Korah runner outdistances Senior Boys Division field
The 100 metres has long been track's signature event. On Wednesday, Korah's Clyde Bridge wrote his name in the record book, covering that distance faster than anyone who has ever competed in the City High School Track and Field Meet.
The 18-year-old OAC student ran :11.0 in his Senior Boys' heat at Jo Forman Track, and then won the final by equaling the previous standard of :11.1, set by Angelo Miceli (1990) and Paul Best (1998) of St. Mary's College, and Mariusz Jakimik (1999) of St. Basil.
Two juniors, Bodie Dorrance of Bawating (1985) and Lucas Provenzano of St. Mary's (1993), have also run :11.1.
Meantime, Tyler Koskenoja of White Pines also set a boys' record Wednesday, winning the Senior javelin with a throw of 62.30 metres, eclipsing the mark of 59.00 metres set in 1970 by Folgo Della Vedova of St. Mary's.
"To set the record in the glory event feels great," said Bridge, whose specialty had been the 800m a race he's yet to lose in at any level before he began concentrating on the 100m and 200m a year ago.
"I didn't realize I had run that fast."
Bridge didn't find out he'd set a record until an hour after the final, when he checked the results posted inside the John Rhodes Arena.
"I felt really fresh and I think I could have done 10.9 (seconds) if I hadn't stumbled at the start," Bridge continued. "Usually you want to stay low out of the blocks and slowly come up. But I was a bit too low and I just stumbled."
Bridge, a two-time Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations gold-medalist in the 800m, also won the 200m Wednesday, matching his performance of a year ago.
During his first two years in high school, Bridge competed in the 400m, 800m and 1,500m. In Grade 11, he ran the 400m and 800m.
The switch to shorter distances makes his record-setting effort all the more impressive.
"I'm pretty proud of being versatile," said Bridge, who's being courted by both the University of Oklahoma and the University of Tulsa. "When you train for the 800, it's basically an all-out sprint. That's made it a lot easier to run the 100."
Meantime, Hannibal Cull (senior, Sir James Dunn) and Jourdan Morin (junior, Korah) captured individual points championships, while Andrew Baziuk (St. Mary's) and James Campbell (SJD) tied for midget honours.
Cull won the 800m, 3,000m and steeplechase, to edge Bawating's Evan Timusk, who captured the triple jump and high jump, while finishing second in the long jump.
"I feel like I was really well prepared by our coaches, Mr. (Rick) Heino and Mr. (Pat) Sanderson," said Cull, who finished first in the same three events a year ago.
"I was confident that if I ran to my potential, I could have success."
Matt Chaimbrone of St. Mary's was third among seniors, winning the 400m, while placing second in both the 100m and 200m.
Morin grabbed the junior 400m and long jump, placing third in the 200m to top a group of three others. Dan Kennedy of SJD, who won the shot putt and discus, Rocky Robitaille of St. Mary's, who captured the 1,500m and 3,000m, and Alanzo Clarke of Korah, who sped to victories in the 100m and 200m, all tied for second among juniors.
Baziuk swept three midget events, grabbing top spot in the 100m, 200m and long jump, while Campbell won the 800m, 1,500m and 3,000m races.
Matt Cuddy of SJD followed, securing second-place finishes, behind Campbell, in all three events.
Andrew Ross of St. Mary's was the only other double winner in boys' competition. The senior placed first in both the 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles.