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Coyote Clean up Day - May 14, 2022
On Saturday May 14th, the Georgian Bay Coyotes and their families and several dedicated community members spent hours doing a community clean up at the track on Aiken street. The entire track was weeded, edged and swept, as were the jump pits. The jump pits were tilled and refreshed with a new load of sand. The bleachers were moved off the track which will allow for heats of runners to be organized on the track once more. Younger members of the club spent time picking up garbage and sticks, removing many hazards from the runways for the jump pits. All this hard work left the track and field in great shape for the elementary students upcoming track and field meets. Many thanks go out to all of those who pitched in to help.
Coyotes compete at BAA meet in Kincardine. - May 12, 2022
Photo: Members of the Georgian Bay Coyotes Track Club compete at the 2022 BAA meet. From left: Ethan Mei, Wes Brown, Vani Mahajan, Lindy Kingston
The high school track and field season officially kicked off this past Thursday, May 12 with the first competition of the season. The high school season is short and incredibly difficult, with each meet determining the qualifiers for the next meet; each of which draws athletes from a larger geographical area until ultimately, the athletes get to compete at OFSAA; the Ontario high school championships only a few short weeks after the season begins. Athletes need to be able to run just hard enough to qualify for their next race and not tire themselves out too much as competitions are often less than a week apart and recovery time is short.
On May 12, athletes from our local school board poured into Kincardine for the Bluewater Athletic Association (BAA) meet. The Georgian Bay Coyotes Track club had six athletes competing at this year’s meet; 4 competing for St. Mary’s High School in Owen Sound and 2 competing for GBCS in Meaford. In the Novice boy's category, Ethan Mei finished 1st in the 1500m, Haiden Green finished 2nd in the 3000m and 3rd in the 800m, Denon Taylor finished 1st in the 400m and 4th in the 800m, and Wes Brown finished 7th in the 800m. In the Novice girl's category Lindy Kingston finished 4th in the 800m, 6th in the 1500m and 1st as part of her school’s 4 x 400m relay team. Vani Mahajan finished 2nd in the 800m, 3rd in the 1500m and 2nd as part of her school’s 4 x 100m relay team.
Overall, it was a great day for our Coyote Athletes with five athletes qualifying to compete at CWOSSA (Central Western Ontario Secondary School Athletics) this upcoming Wednesday, May 18 in Brantford. We wish them success as CWOSSA is one of Ontario's most difficult regions to progress through.
Coyote Set new Provincial Record at 2022 AO U14 Indoor Championships Apr. 24, 2022
Photo: Emmett Leary wins gold in the Boys U14 2000m and sets a new Athletics Ontario Provincial Indoor Championships record in the event.
On April 24 two members of the Georgian Bay Coyotes Track Club attended the final indoor track and field meet of the 2022 season at the Toronto Track and Field Centre; the Athletics Ontario Rising Stars U14 and U12 Provincial Indoor Championships. The Coyotes Track club has already begun training for their outdoor season so this was a bit of a bonus race for these two young athletes to see how they could stand up against the best in the Province at slightly longer race distances than they are accustomed.
The first Coyote to step on the track was Emmett Leary in the boys under 14 2000m (2km) race. This was the first time that Emmett has raced the 2000m and he had high expectations for himself going into the race. He certainly did not disappoint. When the starter fired the gun Emmett took his usual place at the back of the pack in order to gage the speed of the other runners. With an overall slow start to the race Emmett then proceeded to pass each of the other runners on the very first of the ten lap race and never looked back. With each lap his lead grew larger and when crossing the finish line he stopped the clock in an amazing 6:36.87, beating his closest competitor by more than 22 seconds and setting a new Provincial Indoor record for U14 boys; breaking the old mark set in 2014 by more than 6 seconds. Officials reviewed the timing of the race and signed off on the paperwork to officially recognize Emmett’s time in the Athletics Ontario Record book. The result will now be reviewed by AO officials and hopefully ratified at an upcoming meeting.
The second Coyote to step on the track was Nathan Leary in the boys U12 1000m race. There were some familiar faces at the starting line as Nathan has raced against a few of these boys in prior races. Nathan started the race strong and continued to set a great pace throughout the entire race and demonstrated a strong finishing kick. Nathan finished 5th overall with a time of 3:51.45, setting a new personal best time for himself in the process.
It was a fun day of racing but now the focus shifts back to training for the outdoor season which culminates with the Provincial championships in late July. The Coyotes currently have more than 35 amazing young athletes ages 7-16 who train at the old GBCS track in Meaford.
Coyotes Shine at 2022 MTA Indoor Provincial Track Championships