Kings County youth stay active, have fun at Hershey meet

John Decoste
Published on May 28, 2014

Samantha Brown of Kingston jumps her way to a second-place finish in the standing long jump at the Hershey track and field meet May 24 in Cambridge. – John DeCoste,

John DeCoste

More than 25 Kings County youth spent May 24 on the track and field at Central Kings Rural High, having fun and being active.

That has been the premise of the Hershey Track and Field series for 37 years, since it began in 1977 as an outlet for kids ages nine to 14 to have fun in a competitive track and field setting.

According to co-organizer Stacy Abriel, there were 27 participants in all, which she described as “a little smaller (turnout) than we had hoped. Our largest group was boys nine to 12 years old, with youth from across the Valley. We even had a family of girls travel down from Halifax.”

Competition included traditional Hershey events – standing long jump, softball throw and track races from 50 to 800 metres, depending on the age of the competitors.

The winners of each local meet throughout the province are eligible to move on to the Hershey provincial meet, set for June 14 at Huskies Stadium at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax. For those lucky enough to qualify from there, the 37th annual Hershey North American final meet is set for Aug. 2 in Hershey, PA.

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And the winners are…

Standing long jump

• 9-10 boys: Matthew Bishop first, Maddox Thorne second and Will Turner third

• 11-12 girls: Katie Duggan first, Samantha Brown second and Emma Bishop third.

• 11-12 boys: Andrew Pineo first, Zachary Gould second and Connor Hines third.


Softball throw

• 9-10 girls:  Ava Lockhart

• 9-10 boys: Will Turner

• 11-12 girls: Emma Bishop

• 11-12 boys: Josh Corbin

• 13-14 boys: Jason Chalifoux



• 9-10 girls 50 metres: Ava Lockhart

• 9-10 girls 100 metres: Ava Lockhart

• 9-10 boys 100 metres: Will Turner

• 9-10 boys 200 metres: Will Turner

• 9-10 boys 400 metres: William Deveau

• 11-12 girls 100 metres: Katie Duggan

• 11-12 girls 200 metres: Katie Duggan

• 11-12 boys 100 meters: Connor Hines

• 11-12 boys 200 metres: Josh Corbin

• 11-12 boys 400 metres: Lance Keddy won the 400 metres

• 11-12 boys 800 metres: Shayden Smith