Abbott Shines at National XC Champs
[photo: From left to right, Spencer Book, Ethan Pentland and Hailey Abbott competed at the Canadian XC Championships in Kingston, with Coyote head coach Kevin Hooper cheering them on]
On Saturday, November 24th, the National Cross Country Championships were held at the scenic Fort Henry in Kingston, Ontario under sunny skies. Temps had dropped to +1'C with a chilling wind coming off the beautiful bay backdropping the very spectator friendly race course. Fortunately the temperatures were cold enough to keep the ground relatively hard, but it did begin to get chewed up after several races. Except for the wind, it was an almost perfect day for a national championship in late November.
Spencer Book [16yo from Meaford], Ethan Pentland [15yo from Durham] and Hailey Abbott [14yo from Collingwood] were all competing at the National level for the first time and were quite nervous in the days leading up to the race. On race day though, they had calmed their nerves and were ready to compete.
Hailey competed in the Girls U18 4km race with 235 girls spread out across the starting line, with only 199 actually competing the course that had icy sections laced out across the switch-backed, 2km looped course. Hailey didn't have the best start as, being 3 years younger than most of the runners, she got swallowed up over the first 400m. She kept her composure and worked her way through the pack, getting stronger as the race went on. A strong finishing kick over the remaining 300m gradual uphill climb gave her an amazing 40th spot overall with a time of 15:14.3 [average pace per kilometre was 3:49]
In the Boys U18 6km race, Ethan Pentland had a very aggressive start, leading the field over the first 250m, with Spencer Book having a similar swallowed up start that Abbott had. Pentland was gradually overtaken by the older runners, with both boys remaining about 25 seconds apart from each other for most of the race. Ethan finished strong up the final 300m climb to capture 135th spot of 235 competitors in a time of 21:18.3 [average pace per kilometre was 3:33], with team-mate Book not far behind. Spencer stopped the clock at 21:52.1 [average pace per kilometre was 3:39] to take 178th spot.
The Coyotes are very proud of all three members. It was a great learning experience for them and look forward to even stronger national performances in the future from each of them. They now get a well deserved 2 week break before they begin training for their indoor track season.
Solid Performances for Coyotes at AO XC Champs
[photo: Hailey Abbott of Collingwood and Ethan Pentland of Durham led the Georgian Bay Coyotes to multiple strong performances at the A.O. XC Championships in King City on Sunday, Nov 11th.]
On Sunday, November 11th, Seneca College - King City Campus hosted the Athletics Ontario Cross Country Championships and it was definitely a course to remember. In fact, it was one of the toughest courses our team has been exposed to over the last 8 years. It was very hilly, extremely technical, with endless twists and turns, a plethora of tree roots to maneuver around, 0'C temps, a chilling breeze and MUD! An additional challenge with the width of the trails made life interesting. A few spots allowed runners to spread out 3-4 across, while other sections narrowed to single lines of passage, making passing impossible....Oh....and even more MUD!
Athletes were slipping and sliding on almost every turn and, if that wasn't enough, on the larger 3km loop the athletes were invited to climb one of the steepest 200m hills around, the likes of which most had never experienced before, with walking at the top 30m was almost as fast as running. Race times were not important in this competition. It was more about survival.
The Coyotes sent 11 members to conquer the challenging course. Although many of our team placed further back in the pack this time, the future looks exciting as most of our runners were at the bottom of their 2 year age-group. So next year the Coyotes will boast even stronger results as most will then be at the top of their age group. That being said, all 11 posted very solid race performances, led by Hailey Abbott and Ethan Pentland.
The first race of the day was the Masters 5km race. To qualify as a "Master", you need to be 30 years and older with all men and women competing in the same race. The Masters sent 150 athletes to the starting line, but only 136 completed the course as some dropped out due to twisted ankles and injuries from falls. Coyote head coach Kevin Hooper crossed the line in 65th spot and 7th overall in his 55-59 y.o. age group in a time of 23:16. At this time of the day, the course was a combination of half-frozen and crusty surfaces along with lots of mud.
Later in the day the course was very chewed up to a constant onslaught of mud. Our lone Bantam Girl [grade 7-8], Chantel Abbott [Gr.7] of Collingwood had an exceptional race. Her time of 9:59 over the 2km loop gave her 33rd spot of 96 competitors. Our "Thornbury Duo", Devlin Gillis and Rohan Egan, both grade 8, also had very strong races. Devlin's time of 9:44 gave him 34th spot and Rohan, not far behind, finished in 38th spot with a time of 9:49, against 61 athletes.
Our Midget Girls [Grade 9-10] stepped up next in the 4km race. Hailey Abbott [Gr.9] who placed 6th at OFSAA last Saturday, led the team with her 24th finish in 19:31. Leah Ray [Gr.9] also from Collingwood, lead the pack at the beginning of the race, but dropped to 45th spot with a solid time of 20:11. Madi Calder [Gr.9] from Collingwood came across the line in 20:54. Madi got a terrible start and got squeezed to the very back of the pack. She then fought her way back to 64th spot These 3 girls won the Team bronze last weekend at OFSAA. Zoey Killeen [Gr.9] of Meaford fell part way through the race, twisting her knee, but fought through the discomfort to take 77th spot in 21:17 against a field of 109 girls. Their team also placed a solid 9th of 15 teams, which is exciting as all 4 girls will be in the same age-group next year.
