COVID-19 Kills 10 year Coyote Program
[Photo: Coyote head coach Kevin Hooper walks local athletes around the
1st annual Coyote Cross Country Race course in 2011 in our original
Coyote orange jacket.]
After much thought, research, communication with other Coyote coaches and teams around the province, it is with much regret that the Coyote track program will come to an end.....thanks to COVID-19.
Protocols from Athletics Canada, Athletics Ontario and Ontario Minor Track Association have been very strict with "returning to training" as they try to protect everyone involved from falling prey to the pandemic. The Coyote executive have been in discussion for some time trying to figure out how to best make this work.
A tentative plan was agreed upon last week to return to training in mid-August, but recent news from the Ontario Minor Track Association highlighted that no insurance coverage would be available for the athletes or coaches for infectious diseases or communicable diseases. This includes COVID-19. The Minor Track Association encompasses 95% of our athletes which are grade 8 and under. So if the program was to continue, all the Coyote coaches and executive would be held liable if someone was diagnosed and, heaven forbid, actually died from this bug. The insurance limitations included both competitions and team training and we have been advised not to continue without insurance coverage.
With ALL our competitions being held around the Toronto, Niagara Falls, London, Kingston, and Windsor areas, the team would be easy prey to contacting this nasty critter and bringing it back to Meaford and Grey-Bruce. The Team has not met since early March and have been training solo since, but recently completed our virtual Trans-Canada Trek in only 10 weeks. With the Team not travelling to any competitions this Fall, if any were even being held, the next round of competition would be the indoor season at York University. The indoor facility at York would have athletes and spectators crammed in like sardines, and would not be a good place to be.
So assuming a vaccine might be available within the next year, the absolute earliest the team could meet with insurance coverage, would be the Spring of 2021. This has been an extremely difficult decision and much sleep has been lost over this.
If anyone is interested in purchasing any in-stock new official Coyote uniform apparel, including toques, jackets, short sleeve and long sleeve tees, racing singlets, shorts, tights, hoodies, neck guards, nylon back-pack bags, and Coyote socks, contact Coach Kevin at email@example.com. Items are on sale for 50% off. We only have a limited supply.
It has been a great run these last 10 years. We have produced a national junior champion representing Canada at the World Jr. Cross Country Championships, won numerous individual and team provincial championships titles and provincial medals, brought home countless personal best performances, and sent several high school Coyote graduates onto university to compete and excel at the varsity level. We have built long lasting relationships, great friends, and had the absolute best athletes, parents and coaches to work with over these last 10 years. Any head coach could not ask for more.
Coyotes Arrive in Victoria, BC - virtually
[Photo: On the Coyotes' trek across Canada, grade 5 student Rimyelle Grady logged 306.5km to help her team mates reach Victoria, BC. By doing so, she earned the 300km Trans-Canada Distance Award for our grade 5-8 members.]
The Georgian Bay Coyotes did it in only 10 weeks. As a team, they logged over 7800km to reach Victoria, BC about 4-5 weeks ahead of schedule.
10 weeks ago they virtually dipped their running shoes in the Atlantic Ocean off the shores of St. John's, Newfoundland. They then puddle jumped across to Saint John, NB in 1 week. After pit-stopping in Montreal the 2nd week, they arrived in Meaford in 3 weeks.
They then ventured off towards Tobermory and onward to Thunder Bay, Winnipeg, Regina, Calgary and then to Vancouver earlier last week. The Coyotes then completed their 7608km road trip by dipping their shoes again in water....this time the Pacific Ocean.
Along the way we had several team members reach significant "milestones", with some of our grade 4 and under members hitting the 150km, some of our grade 5-8 members reaching their 300km goal and one of high school member hitting the 500km standard.
The Coyotes will continue to train on their own through July and then take a well deserved 2 week break. Training will then resume in mid-August, hopefully as a team, with possibly another trek planned for September.
SOOO proud of all who took part in this adventure! They all stepped up and were committed from coast to coast.
300km Trans-Canada Distance Award For Snelling
Keira Snelling, a grade 6 South Penninula Shores student, is our next Georgian Bay Coyote to reach the "Distance Award" on our Trans-Canada Trek. Snelling has clocked 315km in the 9 weeks since we virtually left St. John's, NFLD to hit the 300km mark for our grade 5-8 group!!
Running with her parents and younger sister over these past 9 weeks, she has helped her Coyote team mates make gains on Vancouver, which they should hit in the next couple days. The Coyotes should reach Victoria, BC by Sunday, June 28th to complete their trek.
Grade 4 and Under = 150km
Grade 5-8 = 300km
High School = 500km
Congrats Keira!!! Keep up the great work!!
Leary Earns 300km Trans-Canada Distance Award
Emmett Leary, a grade 5 Meaford student, is our next Georgian Bay Coyote to reach the "Distance Award" on our Trans-Canada Trek. Leary has logged 311.5km in just 9 weeks to hit the 300km mark for our grade 5-8 group!!
Running with his dad and younger brother over these past 9 weeks has helped his Coyote team mates venture towards Vancouver, which they should hit in the next couple days. The Coyotes have their eyes focused on Victoria, a goal they should reach by Sunday, June 28th.
Grade 4 and Under = 150km
Grade 5-8 = 300km
High School = 500km
Congrats Emmett!!! Keep up the great work!!
O'Neil Achieves Trans-Canada Distance Award
Avery O'Neil, a grade 9 Collingwood student, is our first high school Georgian Bay Coyote to reach our "Distance Award" on our Trans-Canada Trek. It has taken Avery only 9 weeks hit the 500km mark for our high school group!! She has logged 513.5km in total.
Her dedication and hard work over these past 9 weeks has help her Coyote team mates work their way across Canada en-route to Victoria. The Coyotes are scheduled to reach Victoria by Sunday, June 28th
Grade 4 and Under = 150km
Grade 5-8 = 300km
High School = 500km
Congrats Avery!!! Keep up the great work!!
Coyotes Make It To Calgary
[Photo: Grade 9 Collingwood student Avery O'Neil is in full stride doing her post-workout sprints as she helps her Georgian Bay Coyotes team mates run across Canada]
The Georgian Bay Coyotes have checked off another mile-stone as they covered the 757km trek from Regina, SK last weekend and firmly settled in Calgary, Alberta on Sunday, June 14th.
After leaving Regina on Monday, June 8th they ventured through Moose Jaw and Swift Current, SK before entering Alberta. They then swept passed Medicine Hat before finishing their Calgary leg after only 8 weeks. To date the Coyotes have logged 6520km from when they first dipped their running shoes in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of St. John's Newfoundland.
Next stop is Vancouver, BC., a bit longer trip of 973km. This may take us 10 days to get here, but if everyone steps up to the challenge, it is possible to be there by this coming weekend on June 21st. From here it is only a short skip to our goal of Victoria, a whole 4-6 weeks ahead of schedule!
Keep tabs on the Team's trek each week.
