Sport: Track & Field
Year Inducted: 2002
Darren Dugan laid the foundation for an outstanding university track and field career with the Cornwall Legion Cougars and the Cornwall Collegiate Raiders track and field team. He excelled in the triple jump and high jump.
In Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry high school competition, Darren claimed firsts in the high jump, triple jump, and long jump.
At the EOSSA level, he had a second in the triple jump and third-place finishes in the long jump and high jump. In Eastern Regional competition, he managed a fourth in the high jump and sixth in the triple jump. During an appearance in the Ontario high school Championships, he placed a respectable 12th in the high jump.
In 1991, Darren was CCVS Male Athlete of the Year. He was also named the track and field Athlete of the Year and basketball Athlete of the Year.
As a member of the Cougars, Darren qualified for the Canadian Junior Track and Field Championships in Winnipeg with a triple jump of 13.32 metres. He had a personal best in the high jump of 1.92 metres during the Ottawa Summer Twilight Series Meet. In a Legion District “G” qualifying meet, he emerged as the 17-and-under triple jump Champion.
Darren soared to new heights in university. He got off to a good start by being named Queen’s track Rookie of the Year. As a freshman, he finished ninth at the Ontario University Championships and qualified for the Nationals, where he had a 10th-place finish. In his final year at Queen’s, he placed fourth in the high jump at the Ontario Universities Championships. At the Canadian Championships he placed fourth with a leap of 2.04 metres. He established a Queen’s University fieldhouse record of 2.06 metres.
Competing for the Ontario East track and field team, Darren placed second at the 1992 Ontario Summer Games and repeated the second-place finish in the 1994 games.
Darren graduated from Queen’s with the second best high jump performance in school history. Queen’s University honoured him in his graduating year with the Jack Jarvis Trophy given to the Outstanding Male Athlete in an individual sport. The honour made him a triple winner of Outstanding Male Athlete awards, winning at all three levels of his education – elementary, secondary, and university.
Darren has returned to teach school in Cornwall and is serving as an assistant coach of the Cornwall Legion Cougars Track and Field Club.