Pictou Advocate sports

County athletes shine at indoor track meet


MONTREAL, Que. — Five Pictou County Athletics athletes competed last weekend at the Athletics Canada Open Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Keighan DeCoff won two medals on the first day, throwing two personal bests in the U-18 weight throw and shot put. DeCoff won a bronze medal with 15.22 metres on her second last throw, ranking her 11th in the current Athletics Canada rankings.

Later in the day, DeCoff won a silver medal in shot put, throwing a personal best of 13.70 metres on her last throw of the day jumping from fifth to second place at the event and keeping her ranked second in the current Athletics Canada rankings.

Cara MacDonald kpt her record-breaking streak going when she won a silver medal in the 800 metre U-16 race, breaking the indoor Nova Scotia record by almost 2.5 seconds while running in 2.19:99 minutes and jumping her to 17th in Canada in U-18 despite just turning 14 years old.

MacDonald won her second silver medal in the 300-metre race, holding off multiple runners to make the podium.

Rachel Walton ran three events over two days as she placed fourth in the Under-20 women’s 800-metre race, was fourth at 1,500 metres and was sixth at 400 metres.

Kristen Ross was eighth in the 800-metre U-18 race but withdrew from the 1,500-metre race due to a leg injury from before the championship event and returned during her 800-metre event.

John Luke Taylor was eighth in his U-18 men’s 200-metre, running a personal best time, but was disqualified after officials deemed he had momentarily left his lane on the last turn.

Taylor was third in his 60-metre heat and 10th overall with the top eight making it to the final heat.

Pictou County Athletics head coach Pat Carty said he was extremely proud of the athletes from Pictou County, and will continue training with Pictou County Athletics.

Multiple registration dates have been set for PCA for the spring and summer training programs.