Snelling Achieves Coyote Trans-Canada Distance Award
Photo: Sydney Snelling is the next Coyote to achieved the Trans-Canada Achievement this week as the Coyotes reached Calgary]
Sydney Snelling, a grade 4 South Bruce Penninsula student, is the member of the Georgian Bay Coyotes to reach the Trans-Canada Distance Award. Snelling has logged 194km over the last 8 weeks.
The 1st round standards are:
150km for our grade 4 and under kids
300km for our grade 5-8 members
500km for our high school gang.
Congrats to Sydney as she has helped their team mates run across Canada!
Coyotes Venture Across the Prairies to Regina
[Photo: Grade 5 student Brennan Law hits the trails with his dog as he helps his Georgian Bay Coyotes team mates run across Canada]
The Georgian Bay Coyotes are like an out of control freight train as they plow across Canada, taking down 1 province at a time. Our last pit stop was Thunder Bay last weekend, May 31st. Being ahead of schedule with extra mileage in their back pocket, they ran right past their Winnipeg destination and ventured onward to Regina, SK.
The Coyotes left Thunder Bay on Monday, June 1st and headed north-west to Dryden, then west to Kenora, through Winnipeg, Manitoba and then to the Prairies. They continued along the Trans Canada Highway, through Whitewood and Indian Head before resting in Regina. A distance of 1283km and a grand total to date of 5763km from St. John's NFLD only 7 weeks ago.
This week the Coyotes accumulated over 750km once again this past week to easily reach their 6th leg on their virtual Trans-Canada Trek. Next stop is a 758km trip to Calgary, AB. Keep tabs on the Team's trek each week.
Thunder Bay Leg Complete for Coyotes
[Photo: Emmett and Nathan Leary of Meaford are climbing hills as they help their Coyote team mates make their way across Canada]
After only 6 weeks into their virtual Trans-Canada trek, the Georgian Bay Coyotes have arrived in Thunder Bay....ahead of schedule.
With another consistent week of running, along with some runners playing catch-up with their mileage, the Team made the 1241km trek from Meaford in only a week. They have been averaging just over 700km weekly and have have logged over 4800km since leaving St. Johns, Newfoundland 6 weeks ago.
After leaving Meaford last Sunday, they headed up towards Tobermory, ran across the northern tip Georgian Bay to South Baymouth, up to Espanola, across to Sault St. Marie and then headed around Lake Superior en-route to Thunder Bay, the resting place of Terry Fox when he made his trek 40 years ago.
The Coyotes have also added 3 new members which will also help accumulate the mileage even faster each week. Next stop was suppose to be Winnipeg, Manitoba, which was only 702km, but with over 400km in the bank, this pit-stop is now too close. So we are going to bypass Winnipeg and scoot west 1283km from Thunder Bay to Regina, Saskatchewan. We might just make it by next week.
Continue to keep watch on our travels towards Victoria, BC, with a tentative arrival time of early August.
Leary First To Reach Trans-Canada Distance Award
Nathan Leary, a grade 4 Meaford student, is our first Georgian Bay Coyote to reach our "Distance Award" on our Trans-Canada Trek. In just 6 weeks he has run 150km!!
For different age groups we have different mileage goals to reach. For some this will be relatively easy. For others this will be more challenging.
Grade 4 & Under: 150km = photo in the paper. 500km = 1 pair of Coyote racing socks
Grade 5-8: 300km = photo in the paper. 600km = 1 pair of Coyote racing socks
High School: 500km = photo in the paper. 1000km = 1 pair of Coyote racing socks
OK Coyotes, the challenge has started.
Congrats Nathan!!! Keep up the great work!!
Coyotes Reach Meaford in Trans-Canada Trek.
[Photo: Olivia Latham of Owen Sound is one of many Coyotes virtually running across Canada]
With 5 weeks now under their belt, the Georgian Bay Coyotes continue their virtual Trans-Canada Trek.
As a team, the Coyotes have logged over 3300km since departing St. John's Newfoundland. They achieved their goal of arriving in Meaford this weekend...their 3rd leg on their journey, which is 3239km. Too bad we couldn't have a parade to welcome them into town!
Our 4th leg is a long one. We venture up to Tobermory, run across Lake Huron to Manitoulin Island, and weave our way to Thunder Bay. A grand total of 1241km. With our weekly average being around 500-600km, we should check into Terry Fox's final pit-stop 40 year ago around the middle of June.
Will keep your posted with the Team's progress.
Coyotes Arrive in Montreal - virtually.
[Photo: Georgian Bay Coyote members Wes and Avery Brown are among several Coyotes virtually working their way across Canada. Note the flag in the background. Oh Canada!]
The Georgian Bay Coyotes continue their virtual Trans-Canada Trek across as they keep focused during the COVID-19 isolation and have just completed week #4.
As a team, the Coyotes have been putting in solid workouts on their own and rapidly adding up their mileage. They arrived at their 2nd stop in Montreal, which was a relatively short 919m leg.
They continue into Ontario, heading to Toronto, north to Barrie, passing through Collingwood and Thornbury en-route to Meaford for their 3rd leg. This is a little skip of 706km. So it is possible to arrive "home" this coming weekend.
Coyotes Virtually Reach Saint John, NB.
[Photo: Georgian Bay Coyote grade 5 member, Rimyelle Grady, is in full stride with the Canadian flag in the background, as she is one of several Coyotes virtually running across Canada.]
With the COVID-19 lock-down hampering group gatherings, the Georgian Bay Coyotes have been doing online workouts and logging their own mileage. To help team motivation, they began their virtual Trans-Canada Trek across this vast and beautiful nation of ours 3 weeks ago in St. John's Newfoundland with a goal of reaching Victoria, BC by mid-August. The Team's first goal was Saint John, N.B. that would cover 1705km, as they even ran across the Bay of Fundy instead of taking the ferry.
As a team, the Coyotes have been averaging between 600km and 900km each week so far and have easily landed in Saint John, NB ahead of schedule, which was 1705km. They have logged over 2000km to date.
Next stop is Montreal, Quebec as they head up to Riviere-du-Loup and through Quebec City. This 2nd leg is 919km in total. The Coyotes should reach Meaford by the end of May. We will continue to keep you posted.
Coyotes Begin Virtual Run Across Canada
[Photo: The winter training has long since passed, along with our dreaded "Winter Boot Workout". The Coyotes now begin a virtual trek across Canada as a goal to achieve while in isolation training due to COVID-19]
While the lockdown from COVID-19 has sidelined the Georgian Bay Coyotes from meeting as a group, workouts are still being sent out and our dedicated members are training on their own. As a distance runner, this can be a very lonely trail to travel.
So to help alleviate some of the loneliness, our Coyotes are going to do a virtual run across Canada. Each week our runners will send in their weekly mileage and the combined numbers will be added up.
Small rewards of little prizes will be handed out for individual milestones that are reached. It is 7,821km from coast to coast of this great nation of ours. The goal is for the Team to reach Victoria by the end of the summer. Will keep you posted.
