Campbell crushes track and field championship race

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It was mission accomplished for Dylan Campbell on the opening day of the Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk Counties Athletic Association Athletics Championships.

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Competing at Kiwanis Field at Pauline Johnson Collegiate on Tuesday, Campbell won the senior men’s 1,500 meters in a time of four minutes, 36 seconds.

“I was happy with my race,” said the 12th year student from the Paris district high school.

“I was just trying to get in there for a while and hit him. I finished a second under my target time.

Campbell, who just turned 18, was coming off a race last week where he didn’t quite hit that target. Running the 1500m at the Debbie Miller Classic, Campbell was timed in 4:44.

But Campbell’s strength is not in shorter races like the 1500m. He’s a terrific five-kilometre runner, with a personal best of just over 16 minutes, so he’s looking forward to his next race on Wednesday at the AABHN Championship.

“I focus more on the 3000,” he said. “My target time is 9:20 or 9:25.”

Campbell, like all of the other athletes competing this week, has not competed in high school for a few years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He said he was happy to be back on the track in Paris.

“It feels good,” he said. “I’ve missed it the past two years, so it’s good to be back.

“It’s more of a team atmosphere. It’s good to hear people cheering you on. »

After taking a sip of water just moments before the shot went off to start the 1,500 meter race, Campbell quickly left the line and was never really challenged on his way to the victoire.

This type of performance makes him confident for the goals he set for himself later.

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“I’m hoping to be in the top five in CWOSSA to make it to OFSAA West and then hopefully OFSAA,” he said of the regional and provincial competitions.

Beyond high school, Campbell hopes to continue her running career at the post-secondary level.

“I hope to get a scholarship for a school in the United States,” said the runner.

“I’ve had some interest from a few schools in Canada and I’m still in touch with schools in the United States.”

The AABHN meet continues from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at Kiwanis Field.

The Central Western Ontario Secondary Schools Association (CWOSSA) meeting will take place at Kiwanis Field on May 18-19.