Ethan Pentland [Gr. 10] had our best performance of the day in the Midget Boys [Gr. 9-10] 4km race. He had a great start and was up with the lead pack for the first lap, and then dropped a few spots to capture 13th spot in time of 16:38. He missed 12th spot by the with of a nose-hair.
Hannah Knight [Gr. 11] of Meaford was our lone member of the Youth Girls [Grade 11-12] 5km race. Although not one of her better races, she had a solid performance, climbed the "beast" of a hill without walking, and crossed the line in 71st spot with a time of 26:36.
Spencer Book [Gr.11], also of Meaford, finished our day in the Youth Boys [Grade 11-12] 6km race. He had a great start as well to get out of trouble at the beginning of the race and had to climb the "beast" twice. His amazing finishing sprint over the last 250m gave him 48th spot, stopping the clock in 22:30 in a field of 115. He also just missed 47th spot by the width of a nose-hair.
The Coyotes have one more race in their Fall agenda. Hailey, Ethan and Spencer will be competing at the Canadian Cross Country Championships in Kingston on Saturday, November 24th. Congrats to ALL our Coyotes who competed. You all made your Team very proud.
Coyotes Win Team Bronze at OFSAA
[photo: Flanked by Coyote coaches Kevin and Shelley Hooper, from left to right, Leah Ray [#429], Madi Calder [#408] and Hailey Abbott [#407] were three of the top 4 C.C.I. team members to win a bronze medal at the OFSAA XC Champs in Dundas.]
Christie Lake Conservation Area in Dundas, near Hamilton, was host to over 2000 athletes for the 2018 Ontario High School OFSAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday, November 3rd. Conditions were near perfect with overcast and +4'C with a light wind. The overnight rain made the course muddy and slippery in sections, but added to the true nature of cross country running.
The first event of the day, the grade 9 Midget Girls 4km race, was well represented with 3 Coyote members as they were competing for their high school - Collingwood Collegiate Institute. The girls and CCI have had a tremendous Fall season of racing, with Hailey and the team winning several races throughout the region, including the GBSSA Regional Championships in Huntsville last week.
Race day the girls were VERY nervous, but focussed well before the race to keep their emotions in check. At the sound of the gun, a herd of 269 jittery girls stampeded down the 250m opening stretch before making a sharp 90 degree turn to the right. After the first 500m, Hailey Abbott found herself in the top-5 and her team mates battling the mass of other athletes close behind. The entire pack then disappeared into the woods before popping out again with only 800m to go.
Abbott held onto 5th spot until the last 200m where she slipped back into 6th and cross the line in 16:43.8 minutes, with the bronze medal athlete only 8 seconds ahead of her. This was an outstanding race for Abbott as she improved her time by 39 seconds from the "pre-OFSAA" race held 4 weeks earlier on the same course, where she placed 7th.
Behind Abbott, girls were sprinting towards the finish line in huge packs, with several competitors crossing the line every 1-2 seconds. Not far behind, Leah Ray also had an outstanding race as she grabbed 55th spot in a time of 17:35.7 [35 seconds faster than her "pre-OFSAA" race] and was the 2nd finisher on the C.C.I. team. Madi Calder had a good start, but struggled in the back half of the course. She was only 28 seconds slower than her "pre-OFSAA" 4km race, but finished with a great sprint to pass a few girls in the last 150m to stop the clock at 18:31.4 to take 112th spot and 4th member on the team.
The top-4 C.C.I. girls earned a bronze medal, well ahead of the 4th place team. This is the first OFSAA team medal for the Coyotes and Hailey, Leah and Madi did their team proud!!!
The Coyote return to action on Sunday, Nov. 3rd in King City for the Athletics Ontario Provincial Cross Country Championships, with 11 athletes competing.
Coyotes Host Provincial XC Champs
[photo: Liam Law and Freja Kulakowsky lead the Coyotes at the MTA Provincial XC Championships in Meaford, each winning gold in their respective Mite Boys and Mite Girls 1000m races]
On Saturday, October 27th, the Georgian Bay Coyotes hosted the Minor Track Association Provincial Cross Country Championships at the GBCS Athletic Field in Meaford. This was the first time a provincial cross country championship has ever been held in Meaford.
It was a typical Fall day with a combination of +4'C, rain, snow and wind. The only thing missing was sunshine. The weather didn't stop 360 athletes from invading Meaford to put their hard training to the test over the last 3 months though. They were wrapped in blankets, winter jackets, rubber boots and toques in attempts to keep warm and dry before their race. 29 teams came from Timmins, Barrie, Newmarket, Toronto, Etobicoke, Burlington, Thorold, Caledon, Stoney Creek, Markham, Pickering, Hamilton, Guelph, London, and Port Elgin to wind through the twisting and turning grassed course with a nasty 30m hill on each loop.
