PEISAA track-field records set
The Journal Pioneer
HAMPSHIRE — Three new provincial records were set at the P.E.I. School Athletic Association provincial track and field meet here at Bluefield High School on Saturday.
Alex Cyr of Evangeline School set a new mark in the novice boys’ 1,500-metre event — five minutes 10 seconds (5:10) — and Cierra Gaudet of Summerside Intermediate School established a new standard in the 400-metre midget girls’ race — 1:03.01.
Zach Tawell of Glen Stewart stopped the watch in 13.6 seconds in the 100-metre novice boys’ event.
Gaudet, though, felt it was anybody’s race until the final stretch run.
“I felt pretty good then and knew I had a good chance of winning, but I wasn’t really expecting it (the record),” said Gaudet, who shaved three-tenths of a second off the old record of 1:03.4, which was set by Susan MacEachern of Belfast in 1981.
Gaudet also won the 100 and 200 metres and was on the relay team that garnered second place.
Cyr, who was as surprised as anyone at his record-setting performance, broke Bobby Mersereau’s 5:13.1 mark, set in 1987. Mersereau was a student at Air Marshall Johnson.
“I just ran and was very excited when I was told about the record,” said the 11-year-old, who admitted to being nervous before the race. “I didn’t have any idea how I’d do.”
High school athletes set three records
HAMPSHIRE — Three records were set at the P.E.I. School Athletic Association track and field championships Saturday at Bluefield high school.
Two of the new standards came in the novice boys’ division, the other in midget girls.
Zack Taweel of Glen Stewart won the novice boys' 100 metres in 13.6 seconds, eclipsing the mark set by Jared Connaughton of 13.8 in 1996.
Alex Cyr of Evangeline ran a 5:11.6 in the midget boys 1,500-metre race to better the previous mark of 5:13:1 set in 1987 by Bobby Mersereau of Air Marshall Johnson.
Cierra Gaudet took the third PEISAA record in the midget girls' 400 metre when the Summerside intermediate runner was timed in 1:03:1. The previous best was by Susan MacEachern of Belfast in 1:03.4 during the 1981 meet.
West Royalty and Colonel Gray each won two divisional titles at the meet.
West Royalty took the novice girls and boys while Gray won the two senior sections.
Other divisional winners were East Wiltshire (bantam girls), Hernewood (bantam boys), Summerside (midget girls) and Charlottetown Rural (midget boys).
Meanwhile in Abram-Village, it was mission accomplished for Tessa Stammberger at the recent zone track and field meet here at Evangeline school.
The 14-year-old Kensington intermediate-senior high school student set a new provincial bantam girls' triple jump record — 9.97 metres.
“I felt really happy because it was my goal,’’ said Stammberger, the daughter of former Olympian Anna Pendergast-Stammberger.
Lauren Campbell of Athena set the previous mark — 9.85 metres — in 2002.
Stammberger couldn’t add to the record at the P.E.I. School Athletic Association provincial meet at Bluefield.
“There was a headwind today (Saturday),’’ added Stammberger.