By CLAUDE SCILLEY
BROCKVILLE—Conditions were right for rewriting the record book Friday, and some of the East region’s most venerable marks were erased on a warm, sunny afternoon at Thousand Islands Secondary School.
Foremost among them was the senior boys long jump record, set in 1986 by Glenroy Gilbert of Ottawa Laurentian, a school that hasn’t even existed for 10 years. Gilbert, who two years later competed in the long jump competition of the Seoul Olympics—and in 1996 was part of Canada’s Olympic gold-medal 400-metre relay team in Atlanta—set the mark at 7.11 metres 29 years ago.
It had withstood all challenges until Leaugen Fray of Trenton bumped it to 7.14 metres Friday. It was one of three winning performances by Fray, who also won high jump and triple jump.
A record tha had stood the tests of 23 years succumbed Friday to the senior girls 400-metre relay team of Ottawa’s Glebe Collegiate, who won the event in 48.48 seconds, breaking the 1992 record, 49.04 seconds, set by the Loyalist team of Danielle Froese, Rachel Joyce, Stacey Coleman and Penny Ingram.
The high jump pit was particularly inviting for would-be record-breakers Friday, as new marks were also set in junior girls and junior boys divisions, both at the expense of former Kingston Area athletes.
Kiera Christie-Gallaway of St. Matthew of Orleans now holds the junior girls record at 5.71 metres. Kenya Costa-Dookhan of Holy Cross held the old mark, 5.56 metres, since 2012.
Eric Mitchell of Carleton Place Notre Dame broke the 10-year-old record of Ernestown’s David Jones in the junior boys event, and then extended the mark twice more before leaving it at 6.99 metres, 49 centimetres beyond Jones’ best jump in 2005.
Both athletes left the meet with two records.
Christie-Gallaway improved the mark in junior girls 80-metre hurdles by seven-tenths of a second, winning the race in 11.39 seconds. At 12.02 seconds, Loyalist’s Claire Millard was also under the seven-year-old record of Rockland’s Ashlea Maddex, by seven one-hundredths of a second.
Mitchell also tied the record in junior boys 100 metres, 10.97 seconds, an eight-year-old standard initially set by Segun Makinde of Colonel By in Gloucester.
Lauren Gale, of South Carleton in Richmond, took three and a half seconds off the midget girls 400 metres record, which now stands at 54.69 seconds, the fastest time Friday for a girl of any division by almost three seconds. It was the crowning achievement of the meet for Gale, who established new records in both the 200 metres and 300-metre hurdles on the first day of the meet Thursday.
Three local athletes set records at the meet: Regi’s Brogan MacDougall, in midget girls 1,500 metres, Cole Horsman of Frontenac, in midget boys 100 metres, and Shirley Hughes-Ryan in ambulatory girls 800 metres.