Eybergen, Fitzgerald off to OFSAA West


By Josh Howald

The track and field season is over for all but two Kincardine District Secondary School student-athletes.

Omar Hajyasien of Bluevale Collegiate is tough to see on his landing, but this jump was good for second place in the midget boys long jump. For more photos from CWOSSA, don't miss this week's print edition of The Kincardine Independent. (Josh Howald photo)


Home track advantage mattered very little last week at the CWOSSA Track and Field Championship meet. Numerous KDSS athletes qualified for the meet at the Bluewater Athletic Association championships, held the previous week, but only Madelyn Eybergen and Liam Fitzgerald will continue on to the OFSAA West Regional Track and Field Championships.

In extremely windy conditions at the Davidson Centre track, Eybergen - who set a new BAA record in high jump last week - came through to win the junior girls high jump event with a jump of 1.62m. That jump is just shy of the 1.63m jump at the BAA meet - a new record and her personal best.

For good measure, Eybergen won the junior girls 300m hurdles and finished second in the 80m hurdles. She qualifies for the OFSAA West meet in all three events.

Fitzgerald also had a good couple of days at the track. The long distance runner won Kincardine's only other first place finish. He won the midget boys 3,000m race with a time of 10:12.17. He was also second in the 1,500m race with a time of 4:34.11, just seven seconds behind Orangeville's Jackson Bull.

Fitzgerald won both of those races at last week's BAA meet.

Fitzgerald and Eybergen will head to the University of Western Ontario in London on Friday to compete in their respective events. Good performances at UWO this week would get the teenagers entry into the provincial championship meet, OFSAA. This year, the OFSAA Track and Field Championships are being held in Belleville beginning June 1.

The top-five finishers in each CWOSSA event are off to this week's OFSAA West meet. No other KDSS athletes will make the trip, but a handful of Knights did have good showings last week at CWOSSA and narrowly missed making the cut.

That includes Cassidy Murray-Collins, who was sixth in senior girls 100m hurdles; Bethany Wilken, seventh in senior girls 800m and ninth in the 1,500m and Jennelle Smeltzer, who was eighth in girls open steeplechase.