Vermeer dashes to silver at junior track championships

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – St. Catharines’ athlete Esther Vermeer earned a silver medal as the Canadian junior track and field championships came to a end on the weekend. Vermeer was clocked in 2:09.88 in the women’s 800-metre race, finishing second to Jessica Parry of London. Vermeer was 2.17 seconds back of Parry.

Parry and Taylor Stewart, also from London, and Daniel Harper of Brampton, each earned a second individual gold medal at the championships.

Harper, who posted Canada’s best result at the world junior championships earlier this month placing sixth in the 400, took the 200 sprint on Sunday clocking 21.62 seconds. His clubmate Philip Hayle was second in 21.68 and Michael Robertson of Ottawa third in 21.87. Harper also won the 400 on Saturday.

In the men’s triple jump, Stewart fouled on three of his first four attempts but his second leap at 14.38 stood for gold. Joshua Gundrum of Winnipeg was second at 14.31 and Damian Warner of London third at 13.98. Stewart also won the long jump Saturday.

Other winners in men’s competition included Wiley Collins of London, in the javelin, Kyle Tomasello of Toronto in the pole vault, Gabriel El-Hanbli of Lanaudiere, Que., in the 400 hurdles, Olivier Collin of Vaudreuil, Que., in the 800, Matthew Hughes of Toronto in the 3,000 steeplechase and Keegan Sharp of Saskatoon in the decathlon.

Parry, who reached the semifinal in the 400 and helped Canada to eighth in the 4X400 relay at the world juniors, also won the 1,500 Saturday.

Other winners in women’s competition were Chloe Hetherton of Saskatoon in the triple jump, Julie Labonté of Quebec City in the shot put, Kimberly Hyacinthe of Montreal in the 200, Sarah Wells of Toronto in the 400 hurdles, and Jessica Furlan of Saskatoon in the 2,000 steeplechase.