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Batherson sets new record in hurdles at Kings-Hants district track and field event at Acadia


WOLFVILLE, NS - New records and new personal bests were set on the first day of the Kings-Hants NSSAF Track and Field District meet, held on Raymond Field at Acadia University.

Kings County resident Mae Batherson, a Grade 11 student at King’s-Edgehill School in Windsor, has been doing hurdle events in track and field since sixth grade. After placing first at districts in her first year and at provincials last year, this year Batherson has two more accomplishments to add to her resume. Batherson not only placed first in the Senior Girls’ 80m hurdles today, but she did so with a time of 13.23, beating the previous Kings-Hants record of 13.31, set by Courtney Garland in 2013.

While there were only four girls running in this event - meaning they were all guaranteed to move on and represent their schools at regionals later this month - Batherson still went the extra mile – figuratively speaking, of course.

“I was pretty confident coming in, and there were only four girls running so I knew I was going to qualify anyway. So, I just went out and ran my best,” she said.

Passion for track

While Danielle Cumby didn’t beat any records, she did manage to outdo her own personal best at the high jump event.

The Grade 8 student from Evangeline Middle School placed first in the Girls’ Junior High Jump with a jump height of 1.42m. Like Batherson, Cumby has also been doing track and field since she was in the sixth grade, but only began doing the high jump last year.

“I’m really excited to go to regionals because I just started doing high jump last year so I’m really happy with that score and I’m really excited,” Cumby said.

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