Quinte West Track Club and Trenton High School track sensation Leaugen Fray has been spending his summer months preparing for the Canadian Legion National Track and Field Championships being held in Vancouver later this month.
Fray will be competing in the Octathon, a multi-track and field event that consists of the high jump, long jump, shot put, javelin, 100m, 110 m hurdles, 400m and the 1000m race.
Fray is a triple Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations medalist and is presently ranked first in Canada for his age group in the Octathlon.
This past weekend Fray, along with QWTC members, Tori Tees and Julia Martin, competed at the Athletics Ontario Bantam/Midget/Youth Track and Field Championships that where held at Toronto’s York University.
Fray was using the meet as an opportunity to tune-up his skills for the Legion Nationals.
Fray placed second in the Youth Division long jump with a leap of 6.76 m, ran a 56:14 400m; placed seventh in the110m hurdles(15:39) and jumped 1.85m in the high jump. Fray has jumped 2.01m in the high jump this season and was ranked No. 1 in Canada for his age group this past season.
Tees, who was competing against girls two years older then her, placed fifth in the 8om hurdles with a personal best time of 18.34 along with a ninth place finish in the long jump with another personal best of 3.93m. Tees also jumped 1.15 m in the high jump.
Julia Martin finished sixth in the 110m hurdles with a time of 39:08; 11th in the 2000m; 17th in the 800m (2:42) and 22nd in the 1200m (4:21). Martin ran back-to-back races, running the 2000m followed by the 800m 30 minutes later, showing that she will be a force when she enters the Bay of Quinte high school track and field scene, said QWTC coach Duncan Armstrong.
Armstrong and coach Sue Tripp where very pleased with all the individual efforts.
“Having our kids compete in a meet of this calibre allows for them to compete against some of the best in not only the province, but also in the country. In some cases they are competing against future Olympians so this in itself is quite motivating for our youngsters,” said Armstrong.
“Sue is great with the younger athletes, always making it fun for them while putting them through their paces. She is also very instrumental in Leaugen’s track and field success and has been taking him to various coaches throughout the province who specialize in each of the events which he will be competing in at the Nationals,” Armstrong added.
The QWTC was formed in the winter and has grown to more than 20 athletes. Practices are Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. At THS’s Doug Whitley Track. New registrations are always welcome. For more information contact Armstrong at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 613-397-3236.