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Legions, Summer Games, NACAC, oh my!

Alison Stephens all smiles receiving her bronze medal at Legion Nationals

The past few weeks have had plenty of action to close out the summer season for London Western. On Aug. 3-4, the Ontario Summer Games were hosted at TD Stadium and 2 of our own were the fearless leaders of the event. A special thank you to Dave Mills and Chris Williams for stepping forward as the technical managers for this meet. To an outsider, most track meets run fairly smoothly and it's all thanks to people like Dave and Chris. Behind the scenes can get chaotic, but as long as the athletes, coaches and spectators are not aware, it's job well done! It was a hot one during this meet that saw the top 13-15 year old from around the province, as well as an open para category compete in the 2-day event. London Western had 11 athletes competing and walking away with 13 medals! Here are the results from our athletes that took part...

Makayla Roy prepping for a throw in Javelin at Legion Nationals

Gold: 7

  • Maddison Wilson–Walker - Women 100m Ambulatory 14.50s, 800m Ambulatory 2:59.06

  • Katty Abran – Women 100m Wheelchair 19.26s, Women 800m Wheelchair 2:38.44

  • Jack Trott-McDermott – Boys U14 80mh 14.70s

  • Dylan Johnson – Boys U14 300m 47.07

  • Hunter Craig – Boys U14 4x100m Relay

Silver: 3

  • Idowu Adebola – Girls U16 4x100m Relay

  • Jack Trott-McDermott – Boys U14 4x100m Relay

  • Bennett Hawrelak – Boys U14 4x100m Relay

Bronze: 3

  • Erika Lealess – Girls U14 High Jump 1.32m

  • Samuel Morrow – Boys U16 Shot Put 14.18m

  • Erika Lealess – Girls 1600m Sprint Medley Relay

Bantam Boys

  • Connor Gibson – 9th 1200m 4:28.02, 9th 800m 2:53.89

  • Jack Trott-McDermott – 5th High Jump 1.32m

  • Hunter Craig – 7th Long Jump 4.06m

  • Bennett Hawrelak – 4th Long Jump 4.39m

Bantam Girls

  • Erika Lealess – 4th 80m 11.30, 12th Long Jump 3.69m

Midget Boys

  • Samuel Morrow – 4th Discus 34.39m

Midget Girls

  • Michaela Wilson – 11th 1200m 4:25.24, 4th 1600m Sprint Medley Relay

  • Adebola Idowu – 7th 100m 13.01, 11th 200m 27.70s

Coach Chris confused about where Brandon, MB is. Coach Courtney knows.

Sticking with the hot theme, it was a scorcher in Brandon, Manitoba for the National Legion Championships this past weekend. So hot, that Sam Morrow burned a whole through is throwing shoes! We sent a smaller contingent this year, with coaches Chris Williams and Sylvia Kontra making the trip to guide our athletes.

Miranda Cox in Long Jump at Legion Nationals

A special congratulations to Alison Stephens as our lone medal winner with a new personal best throw in U18 Discus of 40.63m to take bronze!

Sam Morrow before burning a hole in his shoe at Legion Nationals

Midget Boys

  • Samuel Morrow – 5th Shot Put 14.08m, 8th Hammer Throw 31.31m (PB)

Youth Boys

  • Christian Panhuis – 14th Discus 37.34m, 13th Shot Put 12.36m

Youth Girls

  • Mikayla Roy – 10th Javelin 36.44m, 15th Shot Put 10.72m

  • Miranda Cox – 13th Triple Jump 10.51m, 24th Long Jump 4.84m

  • Alison Stephens – 13th Hammer Throw 40.54

Christian Panhuis readies for a big throw in SP at Legion Nationals.

Last, but certainly not least, we had Caroline Ehrhardt competing for Canada at the NACAC Championships in Toronto on Sunday. It's been a challenging season for her, as she's been battling an injury all year, but she managed to squeeze out a small personal best of 13.63m for a 4th place finish. The jump was into a -1.5m/s wind, so who knows what would've happened, if they were jumping with the wind, but regardless, she inches her way that much closer to the never-been-done-by-a-Canadian 14m jump! We'll have to wait until next year to see if she can do it!

Caroline Ehrhardt took 4th spot in a new pb of 13.63m at NACAC Championships. PC: AC Twitter

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