Sault athletes collect 7 NOSSA golds on opening day
By Sault Star Staff, The Sault Star, May 25, 2001

Sault Ste. Marie athletes captured seven gold medals during first-day action of the Northern Ontario Secondary Schools Association track and field meet in Sudbury Thursday. The two-day championships conclude with the bulk of the events being completed today with the winners and some other top qualifiers advancing to the Ontario Federation of Schools Athletic Association meet in Etobicoke next week.

The first-place finishers at NOSSA automatically qualify for OFSAA.

Capturing gold medals, and automatically earning provincial berths on Thursday, were Viktoria Koskenoja and Mika Tuomi from White Pines collegiate, Candace Kennedy from Bawating, Cameron Wilson and Dan Kennedy from Sir James Dunn and Shannon Penfold from Korah.

Koskenoja won a gold medal in the midget girls 3,000 metre race while Tuomi won gold in the senior boys javelin, Candace Kennedy won gold in the senior girls high jump and Dan Kennedy won a gold medal in the midget boys shot put.

Wilson, meanwhile, won his gold medal in the senior boys 400-metre hurdles while Penfold won hers in the midget girls 300-metre hurdles.

Recording second-place finishes Thursday were Jason Doyan (White Pines, senior javelin), SJD's Amy Houser (senior girls high jump), Amy Nisbett (junior girls triple jump), Nigel Milne (midget girls 300-metre hurdles), Mike Ward (senior boys 3,000), Ben Warnock (junior boys long jump) and Brett Gerhart (junior boys 3,000 metres).

In addition, Jeff Leonard from Korah finished second in the junior boys discus.

Penfold, Tuomi and Wilson were triple winners during Sault Ste. Marie's high school track meet last week.

Besides the three victories, Penfold established a new city record in the midget girls' 300-metre hurdles.

Koskenoja was a double winner in the Sault event.