Brennan adds to glittering track career

Christian Brennan (left) at the South Region meet. (Photo: Gerry Graham)

Christian Brennan (left) at the South Region meet. (Photo: Gerry Graham)

Christian Brennan of Hamilton St. Mary will step into the starting blocks Saturday (June 8) for the final time in her brilliant four-year high school running career. It’s scheduled to be the senior girls’ 200 metres (heats and final) at the 2013 Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations track and field championships in Oshawa.

Brennan, who has accepted a scholarship offer to attend the University of Oregon beginning in September, captured her eighth OFSAA gold medal (ninth overall) on Friday. The 18-year-old Waterdown resident won the 400 metres in 55.69 seconds.

Taysia Radoslav of Stoney Creek Cardinal Newman placed seventh in the same event (58.02).

It marked the fourth consecutive year Brennan has won the 400m in either the midget, junior or senior division at the provincial finals.

One of the many OFSAA records Brennan holds was broken Friday when Kyra Constantine of Brampton’s St. Roch Catholic Secondary School took the midget girls’ 400m in 54.63, bettering the mark of 55.95 that Brennan set in 2010.

Brennan is also expected to compete Tuesday during the Toronto International Track and Field Games at Varsity Centre. At that third-annual competition, she’ll be rubbing shoulders with 40 Olympians from around the world.

In other action involving Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Athletic Association representatives, Meaghan Rice of St. Mary came 10th in the junior girls’ long jump. Her distance was 4.77 metres.

Nathan Petrie of Brebeuf had the 15th fastest time in the midget boys’ 100m hurdle heats (15.19) and did not qualify for the finals. His Braves teammate, Steven McNicoll, ran the 110m senior boys’ hurdles in 17.16 seconds and, in 21st spot, also failed to advance. They placed fifth and fourth, respectively, last week at the South Region qualifier.

The OFSAA meet is being held at the Oshawa Civic Recreation Complex.