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Despite tough loss, Nanne still tops;
Szatanski spoils Nanne's pursuit for perfection in dramatic 200-metre showdown

Reported May 25, 2007 by Peter Ruicci for The Sault Star
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

The thickness of a credit card.

That's just about how far Jessica Nanne was from completing a sweep of her individual events Thursday in the annual City High School Track-and-Field Meet at the Jo Forman Track.

In a dramatic photo finish, the Grade 11 student at St. Mary's College lost the senior girls' 200-metre race to Sir James Dunn's Megan Szatanski.

Though the official time for both was :28.27, Szatanski was judged to have crossed the finish line just before her opponent. But the 16-year-old Nanne, who had earlier captured both the 100 m and 400-m events, said she wasn't disappointed.

"Of course, I wanted to win. But I just appreciated the good competition," said Nanne, who accounted for 28 points - 10 each for her first-place finishes and eight for her second-place showing - to grab the senior girls individual points title. "With the windy conditions, I was happy with the race I ran.

I did my best and that's what matters."

With 22 points each, St. Mary's teammates Stevie Reville and Tiffany Senko tied for second overall. Nanne said that with between 50-75 metres remaining, she knew the 200 m would be tight.

"You could hear the crowd (roar)," said Nanne, who wasn't sure who had won until an official announcement was made. "I couldn't see her out of the corner of my eye until right near the end."

Szatanski wasn't sure either.

"I thought we crossed at the same time," she said.

But the Grade 12 student figured her kick in the last five metres may have done it.

"It felt so good to win," Szatanski added. "I wanted that race really badly."

In her first year as a senior, Nanne, who grabbed two firsts and one second as a junior in both the city and Northern Ontario Secondary Schools Association (NOSSA) meets a year ago, said she was quite pleased.

"Overall, I'm very happy," Nanne said. "I felt pretty good in the 100 and that was another close race. The key for me was a good start. And I think the 400 was my best race. It's the one I felt most comfortable in."

A smiling Anna Bastos, the Knights head coach, heaped praise on her young runner, who also helped St. Mary's to second-place finishes in both the 4-by-100 m and 4-by-400 m relays.

"She has tons of talent and she had an excellent performance," Bastos said. "She always maintained her confidence and gave it her all in every event."

Meantime, Reville won the high jump while placing third in both the 400 m and 800 m. Senko finished second in both the long jump and 100 m and third in the 200 m.

Three Dunn competitors, Celene Bailey (100 m hurdles and long jump), Rhiannon Johns (1,500 m and 3,000 m) and Christine Thomas (800 m and steeplechase) were double winners.

St. Mary's teammates Kaitlyn Morin (100 m, 200 m and 400 m) and Tessa Kasch (800 m, 1,500 m and 3,000 m) swept all three of their junior events to tie for top spot overall with 30 points. The Knights Megan Delfre and Shelby MacDonald tied for third with 28 points each. Delfre won the shot put and javelin and placed second in the discus, while MacDonald grabbed the long jump and 80 m hurdles and was second in the triple jump.

SJD's Holly Predinchuk won the midget girls high jump, shot put and discus for 30 points and first place overall. The Dunn's Carly Wetzl wound up with 26 points by winning the 800 m and finishing second in both the 300 m hurdles and triple jump. Stephanie Morin of St. Mary's totaled 22 points by finishing second in both the 200 m and long jump and third in the 100 m. Erin Murphy of St. Mary's (1,500 m and 3,000 m) and SJD's Hilary Rock (long jump and triple jump) were both double winners.