The Coyotes had been working very hard and had their eyes set on some individual and team medals and they did not disappoint. Our Mite Girls [grade 2-3] dominated the 1000m race taking 1st, 3rd and 5th spots as well as winning the 1st place team award. Freja Kulakowsky [Blue Mountains] took gold and continued her unbeaten streak this Fall, not loosing a single race. Her strong push over the 2nd half of the race allowed her to pull ahead of the pack to stop the clock in 4:05. Newcomer Sydney Snelling [South Peninsula Shores] grabbed her first provincial championship medal as she finished 3rd in 4:17. Our Mite Boys also came home with a gold medal as Liam Law [Meaford] took 1st place with a time of 4:07. Liam was also undefeated this Fall. The Mite Boys Team earned a silver medal as well.
The Tyke Girls [grade 4-5] won our 3rd Team medal on the day earning bronze. Newcomer Keira Snelling [South Bruce Peninsula] was our top performer as she crossed the line in 7:37 over the 1.75km course as the entire field ran an extra ~250m after missing a turn in the course. Coyote veteran Olivia Latham [Owen Sound] took 15th spot in 7:51.
Kaj Kulakowsky [Blue Mountains] and Emmett Leary [Meaford] lead the Tyke Boys team, taking 13th and 15th spots respectively over the 1500m course. Kaj's time of 6:33 edged out 14th spot by 1 second and Emmett was a nose-length behind, also at 6:34. Newcomer Mason Bell rounded out our top-3 as he stopped the clock in 6:48 to take 23rd position.
Chantel Abbott [Collingwood] lead our Atom Girls [Gr.6-7] over their 1950m course. She captured 16th spot in 8:05 and Luke House was our top Atom Boys performer, taking 24th spot in 8:34. Payton Weppler [Shallow Lake] was our lone Senior Girl [Gr.8-9] as we rested our 5 grade 9 girls and another grade 8 girl didn't compete. Payton ran a solid race to finish 53rd. Our Senior Boys [Gr.8-9] duo of Devlin Gillis and Rohan Egan, both from Thornbury, also ran a solid race to cross the line in 24th and 25th spots respectively.
Overall it was a great day of competition. We won 2 gold and 1 bronze individual medals as well as a gold, silver and bronze team awards. We also had seven top-10 performances. All our Coyotes should be proud of their performances as they all gave 100%. Special thanks to ALL our volunteers who made this event happen. We could not have pulled off this event without you!
The Team return to action on Saturday, November 3rd as three of our grade 9 girls will be competing at the high school OFSAA Provincial XC Championships near Hamilton.
