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!