She entered ranked third in the province, and she left that way.
Ally Lecky won bronze at the Ontario high school track and field championships (OFSAA), finishing third in the junior girls pole vault.
“She led the way for the team once again with a monster performance,” said Rory Blackadder, track and field coach at St. Lawrence Secondary, who also handles all of the area’s pole vaulters.
Lecky, from Char-Lan District High School, cleared 2.80 m at OFSAA, breaking Meaghan MacDougall’s school junior girls record of 2.75 m. Lecky cleared the height on her third attempt.
Lecky and the silver medalist both jumped 2.80 m but Lecky lost the tie break, with more missed attempts at previous heights.
“This is Char-Lan’s 11th OFSAA track and field medal in eight years,” adding that four others just missed out on a medal in the last three years, placing fourth.
There were many other pole vaulters from SD&G at OFSAA.
Connor Findlay of North Dundas District High School had a big day in the junior boys pole vault and despite clearing much higher in warmup jumps finished with 3.20 m, good for seventh place.
Keagan Mulhearn of
Char-Lan jumped 3.00 m at his first OFSAA and finished in 15th place in the junior boys pole vault.
Nick Sauve of St. Lawrence and Dylan Vanderburg of Char-Lan both battled poor weather and both jumped 2.10 m, to finish in a tie for 13th.
William Lecky of Char-Lan jumped 3.75 m and placed 10th in the senior boys pole vault. “Lecky finished off his high school career in style and had a great competition despite coming up short of a medal,” said Blackadder. “William has had an exceptional five years of vaulting.”
Two other local athletes qualifed for OFSAA in pole vault (Char-Lan’s MacKenna Mulhearn in midget girls and Glengarry’s Kaylee Carlisle in junior girls), but didn’t attend.
Brynn Gilmour of Seaway District High School ran in two events at OFSAA.
Gilmour finished 10th in the midget girls 400 m, with a time of 2:20.95.
She was also in the 800 m, placing 19th with a time of 1:03.66.
Cody Kielec of Rothwell-Osnabruck placed 10th in the midget boys javelin. He had a throw of 40.28 m.
St. Joseph’s Malik Croney ran the junior boys 300 m hurdles, finishing 11th, with a time of 42.40.
Molly Roach of Rothwell-Osnabruck had a toss of 29.37 m in the junior girls javelin, good for 13th spot.
Holy Trinity’s Madison McLeod placed 16th in the junior girls 400 m. McLeod had a time of 1:07.79.
Char-Lan’s Emilie Distefano placed 17th in the midget girls 100 m, clocking 13.09.
Michelle Rozon of Holy Trinity had a throw of 28.66 m, good for 20th in the senior girls javelin.
Caroline Derepentigny of L’Heritage finished 23rd in the junior girls discus, with a throw of 14.85 m.
To make it to the OFSAA track and field championships, athletes first had to qualify at the SD&G meet, the EOSSAA championships and the East Regionals.