Eleven Huntsville High School (HHS) athletes qualified for the OFSAA (Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations) Central Regional Track Championships at the end of May. All put in their best effort but only one athlete was able to move on.
Cameron Heinz attended the OFSAA Central Regionals for Steeplechase and the 1500m run. A third place finish in the 1500m earned him a spot at the provincial championships among the top 24 finishers from across Ontario.
Heinz travelled to OFSAA in Windsor with his coach Pierre Mikhail and HHS teacher Vanessa Taylor for the June 7 race. He ran with heart but placed 9th in his heat and would not move on to the finals.
Even though he did not make it to the OFSAA finals for his event, Heinz achieved personal best times for each of his runs from the GBSAA finals to the Central Regionals and on to OFSAA.
“We are very, very proud of him,” said HHS track and field team coordinator Catherine Smith. “He is very courageous and a determined athlete. He trains consistently, listens to his coaches, and has great pain tolerance during races.”
Heinz ran a personal best time of four minutes minutes and 15 seconds. “He managed to improve his 1500 metre time 30 seconds over the season,” said Mikhail. “Cameron showed incredible growth as a track runner this spring. He is an incredibly intelligent runner who listens and processes coaching advice well. We are really proud of Cameron and are excited to see what a summer of running will do for his fall cross country season.”
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