Woodhouse Competes at PanAm Games
[Photo: Hannah Woodhouse, #37 on the right, represented Team Canada at the PanAm Cross Country Nations Cup. Canada's Senior Women's Team took gold with Woodhouse placing 16th]
Hannah Woodhouse, a Coyote graduate and a 4th year University of Guelph student, represented Team Canada at the 2020 PanAM Cross Country Nations Cup Championships on Saturday, February 29th at the Bear Mountain Resort in Victoria, BC. She competed for the Senior Women's team.
Team Canada was selected back in November at the 2019 Canadian Cross Country Championships that were held in Abbotsford, BC. Woodhouse placed 8th in the Senior Women's event and was the 1st alternate for the Team. One of the top-7 women could not compete at the PanAm event so Hannah was then selected as the 7th member.
On race day for the Nations Cup, it was a bright, sunny and relatively warm day as the athletes ventured onto an extremely hilly and challenging course. Hannah described the course as "hardest race of my life. The hills were a killer." She said she was really happy with her performance though, and she should be.
With teams competing from Canada, USA, South America, Central America and the Caribbean, 26 women lined up for the 10km challenge doing 5 loops of the 2km course, with spectacular views. Team Canada having "home-course" advantage, they had lots of support from spectators.
Hannah captured 16th spot overall and was the 5th counter on Team Canada's Senior Women's gold medal team, "FINALLY" out-doing their American rivals as well. The women's team was led by two Canadian Olympians, Genevieve Lalonde, who placed 1st overall, and Natasha Wodak, who placed 4th. Woodhouse's time of 39:54 was just over 2 minutes behind the leader.
Hannah's winter season comes to an end on March 7th and 8th as she leaves Victoria and heads to Edmonton for the Canadian University Indoor Track and Field Championships [USport]. She will be competing in the 1500m and 3000m events.
Congrats Hannah. Your Georgian Bay Coyotes are so proud of you!
Kulakowsky Wins Ontario Award of Excellence
[Photo: Coyote member Freja Kulakowsky is flanked by coaches Steve Leary, left, and Kevin Hooper, right, at the 2019 MTA Awards of Excellence in Mississauga on Saturday, February 29th]
Coyotes Flying at Angels Meet
[Photo: Liam MacInnes-Wiley competed in his first ever indoor track meet and was a double-medal winner in the Mite Boys 400m and 800m events at the Flying Angels Indoor Classic Track Meet in Toronto on Sunday, February 23rd.]
The Flying Angels Track Club hosted a prep meet at York University on Sunday, February 23 as part of the Minor Track Association winter Track and Field program. Several track clubs from across the Toronto GTA area, Brampton, Pickering, Hamilton, Burlington, London, Milton, Brantford, Newmarket, Barrie, and Port Elgin were in attendance, along with 11 members of the Georgian Bay Coyotes. Our Coyotes have been training very hard since their last meet a month ago. So they were excited to see how they would do deep in the middle info heavy training.
The day began with the Tyke Girls and Tyke Boys running together n the indoor 200m oval. Sydney Snelling grabbed a silver medal in the Tyke Girls 1200m race as did Nathan Leary in the Tyke Boys 1200m. Keira Snelling earned a bronze medal in the Atom Girls 1500m event. The Mite Boys 400m race had Liam MacInness-Wiley lacing up in his first ever indoor meet. He knocked whopping 9 seconds off his best time to snatch 3rd as he nosed out his rival at the line. Mason Bell dropped his 1500m time by over 2 seconds in the Atom Boys 1500m and Taryn Weppler took 7 seconds off her Atoms Girls 1500m previous best.
The 800m races began after lunch, giving our Coyotes a chance to recharge after the morning race. There were many exciting finishes and lots of reasons for cheering.
Liam MacInnes-Wiley grabbed his 2nd medal of the day in the Mite Boys age group with a , knocking a massive 18 seconds off his best time. Sydney Snelling won her 2nd medal of the day as well, taking gold in the Tyke Girls race. Olivia Latham ran a very strong race to edge out her competitions at the line to win bronze in the Atom Girls event. Keira Snelling was in close pursuit behind Latham as she posted a personal best time of 2:43.84, taking off 3 seconds. Emmett Leary also posted a personal best time of 2:42.15 in his Atom Boys 800m, dropping his time by over 2 seconds.
Overall it was a great day of racing. We brought home 7 medals and had 7 personal best performances. Many others were only a couple seconds off their best times as well. Exciting since being deep into heavy training, personal best times don't come very often.
We have just under 5 weeks before provincials. So with a few more weeks of hard training and then tapering over the final 2 weeks, our Coyotes will be in great racing shape by then.
Results: [* = personal best time]
Mite Boys 400m [2012-2013]
Liam MacInnes-Wiley ['12] = 3rd/5 @ 1:31.51*
Mite Boys 800m [2012-2013]
Liam MacInnes-Wiley ['12] = 2nd/3 @ 3:26.18*
Tyke Girls 800m [2010-2011]
Sydney Snelling ['10] = 1st/5 @ 2:58.35
Estelle MacInnes-Wiley ['10] = 4th/5 @ 3:16.84
Kate Earle ['10] = 5th/5 @ 3:17.23*
Tyke Boys 800m [2010-2011]
Nathan Leary ['11] = 5th/7 @ 3:21.54
Atom Girls 800m [2008-2009]
Olivia Latham ['08] = 3rd/21 @ 2:42.80
Keira Snelling ['08] = 4th/21 @ 2:43.84*
Rimyelle Grady ['09] = 14th/21 @ 2:57.57
Taryn Weppler ['09] = 19th/21 @ 3:07.40
Atom Boys 800m [2008-2009]
Emmett Leary ['09] = 7th/13 @ 2:42.52*
Mason Bell ['09] = 10th/13 @ 2:52.45
Tyke Girls 1200m [2010-2011]
Sydney Snelling ['10] = 2nd/5 @ 4:35.25
Kate Earle ['10] = 4th/5 @ 5:06.08
Estelle MacInnes-Wiley ['10] = 5th/5 @ 5:15.23
Tyke Boys 1200m [2010-2011]
Nathan Leary ['11] = 2nd/2 @ 4:57.87
Atom Girls 1500m [2008-2009]
Keira Snelling ['08] = 3rd/18 @ 5:32.53
Olivia Latham ['08] = 9th/18 @ 5:38.02
Taryn Weppler ['09] = 17th/18 @ 6:09.29*
Atom Boys 1500m [2008-2009]
Emmett Leary ['09] = 8th/14 @ 5:20.97
Mason Bell ['09] = 10th/14 @ 5:26.76*
Coyotes Lace Up for U18 Track Champs
[Photo: Grade 9 Collingwood student, Avery O'Neil competed in her first ever indoor track meet at the U18 Athletics Ontario Track and Field Championships on February 8th and 9th]
The 2020 Athletics Ontario U18 / Open Indoor Track and Field Championships were held on Saturday, February 8th and Sunday, February 9th at York University in Toronto. Veteran Coyote member Ethan Pentland, a grade 11 Durham student and new member Avery O'Neil, a grade 9 Collingwood student, represented the Georgian Bay Coyotes.