Mite Girls [Gr.2-3] 1000m - 1st place team
Freja Kulakowsky [Gr.3] - 1st/20 @ 4:05
Sydney Snelling [Gr.3] - 3rd/20 @ 4:17
Micah Abbott [Gr.3] - 5th/20 @ 4:30
Estelle McInnes-Wiley [Gr.3] - 10th/20 @ 4:53
Noelle House [Gr.3] - 13th/20 @ 4:58
Ella Kulakowsky [Gr.2] - 14th/20 @ 4:59
Mite Boys [Gr.2-3] - 1000m - 2nd place team
Liam Law [Gr 2] - 1st/17 @ 4:07
Nathan Leary [Gr.2] - 7th/17 @ 4:40
Sebastien Mei [Gr.3] - 12th/17 @ 4:57
Avery Brown [Gr.2] - 13th/17 @ 5:19
Tyke Girls [Gr.4-5] - 1750m - 3rd place team
Keira Snelling [Gr.5] - 7th/47 @ 7:37
Olivia Latham [Gr.5] - 15th/47 @ 7:51
Rimyelle Grady [Gr.4] - 34th/47 @ 8:36
Taryn Weppler [Gr.4] - 35th/47 @ 8:36
Tyke Boys [Gr.4-5] - 1500m - 5th place team
Kaj Kulakowsky [Gr.5] - 13th/40 @ 6:33
Emmett Leary [Gr.4] - 15th/40 @ 6:34
Mason Bell [Gr.4] - 23rd/40 @ 6:48
Brennan Law [Gr.4] - 26th/40 @ 6:53
Jack Farmus [Gr.5] - 28th/40 @ 7:01
Graeme Manwell [Gr.5] - 29th/40 @ 7:02
Edmund McPherson [Gr.5] - 37th/40 @ 7:58
Atom Girls [Gr.6-7] - 1950m - 6th place team
Chantel Abbott [Gr.7] - 16th/69 @ 8:05
Taryn Lee [Gr.6] - 26th/69 @ 8:31
Megan Cowen [Gr.6] - 49th/69 @ 9:14
Skyler Jenks [Gr.6] - 61st/69 @ 9:39
Atom Boys [Gr.6-7] - 1950m - 8th place team
Luke House [Gr.6] - 24th/41 @ 8:34
Ethan Mei [Gr.6] - 26th/41 @ 8:36
Dominic Manwell [Gr.7] - 31st/41 @ 8:51
Wes Brown [Gr.6] - 34th/41 @ 9:13
Senior Girls [Gr.8-9] - 2950m
Payton Weppler [Gr.8] - 53rd/57 @ 14:25
Senior Boys [Gr.8-9] - 2950m
Devlin Gillis [Gr.8] - 24th/35 @ 11:44
Rohan Egan [Gr.8] - 25th/35 @ 11:51
3 Coyotes OFSAA-Bound!
[photo: From left to right, Hailey Abbott, Madi Calder and Leah Ray, all from Collingwood, will represent the Coyotes and their high school, C.C.I., at the OFSAA XC Championships on Saturday, November 3rd]
The Fall high school cross country season is into the exciting races as individuals and teams are all competing to qualify for the 2018 OFSAA Cross Country Championships being held near Hamilton on Saturday, November 3rd. To qualify, athletes need to place in the top-7 individual spots or in the top-2 teams for their specific race.
On Tuesday, October 23rd, the Georgian Bay region beginning in Collingwood and spreading north-east, held their regional GBSSA XC Championships at Arrowhead Park in Huntsville. The Georgian Bay Coyotes were well represented in the Grade-9 Midget Girls 4000m race. Hailey Abbott won gold over the 4km course in a time of 17:45.50, out sprinting the 2nd place girl by 9 seconds. Madi Calder was 3rd in 18:30.10 and Leah Ray grabbed 9th, stopping the clock in 19:27.40 against 59 competitors. They were the top-3 on their high school grade-9 girls team and won the 1st place team award. All three girls will be competing at the OFSAA XC Championships.
On Thursday, October 25th, the CWOSSA XC Championships were held at Bectel Park in Waterloo and the Coyotes had 5 members competing. In the Grade-9 Midget Girls 4000m race, Bethany Woodhouse of St. Mary's High School took 14th spot in 16:43.6 and Zoey Killeen of GBCS in Meaford placed a solid 26th spot in 17:45.2 against 124 competitors.
In the Grade 10 Junior Boys 5000m race, Ethan Pentland of Durham, was hoping for a spot at OFSAA, but fell short by 1 spot. He placed 8th overall against 159 competitors in a time of 17:31.0, a few seconds faster that his "pre-CWOSSA" race a couple weeks ago, but just couldn't find the speed to crack the top-7.
In the grade 11-12 Senior Girls 6000m race, Hannah Knight of GBCS in Meaford did not have a good race. She placed 35th of 194 competitors, stopping the clock in 28:09.4. Spencer Book, also a grade 11 GBCS student laced up in the Senior Boys 6000m race. He cross the line in 27th with a time of 23:08.2 against a large field of 273 runners, which is the same time as his "pre-CWOSSA" race a couple weeks ago.
Congrats again to Hailey, Madi and Leah on their outstanding performances and advancing to OFSAA!
Etobicoke is Last Stop for Coyotes Before Provincials
[photo: From left to right, Brennan Law, Emmett Leary, Edmund McPherson, Jack Farmus, Kaj Kulakowsky, and Graeme Manwell of the Georgian Bay Coyotes Track Club, ran to a 2nd place Tyke Boys team finish in Etobicoke on Saturday, October 20th]
On Saturday, October 20th the Etobicoke Huskies hosted the final MTA cross country meet for the Provincial XC Championships being held in Meaford on Saturday, October 27th. The Georgian Bay Coyotes Track Club sent a group of twenty of their "Grade 8-and-Under" members down as a tune up race and to make final selections to their provincial team. Race day was a typical Fall experience with pleasant 9'C, sun-overcast skies and a light wind. A perfect day for racing.
The Mite Girls [grade 2-3] started the day of with a bang. Freja Kulakowsky [Gr.3] lead the pack of 17 girls from start to finish over the 1km course. She took the gold medal in a time of 3:40.53. Team mate Micah Abbott [Gr.3] was only 11 seconds behind to capture a silver medal. The Mite Girls also won the 1st place team medal.
The Mite Boys [grade 2-3] were also impressive as Liam Law [Gr.2] was nipped at the finish line by 0.53 seconds to settle for a silver medal. Nathan Leary [Gr.2] was not far behind as he stopped the clock at 4:06.34 to take 5th spot.
Olivia Latham [Gr.5] lead her team as she finished with a very strong 5th spot in the Tyke Girls [grade 4-5] over the 1500m loop. Her time of 5:29.53 was only 16 second behind the leader. Rimyelle Grady [Gr.4] grabbed 20th spot in 6:04.15 and Taryn Weppler [Gr.4] finishing only 1 second later to capture 21st. Their team placed a solid 4th of 6.
The Tyke Boys [grade 4-5] 1500m race had the Coyotes grabbing the 2nd team spot overall of 6. Kaj Kulakowsky [Gr.5] finished in 5:08.00, good enough for 3rd place. Emmett Leary [Gr. 4] outsprinted his competitor to grab 7th position in 5:21.31 and team mate Brennan Law [Gr 4] took 12th place in 5:32.24.
