Abbott Places 5th and 7th at OFSAA
[photo: Grade 9 student Hailey Abbott placed 5th in the Midget Girls 1500m and 7th in the Midget Girls 3000m at the OFSAA Track and Field Championships in Guelph, setting personal best times in both events.]
The Ontario High School Provincial Track and Field Championships - OFSAA - was held at the University of Guelph Alumni Stadium on Thursday, June 6th to Saturday, June 8th under three sunny and warm skies. Perfect racing conditions. Ontario's best laced up in what is likely the toughest high school provincial championships in all of Canada, with not only amazing quality but a huge volume of amazing talent in every event.
The Georgian Bay Coyotes had 4 athletes qualify for this year's OFSAA and they represented the Coyotes and their respective schools extremely well. Grade 9 students Hailey Abbott, Madi Calder and Leah Ray competed for C.C.I. in Collingwood and grade 10 student, Ethan Pentland competed for John Diefenbaker Secondary School in Durham.
Hailey Abbott was our top performer this year. She began on Thursday in the Midget Girls 1500m heats where the top 12 girls advanced to the finals on Friday. In the finals Abbott placed 5th overall with a personal best time of 4:49.77. On Saturday she stepped onto the line for the 3000m final. The lead pack set a blistering pace for the first 1km, coming through in 3:17. The pace slowed over the next 2km, but Hailey hung tough. She fell off the lead pack over the last 500m, but finished strong with a 7th place performance and a huge personal best time of 10:39.63.
Madi Calder also had a busy 3 days and performed extremely well. Calder began with the Midget Girls 400m on Thursday. Although she didn't advance to the finals, she placed 10th of 24 girls. Her personal best time of 1:00.45 was only 0.35 seconds shy of qualifying for the finals. On Friday she was part of her school's relay team. They placed 9th overall in the Open Girls 4x400m event - filling in for another girl. She completed her competition in the Midget Girls 800m event on Saturday. They started off in a very quick first 200m and held tough for 3/4 of the race, before running out of energy. She dropped of the pace in the heats, placing 19th overall with a time of 2:29.46.
Leah Ray stepped up to the line in the Midget Girls 300m hurdles on Saturday. She had a great start and ran strong throughout the race. Her time of 49.18 was just shy of her personal best and also just shy of advancing to the "top-8" in the finals. She placed 11th of 24 overall.
Last but not least, Ethan Pentland competed in the Junior Boys 800m on Saturday. He had a great race with two evenly paced laps. Ethan placed 5th in his heat with a time of 2:03.28. This is quite amazing for him as he missed about 6 weeks of training with an injury and dug deep just to qualify for OFSAA. He placed 14th overall agains 24 competitors.
The Coyotes are so proud of all 4 athletes! They are now on a 1 week break before resuming training for further meets later in the summer.
Coyotes Qualify for OFSAA Track Champs
[photos: All four Coyotes competing at their respective OFSAA Regional events qualified for the OFSAA Track and Field Championships in Guelph. Ethan Pentland will compete in the Junior Boys 800m. From left to right, Hailey Abbott qualified in both the Midget Girls 1500m and 3000m. Leah Ray will compete in the Midget Girls 300m hurdles. Madi Calder qualified for the Midget Girls 400m and 800m.]
On Wednesday, May 26th and Thursday, May 27th, the OFSAA Central Regional Track and Field Championships were held in Oshawa with our Collingwood trio competing. The top-4 in each event advance to
Hailey Abbott started things off on a positive note in the Midget Girls 1500m. She headed out with the front pack and held in contact until the last 300m. Hailey cross the line in 3rd spot with a personal best time of 4:51.80. Leah Ray was a bit off the pace as she finished in 12th spot with a personal best time of 5:22.20.
In the Midget Girls 300m hurdles, Leah Ray was more in her element and hung on to take 4th spot in another personal best time of 48.94.
The Midget Girls 400m had Madi Calder competing. Madi ran a personal best time of 1:01.14 to take 4th in a very close race. She also competed in the 800m event. She went out with the front pack and snagged a 4th place finish in a season-best time of 2:23.58 to advance to OFSAA again.
Abbott finished things off with her Midget Girls 3000m race. She took the lead and never gave it up, crossing the line in 10:48.88 in her 2nd personal best time of the meet.
On Friday, May 31st and Saturday, June 1st, the OFSAA West Regionals were held in Cambridge. Grade 10 Durham student, Ethan Pentland put all is energy into the Junior Boys 800m. It was a fast first lap and a wild sprint to the finish, with the top 5 guys all within 2 seconds of each other. Pentland out-sprinted the 5th place competitor to the line by 0.04 seconds to grab 4th spot with a time of 2:03.79 to advanced to OFSAA.