Saturday began with the 1500m events. O'Neil, in her first ever indoor meet, was quite nervous and yet excited to lace up. Being in her 15th year against girls 16 and 17 years old, her primary goal was to run a solid race and enjoy the experience. Avery did just that. She ran faster than our guestimated run time, stopping the clock at 5:38.98, a personal best time for her. She placed 48th of 56 athletes.
Pentland was next in the U18 Boys 1500m. With some solid training over the last few weeks, he was looking for a solid race and a season best time. Ethan also performed well and accomplished his goal. His season best time of 4:21.20 placed him 13th of 62 athletes.
On Sunday, O'Neil competed in the U18 Girls 3000m race, having similar goals as her 1500m. She held consistent lap times throughout the 15 lap race and finished strong. Her new personal best time of 12:23.03 gave her a 15th placing against 16 girls.
Sunday afternoon, Pentland was optimistic of a quick U18 800m race, being in the fastest of 7 heats. His race was quite disappointing though as energy was not on his side. His slow time of 2:13.52 put him 7th of 7 in his heat and 34st of 40 overall.
Our high school student's indoor season is now done and are now prepping for a solid outdoor track season.
Coyotes Compete in Toronto Prep Meet
[Photo: Madi Calder, a grade 10 Collingwood student, laced up with team mates Hailey Abbott and Ethan Pentland at an indoor track meet in Toronto]
On Saturday, January 25th, three of our high school Coyotes competed in the Athletics Ontario Combined Events Indoor Championships and Prep Meet at York University. Grade 11 student, Ethan Pentland as well as Grade 10 students Madi Calder and Hailey Abbott laced up to see where their training has put them so far into the season.
Madi Calder began the day in the combined U18, U20 and Open Girls 1500m. She started off on pace for her event over the first half of the race and then struggled over the last 500m, but was an OK start for her season opening race. She crossed the line in 5:44.97 placing 29th of 32 competitors.
Hailey Abbot was next up, racing in the fastest of the 3 heats of the U18, U20, Open Girls 1500m race. She also was on pace for about the first 2/3rds of her race and then fell off pace. She still had a solid time of 5:04.89 for her first race of the indoor season.
Ethan Pentland was also in the fastest of 4 heats in the U18, U20, Open Boys 1500m race. Feeling sluggish even before the race began, he struggled to keep pace even after the 2nd lap pf the 7.5 lap race on the 200m indoor track. His time of 4:28.37 placed him 25th of 39 competitors and only 1 second faster than his race 2 weeks ago.
Back to the training board to put some tough workouts in as they prep for their indoor provincial championships a few weeks.
Young Coyotes Season-Opener in Toronto
The season-opener track meet at York University's indoor 200m track was held on Saturday, January 18th hosted by the Mississauga Olympians Track Club. Over 400 athletes braved the winter storm and the Georgian Bay Coyotes had 12 athletes make the trip.
Our Coyotes have trained very hard over the last several weeks and were ready to show off. Our Tyke Girls and Boys [9-10 year olds] began the day with their 1200m event. We were guaranteed medals as our Coyotes were the only ones on the starting line for this race. All our runners gave 100% and, overall, we came home with 8 medals and 9 personal best performances.
This looks like another very promising year!
Results: [* = personal best time]
Tyke Girls 800m [2010-2011] / [9-10yo]
Freja Kulakowsky [10yo] - 3rd/6 @ 2:57.40
Sydney Snelling [10yo] - 4th/6 @ 3:09.10
Ella Kulakowsky [9yo] - 5th/6 @ 3:11.50
Tyke Boys 800m [2010-2011] / [9-10yo]
Maxim Law [9yo] - 3rd/5 @ 3:10.00*
Nathan Leary [9yo] - 4th/5 @ 3:17.10
Atom Girls 800m [2008-2009] / [11-12yo]
Olivia Latham [12yo] - 5th/13 @ 2:43.70
Rimyelle Grady [11yo] - 9th/13 @ 2:56.70
Keira Snelling [12yo] - 10th/13 @ 3:05.50
Atom Boys 800m [2008-2009] / [11-12yo]
Emmett Leary [11yo] - 4th/10 @ 2:44.10*
Kaj Kulakowsky [12yo] - 5th/10 @ 2:46.50*
Mason Bell [11yo] - 9th/10 @ 2:52.50
Tyke Girls 1200m [2010-2011] / [9-10yo]
Freja Kulakowsky [10yo] - 1st/4 @ 4:39.50
Sydney Snelling [10yo] - 2nd/4 @ 4:43.40
Estelle MacInnes-Wiley [10yo] - 3rd/4 @ 4:53.80
Ella Kulakowsky [9yo] - 4th/4 @ 4:53.90
Tyke Boys 1200m [2010-2011] / 9-10yo]
Nathan Leary [9yo] - 1st/2 @ 4:49.50*
Maxim Law [9yo] - 2nd/2 @ 4:49.80*
Atom Girls 1500m [2008-2009] / [11-12yo]
Olivia Latham [12yo] - 3rd/5 @ 5:35.90*
Keira Snelling [12yo] - 4th/5 @ 5:37.20
Rimyelle Grady [11yo] - 5th/5 @ 6:11.30
Atom Boys 1500m [2008-2009] / [11-12yo]
Kaj Kulakowsky [12yo] - 5th/13 @ 5:16*
Emmett Leary [11yo] - 6th/13 @ 5:17*
Mason Bell [11yo] - 12th/13 @ 5:29*
Pentland 3rd in Season-Opener
The Athletics Ontario season opener track meet was held at York University’s indoor 200m track on Saturday, January 11th and Sunday, January 12th. The lone Georgian Bay Coyote competitor, Ethan Pentland, a grade 11 student from Durham, had a great start to his indoor track season.
On Saturday, he stepped up to the line for his 1500m race. Starting cautiously, he began at the back of the pack in the fastest of 3 heats and gradually worked his way to the front group. He was on a personal best pace at 1300m and then ran out of gas over the last 400m. This is nothing that a little more endurance speed work can’t fix. He crossed the line in 4:29.66 taking 24th spot of 38 competitors.
Sunday Pentland laced up for his 800m event, his favourite distance. He was seeded 3rd going into the race and finished 3rd overall against 20 competitors, after a very solid performance. He stopped the clock at 2:02.77, only 3 seconds off his personal best time.
So this is a great start for this early in the season.
Ellis Leads Coyotes at AO Cross Country Champs
[Photo: 71yo Dave Ellis of Meaford competing in his first cross country race in over 50 years at the 2019 Athletics Ontario Cross Country Championships. He placed 3rd in the 70-74 age group]
The 2019 Athletics Ontario was hosted at Seneca College in King City on Sunday, November 10th under overcast skies with temperatures hovering around 2'C. About 850 athletes arrived from across Ontario, with the Georgian Bay Coyotes sending 5 members down.
