Two medals from youth track and field championsips

Five members of the Peterborough Legion Track Club battled both weather and opponents at the Canadian Youth Track and Field Championships held in Ottawa this past weekend. They came away with two medals and some hot performances.

The top performer was Hana Ready, 16, who won the under 18 3000-metre walk, setting a record time of 15:46.84, beating the meet record by almost a half a minute. She was five seconds off the Canadian record. She lapped all of her competitors.

Winning a bronze medal, was Jake Andrus, 17, in the under 18 octathalon with a score of 4,706 points, a personal best. The octathalon is comprised of eight events - or eight struggles as it is known in Europe - and crowns the best all round track and field athlete in Canada. It can easily be called eight dramas as each event can bring a triumph or disaster with it, as Andrus found out.

On the first day, Andrus found himself in 6th place. In the opening 100-metre sprint, Andrus ran a 12.12 second time into a head wind which slowed all competitors. The next event, Andrus fouled the first two jumps in the long jump and was one miss away from being eliminated. He came up with a big personal best jump of 5.96 metres. He then followed this with a sub-par 10.37-metre throw in the shot put. He responded with a huge personal best run of 56.02 seconds in the 400 metres, almost three seconds an improvement.

Day two needed some improvements and Andrus began with still another personal best 15.02 seconds in the 110-metre hurdles beating even the favourite athlete. Here, he vaulted into third place overall. He courted disaster with a poor jump of 1.78-metres in the high jump, his best event. Responding with a 36.90-metre throw in the javelin, he maintained his standing. The 1000-metre run, saw him set his last personal best with a 3 minute 08 second time to win the bronze by 133 points.

In the under 18 2,000-metre steeplechase, Connor Bolton finished 10th. He beat his best time by 14 seconds, stopping the clock at 6 min 24.12 seconds.

Carlee Cassidy, 16, also ran the steeplechase but a nasty fall on the second lap brought her hobbling around for half a lap, and then forced her to abandon the race. Robert Ridenour, 17, also withdrew from his race, the racewalk.