SYDNEY – Pictou County’s haul at the 2018 Nova Scotia School Athletics Federation track and field was a rich one.
It also included a record-setting performance from New Glasgow’s Academy’s Cara MacDonald, a double-gold medallist who broke the provincial record in the junior girls 400m event.
Her time of 1:00.06 was nearly a quarter-second faster than the 1:00.30 mark set 17 years ago by Liverpool’s Jenna Martin, who go on to compete at the 2012 Olympics.
MacDonald’s brother Ethan also won two medals: gold in the Intermediate 3000m race, and a bronze in the 1500.
In total, 13 gold medals were won by Pictou County athletes. In addition to Cara MacDonald, other double-gold medallists were Keighan DeCoff (shot put, discus) and Emily Horton of West Pictou (800m Para girls, shot put).
How locals did at the 2018 NSSAF track and field provincials, held this past weekend in Sydney (Top 3 finishes only).
1. Cara MacDonald (NGA): 2:26.99
3. Jordyn Ferguson (Dr. W.A. MacLeod): 26.08M
1. Keighan DeCoff (NNEC): 10.74m
1. Gabby Smith (NRHS): 34.43
1. Heath Miller (NNEC): 41.15m
3. Jenna Reid (Pictou Academy): 33.27m
1. Emily Horton (West Pictou): 40.31
1. Emily Horton (West Pictou): 4.53m
1. Ethan MacDonald (NNEC): 9:32.76
2. Parker Swain (NRHS): 41.90m
2. Eric Hughes (NRHS): 23.37
3. Raymond Simpson (NNEC): 2:04.03
1. Cara MacDonald (NGA): 1:00.06
1. Jordyn Ferguson (Dr. W.A. MacLeod): 26.60m
1. Keighan DeCoff (NNEC): 30.95
2. Jenna Reid (PA): 28.43
1. Matt MacLeod (Thorburn Consolidated): 40.43
3. Ethan MacDonald (NNEC): 4.22:69
1. Parker Swain (NRHS): 14.05
3. Parker Swain (NRHS): 44.44m
2. Ryan MacLennan (NNEC): 11.61
1. Eric Hughes (NRHS): 14.67