For the second year in a row, Sir James Dunn’s Dom Graf is a three-event winner the only one from the Sault at the Northern Ontario Secondary Schools Association (NOSSA) track and field championships. Competing in Sudbury Thursday and Friday, Graf won the junior boys 3,000-metres, setting a new NOSSA record in the process, 1,500 m and 800 m.
“I feel really good about the three firsts, that was my goal,” said Graf, a 16-year-old, Grade 10 student. “I felt really good running the 3,000.”
Saying he “can’t wait to get there,” Graf will be part of the Sault and area contingent advancing to the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) championships, beginning Thursday in Toronto.
Despite Graf’s efforts, Sir James Dunn’s nine-year reign as NOSSA aggregate champions came to an end, snapped by Sudbury’s Lo-Ellen Park Knights. The Eagles wound up second, while the St. Mary’s Knights were third.
Also in junior competition, Korah’s Matt Glibota set a new record in winning the long jump, while also grabbing the triple jump and finishing second in javelin. That event was won by SJD’s Dan Lalonde, while Eagles teammate Eric Noland captured the 100 m hurdles. Korah’s Jordan Lang struck gold in the discus, while SJD’s Colin Kimball was second in both the 200 m and 300 m hurdles and third in the 100 m. The Eagles 4-by-100 m relay team placed first and established a new NOSSA time standard.
In junior girls, Jessica Nanne of St. Mary’s won both the 100 m and 200 m, placing second in the 400 m. Christina Hicks of Central Algoma Secondary School struck gold in both the shot put and discus. Stevie Reville of St. Mary’s was first in the 400 m, second in the 800 m and tied for third in high jump. Korah’s Jessica Bauer won the javelin, placed second in high jump and third in the 80 m hurdles. St. Basil’s Lauren Wozny was second in both discus and javelin, while SJD was tops in the 4-by-100 m relay.
In senior boys, Alanzo Clarke of White Pines won both the 100 m and 200 m races while John Harvey of St. Mary’s won a gold in the steeplechase and a bronze in the 3,000 m.
In senior girls, Korah’s Cassandra McCaig excelled, winning the long jump and finishing second in both the 200 m and triple jump.