Perfect timing for 400-metre runners

ROB BRODIE

, Last Updated: 8:22 AM ET

Call it hitting the OFSAA track and field jackpot.

Bell's Fiona Callender and Emilie Halle of Glebe posted identical times in their respective 400-metre events yesterday at the Terry Fox Athletic Facility.

Both took home medals with that 57.67-second clocking.

For Callender, it produced a comfortable victory by nearly a full second in the midget girls' 400. While it was a shade off her personal best (57.60), Callender said "I'm happy with it."

She had the fastest seeded time going in.

"That made me kind of nervous," said Callender, 15, a Grade 9 student. "But I really wanted to win."

TOUGH WIND

Halle, meanwhile, was just hoping to grab a medal of some colour after coming up empty in two previous OFSAA trips.

"I'll take third," Halle said of the senior girls' 400. "This is my first OFSAA medal ... it was more than I was hoping for.

"The wind was definitely a killer (on the back stretch). But I wanted it so badly, I just drove and pumped my arms and went for it."

Danelle Woods wished she'd latched onto that strategy a little sooner in the senior girls' 1,500. She let Lindsay Carson of Cambridge Southwood build a 10-metre lead to start the bell lap and couldn't reel in her Canadian world junior cross-country teammate.

"I was expecting that surge (from Carson), but I didn't go with it," said Woods, 18 and in Grade 12 at Hillcrest. "I wasn't there (at the end), but I should have been.

''My legs were hurting, but I felt like I could have run harder."

3,000 FAVOURITE

Expect Woods to atone for that today. She's heavily favoured to close out her spectacular high school career with a golden run in the senior girls' 3,000 metres.

Meanwhile, a year after a disappointing OFSAA meet, Segun Makinde couldn't stop smiling after winning the silver medal in the junior boys' 100 metres.

The Colonel By student relished the showdown with Phillip Hayle of Brampton St. Edmund, who took the gold in 10.68 seconds. Makinde was right behind in 10.88.

"We're good friends," said Makinde, 15, who's coached by 1996 Olympic gold medallist Glenroy Gilbert. "He's a guy I really wanted to race against all year long.

"His talent keeps pushing my talent. I did what I needed to do (for the medal)."

The meet wraps up today.


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