STELLARTON – Local athletes did well at the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation’s track and field championships in Stellarton.
Parker Swain, representing Dr. W.A. MacLeod School in Riverton, broke a record that stood for nearly 40 years on Saturday with a discus throw of 43.70 metres and exceeded that mark with a later throw of 43.75 metres to win the event. Swain was third in shot put and fourth in javelin in his other field disciplines.
Among schools, North Nova Education Centre and Northumberland went 1-2 in intermediate boys. North Nova won the team events with 60 points, just two more than Northumberland.
In one of the last events on Saturday, the Northumberland intermediate boys made it close by winning the 4×400-metre relay, while North Nova placed fifth.
Duncan Cameron and Luc Corbin started in succession and gave Northumberland a chance before Eric Hughes and anchor Daniel Stewart poured it on for the win.
“I think they did excellent,” coach Katie MacDonald said. “We couldn’t be more proud.”
“I felt we had a good run,” Stewart said.
“I felt tired going into it from previous events, but I felt good during the run,” Hughes said.
Hughes won the 100-metre hurdles final, while Brett Corbin of Northumberland won in high jump and was third in both long jump and triple jump.
In other intermediate boys’ events, Raymond Simpson of North Nova was second in his 1,500-metre and 3,000-metre races, while Jake Temple of Pictou Academy was fourth in javelin.
Kaelan Schmidt from North Nova once again shone in senior boys’ field events, winning in high jump and triple jump and placing second in long jump.
Northumberland’s Taylor McLean felt more achievement from her silver medal in intermediate girls’ discus than the gold medal she won in shot put. She was the only athlete to send her shot past 10 metres and missed gold in discus by .23 metres.
“I had a personal best in discus, but I didn’t have a personal best in shot put and still won,” she said.
Jenna Reid of Pictou Academy was fourth in javelin.
Lauren Quann from Pictou Academy won the senior girls shot put and high jump events and placed fifth in long jump. She was fourth in senior girls’ 80-metre hurdles and seventh in her 800-metre race.
Robyn Simpson of North Nova was fifth in javelin.
Misfortune intervened for Megan Graham of North Nova. Graham missed a bronze medal when she placed fourth in the senior girls 100-metre final. Graham then followed a win in the 80-metre preliminary hurdles race by falling in the final to end up eighth.
She also helped North Nova place second in the 4×100-metre relay.
Besides McLean’s achievements in intermediate girls, Breanna Sandluck of North Nova placed fourth in both the 1,500-metre and 3,000-metre races.
Taylor Cromwell of East Pictou Middle school won two bronze medals, finishing third in junior girls 100-metre and 200-metre dashes.
In other junior boys’ events, Ethan MacDonald of New Glasgow Academy won his 3,000-metre race and was second at 1,500 metres.
Logan Kirwan of East Pictou was second in the 100-metre final and was fourth at 200 metres.