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.
From the start of September, Boardwalk athletes have been climbing so many podiums at a number of cross country races that you might mistake them for climbers instead of runners. Here are some of the highlights.
At the first MTA meet that the Durham Dragons hosted, Peewee Evelyn Thomson raced to a win in a co-ed race and set a meet record. Her sister Grace won the Mite girls race, and the Atom boys and girls and Senior boys took first place team awards led by Alexandra Mills' 3rd place, Ty Machado's race victory and Charlie Mills' 3rd place respectively.
In Highschool racing, our new grade 9 athletes started strong. They have each had 3 or 4 races already. Charlie Mills has placed 2nd on 2 occasions, Lucy Carpenter has had three 2nd places so far, and likely could have won a race if not for being led off course. Illix Machado has finished as high as 4th, and so has Emma Molloy, and Charlie Pilz has been getting stronger, his best result so far has been 7th. All the boys mentioned above have strong high school teams, and may be facing each other down the line at OFSAA if everything goes right.
The club also sent strong groups to the Dempsters Global Energy Run 10k and the Don Olson Classic. At Dempsters, Boardwalk athletes made up 5 of the top 10 positions. Clarence Hung led the way with a 2nd place in 35:29, he is currently gearing up to beat his 2:38 marathon PB. Sam Shi 5th 37:07; Charlie Mills 6th 38:44; Jimmy Semes 8th 39:33; Alic Webster 9th 39:51, round out the top 10 results.
At Don Olson the club showed up with our biggest group yet. The competition was fun, and many awards were won, but most people showed up for the great times after the race at our team BBQ.
Elementary School results are always exciting. 34 Boardwalk athletes have qualified for the South Conference Final taking place this Thursday. To qualify a runner had to be in the top 30 or on a top 4 team. 30 of the Boardwalk athletes qualified in the top 10 and half of that in the top 3! We had 3 first round Champions, 5 Silver medalists and 7 Bronze medalists. Winners were grade 8 Jamie Parkin, Grade 7 Aengus Adams, and Grade 6 Alexandra Mills. On Thursday there will be some great races loaded with our athletes; the Grade 6 boys race will feature 6 Boardwalk runners; and in each of the grade 5 girls, grade 7 girls and boys, and the grade 8 girls races their will be 4 Boardwalk competitors. If you can be there to watch, you will be treated to great racing.
Good Luck to all our athletes competing in Finals this week at High School and Elementary races. Your hard work is making us proud.