The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon took place this past Sunday, and it was the site of an impressive debut from 24 year old Clarence Hung of Boardwalk RC. Clarence has been working hard towards his first Marathon, logging workouts of up to 200km in a single week. Coach Semes had this to say “Clarence has worked hard, methodically, and very diligently in all facets of training, including rest and nutrition. He set reasonable goals, and when the day was as perfect as it was he beat them! We are proud of the kid.”
Clarence used 24 weeks to get ready for this Marathon. He set a goal of 2:39:07, a mark of a competitor he has been trying to match. On race day, near perfect pacing with Rejean Chaisson (pictured in the photo with our waving Clarence tucked behind) led to a 45th place finish overall, and 3rd in his age group, in a time of 2:38:34.1.
Coach Norton points to that amazing pacing that helped Clarence run so strong “ He hit 3:45 on almost every Kilometer! He ran by us smiling, and feeling great, and that’s because of the pace he chose. He’s a model for us all.”
“Clarence’s pace was amazingly consistent” says coach Joanna Kotsopoulos. “So proud of him. He did the training and deserved it!”
Clarence points to the benifits of having a team in your corner “I couldn’t have done it without the guidance of all the coaches at boardwalk and the support of all the runners. I’m really thankful and wouldn’t have gotten to this point without you guys.”
When asked what’s next he says “I’m looking to do Around the Bay next year and perhaps Scotia again. And obviously Boston in 2020.” But for now he points out that a marathon takes a lot from you “I’m done with racing for the year.”
Congrats from all your teammates and coaches.
The South Conference cross country finals were contested a little over a week ago. 35 Boardwalk athletes trained with the hope that the city final on October 27th was in their future.
It turns out that for a record number of Boardwalk athletes, the city final is the next big race on their schedule. Congrats to all our runners, and especially the 26 athletes in elementary school, and the 4 athletes in high school that have secured spots in the city final races.
Amongst our group, 4 athletes can call themselves South Conference Champions! In Grade 5, both Cole Harmer and Alexandra Mills were crowned champions in the boys and girls races. Jamie Parkin defeated all other grade 7 boys for his title, and Emma Molloy landed on top in the grade 8 girls race.
Here is the breakdown of results:
City Final qualified=30
Update. What Happened in the conference final.
Cole Harmer did repeat as Champion. His 4 teammates who also had top 10 finishes in the first round, had impressive results in this round Caeden Smith 7th, James Yates 9th, William Scharf 13th, Marcus Matejka 16th, and all qualified for the city.
The grade 6 girls race which featured 5 Boardwalkers, had Imogen Watson finish 3rd, beating Eleanor Chapman (5th) who had finished ahead of her in the first round. Madeline Chapman hung close and finished 8th.
Jamie Parkin is looking poised to win his first City Final. Jamie won the Conference Final, and has won the last 3 races he's contested.
The grade 5 girls race had Alexandra Mills on top again. Chloe Pilz finished a strong 3rd. 4 of a group of 6 boardwalk girls qualified for the city final.
The battle between round 1 winners in the grade 6 boys race, Xavier Bird and Alic Webster, had Xavier narrowly ahead of Alic, as they finished 2nd and 3rd.
While in the grade 8 girls race, Emma Molloy who won on Oct 4th and teammate Cassidy Smyth-Robinson who won on October 3rd turned into a great race for Boardwalk. Emma took the race at about the halfway point with a great surge on the field. Cassidy finished an excellent 4th place, and Ava Sparkes pushed hard for a 6th place finish.
The grade 8 boys race was a real barn burner, 4 runners including Charlie Mills tested each other all over the 3km course, and left the race to a final sprint. Charlie the former City Champion finished 4th, right behind last years city silver medalist. The grade 8 boys race looks to be hotly contested in the city final, where Charlie is hoping to use his course knowledge to his advantage.
