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Horton’s Gillian Cumby en route to winning the intermediate girls’ hurdles. Cumby had six first-place finishes in all at the district meet, four in individual events and two in relays.
Anyone with any doubts that moving to the all-weather track at Acadia University would impact the top times and distances at the Kings-West Hants District track and field competition need only look at the results from the past two meets.
Last year, a new set of track event records was started to reflect the shift to the synthetic surface. All the existing ‘dirt track’ records were retained, but even so, a total of 13 new records were established at the 2013 district meet.
This year, a number of additional new records were set, not including 12 new records in events involving special athletes.
MacKenzie Beattie of Berwick set new records in the junior boys’ 200 and 400 metres. Beattie ran the 200 m in 24.18 seconds and the 400 in 54.84 seconds.
The 400-metre record had withstood all challenges for 35 years, since Allan Buchanan of KCA originally set it in 1979. Even taking into account the faster synthetic track, Beattie broke the record of 56.70 seconds by nearly two seconds.
Four other athletes set two new records each. Grade 10 student Gillian Cumby of Horton ran 13.65 in the intermediate girls’ hurdles, breaking the record of 13.74 that had stood since 1986. Cumby also ran the 400 metres in 1:03.08, breaking the record of 1:03.46 set two years ago by Nicole Abriel of West Kings.
Athletes set two new records
Abriel, now a senior runner in Grade 12, hardly had time to hang her head, as she set a pair of new records herself. The Kingston native ran the senior girls’ 200 metres in 26.27 seconds, breaking the record of 26.54 seconds set in 1998, and the 400 metres in 1:00.11, breaking the record of 1:01.20 that had stood since 1986. Both the previous records are also held by West Kings runners, Christene Fleury in the 200 m and Linda Rozee in the 400 m.
Meanwhile, Tim Longley of NKEC continued his assault on the district record book. Longley ran the senior boys’ 400 metres in 52.17, breaking the record of 55.28 that had stood since 2011, and the 800 metres in 1:57.25, shattering the record of 2:04.21 that had been on the books since 1990.
The other athlete to claim two new records was Alex Rawding of West Kings, who set new field records with a 12.36 metre throw in the senior boys’ shot put and a 44.54 metre heave in senior boys’ discus.
Records fall in all age categories
Athletes in all three age divisions also established new district records. Grade 9 student Taylor Kehoe of Horton ran the intermediate girls’ 100 metres in 12.30 seconds, breaking Marissa Walter’s 2007 record of 12.57.
Horton’s Jessica Shaffelburg set a new record in the senior girls’ 800 metres. Shaffelburg ran the distance in 2:26.94, breaking the 2009 record of 2:27.64, held by Britany MacArthur of NKEC.
Jacob Shaffelburg of EMS ran the junior boys’ 1,500 metres in a time of 4:47.41, breaking the record of 4:51.84 set by Stephen Bishop of EMS in 1998.
New records in relays
Several new records were also set in relay events. Teams from Evangeline Middle School set new records in both the junior relays. The EMS girls ran the distance in 55.78, breaking the record of 55.90 set by West Kings in 1983.
The EMS boys completed the distance in 51.51, topping the record of 52.17 set by Coldbrook in 1991.
In the 4x400 relays, King’s-Edgehill set a new record of 4:45.96 in junior girls, breaking the record of 4:47.13 set by Hantsport in 2010.
In intermediate boys, Central Kings completed the 1,600 metre distance in 3:55.62, breaking the record of 3:56.66 set in 2011, also by a CK team.
Special athletes set records
New records also went in to the books for three special athlete events - the shot put, long jump and 100 metres.
Thomas Johnstone of NKEC now holds three junior records with a time of 13.62 in the 100, a 6.19 metre throw in shot put and a 3.71 metre long jump.
Tyler Carter of Horton won the won the senior boys’ 100 metres in 12.37 and the long jump with 4.20 metres. Kate Robicheau of CK won the junior girls’ shot put with 4.39 metres and long jump with 2.10 metres. All the results represented new records for the Acadia venue.
Other record-setting special athletes included Amanda Crouse of NKEC (19.42 in junior girls’ 100), Kelsey Heudes of CK (22.49 in senior girls’ 100), Samantha Stokes of West Kings (4.74 metres in senior girls’ shot put), Andrew Jenner of CK (10.30 metres in senior boys’ shot put), and Kilby Ettinger of West Kings (1.83 metres in senior girls’ long jump.