Miguel Watson’s and Dammmion Vassell’s two medal performances each on the holiday weekend in Ottawa topped a respectable showing by the Hamilton Olympic Club. HOC athletes came home with seven medals.
Competing in the Ontario Track and Field Association championships, Watson took the gold medal in the junior men’s 400 metre hurdles and the silver medal in the junior men’s 400m. His time of 53.49 in the hurdles was a personal best.
Vassell had a gold medal showing in the junior men’s long jump with a measurement of 6.65 metres. He also took the bronze medal in the junior men’s triple jump, leaping 12.76 metres.
In addition to Watson’s and Vassell’s efforts, two other HOC athletes visited the podium in the junior division and one in the senior category.
Caitlin Price won her first OTFA gold medal, taking the Junior Women’s 3000m in 10:11.27, a personal best. Lydia Steele earned bronze in the Junior Women’s Triple Jump with a tape measure leap of 11m38, which is also a new record for the HOC.
In the Senior category, Rebecca Stallwood took the bronze in the women’s 1500m, crossing the finish line in 4.28.01.
The HOC’s Elise Manera just missed out on a medal in the Women’s Javelin, placing fourth with throw of 36.70m.
Other top eight (finalist) performances included Sean Fallon, junior men’s discus, sixth (29.09m); Lacy Van Der Marel, junior women’s long jump, sixth ( 5.12m); Kelly Morrison, junior women’s high jump, seventh (1.60m); Monique Cryne, a personal best in the junior women’s 400m eighth (59.59); and Mario Rigby, senior men’s 400m, eighth (50.52).
Watson will now focus on the Junior National meet in Sherbrooke, Que., on July 21-23. If he can make the world junior standard of 53.34 in the 400m hurdles, he would have a berth on the National Team which will compete at the World Junior Championship in Beijing in August.