The Atom [grade 6-7] kids ran 2000m - two laps around the smaller grassed 1km loop laced with a couple nice hills. In the Girls race, Chantel Abbott [Gr.7] go off to her usual slower start and then reeled in the pack on the 2nd lap. Her strong effort placed her 4th overall in a time of 8:13.81 - only 4 seconds away from the podium. The Atom Boys were lead by Luke House [Gr.6] as he ran a very solid race to capture 8th spot in a time of 8:41.41. The Atom Boys team ran strong overall to a 4th place overall of 6 teams.
In the Senior Girls 3000m race [grade 8-9], Payton Weppler [Gr.8] was our loan competitor. She ran a very solid race and cross the line in 11th spot with a time of 13:18.00.
Our Grade-8-and-Under runners have their provincial team of 32 runners competing in Meaford on Saturday, October 27th at the Minor Track Association Provincial Championships. The first race gets underway at 9:50am at the GBCS athletic field with over 400 competitors participating.
Mite Girls [Gr.2-3] - 1000m - 1st place team
Freja Kulakowsky - Gr.3 - 1st/17 @ 3:40.53
Micah Abbott - Gr.3 - 2nd/17 @ 3:51.59
Noelle House - Gr.3 - 12th/17 @ 4:31.09
Mite Boys [Gr.2-3] - 1000m
Liam Law - Gr.2 - 2nd/15 @ 3:40.75
Nathan Leary - Gr.2 - 5th/15 @ 4:06.34
Tyke Girls [Gr.4-5] - 1500m - 4th place team
Olivia Latham - Gr.5 - 5th/43 @ 5:29.53
Rimyelle Grady - Gr.4 - 20th/43 @ 6:04.15
Taryn Weppler - Gr.4 - 21st/43 @ 6:05.06
Tyke Boys [Gr.4-5] - 1500m - 2nd place team
Kaj Kulakowsky [Gr.5] - 3rd/30 @ 5:08.00
Emmett Leary [Gr.4] - 7th/30 @ 5:21.31
Brennan Law [Gr.4] - 12th/30 @ 5:32.24
Jack Farmus [Gr.5] - 14th/30 @ 5:35.22
Graeme Manwell [Gr.5] - 16th/30 @ 5:45.53
Edmund McPherson [Gr.5] - 23rd/30 @ 6:23.12
Atom Girls [Gr.6-7] - 2000m
Chantel Abbott [Gr.7] - 4th/37 @ 8:13/81
Skyler Jenks [Gr.6] - 24th/37 @ 9:17.81
Atom Boys [Gr.6-7] - 2000m - 4th place team
Luke House [Gr.6] - 8th/33 @ 8:41.41
Dominic Manwell [Gr.7] - 19th/33 @ 9:03.25
Wes Brown [Gr.6] - 22nd/33 @ 9:09.40
Senior Girls [Gr.8-9] - 3000m
Payton Weppler [Gr.8] - 11th/15 @ 13:18.00
Coyotes Take Command of Thorbury 5km
[photo: From left to right, Coyote coach Kevin Hooper, Rohan Egan, Devlin Gillis, and Dave Ellis all competed in the Thornbury 5km Road Race]
On Sunday, October 14th, a small but mighty contingent of the Georgian Bay Coyotes lined up for the annual Thornbury "Run Blue Mountains" Road Race. A 5km, 10km and 20km race was held as well as a kids 1km race as a fundraiser for the Thornbury-Clarksbury Rotary Club. Race conditions were a comfortable 7'C, overcast and a light headwind for the first half of the race.
The Kid's 1km race began the day at 9:00am with Kaj Kulakowsky [grade 5] taking 1st place. At 9:30am the three road races began and Devlin Gillis [grada 8] was the overall 5km winner with a time of 20:21. Kevin Hooper took 3rd place overall and 1st place in the male 50-59 age group, crossing the line in 20:42. Rohan Egan [grade 8] placed 4th overall and 1st place in the male 10-19yo age group, stopping the clock at 21:42. Dave Ellis took 2nd place on the male 70-79 age group with a time of 25:35.
High School Coyotes' Racing Season Underway
[photo: From left to right, Ethan Pentland, Hailey Abbott, Spencer Book and Madi Calder are among the high school members of the Georgian Bay Coyotes Track Club prepping for qualifying races in their attempts to compete at OFSAA in the next few weeks]
The racing season for high school members of the Georgian Bay Coyotes is well under way and they are performing strong.
On Wednesday, October 3rd at the "Pre-OFSAA" cross country meet held at the Christie Lake Conservation Area in Dundas [near Hamilton], grade 9 Collingwood students Hailey Abbott, Madi Calder and Leah Ray laced up to "test drive" the OFSAA course. The 3 girls were the top-3 grade 9 girls from their CCI high school and all three placed in the top-30. Hailey, Madi and Leah lead
their CCI school to a #1 team result against 30 other high schools. In addition, Hailey placed 7th of 294 competitors over the 4km course in a time of 17:22.1. She was only 22 seconds behind the 2nd place girl. Madi Calder cross the line in 22nd spot, stopping the clock at 18:03.0, with Leah Ray taking 27th spot in 18:10.03.
