Kings County's Beattie, Hebb, Shaffelburg provincial track and field champs

John Decoste
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Owen Hebb of NKEC, shown here competing in long jump during the 2013 season, was one of three two-time provincial champions from Kings County at this year's NSSAF track and field provincials in Cape Breton. Hebb, a Grade 11 student, won both the senior boys'  long jump and triple jump at provincials. MacKenzie Beattie of Berwick and Jacob Shaffelburg of EMS, both in junior boys, were also two-time winners. 

MacKenzie Beattie of Berwick, Jacob Shaffelburg of Evangeline Middle School and Owen Hebb of Northeast Kings Education Centre were all double winners in individual events at the NSSAF track and field provincials June 6-7.

Beattie capped an outstanding school track season by winning the junior boys’ 200 and 400 metres at provincials in Sydney and placing second in 100 metres.

Shaffelburg won the junior boys’ 1,500 and 3,000 metres and helped EMS to first in the 4x400 relay. He was also sixth in 400 metres.

Hebb, who also enjoyed a solid season that included top finishes at both districts and regionals, won both the senior boys’ long jump and triple jump at provincials.

Horton won the intermediate girls’ provincial team banner. In junior boys, Berwick was third overall, West Hants Middle School fourth and EMS fifth. 

Horton was fifth overall in intermediate boys. In senior boys, Central Kings was fourth and NKEC sixth. Horton was fourth and King’s-Edgehill seventh in senior girls, and EMS was ninth in junior girls for the best local showing in that division.

Individually, in senior boys, Tim Longley of NKEC won the 800 metres and was fourth in 400. Alex Rawding of West Kings won the discus, and CK swept the pole vault, with Ben Best first, Jacob Shepherd second, Lukas Kane third and Jordan Rockwell fourth.

In senior girls, Hillary Dort of Central Kings won the pole vault. Beth Lawrence of King’s-Edgehill was second in 400 metres and third in 800.

Nicole Abriel of West Kings was third in 400 metres and fourth in 200, and Courtney Garland of Horton was third in 100 metres and also helped Horton to second in the 4x100 relay and third in the 4X400.

KES was fourth in the 4x100 relay. Jessica Shaffelburg of Horton was fourth in 800 metres and fifth in 1,500, and also ran the 4x400.

In intermediate girls, Meghan Nicholson of NKEC won the javelin with a top throw of 33.16 metres, topping her previous personal best by almost five metres.

Caitlin Nickerson of CK was second in pole vault, and the Horton 4x400 relay team was also second.

Jayda Veinot of Horton was fourth in high jump. Horton’s Gillian Cumby was fourth in 400 metres, sixth in 200 metres and also helped Horton to second in the 4x400 relay and fifth in the 4x400.

Horton’s Emily MacArthur was fifth in both 1,500 and 3,000 metres, and Maria Rodrigues was sixth in shot put. Megan Dorey of West Hants was fifth in 200 metres, and Meaghan Vaughan of NKEC was fifth in 800 metres.

In intermediate boys, Nathan McCarthy of CK was second in discus. Eric Visser of CK was third in pole vault, Kristof Mercier of Ecole Rose des Vents was third in javelin, Isaac Melanson of Horton third in shot put, and Coleman Hooper of Horton fourth in 3,000 metres, fifth in 1,500 and sixth in 800.

In junior boys, in addition to the two firsts by Beattie and Shaffelburg, Alex Carter of Coldbrook won the hurdles, and Tyler Eddy of West Hants was third in long jump. Tristan Connors of West Hants was second in 800 metres, and West Hants was also second in the 4x100 relay.

In junior girls, Hannah Fuller of EMS was third in 1,500 metres, fourth in 800 and sixth in 3,000. Natasha Kennedy of Berwick was third in junior girls’ high jump.

Organizations: EMS, West Hants Middle School

Geographic location: Northeast Kings Education Centre, Kings, Sydney

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