The Hershey's Maritime Final was held in Moncton, NB on Saturday, July 7th. The Event and brought together the top Hershey athletes from PEI, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick. The young athletes were treated to not only a day of great competition, but were able to witness several of the National Track League's athletes compete in the high jump, Javelin and 100m dashes. Weather proved to be detrimental, as heavy rain as well as thunder and lightning sent the athletes off the track early, and ultimately cancelled the remainder of the event. Any athletes that were not able to be compete due to the cancellation will have their provincial times forwarded and used for consideration for advancement. Winning athletes at the Hershey's Maritime Final will have their results compared to those results of the other State Hershey finals. If any Maritime athletes come out on top, they will have the opportunity to travel to Hershey, PA to compete in the North American Finals on August 4th. Anyone advancing to the North American Finals will be contacted later in July.
Highlights of the event on the girls side included several stand out performances by Abbey Walsh, of Garden Creek, as she won both the 50m and 100m dashes in the 9-10 age division. In both races she exceeded her seed time, finishing at 8.42s and 15.66s respectively.
An exciting race was run in the girls 11-12 800m with Robyn Davis, of Fast Tracks, Lauren Liem, of Halifast Athletics, and Hannah Trites, of Fast Tracks all vying for first place. Competition was close, and it was only by three seconds that Davis took the win in a time of 2:33.12, just ahead of Liem who finished in at 2:36.50. Trites rounded out the top three with a solid time of 2:37.75.
In the girls 13-14 softball throw, Melissa Pellerin, of ASEA continued her winning streak with a throw of 47.45m. This surpasses her seed distance of 42.00m, and lands her several meters ahead of her nearest competition, second place Sara-Eve Noel of Athletisme Chaleur.
Highlights of the boys side began with the 9-10 age division as Malcolm Christie, of Park Street, matched Abbey Walsh's performance in both the 50m and 100m as he too won both events. Christie's time in the 50m was 7.84s, while his time in the 100m was 14.70m.
In the boys 11-12 800m run, Rylan Gendron, of Hampton Middle, won a tight race between his nearest competition, Tyler Green of Pictou County. Gendron took the win in a time of 2:31.23, just two seconds ahead of Green, who finished in 2:33.03.
In the boys 11-12 softball throw, Brett Claveau Corbin, of Pictou County, led the pack with a throw of 45.46m. Nathan McKay, unattached, placed second with a throw of 39.65m, and Caeden Carruthers, of Garden Greek, finished third with a throw of 34.50m.
The boys 13-14 standing long jump was won by Kaelen Schmidt, of Pictou County, who had a jump of 2.65m. Second and third places were a close contest, with Nicholas Maclean, of ASEA, and Nicholas Arseneault of Athletism Peninsule with jumps of 2.49m and 2.45m respectively.
Big congratulations go out too all athletes who competed and gave it their all at the Hershey Atlantic finals, and a special congratulations go out to those who may have qualified for the North American Finals. We thank all athletes for their spirit and determination, and wish them luck in future events.