The MTA indoor championships took place on March 21st and 22nd marking Boardwalks third trip to the dance.
Boardwalk continued it's impressive showing at the track and cemented it's reputation as one of the top middle distance clubs in the province with it's showing of the 400m, 800m, 1200m, and 1500m. In the Tyke 800m Boardwalk was able to replicate last years success and produce a Provincial Champion, Charlie Pilz placed first in an exceptional time of 2:43:37 and standing there on the podium beside him was Charlie Mills who ran to a personal best time of 2:49:40, improving on his 5th place at last years meet. Boardwalk also secured a few more medals as Charlie Pilz ran the 400m in personal best time of 1:13.33 capturing a silver medal in the process. Also earning personal bests and 7th place was Sebastian McIsaac in a time of 1:21.94. And in 9th place Charlie Mills in 1:23.03. Mills, who competed in three events at this years meet and the 2014 Provincial Champion in the 1500m, was able to earn a bronze medal in the shorter 1200m event in a time of 4:21.91.
Representing Boardwalk RC in the Atom competitions was Fiona Pavlovska, Domenic Temple and Charlotte Melnyck. Pavlovska stepped up to the line of the 1500m for the second time in her career and was able to earn her first bronze medal at a Championship meet in a time of 5:36.65. Temple competed in two Atom events, the 800m and 1500m. In a strong field of 22 (800m) and 15 (1500m) runners, his times were 2:40.88 and 5:27.26 respectively. Melnyck sprinted her way to a personal best time of 11.64.
In Mite action, Chloe Pilz, ran her first track race trying emulate her brother Charlie by choosing the 400m race and was able to chase the older Mites twice around the 200m track in a great 6th place time of 1:35.08.
Next up for the Boardwalk crew is the Spring Sprint on April 11 and preparing for the outdoor track season.
Dominic Temple has set his sights on fast times, and has plans to get there. As a relative newcomer, Dominic has thrown himself into many races, and has been poised and patient as other runners run off pace. In the 1500m he began his season with a win in 5:50.11. Knowing he had more to give, he did, and at the next meet he shaved his time down to 5:39.46 for 6th place. Wanting more from himself he focused on completing tough workouts, and came back at the next meet wanting an even faster times. What he got was a 5:33.94! He would add a bronze medal at a later race in which he ran 5:37.08.
Fiona Pavlovska only has one attempt at the distance. Not knowing what to expect, she ran in second and third place for the first 5 of the 7 and a half 200m laps. And what followed in the final lap was an unbelievable reserve of energy. She sprinted as if she was only warming up for a 200m race all this time. From being side by side with the leader, Fiona found herself with a winning margin of almost 100m. Fiona and Dominic will be looking to have success at the Provincial Championships in the 1500m.
Also contested by our youth was the 800m, 400m, 200m and the 60m. Charlie Mills, Charlie Pilz, and Dominic Temple have raced the 800m well this season. Mills and Pilz have swapped wins in the tyke category and Temple has placed well. The 400m has been highlighted by the most recent improvement in Charlie Pilz's time. At seasons open, Charlie was running a 1:19.28 and was in the thick of competition. However, in the last few races he has been exerting his dominance on the distance, and has lowered his time to 1:13.37. He has established himself as a contender for the tyke provincial crown in that distance. Sebastian McIsaac was also able to medal in 400m races this season. Pilz has medaled in 200m races this season as well. The 60m saw the debut races for Frances Fiorino and Charlotte Melnyk, both girls managed their nerves well, and had explosive starts. We look forward to more races from the pair.
The next report will cover the Canadian Masters Championship on March 14-15. And the MTA Provincial Final on March 21-22.