The sky was grey but the rain held off, not the most ideal pole vault conditions, but as Mr. Trevisan said, "it will do, it will do" and so it began.
Thirteen competitors were all-in and the SAC vaulters received good news as all jumpers qualified for OFSAA regionals next Tuesday. Starting the day, I got word that our top Midget vaulter was in the Health Centre and may not compete. The negotiations were tough with the Health Centre staff, but we managed to spring him for a one hour block!
Crescent had two good vaulters that challenged Ben Goring, Jake McMillan and Bill Shen. In the first meet of the season, Jake won. In the second meet of the season, Ben won (at an amazing 2.75 m). Today, from nowhere appeared the hard-working Bill Shen. His take-off was on, his plant was tall and Bill was flying! He flew his way to the CISAA gold medal for SAC. Ben ended up with the silver while Jake qualified in fourth after a clutch final jump at 2.40 m. Looking forward to next week!
No other schools entered, so it was Luke Burleigh, fresh off his personal best (PB) from last week versus last year’s OFSAA finalist, Cole Nip. In the end, Cole was on fire as he cruised through each height until the magic 3.00 m mark, taking home the gold and Luke winning the CISAA silver.
For the first time in recent memory, Lakefield (with a PV coach) competed. Crescent (with a new PV coach of their own) was also ready to take on our two vaulters, Caden Markle (fresh off his PB of 3.2 m last week) and Josh 'Milwaukee' Mwinyoglee - who really wants the school record. It's great to see other schools up their vaulting programs and the competition was a close affair with the Crescent pair out at 3.0 m, which Josh and Caden cleared easily. At 3.15 meters, Caden cleared on his first attempt, putting the pressure on Josh, who cleared 3.15 on his third attempt (by a lot). Josh then cleared 3.30 m for the gold and Caden ended up with the silver.
Josh then set his sights on the school record held by Austin Valjas’15 and set the bar at 3.85 m. His second attempt was the closest as he cleared the bar, only to touch it with his arm. He will get another shot at the record next week at the OFSAA regionals.
Congrats to all SAC vaulters, you did us proud.
Story by David Galajda, Coach