The Masters 5km race began the day with Meaford's Dave Ellis starting things off with a bronze medal performance in the 70-74 men's age group. Dave is 71 years old and had not competed in a cross country race in over 50 years! He worked his way through the twisty, muddy and hilly course like he had been doing this for years. He even climbed the "BEAST" hill, passing other competitors on the way. The BEAST is a 200m nasty hill with a 60' incline, which was on the far end of the 2nd lap. Ellis sprinted up the final hill to the finish the 5km course in a very respectable time of 28:18, taking 85th spot of 93 competitors aging 30yrs and up.
Chantal Abbott, a 13 yo Collingwood student, was up next in the U14 Girls 2km trek. Coming off a 9th place performance at the MTA Provincial XC Championships 2 weeks prior, she faced stronger competition at the AO Championships. In the mass start of 92 girls, she had a sluggish start, sitting about 60th after the first 500m into the race. She worked her way through the relatively narrow course and popped out of the trails in 23rd spot. A final sprint up the final hill, she stopped the clock at 9:46 for a very solid performance.
Hailey Abbott, a 15yo Collingwood student, laced up in the U16 Girls 4km race. Hailey has had a very long racing season with her high school, stepping up to the line 8 weeks in a row, where she placed 29th at the OFSAA XC Champs in Sudbury last weekend. Facing most of the same girls as last weekend, she was determined to place better...and she did. She stopped the clock in 19:03 to place 19th overall against 128 girls. Team Quebec also competed in this race, with 4 Quebec runners ahead of Abbott. Abbott was pleased with her performance and ended her XC season on a positive note.
Spencer Book, a 17yo Meaford Student, and Ethan Pentland, a 16yo Durham student, completed the racing for the Coyotes, both competing in the U18 Boys 6km race. They had to climb the BEAST twice over the two 3km loops. A fast start and a 5 runner wipe-out after the first 100m had Book leaping over the fallen competitors on a very muddy and slick first corner. Pentland had avoided the incident with his good start near the front of the pack. As the race went on, Book passed his team-mate and ran one of his best races of the season. His time of 22:51 placed him 79th of 122 competitors. Pentland struggled in the back half of the race, taking 107th overall with a time of 24:12.
It was a good day of racing for all our Coyotes and the end of a very long season. Congrats again to our veteran runner, Dave Ellis, with his bronze medal. He is a true inspiration to ALL our Coyote members.
The entire Coyote team is now on a 2 week break before resuming training on November 23rd for their winter season of indoor racing.
4 Coyotes Compete at OFSAA XC Champs
[Photo: Coyote member Hailey Abbott [#443] along with Maddie Calder were two members of the Grade 10 Junior Girls Team from Collingwood Collegiate Institute [C.C.I.] who won a silver team medal at the 2019 OFSAA XC Championships in Sudbury]
Well Sudbury was another world on Saturday, November 2nd as they endured an early season winter blizzard just two days before the 2019 High School Provincial OFSAA Cross Country Championships at Kivi Park. Over 6 inches of sloppy wet stuff dropped to whiten the ground and make course conditions treacherous, messy, slippery and just plain tough to race in. Even just walking around in winter boots was slippery. Race day temps hoovered around freezing with bouts of snow and/or rain throughout the day.
The Georgian Bay Coyotes had 4 members represented at OFSAA this year and all of them were part of the C.C.I. school team in Collingwood. Training mostly with their school team this Fall, they all ran strong races and represented our Coyotes and their school well.
To qualify for OFSAA, the athlete had to place in the top 6 in their respective Regional Championships and/or be one of the top 2 teams in that Region. All 4 Coyotes qualified as part of a team and Hailey Abbott also qualified as an individual as she won the Grade 10 Junior Girls 5km race at the GBSSA Regional Championships the week before.
Avery O'Neil started things off in the Novice Grade 9 Girls 4km race. Avery had a solid race with her first experience at OFSAA as she placed 110th of 255 girls with a time of 18:39.28. Devlin Gillis also had his rookie experience at OFSAA. His usual strong sprint to the finish stopped the clock at 16:35.34, taking 124th spot of 261 competitors in the Grade 9 Novice Boys 4km race.
In the Grade 10 Junior Girls 5km race, Hailey Abbott lead her team's charge with a good start in the top 40 amongst the herd of 253 girls as they headed up the first hill and into the bush. When they popped out and headed for home, she was in 30th spot and outsprinted her rival to take 29th overall in a time of 22:42.74. Team mate Maddie Calder was the 4th counter on the team as she also had a very solid race and a big improvement from last year. Her time of 24:18.31 gave her 86th spot overall. They also won the 2nd place team award against 33 teams, also and improvement from their bronze medal last year.
Congrats to all. It was a long and tough season of racing and they all did us proud.
4 Coyotes Advance to OFSSA XC Champs
[photo: Devlin Gillis competed for C.C.I. at the GBSSA XC Championships. His 17th spot finish along with being 3rd member of his 1st place team award advances him to compete at OFSAA in Sudbury on Saturday, November 2nd]
On Tuesday, October 22nd, the High School GBSSA Regional Cross Country Championships were held at Arrowhead Park in Huntsville under cool and windy conditions. Several Coyote members were in attendance competing for their high schools and had quite a show.
In the Grade 9 Novice 4km Girls Race, Avery O'Neil representing Collingwood Collegiate Institute, took 14th spot against 51 girls. She stopped the clock in a time of 20:02.90, just 0.09 seconds behind former Coyote Payton Dodd. Avery was 3rd member on her team which took 2nd Team award and will advance to OFSAA XC Champs on Saturday, November 2nd in Sudbury.
The Grade 9 Novice Boys 4km Race, Devlin Gillis from Thornbury also competed for C.C.I.. He also will advance to OFSSA as his team placed 1st overall. Devlin crossed the line in 17th spot with a time of 18:03.62 and was 3rd member on his team. Coyote team mate Rohan Egan, also from Thornbury, representing Jean Vanier High School in Collinwood, placed 21st overall against 77 runners with a time of 18:17.38.
The Grade 10 Junior Girls 5km Race had equally successful results. Hailey Abbott was 1st overall against 49 girls with a winning time of 23:09.01. Former Coyote Leah Ray was 3rd and Maddie Calder crossed the line in 9th spot with a time of 25:27.63. The trio took top team awards as well and all three will be competing at OFSSA.
On Thursday, October 24th, the CWOSSA Cross Country Championships were held at the Ainsdale golf Course in Kincardine. The Grade 9 Novice Girls 4km Race had Payton Weppler of Shallow Lake competing for St. Mary's High School in Owen Sound. She had a solid performance as she placed 33rd of 112 girls in a time of 19:18.7.
