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Komsa makes good on third try at city meet
Reader, Policicchio, Ivey break records
Reported May 21, 2009 by Peter Ruicci for The Sault Star
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

For Katie Komsa, the third time was indeed a charm.

Determined to throw the javelin farther than anyone else, the Grade 12 student at St. Basil Secondary School uncorked a toss of 28.92 metres Wednesday, good for first place among senior girls in the City High School Track and Field Meet at Jo Forman Track.

Action in the two-day event was slated to resume today at 9 a. m.

Meantime, a midget-aged competitor, Annie Reader of St. Basil, set a new record in winning the open 1,500m steeplechase, while also finishing first in the midget 1,500m.

Reader's steeplechase time was 5:53.26. The old mark was 5:55.10.

And two other Midget Division competitors, Anna-Lee Policicchio of St. Mary's and Rachel Ivey of Korah, broke the old city shot put record of 8.33 metres.

Policicchio won the competition with a new standard of 9.21 metres, while Ivey was second with a toss of 8.45 metres.

Having finished second among seniors a year ago and not being a factor in the city meet as a Grade 10, junior competitor, Komsa knew time was running out in her final trip to the city championships.

"I've been training for a long time and this is something I've really wanted," said the 18-yearold, who held off Brianna Mc- Clelland of White Pines (28.38 metres) and third-place finisher Shannon MacInnis of Korah (27.72 metres). "I'm thrilled to finally win a city. It was a great experience, I really enjoy track and this is a great competition."

Komsa praised her coach, Lauren Wozny, who won last year's senior javelin title, for pushing her to succeed.

Komsa said Wozny is always positive, while stressing hard work and dedication.

"I didn't expect to win, but it's my third year and experience helps," said Komsa, who also spoke of the difficulty in throwing the javelin. "It's all technique and it's an awkward technique -- especially if you're used to throwing a baseball. It's a real challenge."

What she likes, Komsa added, is the fact a competitor needn't be the biggest or strongest to do well.

She's five-foot-five and weighs 135 pounds.

McClelland registered a second- place finish for the third year in a row. She competed as a midget in Grade 9 and a junior a year ago.

"This was my first time in senior," said the 16-year-old, Grade 11 student. "I was nervous and I wasn't sure what to expect. But I felt as if I did well. I was satisfied."

Meantime, Bawating's Emalee Rains captured the senior girls high jump, while Kaitlin Morin of St. Mary's struck gold in the 400m and her teammate, Tessa Kasch, won the 1,500m. SJD's Riley Jo Hodgson placed first in the 100m hurdles.

In junior, Rachel Brain of White Pines won the 400m and the Wolverines Liza Ritchie was tops in the discus. SJD's Lynnea Lobert grabbed the 1,500m and her teammates, Kati Glassford, in the 80m hurdles, and Carissa Skalecki, in the triple jump, were also gold-medal winners.

In midget competition, Rachel MacLennan of St. Mary's turned in a strong opening day by winning both the 400m and the long jump. Taylor Spina of St. Basil was a gold-medallist in the 80m hurdles.