Four Lancers heading to OFSSA track and field championship Saturday

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Marissa Mueller

 

Four students from LCCVI will be vying for provincial titles this weekend at the OFSSA Track and Field Championships.

Cody Bell, Amanda Frayne, Alex Jeffery and Marissa Mueller will travel to Windsor as the Lancer contingent.

Mueller won the Western Region OFSSA Senior Girls Javelin event Saturday with a throw of 41.93 metres. She goes into the event ranking number one in the province.

It’s quite a feat considering Mueller only started javelin because knee problems stopped her from competing in the long and triple jump. “But I love javelin. It has been blessing in disquise that I started javelin because I don’t think I would have without my knee injury.”

Mueller has been putting in extra practice leading up to Saturday’s event in Windsor, including working out at the Sarnia Track Club where she met up with Corunna’s Olympic hopeful Jillian Drouin who gave her a pair of her javelin cleats. “The next throw I threw a personal best… I’ll attribute that to the shoes.”

While Mueller is ranked number one going into the provincial championships she is trying to keep everything in perspective, knowing where she was earlier this year.

“I try my best and always remember I get to play because I didn’t even know I would get to do sports because of the injury… especially with that being taken away from me for a while and not knowing if I would be able to compete; it makes me not take that for granted.”

Ambulatory runner Cody Bell is also excited about the opportunity to compete at the provincial level. After breaking several SWOSSA records, Bell placed second in both the 100 metres and the 800 metres shaving time off of both of his personal bests.

He finished the 100 metres 0.35 seconds behind the winner with a personal best of 14.37 seconds and shaved another four seconds off his 800 metres time coming in at 2:49.

“It was extremely hot. So, to do that well was pretty awesome.”

Bell is realistic about his chances in Windsor. The number one ranked runner is 30 seconds faster than he is in the 800 metre and the number one ranked runner in the 100 metres is hitting the 13 second mark.

For now, Bell is “trying to rest, kind of relaxing and trying to get into the zone. I’ll take things easy and see how that goes.”

Meantime Amanda Frayne and Alex Jeffery will be competing in the discus for the Lancers.

Jeffery came in second at the West Regionals with a throw of 46.25 metres.

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