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The results were obvious, beginning at this year's city meet in late May.

So was last year's injury.

"I was really happy at the city meet," she said. "I wanted to win all three, but my Converse One Star White

"I'm really excited to get another chance at OFSAA," said Hammond, Converse High Heels Wedges

Hammond excited about OFSAA debut

But while preparing for her first OFSAA event the 80m hurdles Hammond's spike dug into the rubberized track and held.

"I rolled my ankle during the warmups," she explained. "I heard a crack sound and I knew right away that something was wrong."

One year ago, an unfortunate break literally cost Sarah Hammond her first shot at the all Ontarios.

The annual three day provincial meet begins Thursday in Brockville, Ont., and Hammond, who fractured her right ankle during warmups at last year's OFSAA championships Converse Green Shoes in Sudbury, is raring to go.

Against Northern Ontario competition, Hammond established a personal best with her record setting run in the 100 m prelims.

10 student has competed in 12 events against city and Northern Ontario Secondary Schools Association (NOSSA) competition, and has finished first 11 times.

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But barring any unforeseen difficulties this week, the 16 year old St. Basil standout will make her Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) track and field debut.

Hammond is also appreciative of the efforts of St. Basil teacher Jim Pedatella, who worked out with her at the school this year.

main goal was to qualify for NOSSA."

That showed last week when the Junior Division standout struck gold in the girls 100 metres, 200m and 80m hurdle events.

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"That was totally unexpected," she said.

Moving into the junior ranks, Hammond was again dominant. She secured top spot in all three of her races, the 100, 200 and 80 m hurdles.

And Hammond established a new NOSSA record, running the 100m preliminaries in 13.03 seconds.

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She ran a 13.19 in the finals.

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In hurdles her specialty she says Hammond took top spot in 12.32, also a personal best.

"Running under 27, I was very happy," Hammond noted. "This year, I was mainly focused on the 100 metres and hurdles. That (the 200m) wasn't my main event and I wasn't expecting a lot."

She credits personal trainer Ben Cinelli for working with her to strengthen the ankle.

She'll enter the all Ontarios with an almost blemish free record.

Having been unable to compete in her first OFSAA was very difficult, Sarah admitted.

"I was really happy because it was better than my time from last year," she said.

"Devastating," was the word she used to describe the feeling. "Going into Grade 9, I was most excited about track and field. Getting to OFSAA was a thrill. But getting hurt was a big disappointment."

who was the only Sault Ste. Marie athlete to secure three first place finishes during last week's NOSSA championships at Jo Forman Track. "I just love to run and love to compete."

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The injury, followed by two weeks in a walking cast, forced Hammond to realize she'd have to step up her training in order to prepare herself for this track season.

Her winning time of 26.93 in the 200m was also a PB.

Her father, Jim Hammond, who was in Sudbury to watch her race, took Sarah to hospital where X Rays revealed the fracture.

As a Grade 9 student competing in the Midget Girls Division, Hammond won the 100, 200 and 80 m hurdles at the annual Sault city meet. She followed up with two more firsts and a second place showing, in the 200m, at the 2011 NOSSA championships.

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