It took four years of playing the part of runner-up but the École Riverside School Rams finally knocked the Westwood School Vikings out of top spot in the final standings at the 2019 Knight of Columbus indoor track meet April 26, ending a 16-year run of consecutive victories for Westwood.
The Rams finished the meet with 156 points, dominating the field event categories by collecting the most points for long jump, high jump and shot put, while also earning the most points in the 4x100-metre relays and tying with Westwood and the Deerwood School Dragons for top spot in the co-ed relays.
The top three finishers in individual competitions get three, two and points respectively, while in the relay events the point totals are doubled.
The Rams had finished second to the Vikings in the last four years, their closest approach to victory being in 2016 when Westwood collected only 25 points more than the Rams.
Westwood had finished with the most points every years since 2002, years before any of the competitors in this year’s meet were even born.
Westwood had 112 points, three more than Deerwood. The Burntwood School Bobcats were fourth with 65 points, while La Voie du Nord was fifth with 58 points. The Juniper school Jaguars collected 37 points and the Wapanohk Community School Wolves 15.
Every school except Westwood finished with more points than they had in last year’s meet.