Shelburne County's Jacob Symonds sets 400 PB at national legion meet

Published on August 12, 2016

Jacob Symonds had a strong showing at the national legion meet, where he ran the 200, 400 and was a member of 4 X 400 relay team.

WOODS HARBOUR -- Sixteen-year-old Jacob Symonds of lower Woods Harbour ran a personal best in the 400 metres, part of a strong performance for the Shelburne County resident at the Royal Canadian Legion youth track and field nationals in Sainte-Thérese, Quebec.

Symonds, who was ranked 17th out of 43 athletes in the 400 heading into the meet, placed 10th in a time of 50.74 seconds, missing out on the finals by 0.28 of a second.

He ran faster as a member of the 4 X 400 relay team, running the opening leg in under 50 seconds and helping his Nova Scotia team place eighth out 15 teams in the event.

In the 200 metres, Symonds placed 17th with a time of 23.20. He had been ranked 41st out of 47 athletes in the 200 prior to the legion nationals.

Earlier this summer, he placed first in both the 400 and 200 at the legion provincials in Lower Sackville, N.S., and was second in each distance at the legion Atlantics in Saint John.

He is relatively new to track, having only been running for a couple of years, but hopes to pursue the sport at a high level.

Over 1,000 athletes from across Canada took part in the national legion meet in Quebec Aug. 5-7.