Algoma District School Board Track & Field Championships
By BILL MONTAGUE, The Sault Star, June 6, 2001

Brad Radbourne took a ride on an emotional roller coaster Wednesday and wasn't sure what kind of mood he'd experience later. After winning the Junior Division boys' running long jump and 200-metre events at the Algoma District School Board track and field championships on Wednesday, Radbourne was left to cope later with what transpired in his last event of the day.

The 15-year-old anchored Mountain View's senior boys 4x100-metre relay team that was destined for glory until he dropped the baton with a 20 metres to go and his team owning a 15-metre lead. It was a disappointing finish to a spectacular day for Radbourne, who won the senior boys overall championship with his two victories.

``It (baton) got jammed in my pocket and I tried to catch it but it was too late,'' said Radbourne. ``It's really disappointing. We were beating them by enough that I didn't even have to run hard and we were trying to get the city record.

``We just missed it (record) at the zone meet so we thought we could do it here.''

While the relay team failed to set a record, Radbourne was able to fulfill one of his biggest ambitions. After finishing runner-up overall in each of the last three seasons, Radbourne finally captured that elusive title, and he did it rather impressively.

He won the 200 metres in 26.79 seconds and the running long jump with a leap of 5.09 metres.

``That (winning the title) was pretty important to me because I've been trying for it for three years,'' Radbourne said. ``Every year, I missed it by one point and a different guy beat me each time.''

Overall, it was a record-setting season as six records fell this year, including three in the junior boys' division. Establishing new marks in either the zone or city finals were:

Chris Hunt, from Northern Heights, set a new record in the junior boys' 100-metres, finishing in 14.04 seconds, breaking the 1992 mark of 14.40 set by Anna McCrea's Kofi Gyimah. But Jon Bos, from R.M. Moore topped that mark with his run of 13.98 seconds, also established in a zone meet;

Colin Kimball, from Ben R. McMullin, broke the junior boys 60-metre record with a time of 8.31 seconds, breaking the 1993 mark of 8.68 set by Tim Simek from Tarentorus;

Kyle Leonard, from Greenwood, established a new mark in the intermediate boys standing long jump on Wednesday with a leap of 2.33 metres, beating the former mark of 2.22 metres by Tully Reynolds last year;

Andrew Ebare, from Mountain View, also set a new mark in the senior boys' standing long jump at the city meet with a leap of 2.53 metres, beating the former mark of 2.47 set by Radbourne last season;

Holly Daily, from Rosedale, set a new mark in the junior girls 80-metre run, finishing in 11.60 seconds to eclipse the former mark (11.78 seconds) by Corine Roussain in 1993.

While Radbourne had a brilliant day in senior boys action, Marissa Gaetano and Jessica Dale were equally impressive in the senior girls division as they finished tied for the division championship based on points accumulated during the zone and city finals.

Gaetano, from Rosedale, won the 80-metre race in 11.62 seconds and the running long jump with a mark of 4.10 metres. Dale, of William Merrifield, captured the 200-metre dash in 29.69 seconds and the high jump with a mark of 1.34 metres.

In the intermediate division, the overall champions were Dan Vaz in boys division and Christine Thomas in the girls division.

Vaz, from Alex Muir, captured the title with first-place finishes in the 80 metres (10.70 seconds) and softball throw (57.30 metres) while Thomas, from Rosedale, won the standing long jump (2.20 metres) and was second in the 80 metres.

In junior, Richard MacLennan, from Prince Charles. won the boys overall title while Daily. from Rosedale, and Laura Widgett, from Alex Muir, tied for the girls title.

MacLennan won the 100 metres (13.22 seconds) and running long jump (3.94 metres) while Daily won the 80 metres in a record time of 11.64 seconds and the running long jump with a mark of 3.82 metres.

Widgett finished first in the 60-metre dash in 9.41 seconds and captured the high jump event with a mark of 1.21 metres.

Other double winners included Chris Villineuve in the intermediate boys division and Paul Yielding in senior boys action.

Villineuve, from William Merrifield, won the 100 metres in 13.12 seconds and the running long jump with a mark of 4.30 metres. Yielding, from Etienne Brule, won the 800 metres in two minutes, 28.86 seconds and the high jump with a mark of 1.62 metres.