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Clayton Jeffrey breaks Canadian hurdling record

Upper Canada College’s Clayton Jeffrey broke a previous Canadian record while finishing second in the junior boys 300-metre hurdles at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations track and field championships on June 7.

Jeffrey’s time of 37.88 seconds was one hundredth of a second behind winner Joey Daniels of Cameron Heights Collegiate in Kitchener. That winning time set new OFSAA and Canadian junior interscholastic records as well as the previous Canadian youth record of 38.21 seconds.

Jeffrey passed Daniels going over the final hurdle, but Daniels leaned across the finish line to edge the Grade 10 UCC boarder out.

“This was a great surprise, as I wasn’t expecting a result this good in my secondary event,” said Daniels, who won two other OFSAA medals, to “After all, good competitors like Clayton push me to places where I didn’t know I could go.”

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