Cayuga girl makes strides in track and field

To The Haldimand Press

CAYUGA—The controversy over who was World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, as a consequence of the separate organizations – World Boxing Council (WBC), World Boxing Association (WBA), and International Boxing Federation (IBF) – each having their own title holder was ended with the Consolidation Tournament, won by Mike Tyson in August of 1987.

Similar confusion exists in track and field, with two Provincial Associations – The Minor Track Association (MTA) for athletes up to age 14, and Athletics Ontario (AO) for athletes 12 and older each holding their own championships and listing their own records.

Cayuga’s Caitlyn Thompson took a large step toward track and field consolidation at York University on March 2, as the 12-year-old became the first to hold a record in both associations concurrently. Taking part in meet #3 of the AO Indoor Championship Series, she won the under-14 girls 800m race walk title with a Personal Record (PR) of 4:19.42, breaking both the 20-year-old mark of 4:40.6 of the MTA, and the 4:21.0 of AO.

Both records were set prior to the advent of regular electronic timing, hence the absence of hundredths of seconds for the old records.

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