By Larry Moko
Abbey Maillet of the St. Mary Crusaders loves rowing. So much, in fact, that she’ll be passing up an opportunity to compete in two events at the 2017 Ontario high school track and field championships.
Maillet qualified for the June 1-3 OFSAA track showcase event in Belleville with her performance earlier this week at the South Regional championships in St. Catharines. At that two-day event she won the junior girls’ 1500-metre race (5:08.06) and followed that up with a second-place finish in the 3,000m (11:08.70).
The top four in each event automatically qualify for OFSAA. Maillet, however, will be bowing out.
“It’s sad I can’t make it to OFSAA,” Maillet said. “I’d really like to, but rowing is my main sport.”
Instead of running next weekend at OFSAA, the Grade 10 student will be competing at the Canadian Secondary Schools Rowing Association (CSSRA) regatta in St. Catharines.
“I’m in a single … I’ll be rowing in two events. It’s kind of like our national rowing regatta.”
But while St. Mary will be participating in the May 27 Hamilton High School Rowing Championships on the bay, Maillet won’t be there with the rest of her teammates.
“I’ll be going to Kingston for a rowing training camp,” she said. “It’s for the Canada Summer Games. So, if I make it, I’ll be rowing in the Canada Summer Games in U23 Lightweight.
“I really want to do well in rowing. I want to go far. I want to get a university scholarship and one day be on the national team. So I’m working my way up.”
Maillet, who ran at OFSAA as a midget last year in the 1500 and 3,000m, says she’s involved in running to keep up her endurance for rowing.
And endurance is something that she has plenty of. During the winter months, Maillet set records while earning city, Ontario and Canadian indoor ERG titles. She’s a member of the Leander club and took up rowing four years ago.
In other action, Madison Shakeshaft of the St. Jean de Brebeuf Braves capped a successful showing at South Regionals with a first-place finish in the junior girls’ 300m hurdles. Her time was 46.25 seconds.
“Madison qualified Thursday for both the 80m hurdles (fourth in 12.57) and 400m (fourth in 1:02.24),” Braves coach Tom Bereza said. “They are back-to-back events. It was a little risky keeping her in both, but she showed a lot of strength. She recovered after the 400 and was able to come fourth in the sprint hurdles.
“Today, she came back and ran a personal best in the 300 hurdles. We’re proud of her. She showed she’s ready to have a big weekend at OFSAA.”
Another first-place finisher from Brebeuf was Logan Garvey. She took top honours in the midget girls’ javelin with a throw of 26.69m.
“We found her playing senior volleyball as a Grade 9,” Bereza said of Garvey. “Usually volleyball players make great javelin throwers because it’s the same arm action. She had a huge day. She threw about four metres further than she did last week.”
First place also went to Alex Broekhuyse of the St. Thomas More Knights in the senior boys’ 800m (1:55.25).
Other Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Athletic Association athletes who qualified for OFSAA on Day 2 were: Nia Ebos, St. Mary, second, junior girls’ long jump (4.89) and fourth, 300m hurdles (49.30); Josh Popowich, St. Mary, second, midget boys’ javelin (41.47); Mackenzie Maludzinski, Bishop Ryan, second, midget girls’ discus (25.15); Kinsley Bozzo, Brebeuf, third, junior girls’ javelin (27.07); Liam Donnelly, St. Mary, fourth, senior boys’ 3,000m (8:48.20); Maddie Carrigan, Bishop Tonnos, third, senior girls’ shot put (10.45); Tiago Brum, Bishop Tonnos, second, men, 800m dash blind (2:39.86); Rachel Watson, St. Mary, second, midget girls’ 300m hurdles (46.88); St. Thomas More 4x100m senior relay, second, Ike Usifo, Marqus Rookwood, Vincent Irobun, Andrew Glanville (44.18); Ann Koll-Andrikopoulos, St. Mary, fourth, midget girls’ triple jump (9.91); Ike Usifo, St. Thomas More, third, senior boys’ 200m (22.33); St. Thomas More 4x100m senior boys’ relay, second, Ike Usifo, Vincent Irobun, Marqus Rookwood, Andrew Glanville (44.18); St. Mary open girls’ 4x400m relay, fourth, Bailey Bovell, Molly Giannone, Rachel Watson, Nia Ebos (4:12.87).
Source: Marnie Jadon