The NSSAA track and field event, which took place on May 15 at Holy Trinity, saw some of the best athletes from Norfolk County high schools.
Jordana Walleyn, a Delhi District Secondary School student, broke Delhi’s 1,500- and 800-metre race records at her school meet on May 8.
“I’ve been running since the age of eight,” said Walleyn.
“I got first in the 1500, and I got a new personal best for the season, 5:28,” said Walleyn.
Another Raider, Ashley Spain, broke the Delhi records for triple jump, javelin, and discus on May 8.
“The last two years I’ve been training at a club,” said Spain. “This year I’ve gone independent.”
Spain said she trains for the throwing events with her dad after school. She added that breaking the record for triple jump was a bonus.
She placed first in javelin and discus at NSSAA on Wednesday.
Hannah Ward, a Holy Trinity student, won the 1,500- and 800-metre races.
“It’s a lot faster, and a lot more competition to try to get first,” said Ward, comparing the NSSAA event to her school meet.
Michael Kenney, a Grade 9 Simcoe Composite School student, was competing in shot put, discus, 800-metre and the 4-100 relay.
Kenney won in discus, placed third in shot put and fifth in the 800.
“The competition is a lot better because you know you have the best from each school coming here and competing and everyone wants to win,” said Kenney.
Waterford District High School Grade 9 students Kaelyn Kerntz and Emily Duesling, both competing in throwing events, had a similar statement about the competition.
“There’s a lot more people, and a different variety. Some throw a lot farther because they’ve had more practice,” said Kerntz.
“There’s more girls, and they throw a lot farther,” Duesling agreed.
Delhi District set one new NSSAA record. Jaxson Zurby moved the junior boys long jump mark to 5.75 metres from 5.70 metres.