Wang came extremely close to taking the gold in the 1,500-metre run, but lost the spot by a mere 3/100 of a second to take the silver instead. Wang also medaled in the 800-metre, again narrowly relinquishing the silver by less than a second. In the 2,000-metre steeplechase, Wang took another gold for Elmira, pulling in by more than 10 seconds over the second place runner.
In the men’s 1,500-metre midget run, Lancer Matt Yorke pulled through to claim the bronze in the competition. The Elmira midget relay team, which included Yorke, Zachery Boose, Jordan Berchtold and Connor Cortes, who also excelled in the jumps, secured the gold jointly.
Off the race track, the EDSS team made more than a dent at the event. Colby Van Bargen was the silver medalist in the men’s junior shot put at 12.48 m. Van Bargen also dominated at the men’s discus throw and the javelin, claiming two more silver medals for Elmira. Connor Cortes meanwhile, tied for second in the midget high jump. Cortes was also the bronze winner of the men’s triple jump in the same age bracket.
The CWOSSA competitions are being held this week from Wednesday to the end of today (Thursday) at Jacob Hespeler. Scores were not available by print time. From CWOSSA, the next step up would be the OFSSA provincials, which are being held in June.