Horton High girls' track team to compete in Toronto this weekend

John Decoste
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Horton High School held a pep rally at noon May 7 for the girls’ track and field team that will travel to Toronto for a national meet May 8. - Submitted

And they’re off!

Members of the girls’ track and field team from Horton are attending the High School Grand Prix Track and Field Invitational this weekend in Toronto.

The 12 girls, along with coach Jason Pleasant Sampson and chaperone/coach Shelley Garland, leave early Thursday morning for the meet, which will run all day Friday at the Varsity Centre at the University of Toronto. Two teams will be attending the competition from Nova Scotia: the Horton girls and a boys’ team from Cole Harbour.

As might be expected, all the girls were really looking forward to the experience. “It’s a great opportunity for us,” said Jane Hergett, one of three Grade 9 students on the team.

“It’ll be really great to compete against athletes from all across Canada,” she said. Her goal was to “try my best, do the best I can and see what happens.”

Alex Hadlaw, a Grade 11 student, agreed

“It’ll be really great to race against athletes from other provinces,” Hadlaw said. “It’s great we’re able to go and compete as a team.”

Lauren Jodrey, one of four Grade 12s on the team, said she sees the meet as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. “The event is one full day, and we’ll also get to tour around Toronto.”

Also on the agenda: a banquet for all the athletes and a Blue Jays baseball game.

As well as competing with other athletes, Jodrey said. “They’re making up the relay teams to include girls from four different provinces.”

 “It’s a great opportunity for us,” Jodrey added.

“It’s going to be fabulous. The girls are really excited,” an obviously excited Pleasant Sampson said Wednesday. “It’s a national event, and it’s going to be professionally done. It should be a real eye-opener for the girls.”

The girls have already worked hard: raising close to $10,000 to cover the cost of the trip through fundraising, donations and parents’ support, Pleasant Sampson said. He also thanked the school administration - especially principal Brad Stokes – and the school board for allowing the team the opportunity to compete.

Competition results and live streaming of some of the events is available at www.highschoolgrandprix.ca.


Team members

Micaela Murphy, 16

200 metres, 4X100 relay, long jump

Jane Hergett, 14

100 and 400 metres

Jayda Veinot, 15

high jump and shot put

Taylor Kehoe, 15

400 metres, 4X100 relay, long jump

Alex Hadlaw, 16

800 and 1,500 metres

Gillian Cumby, 15

400 metres, hurdles, long jump

Courtney Garland, 17

100 and 200 metres, hurdles, long jump

Haruka Kashiwai, 16

100 and 200 metres, 4X100 relay

Emily Merks, 17

800 and 1,500 metres

Mackenzie Pardy, 16

800 and 1,500 metres, shot put

Carlena Eye, 17

800 and 1,500 metres

Lauren Jodrey, 17

 200 and 400 metres

Organizations: High School Grand Prix Track, Varsity Centre, University of Toronto Blue Jays

Geographic location: Toronto, Nova Scotia, Canada

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