A pair of EDSS athletes claimed the top spots for the long jump at this year’s Track Wars, held in Cambridge.
Competing at the Waterloo County Secondary School Athletics Association (WCSSAA) track and field meet last Friday at Jacob Hespeler Secondary School, Abbygail Byers and Jamie Crawford both brought home the gold in the midget long jump events.
Byers, who also placed third in girls 100 metre dash midget event, jumped a staggering 4.54 metres, or almost 15 feet, knocking out the runner-up, India Rodrigue of Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate by 26 cm.
The jump not only earned Byers a clear gold medal by a wide margin, but may see her clear the hurdle for a spot in the Track Wars top ten jumpers of all time (the top 9th and 10th jumpers having both earned the spot in 2009 and 2015, respectively, with a shared record of 4.5 m).
Elmira’s Jamie Crawford, meanwhile, picked up the gold for the long jump midget division with a leap of 5.44 metres, or a whopping 17.8 feet.
Also deserving credit for her podium finish was Kieran Stewart, who collected the silver at the midget girls’ 1500 metre run. It was a narrow race to the finish, with Stewart losing out to gold medalist Katya Vanderberg of Centennial Collegiate in Guelph by just 2.57 seconds.
Though the Elmira team will be sure to take the victories in stride, the Track Wars meet serves only as the warm-up to the WCSSAA competitions, to be held on May 15 and 16 at Jacob Hespeler in Cambridge. The victors there will have the opportunity to move up to the regionals on the May 22, with the provincials falling afterwards on May 31 and June 1.