On Thursday, October 11th, 3 other Coyotes competed at the Waterloo Octoberfest Invitational Cross Country Meet at Bectel Park. This will be the course for the upcoming CWOSSA Cross Country Championships so they also used this race as a "test drive". In the Grade 9 Midget Girls 4km race, Bethany Woodhouse of Heathcote and a St. Mary's student in Owen Sound, had an amazing start to her high school career. She placed an impressive 7th spot of 142 girls in a time of 17:13.4. Grade 10 Durham student, Ethan Pentland continued his strong summer track performances as he won Bronze in the Junior Boys 5km race with a time of 17:37.8, only 18 seconds begin 1st. There were 158 competitors in his race. In the 6km Senior Boys Grade 11-13 race, Meaford's Spencer Book, a grade 11 GBCS student, placed 24th of 270 runners with a time of 23:07.4 over the twisting and hilly course.
All of the Coyote high school students, which will also include grade 9 student Zoey Killeen and grade 11 student Hannah Knight, both from Meaford, will step up to the line for their Area XC Meet the week of October 15th.
Coyotes Dominate at BWDSB XC Race
[photo: Taryn Lee, a grade 6 East Ridge Community School student, won gold in the grade 5-6 girls 2km race at the BWDSB Area Meet in Owen Sound]
The BWDSB Cross Country Area Meet for the grade 8-and-under school kids was held at the Kiwanis Complex in Owen Sound on Thursday, October 4th. After heavy overnight rains, the course was quite wet to begin the day, but dried up some as the morning sunshine beamed on all the competitors. There was a total of 997 participants combined.
The Georgian Bay Coyotes, representing their individual schools, showed up ready to race. Of the 8 races, the young Coyotes had a constant parade to the podium, with 6 gold medals and 3 bronze medals in addition to 17 top-10 performances. The Team is gearing up for their meet in Etobicoke on Saturday, October 20th and then peaking for the MTA XC Championships in Meaford on Saturday, October 27th.
Grade 1-2 Girls [1km]
Ella Kulakowsky [grade 2] - 1st/124
Elizabeth Thompson [grade 2] - 81st/124
Grade 1-2 Boys [1km]
Liam Law [grade 2] - 1st/148
Nathan Leary [grade 2] - 3rd/148
Avery Brown [grade 2] - 24th/148
Grade 3-4 Girls [2km]
Freja Kulakowsky [grade 3] - 1st/149
Rimyelle Grady [grade 4] - 6th/149
Noelle House [grade 3] - 18th/149
Grade 3-4 Boys [2km]
Emmett Leary [grade 4] - 1st/139
Brennan Law [grade 4] - 4th/139
Will Olivier [grade 4] - 8th/139
Grade 5-6 Girls [2km]
Taryn Lee [grade 6] - 1st/118
Megan Cowan [grade 6] - 5th/118
Skyler Jenks [grade 6] - 8th/118
Ava Olivier [grade 6] - 33rd/118
Natalie Book [grade 5] - 38th/118
Grade 5-6 Boys [2km]
Kaj Kulakowsky [grade 5] - 1st/138
Luke House [grade 6] - 3rd/118
Jack Farmus [grade 5] - 10th/118
Wes Brown [grade 6] - 36th/118
Graeme Manwell [grade 5] - 47th/118
Grade 7-8 Girls [3km]
Kara Tichbourne [grade 8] - 3rd/95
Grade 7-8 Boys [3km]
Devlin Gillis [grade 8] - 7th/86
Rohan Egan [grade 8] - 8th/86
Dominic Manwell [grade 7] - 15th/86
Coyotes Shine at Home Meet
[photo: From left to right, Kaj Kulakowsky, Luke House and Ethan Mei swept the Grade 3-4 Boys 1.55km race, taking 1st, 2nd, 3rd respectively at the 8th annual Coyote XC Race in Meaford.]
On Saturday, September 29th, the Georgian Bay Coyotes hosted their 8th annual Coyote Cross Country Race to almost 400 local grade 8-and-under runners from throughout Grey Bruce. The race was held at the GBCS Athletic Field and using part of the Georgian Trail on a challenging course of flat twists and turns along with a short but tough 30m hill 1/2 way through the course on each loop. Weather varied from clear blue skies to light showers under comfortable 10'C temps and a great experience was had by all. We had 392 athletes registered for the race and 304 that actually stepped onto the line.
The Coyotes put on quite a show as they had at least runner on the podium in every event, except the JK-SK 800m race, and that was because we don't have any kids on our team that young. Our team has been training extremely hard over the last few weeks and their efforts paid off in gold, silver and bronze. Those that didn't have podium placings also ran extremely hard in front of their home town crowd.
Congrats to ALL the competitors! There are some very strong runners throughout Grey Bruce and they all represented their school well. We look forward to having everyone back next year as we do it all over again. Thanks to ALL our parents, coaches and volunteers who helped out to make our race a huge success once again.
October is very busy for all our runners with their school meets around the area and the province. Our Grade 8-and-under members are back in action on October 20th in Etobicoke. The following Saturday, October 27th, they will compete at the MTA Provincial Championships, which will be hosted right here in Meaford on the exact same course they just ran on this Craft Show Weekend.