The OFSAA high school provincial track and field championships will be held at Guelph University from Thursday, June 6th to Saturday, June 8th.
All the best and congrats to Hailey, Madi, Leah and Ethan as they lace up against Ontario's best.
Cambridge Season Opener for Coyotes Successful
[Photo: Ethan Milne-Pearson #383 and Emmett Leary #376 go head-to-head in the Tyke Boys 800m, with Emmett taking gold and Ethan grabbing silver.]
On Sunday, May 26th, the Georgian Bay Coyotes send a contingent of 20 of their grade-8-and-under members to the Jacob Hespeler Secondary School in Cambridge for their season opener. After heavy rains and thunder storms the previous day, the weather improved and welcomed the racers to a sunny and a warm 23'C.
Our Coyotes came ready to race and had an impressive day of competition, with 21 personal best performances, 8 medals and 15 top-5 placings.
Outstanding performances came from several Coyotes. Emmett Leary [Tyke Boys] took gold and silver medals + one personal best time. Ethan Mei [Atom Boys] was also a double medal winner, taking silver and bronze + one personal best time. Sydney Snelling dropped her Tyke Girls 1200m time by a whopping 10 seconds. Older sister Keira Snelling had an equally impressive Atom Girls 1500m as she took 12 seconds of her time. Mason Bell significantly dropped his Tyke Boys 1200m time by 8 seconds. Liam Law grabbed gold in the Mite Boys 400m and then moved up to the Tyke Boys 800m where he placed 7th against boys 2 years older than him. Congrats to newcomer Ben Traynor as he took bronze in the Mite Boys 400m in his first ever competition with the Coyotes.
Congrats to ALL our Coyotes as they ran their hearts out and proudly represented our team.
Results: [ * = personal best time]
Mite Girls 400m [2011-2012] - 7-8yo.
Estella Mei  - 5th/6 @ 1:45.33*
Mite Boys 400m [2011-2012] - 7-8yo.
Liam Law  - 1st/10 @ 1:20.48*
Ben Traynor  - 3rd/10 @ 1:24.29*
Nathan Leary  - 5th/10 @ 1:28.77*
Liam MacInnes-Wiley  - 6th/10 @ 1:36.54
Marshall Grady  - 7th/10 @ 1:38.19
Tyke Girls 800m [2009-2010] - 9-10yo.
Rimyelle Grady  - 4th/10 @ 2:59.33
Sydney Snelling  - 6th/10 @ 3:02.02
Taryn Weppler  - 8th/10 @ 3:09.22
Estelle MacInnes-Wiley  - 9th/10 @ 3:18.62
Tyke Boys 800m [2009-2010] - 9-10yo.
Emmett Leary  - 2nd/15 @ 2:52.17
Ethan Milne-Pearson  - 3rd/15 @ 2:52.70*
Brennan Law  - 4th/15 @ 2:54.56*
Liam Law  - 7th/15 @ 2:56.19*
Mason Bell  - 8th/15 @ 3:00.03*
Sebastien Mei  - 10th/15 @ 3:09.26*
Ben Traynor  - 12th/15 @ 3:14.21
Nathan Leary  - 13th/15 @ 3:14.24
Marshall Grady  - 14th/15 @ 3:32.83*
Liam MacInnes-Wiley  - 15th/15 @ 3:39.82
Atom Girls 800m [2007-2008] - 11-12yo.
Keira Snelling  - 10th/21 @ 2:46.41*
Olivia Latham  - 11th/21 @ 2:47.57
Atom Boys 800m [2007-2008] - 11-12yo.
Ethan Mei  - 2nd/13 @ 2:42.20
Wes Brown  - 13th/13 @ 3:20.37
Senior Grils 800m [2005-2006] - 13-14yo.
Payton Weppler  - 15th/18 @ 2:47.58
Tyke Girls 1200m [2009-2010] - 9-10yo.
Sydney Snelling  - 4th/9 @ 4:27.60*
Rimyelle Grady  - 6th/9 @ 4:39.66*
Estelle MacInnes-Wiley  - 9th/9 @ 4:59.05
Tyke Boys 1200m [2009-2010] - 9-10yo.
Emmett Leary  - 1st/9 @ 4:20.80*
Mason Bell  - 3rd/9 @ 4:23.73*
Ethan Milne-Pearson  - 4th/9 @ 4:30.79*
Brennan Law  - 6th/9 @ 4:34.16
Sebastien Mei  - 8th/9 @ 5:04.75*
Atom Girls 1500m [2007-2008] - 11-12yo.
Keira Snelling  - 4th/13 @ 5:22.31*
Olivia Latham  - 9th/13 @ 5:43.96*
Atom Boys 1500m [2007-2008] - 11-12yo.
