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Eagles soar to school's 28th straight co-ed title
Reported May 22, 2009 by Peter Ruicci for The Sault Star
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Depth, combined with talent, can be an unbeatable combination.

The Sir James Dunn Eagles proved that again Thursday, winning the school's 28th consecutive Jo Forman Trophy as aggregate (boys and girls combined) champions of the City High School Track and Field Meet.

The annual two-day event began Wednesday at the Jo Forman Track.

The Eagles amassed 890 points, nearly 350 more than secondplace St. Basil (541).

St. Mary's was third with 513. SJD swept five of the six divisions, losing only in the Midget Girls Division, where St. Basil was tops.

The Dunn won the city's girls crown for the 30th year in a row, while the SJD boys have now taken 13 consecutive city titles.

"I'm very happy and extremely proud of our girls," said Eagles girls coach Terri Lyn Della Penta, whose squad finished with 429 points, 121 more than secondplace St. Basil.

St. Mary's was third with 225. "We had a great team effort and they showed a lot of excitement for themselves and each other when they did well," Della Penta added.

The Dunn boys wound up with 461 points, far head of secondplace St. Mary's (288) and third-place St. Basil (233).

"It was a workmanlike effort," said Mike Ward, who joined Rick Heino as Dunn boys' co-coaches. "We knew we'd have a challenge because we graduated a lot of top guys. I'm very happy with our younger athletes who kept the tradition going."