In the Grade 10 Junior Boys 5km Race Jeffrey McPherson competed, also representing St. Mary's. His 11th place performance stopped the clock at 23:20.3 with 151 guys on the line
Two veteran Coyotes competed in the Grade 11-12 Senior Boys 6km Race. Ethan Pentland, a grade 11 student from Durham raced for JDSS in Hanover and Meaford's Spencer Book, a grade 12 GBCS student laced up against 199 other runners. Pentland finished in 26th spot with a time of 21:46.7. Book was close behind in 28th spot, stopping the clock at 21:49.0
Congrats to Hailey, Maddie, Avery and Devlin who advanced to the OFSSA XC Championships. Most of our high school runners will compete 1 week after OFSAA at the Athletics Ontario XC Champs in King City on Sunday, November 17th.
Strong Performance for Coyotes at Provincials
[Photo: From left to right, Liam MacInness-Wiley, Lucas Low, Preston Hines-Stoneleigh, Liam Law, Nathan Leary and Ben Traynor won the 1st Place Mite Boys Team Award at the MTA Provincial Cross Country Championships on Saturday, October 26th. Liam Law was 1st overall]
The Georgian Bay Coyotes took their largest team ever, and one of their strongest teams ever to the 2019 Ontario Minor Track Association Cross Country Championships held at Centennial Park in Etobicoke on Saturday, October 26th. There were almost 500 athletes competing from SK-Grade 9. 36 members were selected to represent the Coyotes with high hopes of many strong performances, and they did not disappoint. Of their 6 teams of three members or more, they won two 1st place team awards and a 2nd place team award. They also brought home 1 gold medal and had eight "Top-10" performances. The Coyotes also had almost 1/3 of their team who had never competed at a Provincial XC Championship before. So this was a great learning experience for them.
Our two top teams were the Mite Boys [7-8yo] and Tyke Boys [9-10yo]. Both teams were pre-race favourites and Liam Law [Meaford] grabbed our only gold medal in the Mite Boys 1000m race. He had a dominant 12 second lead over his nearest competitor. The strength of our Mite Boys came with how closely packed the team. There was only 5 seconds separating our 2nd to 5th place runners.
Our Tyke Boys were equally as strong over their 1500m race. Mason Bell [Georgian Bluffs] and Emmett Leary [Meaford] crossed the line 4th and 5th, with only 0.26 seconds separating them and our 3rd counter, Ethan Milne-Pearson [Meaford] was only 6 seconds back.
Our Mite Girls also put on quite a show. Ella Kulakowsky [Thornbury] was their team leader, taking 7th spot and only 13 seconds back of 1st. New-comers Allie MacKay [Owen Sound] and Dehlia Reekie [Meaford] were less than 25 seconds back of Ella.
Our Tyke Girls team was hoping to have a strong race day over their 1500m distance. They had a VERY rough start as they all got swallowed up in the mass start of 55 competitors. They were all thrown to the back of the pack and gave all they had to make up ground. With a narrow course over the 1st half of the race, there was little room to make up ground. The exciting parts of their experience were that they never gave up, there was only 10 seconds separating our top 6 girls, and that 7 of the 9 girls were all the youngest in their age group. So those 7 girls all get to get revenge next year in the same age group.
The Atom Girls 2000m Race had the most competitors of the day with 87, with Keira Snelling [South Bruce Penninsula] leading the way. She had a very solid race, crossing the line in 20th spot. The Atom Boys 2000m Race was headed by Ethan Mei [Meaford]. He has made huge improvements this year and now is able to compete with the "big boys". He was with the front pack over the first 1km and crossed the line in 6th spot, only 1 seconds back of the leader.
Our other solid race came in the Senior Girls 3000m Race. Chantel Abbott [Collingwood] competed in her Simcoe Area XC Meet only 3 days earlier where she took 2nd spot. On race day in Etobicoke she had her usual slowish start in the middle of the pack of 63 runners. Her relentless solid pace moved her up to 9th overall and only 18 seconds behind 1st place.
Overall it was an amazing experience for our Coyotes and also a very successful Championship meet. The team will train for a few more weeks. They will then take a well deserved rest before entering into their winter training / racing program. All our Coyote coaches are soooo proud of all our runners who competed! Congrats to all!!
Mite Girls 1km Race [2011-2012] - 2nd/3 Teams
Ella Kulakowsky [8yo] - 7th/20 @ 4:19.09
Allie MacKay [8yo] - 11th/20 @ 4:43.06
Dehlia Reekie [8yo] - 12th/20 @ 4:46.31
Estella Mei [8yo] - 16th/20 @ 5:08.18
Mite Boys 1km Race [2011-2012] - 1st/3 Teams
Liam Law [8yo] - 1st/22 @ 3:45.81
Nathan Leary [8yo] - 9th/22 @ 4:11.15
Lucas Low [7yo] - 10th/22 @ 4:15.72
Preston Hines-Stoneleigh [8yo] - 11th/22 @ 4:16.28
Ben Traynor [8yo] - 12th/22 @ 4:16.93
Liam MacInnes-Wiley [7yo] - 15th/22 @ 4:36.59
Tyke Girls 1.5km Race [2009-2010] - 5th/7 Teams
Freja Kulakowsky [9yo] - 21st/55 @ 5:49.53
Remyelle Grady [10yo] - 23rd/55 @ 5:50.22
Taryn Weppler [10yo] - 24th/55 @ 5:51.22
Micah Abbott [9yo] - 26th/55 @ 5:54.09
Sydney Snelling [9yo] - 27th/55 @ 5:56.50
Estelle MacInnes-Wiley [9yo] - 30th/55 @ 5:59.62
Kate Earle [9yo] - 42nd/55 @ 6:18.62
Lydia Menard [9yo] - 48th/55 @ 6:49.09
Noelle House [9yo] - 53rd/55 @ 7:07.38
Tyke Boys 1.5km Race [2009-2010] - 1st/9 Teams
Mason Bell [10yo] - 4th/54 @ 5:08.37
Emmett Leary [10yo] - 5th/54 @ 5:08.63
Ethan Milne-Pearson [10yo] - 9th/54 @ 5:16.68
Brennan Law [10yo] - 15th/54 @ 5:29.22
Sebastien Mei [9yo] - 39th/54 @ 6:04.90
Hayden Pife-Alexander [9yo] - 43rd/54 @ 6:10.11
Atom Girls 2km Race [2007-2008] - 7th/13 Teams
Keira Snelling [11yo] - 20th/87 @ 8:37.99
Taryn Lee [12yo] - 35th/87 @ 8:57.96
Olivia Latham [11yo] - 36th/87 @ 9:01.80
Lindy Kingston [12yo] - 73rd/87 @ 9:56.75
Atom Boys 2km Race [2007-2008] - 7th/10 Teams
Ethan Mei [12yo] - 6th/73 @ 7:57.65
Kaj Kulakowsky [11yo] - 38th/73 @ 8:33.49
Luke House [12yo] - 49th/73 @ 8:57.48
Graeme Manwell [11yo] - 52nd/73 @ 9:03.70
Senior Girls 3km Race [2005-2006]
Chantel Abbott [13yo] - 9th/63 @ 11:24.12
Senior Boys 3km Race [2005-2006]
Kyle Manwell - [14yo] - 51st/58 @ 12:35.50
Dominic Manwell [13yo] - 55th/58 @ 12:48.3
Strong Performances for Coyotes in Burlington
[Photo: Ethan Mei, in orange on left, took the lead 1/2 way through the Atom Boys 2km race and crossed the line in 2nd at the Ken Lake Classic Memorial Cross Country Meet in Burlington]
The Georgian Bay Coyotes took 22 of their younger members to Burlington on Saturday, October 12th. Typical Fall weather welcomed the athletes, with the rain stopping early and the sun popping out by the end of the morning. Several teams were in attendance as everyone gears up and coaches make final adjustments for the MTA Provincials in 2 weeks time.
