For Stevie Reville, it all comes down to numbers.
Reville’s goal is to garner three more first-place finishes when the two-day, Northern Ontario Secondary Schools Association (NOSSA) track and field championships begin today in Sudbury.
Representing St. Mary’s College, the 16-year-old already put three No. 1s on the board when she swept the junior girls 400 metres, 800 m and high jump at last week’s city meet.
While happy to win three gold medals for the second year in a row she swept the same three events last year as a midget Reville has her sights set on lowering her track times.
“At NOSSA, I want to get my time down a lot in the 800,” said Reville, a Grade 10 student who won city bragging rights by finishing in 2:35.70. “I want to be down around 2:25.”
She’s also seeking improvement, though realistically not as much, in the 400 m. Reville’s winning time last week was 1:02.06.
“I want to be a little lower in that race, down around 60 seconds,” she added. “Those are my goals for NOSSA and I love the competition there.”
Mike DeVuono, who coaches the runners at St. Mary’s, said he’s been thoroughly impressed by Reville, whose three firsts gave her the junior girls individual points title at the city meet.
“She’s extremely talented and she hasn’t even touched her potential,” said DeVuono. “Stevie is a terrific athlete. She’s dedicated, works hard and she’s very coachable.”
Though she made it to the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) championships a year ago in high jump, finishing 10th there, Reville says the running events mean more to her.
A year ago at NOSSA, she was a silver-medal winner in the high jump while striking gold in both of her races.
“They’re my specialties,” she said of the 400 m and 800 m.
Though she didn’t want to look beyond NOSSA to this year’s OFSAA event, Reville would love to qualify as a runner this time.
The best NOSSA competitors will take part in the annual provincial meet, June 1-3 in Toronto.