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Jeffrey leads senior track team to new heights

Clayton Jeffrey collected medals in three different events at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) track and field championships at the University of Toronto’s Varsity Centre on June 5 and 6.

The Grade 11 student was competing in the senior division for the first time, and ability won out over experience as Jeffrey won silver medals in the 110-metre hurdles and long jump and captured a bronze medal in the 400-metre hurdles.

UCC 4x100 Relay Team

UCC’s 4×100-metre relay team with coach Christian Heffernan.

Jeffrey joined Justin Wong, Kal Shaw and Ben McDonald on the 4×100-metre relay team that placed fifth in the competition.

These accomplishments led to Upper Canada College finishing second overall in the senior boys division. UCC’s other OFSAA qualifiers were Andrew O’Reilly in the midget 1500 metres, Jay Potts in the triple jump and Darwin Jimal in the 300-metre hurdles.

This success followed UCC winning the senior boys divisional title at the Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario Athletic Association championships for the first time in the school’s history.

Jeffrey won gold medals in all of his events as well as the 4×100-metre relay with Wong, Shaw and MacDonald. Jake Gamoyda and Shaw finished second and third respectively in the 800 metres. McDonald was second in the 100 metres and fourth in the 200 metres. Jimal was the 300-metre hurdles champion. O’Reilly won the midget 3000 metres and earned bronze in the midget 1500 metres, while Simon Higgins finished third in both of those races in the senior division.

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