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Dutton earns third shot at provincial medal

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Heather Dutton last week earned her third trip to the all-Ontarios this season—two days after being named Fort High’s female athlete of the year.

Dutton, one of seven members on the high school track club to run at the NWOSSAA event in Thunder Bay, won gold in the senior girls’ 800m race with a time of 2:31.2 seconds.

That gave her a berth in the provincial championships June 3-5 in Etobicoke.

The senior girls’ 800m preliminaries will be held Saturday morning, with the finals scheduled for that afternoon.

Dutton, who also captured a bronze medal in the seniors girls’ 400m event at NWOSSAA with a time of 1:07.6, previously attended the all-Ontarios in cross-country and swimming earlier this school year.

“It was a pretty successful meet,” said teacher/coach Doris Barton. “Heather Dutton did really well.”

Other local runners also saw good results in Thunder Bay, including Sonya Schulzki, who placed fifth in the 1500m and 3000m events with times of 6:01.5 and 13:45.7, respectively.

Kevin Empey placed sixth in the junior boys’ 400m with a time of 1:02.7.

Overall, the Fort High track and field club finished 13th out of the 14 teams competing at NWOSSAA—accumulating 22 points in their first-ever competitive meet..

First place went to the St. Patrick Saints with 536 points.

Robert Bortuzzo and Jon Potvin of the Saints led the medal count, earning three golds each.

Bortuzzo won the Midget boys’ high jump, triple jump, and long jump while Potvin took top honours in the junior boys’ 100m, 200m, and 400m races.

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