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Kennedy culminates high school career by snapping 24-year-old discus record
Reported May 20, 2004 by JEFF TURCO for The Sault Star
Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

SJD's Dan Kennedy set the lone record of the day Wednesday, breaking Pat O'Connor's 24-year-old mark in the senior boys' discus throw during action at the City High School Track and Field meet.

Local Sports - There's a saying in sports that records are made to be broken. Sir James Dunn athlete Dan Kennedy is now a believer of that statement.

Kennedy, who was also a standout football player for the Eagles this year, set a new city record in the senior boys' discus throw at the City High School Track and Field Championships Wednesday, with a toss of 43.94 meters. He broke the original mark of 42.70, set by St. Mary's College athlete Pat O'Connor back in 1980.

"It feels good to get the record," said Kennedy. "I've been working on discus for a couple of years now, and I haven't been able to get the record, so it's nice to get it over with."

Kennedy has been participating in the discus throw for the past couple of years, but was never able to break the record. However, this year, he knew the it was attainable.

"I worked hard in the off-season, so I knew I had a shot at it," said Kennedy. "I just showed up today, went for it, and got it."

This is Kennedy's final year at Sir James Dunn, and he says there is no better way to finish off his school career.

"It's a great way to leave," he said. "The discus throw is something I've worked at for a long time, so I'm pretty proud to get the record."

The record in the discus was just the start of Kennedy's day, as he also won the shotput with a throw of 14.84 metres. Kennedy says even though he won, he should have done better.

"I didn't throw my best today," he said. "I threw alright to win, but I thought I could have thrown a little better."

Kennedy capped off his day by helping the senior boys' team win the 4x1000-metre relay, as he ran the second leg for his team. He is now looking forward to NOSSA, where he will be the favourite in the discus, as he has won the event the last two times he has been to NOSSA. That event is slated for North Bay next week.

"It's good to get back," Kennedy said. "The competition is really good. "I just want to do well and get back to OFSSA."

In other action on Wednesday, J.J Bergamin of Sir James Dunn had an impressive day in the junior division, as he won three events-the long jump, the triple jump and the javelin throw-and was a member of the junior boys' 4x100 relay team.

"I'm really proud of myself," said Bergamin. "I had no idea I was going to do this well."

Bergamin said that he was surprised that he won the long jump event.

"I didn't really practice the long jump during the off season," he said. "The only thing that I really practiced at was the javelin because that was my strongest event. I guess I just lucked out in the long jump."

In midget action, Nick Peters of White Pines was a double winner during Wednesday's action, winning the 100-metre race and the 200 metre event. Justin Bonne of Sir James Dunn also won two events, winning the 100- metre hurdles and the 200-metre hurdles.

Along with Bergamin in the junior division, Andrew Baziuk of St. Mary's college was a multiple winner, winning the 100 and 200-metre races and Nic Lang of Sir James Dunn won the 400 metre race and the 300-metre hurdles.

In the senior action, White Pines' Alonzo Clarke captured the 100 and 200-metre races, James Campbell from Sir James Dunn won the 800 and 1500-metre events, and Rocky Robitaille from St. Mary's won the 3,000 metres and the 2,000-metre Steeplechase Open.

In team standings, Sir James Dunn flexed its muscles again by winning all three boys divisions and the overall aggregate titles.

Point standings in the girls' division were not available.