Our Coyotes have been training very hard and came ready to race. We had members competing in 7 of the 10 races and had a team of at least three in 4 of those 10 events. We brought home 4 individual medals, posting three 1st place team awards, a 3rd place team award and had 8 'top-5' performances. Everyone gave 100% over the tough, twisty and hilly course and stamped their mark against several tough teams.
Some exciting sprint finishes delighted the crowds throughout the day. Ella Kulakowsky took 2nd spot in the Mite Girls 1km race and was only 3 seconds back of first. Lucas Low's bronze medal in the Mite Boys 1km race was just 6 seconds back of 2nd spot. Sydney Snelling was just shy of the podium by 2 seconds in the Tyke Girls 1.5km trek, while Emmett Leary's bronze medal in the Tyke Boys 1.5km event was only 3 seconds behind the silver medalist. Ethan Mei won his sprint for his silver medal performance in the Atom Boys 2km race, edging out 3rd place by 0.8 seconds.
The Team is in great shape heading into the Provincial Championships in Etobicoke on October 26th where all our top runners will be in attendance.
Mite Girls 1000m [2011-2012]
Ella Kulakowsky  - 2nd/9 @ 4:49.41
Mite Boys 1000m [2011-2012] - 1st place team
Lucas Low  - 3rd/11 @ 4:53.66
Ben Traynor  - 4th/11 @ 4:58.72
Nathan Leary  - 5th/11 @ 5:06.81
Liam MacInnes-Wiley  - 8th/11 @ 5:23.09
Tyke Girls 1500m [2009-2010] - 1st place team
Sydney Snelling  - 4th/18 @ 6:20.66
Rimyelle Grady  - 6th/18 @ @ 6:29.79
Estelle MacInnes-Wiley  - 8th/18 @ 6:40.28
Kate Earle  - 11th/18 @ 6:57.81
Noelle House  - 17th/18 @ 7:29.21
Tyke Boys 1500m [2009-2010] - 1st place team
Emmett Leary  - 3rd/30 @ 5:46.88
Ethan Milne-Pearson  - 5th/30 @ 5:54.75
Mason Bell  - 9th/30 @ 6:03.00
Hayden Pifer-Alexander  - 16th/30 @ 6:22.18
Sebastien Mei  - 21st/39 @ 6:50.55
Atom Girls 2000m [2007-2008]
Keira Snelling  - 6th/21 @ 9:39.66
Olivia Latham  - 9th/21 @ 9:52.62
Atom Boys 2000m [2007-2008] - 3rd place team
Ethan Mei  - 2nd/26 @ 8:47.53
Luke House  - 11th/26 @ 9:30.78
Graeme Manwell  - 17th/26 @ 10:13.50
Senior Boys 3000m [2005-2006]
Kyle Manwell  - 10th/19 @ 14:23.34
Dominic Manwell  - 13th/19 @ 14:29.59
Coyotes Finish Strong in Waterloo Invitational Race
[Photo: From left to right, Spencer Book #431 and Ethan Pentland #585 competed at the Waterloo Cross Country Meet in Waterloo on October 10th]
Two high school members of the Georgian Bay Coyotes competed in the annual Waterloo Regional Invitational Cross County Meet at Bechtel Park in Waterloo on Thursday, October 10th under favourable race conditions.
Spencer Book, a grade 12 GBCS student from Meaford and team mate Ethan Pentland, a grade 11 JDSS student from Durham, laced up against in the Senior Boys 6km race. The course was challenging as usual with twisting turns, hills to climb and narrow trails in the back end of the loops.
Book and Pentland headed out together with a good start amongst the huge mass of 235 guys. They had to sprint for the first 200m to get safely around a sharp 90 degree left hand turn or be sent to the back of the pack. They used their quick speed to their advantage and popped out of the first turn in good shape.
Both had solid performances and ran strong throughout the entire 6km. Pentland crossed the line in 23rd spot with a time of 23:47, with Book in close pursuit. He stopped the clock at 23:47 to take 27th spot.
Both head to the local BAA Cross Country Championships on October 17th and then compete at the regional CWOSSA Cross Country Champs in Kincardine on Thursday, October 24th as they represent their high schools [and the Coyotes] with pride.
Coyotes Take Top Spots at Pre-OFSAA Race
[Photo: From left to right, Hailey Abbott, Madi Calder and Leah Ray took 1st place team in the Junior Girls 5km race at Pre-OFSAA in Sudbury on Thursday, October 3rd. Abbott was 1st overall.]
5 members of the Georgian Bay Coyotes competed at the Pre-OFSAA Cross Country Meet in Sudbury on Thursday, October 3rd under cool and drizzly conditions. The Pre-OFSAA meet is held on the same course as the Provincial High School "OFSAA" Cross Country Championships will be held in early November and a chance for some of the schools to get an early 1st look at the course.
In the Grade 9 Midget Girls 4km race, Avery O'Neil crossed the line in 12th spot against 62 competitors with a solid time of 18:42.12, outsprinting her closing rival by 2 seconds. Devlin Gillis, coming off his summer injuries, is running himself back into shape. He took 27th spot in the Grade 9 Midget Boys 4km race against 99 others. His time was 16:18.39.
Our Grade 10 Junior Girls team of Hailey Abbott, Leah Ray and Madi Calder took first place team honors. Hailey also won the 5km race by a comfortable 14 seconds, crossing the line in 22:02.65. Team mate Leah was 7th with a time of 23:18.78 and Madi finished 12th of 61 girls with a time of 24:20.06.
All 5 members are students of C.C.I. in Collingwood. Their training and racing will continue for a few more weeks as they prep for OFSAA on Saturday, November 2nd.
