Runner’s Take Your Marks, Get Set…Go! Lake Ontario Secondary School Athletics: The Track and Field Edition. On May 20th, Catholic Schools from around the region gathered to compete over two epic days of running, jumping, throwing, and leaping. Unfortunately, due to the strike the field felt fairly empty, and there were even some races with only one person in it (That’s what happened in the Midget girls 90 meter hurdles… She went home with a gold medal, since she technically was first).
In regards to the strike, I feel so grateful to go to a catholic school, especially since I am a grade twelve student.Having been out of the classroom for over a month, public school students not only miss out on a necessary education, but also on activities like soccer, track & field, a graduation ceremony, and in some cases prom.I also know students whose conditional acceptances were revoked because their midterm marks did not meet their requirements. Not to mention these students all need to attend summer school to make up for the massive amount of time missed in school. I know it is illegal for nurses to go on strike because their absence would be immediately detrimental to the public. Though this is not the case with students, these long term strikes have a lasting impact on the future of graduating students.
Anyway, aside from the noticeable absence of more than 200 athletes, I had tons of fun and even went home with a ribbon and a medal 🙂 I ran three events this year; I ran 100m hurdles, the 100m dash, and the 4x100m relay. I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to be officially running the hurdles, it has been 2 years since I’ve run an official race.
Considering my lack of coaching I was really proud of myself, I placed second overall and went home with the silver 😀 The weather that day was sunny and warm in the morning, but as the day slipped by clouds rolled in and the temperature dropped. Our team did what we could to share sweaters, sweatpants, and makeshift blankets. Cheering helped get our blood pumping as well if we didn’t have any more events left. Near the end of the day were the relay races. Since we had a senior team, we were the second last race of the day behind the boys race. I am the second fastest senior on my team, so I ran the first leg of the race. Being first in a race always makes me nervous, and this was EXTREMELY evident when I false-started before the gun. If I false-started a second time it would be an immediate disqualification for my entire team… Thankfully this was not the case, and as the gunman fired his second shot I raced around the curve against five other schools. I was able to put my team in first place with a 2 second lead, but the competition was fierce and we ended up finishing in fourth. I was okay with this though, as we all got green ribbons and green is my favourite colour haha The day was a successful one and my teammates also did very well. Though I qualified for regionals I unfortunately was unable to attend because I was going to be in Arizona! Now that itself will be a whole new blog… Until next time! 🙂
P.S. 59 days until Nationals! 🙂 Don’t forget to help me get there!