Grade 11 student Maggie Smith crushed not one but two provincial records at the Nova Scotia Schools Athletic Federation (NSSAF) Track and Field Provincials in Cape Breton.
Maggie set the tone for the tournament on Friday when she kicked off the senior girls 1500m by running a 4:28.32, beating the NSSAF provincial record previously set by Olympian Robyn Meagher in 1984 (4:35.7). Maggie continued to break records on Saturday when she smashed another provincial record in the 3000m with a time of 9:49.38, besting the old record by almost 30 seconds, and finishing over a minute ahead of the runner-up. To round out the weekend, she also secured the 800m win as she crossed the finish line at 2:14.56, less than one second over the current provincial record (2:13.80). We can't help but admire Maggie for her poise on the field and the podium, for constantly pushing herself, and for setting new goals to crush - way to go Maggie!
Our success didn't stop with Maggie. Charlie Simms placed 3rd in the junior boys 800m race; an impressive feat for Charlie given his age. We also had a 3rd place win in the junior girls 4x400 relay. The team included Emma Hamlyn, Rebecca Smyth, Tallulah MacNeil, and Kate Childs. Emma Hamlyn came 4th in the junior girls 400m and Claire Rankin placed 5th and 8th in both the junior girls 3000m and 1500m respectively. Last but not least, Lauren Titus placed 7th in the intermediate girls 400m. This year was an exceptional one as we had our highest finish ever - placing 3rd overall in Division 3 and receiving the highest team points in School history. This weekend was a true testament to the drive and talent of the athletes here at SHSH, and our fantastic coaching team. Kudos to all; what a way to close out the year!