Hamilton Olympic Club athletes show well in debuts


Hamilton Olympic Club athletes were back on track this past weekend (Feb. 3) with a couple of promising debuts from newcomers Simone Mallett and Katie Klodnicki.

Mallett showed little signs of being a newcomer to indoor competition, posting a very respectable 8.37 seconds in the 60 metre event. Leading the way for the women in the 60m sprints for HOC was Emma Roung. Roung qualified for the “B” final, posting a qualifying time of 8.19s and finished 13th overall with a final time of 8.07.

Tamar Brereton continues her improvement in the short sprints with a personal best clocking of 8.35s (26th). Mallett was a close 27th with a time of 8.37.

Natasha Auret posted a PB time of 8.95 (45th) followed closely by Kristen Boonstra 8.99 (47th) and newcomer Chantelle Robbertse (50th) in 9.16.

In the women’s 60m hurdle event, Kelly Morrison clocked a time of 9.94, good for sixth place.

In the Throws events, Alyssa DiCesare continues to excel, heaving the shot 8.94m, which garnered her a second place finish in the Midget Girls division.

Klodnicki (in her first competition as a member of HOC) finished a strong sixth in the Open Women’s shot put with a distance of 10.03m. Klodnicki would also place fourth in her debut in the indoor Hammer with a distance of 9.16m.

In the Men’s competition, Mike DiCesare carried the banner for HOC and finished third in the Open 6kg event with a toss of 11.35m.

Next up for the senior athletes will be the Provincial Youth/Senior Championships (Feb. 16-17) at York University.