Coyotes Host 9th annual Cross Country Race
[photo: From left to right, Micah Abbott [2nd], Sydney Snelling [1st] and Ella Kulakowsky [3rd] swept the podium in the Grade 3-4 Girls 1.55km Race. Our Coyotes also took the top-5 spots in that race, with Estelle MacInness-Wiley taking 4th and Kate Earle placing 5th]
The Georgian Bay Coyotes Track Club hosted their 9th annual cross country meet on Saturday, September 28th at the Georgian Bay Community School athletic field. Numbers were down a bit this year with 281 athletes competing, but spirits where high and performances were amazing. Our usual Fall weather of rain, drizzle, over cast skies and a hint of sunshine with comfortable 17'C welcomed the J.K.-Grade 8 local school athletes who traveled from throughout Grey-Bruce and into Collingwood.
Coming off a solid race performance in Brantford last weekend, our Coyotes were ready to perform in Meaford with home-course advantage. There was a steady stream of "Orange" to the podium in 9 of the 10 races. So things are shaping up nicely with only 4 weeks until the MTA Provincial XC Championships in Etobicoke on Saturday, October 26th.
Listed below are the results of our Coyote members. Full results can be found on our website under the Annual Fall XC Race section. Thanks to ALL our sponsors and volunteers. We could not host this amazing event without your support.
J.K.-S.K Girls 800m Race:
Willow Clarence - 1st/6 @ 5:19
Isbelle Mei - 3rd/6 - @ 5:43
Adelade Kulakowsky - 4th/6 @ 5:49
Callie Brown - 6th/6 - 7:09
J.K.-S.K. Boys 800m Race:
Maxwell Low - 1st/5 - 4:27
Grade 1-2 Girls 1000m Race:
No Coyotes competing
Grade 1-2 Boys 1000m Race:
Lucas Low - 1st/33 - 4:21
Liam MacInnes-Wiley - 3rd/33 - 4:33
Declan Karon - 10th/33 - 4:51
Grade 3-4 Girls 1055m Race:
Sydney Snelling - 1st/33 @ 6:16
Micah Abbott - 2nd/33 @ 6:38
Ella Kulakowsky - 3rd/33 @ 6:52
Estelle MacInnes-Wiley - 4th/33 @ 6:55
Kate Earle - 5th/33 @ 6:56
Lydia Menard - 10th/33 @ 7:46
Noelle House - 14th/33 @ 7:58
Dehlia Reekie - 19th/33 @ 8:26
Estella Mei - 23rd/33 @ 8:45
Kestrel Clarence - 26th/33 @ 9:31
Grade 3-4 Boys 1550m Race:
Liam Law - 1st/37 @ 6:06
Hayden Pfifer-Alexander - 3rd/37 @ 6:39
Sebastien Mei - 4th/37 @ 6:41
Ben Traynor - 5th/37 @ 6:42
Nathan Leary - 8th/37 @ 6:56
Preston Hines-Stoneleigh - 9th @ 7:05
Avery Brown - 20th/37 @ 8:08
Carson Losier - 21st/37 @ 8:46
Grade 5-6 Girls 1950m Race:
Keira Snelling - 1st/25 - 7:55
Olivia Latham - 2nd/25 - 8:01
Taryn Weppler - 3rd/25 - 8:33
Rimyelle Grady - 4th/25 - 8:44
Grade 5-6 Boys 1950m Race:
Emmett Leary - 2nd/20 - 7:30
Kaj Kulakowsky - 4th/20 - 7:43
Ethan Milne-Pearson - 5th/20 - 7:44
Brennan Law - 8th/20 - 7:57
Graeme Manwell - 9th/20 - 8:08
Grade 7-8 Girls 2920m Race:
Chantal Abbott - 1st/17 - 11:49
Taryn Lee - 3rd/17 @ 12:05
Grade 7-8 Boys 2920m Race:
Ethan Mei - 2nd/18 @ 11:13
Luke House - 5th/18 @ 12:05
Dominic Manwell - 10th/18 @ 13:05
Wes Brown - 15th/18 @ 14:12
Strong Season Opener for Young Coyotes
On Saturday, September 21st, the Georgian Bay Coyotes sent a group of 23 members to the annual Brantford Cross Country Meet. Sunny warm weather welcomed the athletes for a great day of racing. The Team has been training extremely hard over the last 7 weeks and were ready to put that training to the test.
Our Grade 2-3 Mite Girls started things off on a positive note for our team. Ella Kulakowsky grabbed 2nd place in an exciting sprint to the finish over the 1km loop, missing first by only 3 seconds. Our Grade 2-3 Mite Boys dominated the field taking 6 of the top 8 positions. Liam Law had a sizable lead to earn gold. New comers Preston Hines-Stoneleigh and Lucas Low took 3rd and 4th spots respectively. They were the 1st place team as well.
In the Grade 4 -5Tyke Girls 1.5km race had some more exciting sprint finishes. Sydney Snelling was in close pursuit to the top pack, finishing 5th overall. Team mate Freja Kulakowsky was back in action after missing the summer track season. She was a few spots back and team mates Taryn Weppler and Rimyelle Grady all within 10 seconds of each other. They also won 1st place team.
The Grade 4-5 Tyke Boys 1.5km race had our team take 1st place overall. Mason Bell took 3rd spot, just 1 second back of 2nd. Team mate Brennan Law was close behind in 4th as he outsprinted his rival to the finish line. The also took 1st place team.
Our duo of Grade 6-7 Girls 2000m race also had strong performances in a loaded field. Keira Snelling took 7th spot with only 7 seconds separating 4th and 8th finishes. Olivia Latham was in close pursuit, taking 12th and only 16 seconds behind her team mate. Ethan Mei had a very solid race as well. His 2nd place finish was only 5 seconds back of first and his closest rival was over 20 seconds back.
Overall it was a great day of competition. It was a great first look at our runners competing both individually and also as a team. Our Coyotes are back in action on Saturday morning, September 28th as we host our 9th annual Coyote Cross Country Meet at the GBCS athletic field with more than 400 athletes expected.
Mite Girls 1000m [2011-2012]
Ella Kulakowsky - 2nd/13
Estella Mei - 8th/13
Mite Boys 1000m [2011-2012] - 1st place team
Liam Law - 1st/10
Preston Hines-Stoneleigh - 3rd/10
Lucas Low - 4th/10
Liam MacInnes-Wiley - 5th/10
Avery Brown - 7th/10
Marshall Grady - 9th/10
Tyke Girls 1500m [2009-2010] - 1st place team
Sydney Snelling - 5th/25
Freja Kulakowsky - 9th/25
Taryn Weppler - 12th/13
Rimyelle Grady - 13th/25
Estelle MacInnes-Wiley - 14th/25
Kate Earle - 16th/25
Noelle House - 20th/25
Tyke Boys 1500m [2009-2010] - 1st place team
Mason Bell - 3rd/25
Brennan Law - 4th/25
Sebastien Mei - 19th/25
Atom Girls 2000m [2007-2008]
Keira Snelling - 7th/27
Olivia Latham - 12th/27
Atom Boys 2000m [2007-2008]
Ethan Mei - 2nd/30
Luke House - 16th/30
Wes Brown - 29th/30