Good luck in the City Final (today for High School and Thursday for elementary)
The South Conference Final is set to take place this Monday, October 15th on our home turf. All races will be contested by a number of Boardwalk athletes. 35 Boardwalk athletes have qualified to represent their school at this meet. The results from the first 3 qualifying races were impressive. Boardwalk athletes finished in the top ten, 27 times. How about an impressive 21 top 5 finishes. A further impressive 13 top 3 finishes. And when it comes to winning a race, Boardwalk athletes were able to lead the pack in 8 races!
Here is the top 10 place breakdown.
What to look for on Monday.
Will Cole Harmer repeat as Champion? He is being chased by 4 of his teammates who also had top 10 finishes in the first round. (Caeden Smith 3rd, James Yates 5th, William Scharf 5th, Marcus Matejka 10th)
A grade 6 girls race featuring 5 Boardwalkers, Eleanor Chapman (2nd), Imogen Watson (3rd), Madeline Chapman (4th), Kyla Tse (6th), and Ella Lockhart (15th).
A grade 7 boys race featuring a strong Jamie Parkin looking to win his first City Final. Jamie comes into the race winning a club meet in Burlington this weekend.
The grade 5 girls race will be another first and second battle between Alexandra Mills and Chloe Pilz. Alexandra leads a group of 6 boardwalk girls that qualified.
Battle’s between round 1 winners in the grade 6 boys race and the grade 8 girls race. Xavier Bird and Alic Webster will face off in the grade 6 boys race. While in the grade 8 girls race, Emma Molloy who won on Oct 4th will race teammate Cassidy Smyth-Robinson who won on October 3rd.
The grade 8 boys race looks to be interesting as grade 7 City Champion Charlie Mills looks to claim a conference title after finishing 2nd in the first round.
Should be a good day of racing. Good luck to all!
The cross country season is in full swing. So far the Boardwalk crew has travelled to Pickering and Albion Hills for club meets, and is looking forward to competing in Burlington and Etobicoke in the next few weeks. And when you include their busy school competition schedule the kilometres really add up.
The kids have been competing well for club and school. Highlights would include a win for Grace in the Durham Dragons meet, a Tyke girls team silver at the same meet; 23 athletes and parents competing in the Don Olson Classic in Albion Hills, with many age group winners taking home Nike prizes, and followed by a big team barbecue in the park. School meets have been just as eventful with Boardwalk athletes finishing in top places and qualifying for conference finals, which take place this Friday. Amongst the winners at the school races were: Grade 4 Chloe P., Cole H. Grade 6 Jamie P., Judah M. Grade 7 Evan C. Grade 8 Lucy C., Simon G. and runner-ups Grade 4 Alexandra M., Grade 5 Xavier B. and Grade 7 Charlie M.
A total of 23 Boardwalk athletes qualified and will compete on Friday. Stay tuned for future results.
TDSB elem. South Conference Final; Friday, October 13th
MTA meet in Burlington; Saturday, October 14th
MTA meet in Etobicoke; Saturday, October 21st
TDSB elem. City Final; Thursday, October 26th
MTA Provincial Final Pickering; Saturday, October 28th
Three Golds, 3 Silvers, 1 Bronze, 17 top eights and 11 personal bests! To say that Boardwalk had a good day at the track would be an understatement.
Our season of hardwork has paid off at the right time. A personal best is always a great reward to a season of training. Our athletes peaked at the right time and will look towards new goals in the months ahead.
We are honoured to present to you our three city champions Dominic Temple, Lucy Carpenter, and Charlie Mills.
Dominic Temple ran in his last elementary school race, as a grade 8, on Tuesday, June 13th. After years of hard work, Dominic transformed from a runner who just barely made the track team, to one that could be competitive, and finally one that found the strength to sprint the last 100m of any 800m race. In both the Conference and in the City Final Dominic showed the patience of a seasoned veteran. He allowed others to take to the lead through the first lap and waited till 500m until he started to make his move. By 700m he would be running in 2nd, and by 750m he was sprinting his way to the finish line with the only kick in the race. He beat his personal best by 5 seconds!
