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