Pictou Advocate sports

DeCoff wins gold, bronze medals


SYDNEY, N.S. — Keighan DeCoff took home two medals from the 2019 Royal Canadian National Track and Field Championships last weekend at the Cape Breton University track and field complex.

DeCoff won a gold medal in shot put with a personal best distance of 14.96 metres that is a new Under-18 provincial record.

The throw broke Nova Scotia’s women’s U18 shot put record from 2009 of 14.77 metres.

DeCoff earlier earned bronze medal in U-18 discus, throwing a personal best of 38.84 metres.

She was one of 13 Pictou County Athletics members to compete at the event and ranked first in Canada in U-18 shot put.

Alec Bates was seventh overall in U-16 boys’ high jump with a personal best leap of 1.71 metres.

Mattea Miller-Evans was 19th in women’s U-16 hurdles, 12th in 200-metre hurdles and ninth in high jump.

Eilidh Cameron was 14th in women’s U-18 high jump, while Allie Sandluck was 13th in her U-18 3,000-metre race and Kristen Ross was seventh in both her U-18 1,500 race and 800-metre run.

Ethan MacDonald was 14th in his U-18 1,500-metre race and 11th at 3,000 metres 11th, while Cara MacDonald was sixth in both her U-16 300-metre and 800-metre races.

Conrad Robertson was 27th in his U-16 1,200-metre race with a personal best time, 15th with a personal best time at 2,000 metres 15th and 10th with a personal best time in his1,500 metre steeplechase event.

Jordyn Ferguson was sixth in U-16 javelin and eighth in hammer with a personal best, while Gabby Smith had a personal best throw while placing fifth in U-18 javelin.

John Luke Taylor was 22nd in his U-18 100-metre dash, 24th at 200 metres and was on the 4 x 400-metre relay team that finished fourth.

Matt MacLeod was seventh with his U-16 javelin throw.

Nine of the 13 local athletes are of age to compete at the 2020 championships in Sydney next August.