Lucy Carpenter came to win the 1500m. Her 5:08 seed time was the top seed going in by 5 seconds. However, the finals always brings everyone's best effort. Lucy's 5:08 is a personal best time she had run at least 3 times before. She was conservative during her first 400m, but she was anxious to get away from the pack. She started pulling away, but so did her competition. There was now a push for the line. But just like Dominic, when it was time to sprint and close out the race, Lucy was the only one that could answer that call. She set a new personal best and broke the 5 minute barrier for the first time.
Charlie Mills was also eyeing that 5 minute barrier as well. He had been flirting with it for weeks coming within 3 seconds of it a few times. It has been Charlie's goal since I met him, to improve each year and to win when he reached grade 6. I'm proud to announce that he has reached this goal. Charlie nearly ran away with the race from wire to wire. His competition was the fire within himself that said go faster, finish faster, get the time, get the time. When he crossed the line he was happy. He had become a city champion. But when he found out he ran under 5 minutes he jumped with excitement and raised his hands. He had accomplished what he had set out to do.
Those are only a few stories of this season. Read the times below and try to imagine some of the other stories from this meet. Some new stories from the runners below are beginning to be written, we look forward to everyones continued success. Next goal race is the MTA Provincial Championship in July. Until then run with focus.
* denotes personal bests
Gr 6 80m - 8th Dennis, Bree prelim 11.34 Final 11.58
Gr 6 200m - 6th Dennis, Bree 29.38
Gr 5 60mH - 6th Malloy, Judah prelim 10.19 Final 10.52
Gr 5 400m - 10th Malloy, Judah 1:11.35
Gr 6 400m - 5th Pilz, Charlie 1:05.21
Gr 8 400m - 10th Morgan, Reese 1:09.52
Gr 4 800m - 2nd Bird, Xavier 2:39.63*
Gr 6 800m - 3rd Pilz, Charlie 2:27.49*
Gr 6 800m - 4th Gray, William 2:30.71*
Gr 6 800m - 6th Mills, Charlie 2:31.66
Gr 7 800m - 3rd Carpenter, Lucy 2:27.97*
Gr 7 800m - 9th Gomes, Simon 2:25.62*
Gr 8 800m - 9th Pavlovska, Fiona 2:40.08
Gr 8 800m - 1st Temple, Dominic 2:14.63*
Gr 4 1500m - 2nd Bird, Xavier 5:24.89*
Gr 6 1500m - 1st Mills, Charlie 4:59.11*
Gr 7 1500m - 1st Carpenter, Lucy 4:57.51*
Gr 8 1500m - 2nd Pavlovska, Fiona 5:11.89*
Gr 8 1500m - 9th Temple, Dominic 4:45.57*
Gr 5 Long Jump - 7th Harmer, Naomi 3.74m
Gr 6 Long Jump - 16th Carter, Evan Fouled Out
Gr 5 Triple Jump - 9th Harmer, Naomi 8.01m
Gr 5 4x100m - 8th Malcolm, Cole was on this team 1:00.47
Gr 8 4x400m - 8th Rice, Kalsia & Pavlovska, Fiona were two of the 4 4:50.32
The month of May has brought the schools back to the track. Our Boardwalk athletes always look forward to this time of year, and showing their classmates what all their handwork and dedication is for. In our march towards the city championships of each respective school board, the kids will have to qualify as top 3, 4 or 8 finishers in each meet. We wish the best to all our athletes in their pursuits, and we are confident that many personal bests will be set and championships won during the course of the next two months.
Here are some highlights so far.
Ben Loewen has won the CISAA Championship in the grade 7 boys 1500m in a time of 5:04, as well as rounding out his championships with a Silver in the 800m, and a 5th place finish in the 80mH.
Aaron Walker dropped his time in the 400m to 58.03 and the 57.17 and 11th in his grade 9 City Championship race.
In TDESAA (TDSB Elementary) 1st round action, Boardwalk athletes were racing fast and qualifying easy.
