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Survival comes back on track with shot put gold

Tiakotierenhton Diabo was part of the girls’ team from KSS that competed at the indoor track and field meet Monday and sent three girls to the provincial championships. (Courtesy Kanerahtens Bush)
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The first half of the high school track and field competitions is complete with several of Kahnawake Survival School’s students booking dates in the provincial championships.

Monday, eight girls from KSS competed.

Survival went one-two in the Midget shot put with Wenhniseriiostha Goodleaf winning the event by over a metre, heaving the put 9.26 metres. Tiakotierenhton Diabo came second with a distance of 7.85 metres.

“I always used to watch shot put, so I thought why not try it?” said Goodleaf who has been competing in the event for three years.

It’s the second year coming away with gold for the grade niner, who also placed fourth in the triple jump. Diabo nabbed fifth in the long jump and ninth in the 60 and 90-metre dashes. Diabo was also on the relay team that finished fourth.

“She’s been on the track team since she started at KSS,” said Jocelyn Dockerty.

Volleyball finals MVP Iaonhátie Deom finished 10 centimetres back of leader Analies Smith in the Midget girls long jump and finished second.

“It was an excellent meet,” said coach Jocelyn Dockerty. “It was probably one of our best meets. We have three girls (Deom, Diabo and Goodleaf), who qualified to go to the provincial championships on March 12.”

In addition to those who came back with medals, Survival’s track and field athletes have started competing in new events. Vanessa Martin placed fourth in the 60M hurdles in addition to competing in the triple jump along with Goodleaf. Martin was headed for first but stumbled on her last hurdle, and finished a solid fourth.

“I was proud of her,” said Deom. “Honestly she would have won gold if she didn’t fall. It actually got me motivated to do hurdles at the upcoming outdoor track meet.”

“It’s fun because they’re trying to become better track and field athletes and not just relying on their natural athletic ability,” said Dockerty, who is in her third year of coaching. “They’re actually training to get better at events. It makes coaching fun.”

“I think we did really well,” said Deom. “There are still schools that are on strike, so it gave us a good chance to win, and a lot of our girls came back with medals.”

Rahnienhawe McComber and Katsenhaienton Lazare competed in the shot put, 60M and 800M running race on the boy’s side yesterday.

McComber finished eight in the 800M race, and 10th in shot put.


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