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.
The City Championships were contested this week on four different days for High School, and elementary groups.
On Tuesday October 22, the TDSB High School athletes from Boardwalk competed in Etobicoke, trying to punch their tickets to OFSAA in Sudbury. Qualification for OFSAA is quite difficult with only 2 teams and 5 individuals qualifying from a field of over 100. Emma Molloy, Mary MacDonald, Charlie Mills, and Lucy Carpenter were representing Malvern C.I. along with Coach Semes who has been a member of the coaching staff this season. In the Novice Girls race, Emma Molloy continued her strong running this season and moved up in placings from the previous tune up meets. She placed 5th and assured her place in Sudbury. Not only did she place high individually, she also was the leader of her team which finished second as a team claiming a Silver medal along with teammate Mary MacDonald. In Novice Boys, Charlie Mills also ran his way to an automatic berth with a 4th place finish, and led his team to their own set of silver medals as well. And in the Junior girls race Lucy was determined to join her teammates, so at halfway she powered down the big ski hill to pass two runners and never looked back on her way to a 5th place finish, qualifying the hard way because Malvern does not have a junior girls team!
On the TDCSB High School side, Illix Machado and Charlie Pilz helped Neil McNeil qualify for OFSAA as the Gold medal team from their region. The boys finished 18th and 24th as the 4th and 5th runners for their team.
OFSAA will take place in Sudbury on November 2nd. Be prepared for cold weather and snowy conditions!
In the Elementary section the group showed they were ready once again.
Ty Machado continued his winning ways and secured the TDCSB elementary championship.
On the TDSB side Boardwalk added another City Champion in grade 6 Josh Gladney. It was Josh’s first win of the season, he trully saved his best for last. Josh had to hold off the pursuits of his club teammates Caeden Smith (2nd), William Scharf (3rd), Finn Veale (6th), and James Yates (17th).
Alic Webster also added a silver medal in the boys grade 7 race.
Overall it was a great day for all our runners, as they all finished in the top half of the results at the City Championships, a very commendable feat. 29 boardwalk athletes and 13 top 10 finishes
Boardwalk athletes continue to impress as the season goes on.
With 34 Boardwalk athletes qualified for the Conference Final from the first round, and with qualification for the City Finals made more difficult by both the elevated competition and the stiffer qualification standards, how many could qualify for the City Final?
Well the answer is an impressive 29! All 29 were top 30 finishers in the Conference Final. In fact 23 athletes finished in the top 20; 15 in the top 10 and 9 in the top 3!
Congrats to Alexandra Mills and Jamie Parkin on becoming South Conference Champions. The strongest competition Boardwalk athletes faced was sometimes their own club teammates. In both grade 6 and 7 boys and girls Boardwalk qualified between 4 to 6 athletes in each race. In the grade 6 boys race, 5 of the athletes were in the top 11!
The TDSB City Final will be exciting to watch. The grade 6 and 7 races should not be missed for fans of Boardwalk.
Also in the TDCSB Conference Final, another one of our grade 6 boys is showing just how strong that group is. Ty Machado cruised to victory, and has his sights set on becoming a City Champion.