On May 8th
Gr 6 Bree Dennis won 80m (11.62) and 200m (29.96)
Gr 7 Simon Gomes won the 800m (2:34.67) and was 2nd in the 400m (1:02.65)
On May 9th
Gr. 6 Ian Quesnelle was 2nd in the 1500m (5:43.12)
Gr. 8 Reese Morgan was 2nd in the 400m (1:10.85) and 3rd in 200m (31.07)
On May 10th
Gr. 8 Dominic Temple won both the 800m (2:20.74) and the 1500m (4:49.38)
On May 23rd
Gr 4 Xavier Bird won the 1500m (5:38.94) and was 2nd in the 800m (2:50.35)
Gr 5 Natalie Burrows won the 200m (32.65)
Gr 5 Victoria Brandt won the 1500m (6:12.99)
Gr 5 Jack Loewen was 3rd in the 1500m (5:38.62)
Gr 5 Judah Malloy was 2nd in the 60mH (10.57) and 2nd in the 400m (1:09.37)
Gr 5 Andrew Watson won the 400m (1:08.93) and the 800m (2:40.73)
Gr 6 Charlie Pilz won the 400m (1:05.57) and the 800m (2:33.24)
Gr 6 Charlie Mills won the 1500m (5:06.67) and 2nd in the 800m (2:34.94)
Gr 6 William Gray was 2nd in the 400m (1:08.21) and 3rd in the 800m (2:42.18)
Gr 6 Evan Carter was 2nd in Long Jump (4.35m)
Gr 6 Josh Chapman was 3rd in the 60mH (11.13) and 3rd in Long Jump (4.00m)
Gr 7 Lucy Carpenter won the 800m (2:31.61) and the 1500m (5:08.40)
gr 7 Sophie Linton won the 100m (14.74) and the 200m
Gr 7 Charlotte Watson was 2nd in the 800m (2:39.53)
Gr 7 Jackson McQuade won the 1500m (5:24.38) and was 2nd in the 800m (2:36.97)
Gr 8 Fiona Pavlovska won the 800m (2:43.71) and was 2nd in the 1500m (5:46.32)
Gr 8 Kalsia Rice was 2nd in the 400m (1:11.42) and 3rd in the 800m (2:55.64)
And just missing out on qualification were Cole Malcolm who placed 4th in the 400m; Cash Kelar and Natalie Burrows missed out in the 80m by placing 4th. As well, Many of the athletes are part of their 4x100m teams and 4x400m teams, so many races in the South Conference Final should have a Boardwalk athlete to cheer for!
Conditions were not ideal for our first outdoor meet in Burlington, but our youth athletes were up for the challenge and did not disappoint. With winds coming at them and chilly temps on the field they somehow managed to stay warm in-between their races and give stellar performances on the track.
Evan Carter started the day with the Atom 200m hurdle event, where he flew effortlessly to the finish in a time of 32.19 and secured himself the first gold medal of the day. Alexandra Mills was up next in the Tyke 1200m, her first outdoor meet and she kicked it all the way to the finish in 4:44.0 and placed second. Her first silver medal and the club's second medal of the day. Charlie Mills, PBd his way to a good medal in the Atom 1500m with a time of 5:03.95. Lucy Carpenter worked hard during her Seniors 1500m and held on to fourth place, finishing in a time of 5:13.91.
The 400m races were next with Tyke girls, Chloe Pilz and Alexandra Mills finishing 4th with a time of 1:19.74 and 6th with a time of 1:24.34 respectively. Natalie Burrows raced strong and fast in her Atom heat with a time 31.47 and placed 14th. Charlie Pilz took 4th place in the Atom 400m with a time 1:09.62, an outstanding race, he fought hard right to the the finish. Dominic Temple ran his Seniors 400m in just an under a minute at 59.25 with a 7th place ranking.