JK-SK Boys [800m]
Liam Stroud [JK] - 6th/6th @ 6:03
Grade 1-2 Girls [1000m]
Ella Kulakowsky [Grade 2] - 1st/34 @ 4:47
Estella Mei [Grade 2] - 13th/34 @ 5:43
Grade 1-2 Boys [1000m]
Liam Law [Grade 2] - 1st/48 @ 4:07
Nathan Leary [Grade 2] - 3rd/48 @ 4:34
Avery Brown [Grade 2]- 17th/48 @ 5:23
Grade 3-4 Girls [1550m]
Freja Kulakowsky [Grade 3] - 1st/40 @ 6:32
Rimyelle Grady [Grade 4] - 2nd/40 @ 7:01
Taryn Weppler [Grade 4] - 4th/40 @ 7:05
Noelle House [Grade 3] - 16th/40 @ 8:48
Grade 3-4 Boys [1550m]
Emmett Leary [Grade 4] - 1st/45 @ 6:30
Brennan Law [Grade 4] - 2nd/45 @ 6:35
Will Olivier [Grade 4] - 6th/45 @ 7:16
Sebastien Mei [Grade 3] - 18th/45 @ 8:11
Grade 5-6 Girls [1950m]
Taryn Lee [Grade 6] - 1st/35 @ 8:10
Olivia Latham [Grade 5] - 3rd/35 @ 8:36
Skyler Jenks [Grade 6] - 6th/35 @ 9:01
Mya Adams [Grade 6] - 11th/35 @ 9:26
Ava Olivier [Grade 6] - 14th/35 @ 9:45
Natalie Book [Grade 5] - 16th/35 @ 9:53
Grade 5-6 Boys [1950m]
Kaj Kulakowsky [Grade 5] - 1st/44 @ 7:47
Luke House [Grade 6] - 2nd/44 @ 7:58
Ethan Mei [Grade 6] - 3rd/44 @ 8:00
Denon Taylor [Grade 6] - 8th/44 @ 8:29
Jack Farmus [Grade 5] - 10th/44 @ 8:33
Graeme Manwell [Grade 5] - 17th/44 @ 8:50
Wes Brown [Grade 6] - 21st/44 @ 9:03
Edmund McPherson [Grade 5] - 26th/44 @ 9:33
Noah Boughtflower [Grade 5] - 28th/44 @ 9:43
Grade 7-8 Girls [2920m]
Chantel Abbott -[Grade 7] - 3rd/26 @ 12:13
Payton Weppler [Grade 8] - 7th/26 @ 13:57
Grade 7-8 Boys [2920m]
Devlin Gillis [Grade 8] - 3rd/20 @ 11:59
Dominic Manwell [Grade 7] - 8th/20 @ 13:42
Jacob Boughtflower [Grade 7] - 13th/20 @ 14:47
Rohan Egan [Grade 8] - 15th/20 @ 15:01
Solid Performance For Coyotes in Brantford
[photo: From left to right, new-comer Ella Kulakowsky, cousin Freja Kulakowsky, Noelle House and Micah Abbott won the 1st place Team Award for the Mite Girls 1000m race in Brantford. Freja was the overall winner and team mate Micah was a close 2nd]
The Fall Cross Country season-opener for the Georgian Bay Coyotes Track Club began in Brantford on Saturday, September 22nd. It was a perfect day for racing, with a mostly flat course with some gentle rolling hills on a calm, sunny and fresh 13'C morning. The Coyotes brought a small contingent of 13 runners to put their training to the test.
The races began with the Mite Girls 1000m event. Our girls got off to a great start and, after coming out of the bush heading to the finish line, there was a lot of "orange" at the front of the pack. Freja Kulakowsky [grade 3] was the overall winner with a commanding lead, but team mate Micah Abbott [grade 3] was not too far back. She out-sprinted the competition to grab 2nd place.
Our Tyke Girls 1600m event had Olivia Latham [grade 5] just 3 seconds off the chase pack battling for the medals. Olivia cross the line in 5th spot. The Tyke Boys 1600m race had an exciting close finish with Kaj Kulakowsky also taking 4th spot with 2nd and 3rd tied and only 2 seconds ahead of Kaj with 1st place only a few seconds in front. Chantel Abbott [grdae 7] was our loan Atom Girl. She started out at a bit slower, but progressively worked her way through the field to finish a solid 4th spot, with 3rd just 3 seconds in front of her. Our Atoms Boys race was exciting to have Luke House [grade 6] and Ethan Mei [grade 6] working well together the entire race, with Luke edging out his team mate to take 5th spot.
Our Grade 8 and Under runners return to action on Saturday, September 29th in Meaford, as the team host their 8th annual Coyote Cross Country Race at the GBCS athletic field. Over 400 school kids from Grey Bruce will be in attendance, with the first race beginning at 9:50am.
PeeWee / Mite Girls [2010 and younger] = 1000m - 1st place Team!
