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Clarke jets to city record
Reported May 18, 2006 by Peter Ruicci for The Sault Star
Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

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Burmaster, Lalonde, Lang, Bertolo set new marks

It’s track’s signature event and Wednesday, Alanzo Clarke attached his name to it.

The 19-year-old from White Pines collegiate won the senior boys 100 metres in a city-record time of 11 seconds, at the two-day, City High School Track and Field Meet, which began Tuesday at Jo Forman Track.

Clarke also captured the 200 metres, making him a three-time senior champion in both.

Yet, despite his record-breaking performance, Clarke was somewhat disappointed he didn’t run faster.

“I had a head wind. I should have gone faster,” said Clarke, who blamed the beginning of the race for a slower-than-expected time. “My start cost me. I was a little behind everyone before I started picking up my speed.”

Despite Clarke’s frustration with his start in the 100 m, Wolverines coach Kevin Magill said there’s been a definite improvement in that area since the beginning of the season.

“It’s something he’s put his mind toward,” said Magill. “He has natural skill, he just has to tweak a few things.”

The Grade 12 student had set records in both the 100 m (10.3) and 200 m (21.87) at a recent meet in Traverse City.

“I wanted to set a record in the 200 m today (Wednesday), too,” said Clarke, who finished in 22.45 Wednesday, just .05 seconds off the city mark of 22.40 set by Bawating’s Bodie Dorrance in 1986. “But when I hit the corner, there was a big wind. That held me back and drained some of my energy.”

Clarke, who was second in both races at last year’s Northern Ontario Secondary Schools Association (NOSSA) championships, said he’ll be gunning for a pair of records at this year’s NOSSA event, May 25-26 in Sudbury.

Four other boys city records were set Wednesday, including one by Sir James Dunn’s Jake Burmaster, who ran the senior 110-metre hurdles in 16.21.

In junior, SJD’s Dan Lalonde set a new mark in javelin with a toss of 49.50 m. In the same division, Korah’s Jordan Lang, in discus (42.46 m), and St. Basil’s Donovan Bertolo, in shot put (13.68 m), established new standards.

Korah’s Colin Nickel, who won the steeplechase, finished second in the 400 m and third in the 800 m, won the senior individual title with 24 points. That was two better than SJD’s Tyler Brown, who topped the field in both the long jump and triple jump and placed fifth in the 100 m.

Besides Clarke and Brown, the only other double winner was SJD’s Reg Peer, who grabbed both the 400 m and 800 m.

In junior, Dunn teammates Dominik Graf (800 m, 1,500 m and 3,000 m) and Colin Kimball (100 m, 200 m and 300-m hurdles) tied for individual honours, each securing 30 points on three first-place finishes. Korah’s MacKenzie Cook amassed 26 points by winning the long jump and triple jump and finishing third in the 100 m.

In midget, Richard MacLennan of St. Mary’s finished first overall with 30 points, winning the 100 m, 400 m and long jump. The Knights Brett Thompson and SJD’s Mark Lomas tied for second with 26 points each. Thompson captured the 200 m and finished second in both the 100 m and 400 m, while Lomas won both the 800 m and 3,000-m races, while placing third in the 1,500 m.

The Dunn’s William Geiling was the only other double winner, grabbing firsts in both the shot put and discus.