Kings County athletes held their own at the Western Region track and field championships held May 30-31 at Acadia in Wolfville.
In all, Kings and West Hants competitors combined for 131 top-three finishes in individual events and relays – 38 firsts, 48 seconds and 45 thirds.
In addition, there were 18 top-three finishes by junior and senior Special Athletes – four firsts, seven seconds and seven thirds.
In junior girls’, Hannah Fuller of EMS swept the 800, 1,500 and 3,000 metres. Natasha Kennedy of Berwick won the high jump and Sophie Visser of Central Kings the pole vault.
Maddy Ross of Coldbrook was second in 1,500 and 3,000 metres. Mae Batherson of Port Williams and King’s-Edgehill was second in hurdles, Ashley Newcombe of Coldbrook second in pole vault, and Ruth Hall of Coldbrook second in javelin.
Third place finishes in junior girls’ went to Marnie Hill of EMS in 100 metres, Sophie Bekkers of Wolfville in 800 metres, Emma DePutter of Landmark East in 1,500 and 3,000 metres, Adrie Cameron of Berwick in triple jump and Ellen Laurence of KCA in javelin. The Coldbrook 4X100 relay team also placed third.
In intermediate girls, Gillian Cumby of Horton won the 200 and 400 metres and hurdles, and also helped Horton to victory in both relays.
Emily MacArthur of Horton won the 1,500 and 3,000 metres and was third in 800 metres. Jayda Veinot of Horton won the high jump, and Caitlin Nickerson of CK the pole vault. Meaghan Vaughan of NKEC won the 800 metres and was third in 1,500.
Paige Chisholm of NKEC was second in 800 and 1,500 metres. Maria Rodrigues of Horton was second in shot put, and Jenna Breckon of West Kings second in discus.
Taylor Kehoe of Horton was third in 400 metres.
In senior girls, Courtney Garland of Horton won the long jump and was second in 100 metres. Jessica Shaffelburg of Horton won the 1,500 metres and was second in 800 metres.
Horton was second in both relays. Nicole Abriel of West Kings was second in 200 and 400 metres, and Hillary Dort of CK second in pole vault. Jackie Stevens of CK was third in 1,500 metres and Shana Pollentier of West Kings third in javelin.
In junior boys, MacKenzie Beattie of Berwick won the 100, 200 and 400 metres and placed second in long jump. Jacob Shaffelburg of EMS won the 1,500 metres, was second in 400 and 3,000 metres, and helped EMS to first in the 4X100 relay and third in the 4X400 relay.
Tristan Connors of West Hants won the 800 metres. Tyler Eddy of West Hants won the long jump and was second in triple jump. Connors and Eddy also helped West Hants win the 4X100 relay and place third in 4X400. Austin Visser of CK won the pole vault with a new personal best jump of 2.4 metres.
Ryan Turner of Hantsport was second in pole vault. Jaden Perry of Berwick was third in 800, 1,500 and 3,000 metres. Scott Anderson Ray of Berwick was third in high jump and shot put, Alex Carter of Coldbrook was third in hurdles, Ben Klein of Coldbrook was third in javelin and Nicholas Clarke of CK was third in pole vault.
In intermediate boys, Ryan Hebb of West Hants won the 100 metres, Geoff Mullen of CK won the 400 metres, and also helped CK to second in the 4X400. Eric Visser of CK won the pole vault, and Horton won the 4X100 relay.
Coleman Hooper of Horton was second in 800 and 3,000 metres and third in 1,500 metres. Parker King of Horton was second in 100 metres and also helped Horton win the relay. Eric Holliefield of CK was second in hurdles, Hayden Sarsfield of CK second in pole vault, and Nathan McCarthy of CK second in discus.
Brad Stewart of Horton was second in triple jump, Isaac Melanson of Horton was second in shot put, and Isaac Hazel of Avon View was second in long jump.
Owen Lee of Horton was third in hurdles and 100 metres, Noah Shankel of CK was third in 400 and 800 metres, Connor Ross of CK was third in discus, and Kristof Mercier of Ecole Rose des Vents third in javelin.
In senior boys, Owen Hebb of NKEC won the long jump and triple jump. Tim Longley of NKEC won the 800 metres and was a close second in 400 metres. Alex Rawding of West Kings won the discus and was second in shot put. Brock O’Brien of Horton won the shot put and was third in discus. Lukas Kane of CK won the pole vault.
John Hodder of NKEC was second in high jump, long jump and triple jump. Ryan Fuller of Horton was second in 3,000 metres. Michael Jachimowicz of KES was second in discus, and Jordan Rockwell of CK was second in pole vault. Central Kings was also second in the 4X100 and third in the 4X400.
Anthony Sabourin-Caron of Ecole Rose des Vents was third in 200 metres. Connor Gough of CK was third in 3,000 metres, Ben Best of CK was third in pole vault (despite competing with an ankle injury), Brydon Dunphy of Horton was third in 1,500 metres, and Ecole Rose des Vents was third in the 4X100 relay.
Top performances from Special Athletes included Tyler Carter of Horton, who won the senior boys’ 100 metres and long jump and was third in shot put. Andrew Jenner of CK won the senior boys’ shot put and was second in long jump, and Amanda Cross of NKEC won the senior girls’ long jump. Thomas Johnstone of NKEC was second in junior boys’ 100 metres, long jump and shot put.
Alex Rawding of West Kings set a new regional record of 44.92 metres in senior boys’ discus, shattering his own record of 40.32 metres set last year. MacKenzie Beattie of Berwick ran the junior boys’ 400 metres in 56.21 seconds, breaking the previous record of 56.70 that had stood since 1985.
The West Hants junior boys 4X100 relay team had a time of 49.81 seconds, breaking the previous record of 50.50 by a team from Chester & Area Middle School in 2000.