MacDonald earns three gold medals,sets record


NEW GLASGOW — Cara MacDonald risen risen to new heights in track and field.

The New Glasgow Academy runner won three gold medals in her 200-metre, 400-metre and 800-metre races at the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation’s provincial track and field championships that took place last Friday and Saturday in Wolfville.

“It was great to be there again,” she said. “It’s my favourite meet of the year.”

She ran the 400-metre race in 58.99 seconds to set a new high school record and helped NGA to fifth place in the junior high girls’ team standings. She won both the 200-metre and 400-metre finals after placing second in each preliminary race.

“It was my goal to beat my 400-metre record, so I’m happy with that,” she said.

MacDonald anchored NGA’s 4×400-metre relay team that also featured Sarah Fraser, Rylan Biron and Erin MacNeil.

NGA junior boys combined to place second in their team standings. They helped themselves by winning the 4×100-metre relay and placing fourth in the 4×400-metre relay.

Conrad Robertson was sixth in his 3,000-metre race and seventh at both 800 metres and 1,500 metres.

Torin Kinney was fourth in high jump and sixth in long jump.

Keighan DeCoff had another successful meet as she won her intermediate girls’ discus and shot put events for North Nova Education Centre, which placed sixth in team standings.

North Nova was third in their 4×400-metre relay.

Jordyn Ferguson from Northumberland Regional High was second in the girls’ intermediate javelin throw, while Eilidh Cameron from Northumberland was third in her 3,000-metre run.

Raine deCoste from Northumberland was third in intermediate boys high jump.

Jenna Reid from Pictou Academy was first in senior girls’ javelin, second in shot put and third in discus. Luke MacDonald from PA placed third in his intermediate boys’ 3,000-metre race and fourth at 1,500 metres.

John Luke Taylor from Northumberland was third in the senior boys’ 100-metre final and sixth in the 200-metre final. Gabby Smith from Northumberland was fourth in her javelin event.

Northumberland combined for fifth place in the seniors boys’ team standings.

Cara MacDonald has an appropriate response to the sign behind her as she shows the three gold medals she won in provincial high school track and field last weekend. (Goodwin photo)