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3 for 3, Knights' Morin unbeatable at NOSSA

Reported June 2, 2007 by Peter Ruicci for The Sault Star
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

The highlight of Kaitlin Morin’s sporting career proved to be the highlight for Sault Ste. Marie athletes Friday.

Morin grabbed three first-place finishes — the only local athlete to do so — at the two-day, Northern Ontario Secondary Schools Association (NOSSA) track-and-field meet in North Bay.

The St. Mary’s Knights star won the junior girls 100-metre, 200m and 400m races.

Meantime, Sir James Dunn won the combined (boys and girls) aggregate championship, placing first among boys and second, to Sudbury LoEllen Park, in girls competition.

By winning all three of her events, Morin was tops individually among all junior girls competitors.

“I was hoping I’d win all three, but I surprised myself,” said Morin, a 16-year-old, Grade 10 student. “I trained hard everyday and I’m really proud of myself.”

Morin’s performance in the 200m, “was the most satisfying,” she said.

A big part of the reason was her personal best time of :26.7.

“The girl I was up against in the 200 was really good,” Morin said. “I was happy to get the personal best.”

Next up for Morin is the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) meet, June 7-9 in Ottawa. Her goal there is to make it to the finals in all three of her events.

By day’s end Friday, Knights head coach Anna Bastos had lost her voice. That left assistant coach Kyle Dugas to compliment Morin on her flawless performance.

“We’re really proud of her,” Dugas said. “She gave her all for the team and it was great to see. Kaitlin worked hard and all of her hard work paid off.”

Two others juniors were double winners in the meet, which began Thursday.

Korah’s Matt Glibota won the long jump and triple jump and Richard MacLennan of St. Mary’s grabbed the 200m and 400m races.

Kristen Seaton of St. Basil won the high jump.

In the senior division, two SJD athletes were double winners.

Rhiannon Johns won the girls 1,500m and 3,000m events while Christine Thomas topped the field in the girls 800m and 1,500m steeplechase.

The Eagles Tyler Brown won the senior boys individual title with a first and a pair of second-place finishes. He won the triple jump and placed second in both the 100m and long jump.

Jessica Nanne of St. Mary’s prevailed in the girls 400m while Tiff Senko of St. Mary’s won the girls long jump.

The Knights’ Jordan Verdone was first in discus.

Among midgets, Erin Murphy of St. Mary’s grabbed a pair of firsts, winning both the girls 1,500m and 3,000m. Trisha Francis of Sir James Dunn captured the girls 100m dash and set a new NOSSA record in the process.

Meantime, Sean Plumley of White Pines (high jump) and David Kwolek (100m hurdles) and Joey Plastino (200m) of St. Basil were also first-place finishers in boys competition.

In relay competition, SJD (Thomas, Erin Ratelle, Kendra Wetzl, Carley Wetzl) won the open girls 4-by-400m relay, while the senior boys from the Dunn (Brown, Brant Coulter, Patrick Noland, Colin Kimball) topped the field in the 4-by-100m event.

St. Mary’s junior boys team (MacLennan, Micheal Paluzzi, Tanner Rutland, Jordan Pavoni) topped the field in the 4-by-100m relay.

In midget, the White Pines girls (Katie Speers, Katie Magee, Shannon Childs, Danielle Frayn) won the 4-by-100m while the SJD boys (DJ Carter, Bryan Babic, Gabriel Hunt, Jordan Vernelli) grabbed the same event.

Additional details, including second and third-place finishes, weren’t available at press time.