One way to track the growth of our small club is to look at the number of athletes that participate in the AO Championships. Two years ago Boardwalk sent 2 athletes to the competition. Last year that number grew to 4? 5? This year the club was represented by 12 athletes. Nine of our athletes had to compete against older competition, and it is always a great challenge of your abilities when an athlete has to get out of their comfort zone and face people you are not accustomed to racing.
Here are our results, the younger athletes are in italics.
7th Place team
Alexandra Mills 27th
Natsuki Iwano-Rivers 41st
Madeline Chapman 50th
Eleanor Chapman 64th
6th place team
William Scharf 19th
Xavier Bird 24th
Ty Machado 44th
James Yates 53rd
Lucy Carpenter 31st
Emma Molloy 48th
Charlie Mills 70th
Illix Machado 101st
And with these races, our Cross country season has come to a close. Boardwalk athletes can look forward to some fun runs and base building as we prepare for a season of track!
If you’ve ever had the chance to ask an Olympian from Ontario what race they got most nervous for, there is a good chance that they would say it was their experience at OFSAA cross country. Cross country can be a difficult endeavour in most scenarios, but in Ontario in November and in a northern part of the province you get a little extra dose of difficult. Snow was on the ground covering a layer of mud, with cold temperatures and a smattering of hills and narrow running paths, along with over 260 of the best high school runners in the province per race.
Boardwalks 6 athletes showed up enthusiastic to take on the challenge. Each of them was a rookie to the event, and used this opportunity to see where they fit in. Results from this year will set the bar, as each is looking to develop into the best runner they can be.
Emma Molloy was in the Novice girls race and had the best result of our crew by finishing in an incredible 17th place. Not only was that a great result, after a year of safely battling her way back from injury, including pulling out of the MTA Championships right before the start of the race just a week ago, Emma has continued to show improvement in each race. Out of all the competitors in her race from the TDSB Emma was 2nd. That is an improvement from 5th at the City Finals against the same girls. Emma and Mary MacDonald represented Malvern and Finished 11th of 33 teams.
Similarly, showing improvement in each of his contested races, Charlie Mills was 30th in the Novice boys race, and when compared to the rest of the competition from TDSB, he was 3rd, a place ahead of one of the runners he faced at the City Finals. His Malvern team was 10th of 34 teams. Also, in the race were Illix Machado (154) and Charlie Pilz (161), who’s team had a great result finishing in 5th place.
In the Junior Girls race, Lucy Carpenter finished in 34th and like Charlie and Emma improved upon her standing within the TDSB as she was the 4th athlete from the City of Toronto to cross the line.
Now that our Boardwalk athletes have had a taste, I know they will be inspired to work hard, set new goals, and make an appearance at next years event.
It was back to Etobicoke on the weekend. This time representing the club.
The day began with our youngest athlete setting the tone. Evelyn Thomson raced her way to her first Provincial Championship at the age of 6, in the PeeWee division. She was joined in earning a plaque by her big sister Grace Thomson; Grace ran a close race and finished only 3 seconds away from 1st earning a 2nd place plaque for her efforts in the Mite race. Newcomer Issac Veale finished 4th in his first club race. As a team the Tyke girls Ella Bretzler, Isabelle Srdoc-Walsh, Ruby Mathers-McHenry and Autumn Broughton finished 6th, led by Ella’s 9th place finish. On the boys side, Jack Broughton and Liam Greenley placed 14th and 17th respectfully. In Atom Girls, the team of Alexandra Mills (14th), Natsuki Iwano-Rivers (18th), Eleanor Chapman (47th), Madeline Chapman (50th), Chloe Pilz (51st), and Sabine Parkin (69th) finished 5th of 13 teams in the province. The Atom Boys brought home silver medals as a team, finishing 2nd out of 10 teams. They were led by William Scharf’s 9th place, Xavier Bird’s 13th place and Ty Machado’s 21st place. The rest of the team finished well with Aengus Adams (22nd), Finn Veale (28th) and James Yates (33rd) all finishing in the top half of the 73 competitors. The Senior category had Charlie Mills finish with a 7th place against much of the competition he will see at OFSAA, along with Jamie Parkin (16th) and Connor McInnis (49th) racing the older kids to see how they faired. They finished as the 4th place team of 7 on the day.