The last track event of the day for us was the 800m races. Chloe started us off with her strong performance that garnered her a 2nd place win with a time of 3:03.92 and the club's 4th medal of the day. The "Charlies" were up next as all the Atom boys ran strong through the windy conditions, waiting for the perfect time to pounce and move into the lead. Charlie Pilz took a very well-fought for 5th place with a time of 2:36.84 followed closely by Charlie Mills who placed 6th with a time of 2:38.74. Dominic, in our last track event of the day, running the Senior 800m gave us a performance to talk about. The pack started slower than normal, perhaps anticipating the strong winds, the steady pace led to an amazing finish where many of the athletes had a lot left in the legs to turn up the jets in the last 200m of the race. It was a tough fight to the finish. Dominic placed 4th in a time of 2:20.24.
Last but not least is our one field event for the day, Running Long Jump, where Evan made several amazing jumps and placed 5th out of 23 Atom boys with his best jump at 4.15m.
Great start to our outdoor season!
Several Boardwalk runners hit the streets of downtown Toronto to take part in the annual Sporting Life 10k race. The race was fast and warm. Clarence led the Boardwalk crew with a time of 34:36. Followed by Cameron Woo and Jimmy Semes who crossed the line at the same time at 38:59. This was Charlie Mills' debut 10k race and he managed to break 40 mins with a time of 39.24. Followed closely by Lucy Carpenter at 39:32. Joanna Kotsopoulos finished in 45:17.
All our athletes stepped up and raced strong. Always a fun race for an amazing cause. Until Next year...
The annual Team Duff vs Team Semes showdown took place along the boardwalk today during the 30th instalment of the Beaches Spring Sprint. Team Semes took the prize home again this year, winning by a mere 2 minutes unlike their crushing win last year where they won by 9 minutes.
Weather reports were predicting cold and rain but the weather gods decided to save the rain, and instead graced us with overcast skies and a balmy 11 degrees. Our athlete's did not disappoint. We had many youth and masters runners picking up hardware at the end of the race placing in their age categories. A great day as always! Looking forward to the 31st annual Beaches Sprint Sprint. Hope to see you there!
Highlights: Boardwalk RC had 26 runners at the event. 7 runners went faster then 20 minutes. The top 5k time was 17:42 by Dave Corlett. The top 2k time was 7:33 by Charlie Pilz. Our youngest competitor was 6 year old Grace Thomson who ran 2k in 12:18.
Boardwalk's indoor season came to an end this past weekend during the David McKendrick MTA Provincial Championships at York University. We had 19 athletes participate this year. Green and gold dominated the track events.
The weekend began with indoor track "first-timers" Alexandra Mills and James Yates, who competed in the Tykes 1200m. Grace and Henry Thomson, two of youngest athletes also competed this weekend. Grace competed in the Peewee 60m and Henry competed in the Mite 60mh and 200m. Along for the ride were some of our seasoned athletes as well, Charlie Mills took his 1500m down to a time of 5:04.58 which garnered him a silver medal. Tyke 400m runner, Chloe Pilz, also medalled with 1:18.53 and secured a 3rd place finish. See results for all our athletes below.
Now that our indoor season is behind us, it's time to turn our focus outside!
Grace Thomson 60m 13.58
Henry Thomson 60mh 12.61, 200m 40.21
Alexandra Mills 1200m 4:50.16, 800m 3:04.08
Chloe Pilz 400m 1:18.53, 800m 2:58.10
Greta Pahlavi 400m 1:26.60
James Yates 1200m 4:39.67, 200m 34.44
Natalie Burrows 200m 33.76
Bree Dennis 60m 9.10, 400m 1.11.72
Charlie Mills 1500m 5:04.58, 800m 2:37.15, Medley Relay 800m
Charlie Pilz 800m 2:42.61, Medley Relay 400m
William Gray 800m 2:46.26, Medley Relay 200m
Evan Carter 200m 31.11, Medley Relay 200m
Lucy Carpenter 1500m 5:08.30, 800m 2:35.19
Fiona Pavlovska 1500m 5:33.81
Charlotte Melnyck 200m 37.79
Dominic Temple 1500m 4:48.06, 800m 2:19.37
Ben Loewen 1500m 5:11.65
Mathias Pahlavi 400m 1:04.81