Ethan Mei  - 3rd/11 @ 5:21.28*
Wes Brown  - 11th.11 @ 6:18.23
Senior Girls 1500m [2005-2006] - 13-14yo.
Payton Weppler  - 15th/16 @ 6:51.12
4 Coyotes Advance to OFSAA Regional Track Champs
[Photo: From left to right, grade 9 Collingwood girls Hailey Abbott, Leah Ray and Madi Calder and grade 10 Ethan Pentland all advanced to the OFSAA Regional Track and Field Championship after strong performances at their GBSSA and CWOSSA District Champs. Abbott had 2 gold and a silver. Calder had 1 gold, 1 silver and a 5th. Ray had two 4th place finishes and a 5th. Pentland had 3rd and 4th place finishes.]
High School track and field athletes from across the province have been competing in their specific regions attempting to make their way to the OFSAA Provincial Championships in early June. The "Road to OFSAA" is demanding and is easily the toughest province in Canada to qualify.
The Georgian Bay Coyotes had 7 athletes competing at their District Championships on May 22nd and May 23rd. Four Coyotes competed at the CWOSSA District Championships in Cambridge while our three Collingwood girls competed at the GBSSA District Championships in Midland. The top-5 in each event advance to the OFSAA Regional Championships next week.
On Wednesday, May 22nd, grade 11 Meaford students Spencer Book and Hannah Knight both competed in the Senior 1500m event. Hannah was not feeling well and struggled through her race, placing 12th of 14 girls in a time of 6:09.28, well off the lead pack and also well off her personal best time. Spencer didn't bring his "A-game" this day as he also cross the line in 12th spot of 15 athletes with a sluggish time of 4:37.72, well off his best time.
Grade 10 Durham student Ethan Pentland lined up in the Junior Boys 1500m race. His race was very strategic as they literally trotted through the first 800m in very slow 2:40. Then the race turned into a 700m sprint to the finish. Pentland placed 4th of 16 competitors with only 3 seconds separating 2nd and 4th place finishes. His time of 4:36.00 was slow for him, but considering the sluggish race tactics, he got the job done and advanced to Regionals.
On Tuesday, May 23rd we had all 4 Coyotes competing.
Grade 9 Meaford student Jeffrey McPherson started things off in the Midget Boys 3000m race with 17 competitors stepping up to the line. Jeffrey started out well at his pace, but pulled out part way through the race and did not finish.
Grade 10 student, Ethan Pentland continued his racing success in the Junior Boys 800m as he solidified his spot at Regionals again. Another tactical race with a big sprint at the end. He took 3rd overall and was only 2 seconds from 1st place. His time of 2:08.87 was also slow for him, but again the race tactics made for a slow race and a sprint finish.
Grade 11 Meaford student Hannah Knight attempted to regroup after her 1500m race the day before. Her ill-health continued to be her worst enemy as she struggled again in her 800m event. Her time of 2:54.46 placed her 13th of 13 and was a frustrating performance for her.
Grade 11 Meaford student Spencer Book redeemed himself in the Senior Boys 800m race. He put in a solid race, placing 8th of 15 competitors in a respectable time of 2:02.29. He got boxed in for most of the race and missed out on the top-5 as they all sprinted to the finish.
On Wednesday, May 22nd and Thursday May 23rd, our Collingwood grade 9 trio of girls laced up in Midland to put their training to the test.
Leah Ray was struggling with a "bug", but managed to dig deep and place in the top-5 in each of her 3 events. She placed 4th of 16 girls in the 300m hurdles with a personal best time of 51:18. Ray pulled off a comfortable 1500m 4th place finish with a time of 5:39.27. Leah finished her 3rd event, the Midget Girls 3000m, with a 5th spot finish. Her personal best time was 12:05.56 against a field of 7 other girls.
Madi Calder also had a strong showing over the two days. She placed 2nd of 16 competitors in the Midget Girls 400m with a personal best time of 1:01.59. Madi won the Midget Girls 800m race in a comfortable 2:29.14. Calder's 3rd race, the Midget Girls 1500m, had her qualify for Regionals yet again with a 5th place finish, stopping the clock in a comfortable 5:46.49.
Hailey Abbott had a very impressive meet. She was 2nd in the Midget Girls 800m, just behind team mate Madi Calder. Hailey's time was 2:29.71. Abbott comfortably won the Midget Girls 1500m by 13 seconds as she cruised to a 5:16.30 against 12 other competitors. Hailey won her 2nd race of the competition, taking 1st place in the Midget Girls 3000m. She had a 14 second comfortable lead over her nearest competitor, crossing the line in 11:54.41.
Congrats to Ethan, Hailey, Madi and Leah as the
Coyotes Rock at Indoor Track Champs