To The Haldimand Press
At the Dave McKendrick Indoor Track and Field Championships, conducted by the Minor Track Association of Ontario at York University on March 23 and 24, 2019, only one announcement was made during the two-day meet to inform everyone that an Ontario record had been broken. And that feat was accomplished by Cayuga’s Caitlyn Thompson, 13, who had chopped more than five seconds from her own Indoor Record for 800m Racewalk, with a 4:14.13 clocking.
That time bettered the 4:19.42 standard that she had set at the Athletics Ontario Indoor Championships on March 2 at the same track while winning the under-14 girls Championship. In between, she had journeyed to Montreal to win the silver medal over 1500m in the under-16 category of the Canadian Indoor Championships. Two days prior to last weekend’s outing, she commented that, after a 1500m race, the 800m is almost a sprint.
And sprint she did, with a first lap of 57 seconds, following on the heels of a tall 14-year-old boy who has had experience in both Canada and the United States race walking. Rather than being cowed by a much-taller athlete, she used him as a magnet, allowing his presence to pull her to a faster pace. Her most recent time has now lowered the old Record set in 1999 by an amazing total of 26 seconds.