Freja Kulakowsky  - 1st/12 @ 3:41
Micah Abbott  - 2nd/12 @ 4:11
Ella Kulakowsky  - 4th/12 @ 4:28
Noelle House  - 6th/12 @ 4:32
PeeWee/Mite Boys [2010 and younger] = 1000m
Sebastien Mei  - 7th/8 @ 4:37
Tyke Girls [2009-2008] = 1500m
Olivia Latham  - 5th/16 @ 6:12
Rimyelle Grady  - 12th/16 @ 6:52
Tyke Boys [2009-2008] = 1500m
Kaj Kulakowsky  - 4th/13 @ 5:47
Atom Girls [2007-2006] = 2000m
Channel Abbott  - 4th/25 @ 8:44
Megan Cowan - 11th/25 @ 9:40
Atom Boys [2007-2006] = 2000m
Luke House  - 5th/14 @ 8:40
Ethan Mei  - 6th/14 @ 8:44
Wes Brown  - 13th/14 @ 9:40
Coyotes Warm-Up with Bayshore Road Race
[photo: Coyote coach, Kevin Hooper, took 1st place in the Men's 50-59 age group and 8th overall with a season-best time of 20:27.1 at the 9th annual Bayshore Road Race in Owen Sound.]
The Georgian Bay Coyotes Track Club have begin training for their Fall Cross Country season and used the Owen Sound Bayshore Road Race as a warm-up race to see where everyone was at.
Race day on Sunday, August 26th was calm, dry, sunny and comfortable on a new race course as over 400 hundred runners gathered in support of the Owen Sound Regional Hospital, which raised over $40,000. With half-marathon, 10km, 5km and a Kid's 1km race being offered, the Coyotes had 14 members competing in the 5km race and 4 in the Kid's 1km race.
Top Coyote on the day was grade 11 Meaford student, Spencer Book as he placed 3rd overall and 2nd male overall. He crossed the line in 18:46.1. The team made several trips to the podium and 6 ran personal best times, which is exciting for being so early in the training season.
The Team continue training for another month before officially kicking off their Fall racing season on September 22nd in Brantford and then host their 8th annual Coyote Cross Country Race in Meaford on Saturday, September 29th at the GBCS athletic field to over 400 local JK-Grade 8 school kids.
Coyote Alumni Hannah Woodhouse, now with University of Guelph, took 1st female overall in the
Owen Sound 5km race, while Sam Nusselder, now with McMaster University in Hamilton, took 2nd spot overall in the 10km race. Jessie Nusselder, a 4th year student at Laurentian University comfortably ran to a 2nd female overall in the 10km women's race.
5km Race [* = personal best time]
Spencer Book - 2nd male overall of 141 @ 18:46.1
Kevin Hooper - 8th overall and 1st male 50-59 @ 20:27.1
William Latham - 12th overall and 1st male 20-29yo @ 21:45.2
Luke House - 13th overall and 1st in 14-and-under male @ 21:54.1
Steve Leary - 14th overall and 4th in 40-49yo male @ 22:00.8
Olivia Latham - 19th overall and 1st 14-and-under female @ 22:23.9*
Bethany Woodhouse - 20th overall and 2nd in 14-and-under female @ 22:24.2*
Emmet Leary - 21st overall and 3rd in 14-and-under male @ 22:30.2*
Hannah Knight - 22nd overall and 1st in 15-19yo female @ 23:05.2
Julia Latham - 24th overall and 2nd in 15-19yo female @ 23:26.5
Madison Calder - 27th overall and 3rd in 14-and-under female @ 24:00.5*
Dave Ellis - 29th overall and 2nd in 60-69yo @ 24:03.9*
Taryn Weppler - 32nd overall and 4th in 14-and-under female @ 24:23.9*
Wes Brown - 35th overall and 7th in 14-and-under male @ 25:00.2
1km Kid's Race:
Remyelle Grady - 1st overall of 56 @ 4:11.4
Nathan Leary - 6th overall @ 4:40.8
Noelle House - 7th overall @ 4:57.1
Avery Brown - 13th overall @ 5:15.4
Kulakowsky Leads Coyotes at Provincials
[photo: Freja Kulakowsky lead the Coyotes at the MTA Provincial Track and Field Championships with a gold medal in the Mite Girls 800m and a bronze in the 400m]
The Minor Track and Field Championships were held at the Mohawk Sports Park in Burlington on Saturday, July 28th and Sunday, July 29th with over 900 kids in attendance. The $1 million newly resurfaced track was a welcome site for the athletes looking for fast performances and the Georgian Bay Coyotes were on the prowl for some hardware and some personal best performances.
But....It is a rare occurrence for the Coyotes to compete at a provincial championship and the majority of the Team come out "flat". We are known for peak-performances at championship events and a steady stream to the podium, but that was not the case this weekend. On Saturday, our 21 runners posted only 4 personal best times and earned only 1 medal. After a night of reflection, they came out more positive and aggressive, but still struggled to clock their usual high number of personal best performances and medal count. Sunday brought with it only 2 medals and 7 personal best times with 19 Coyotes competing.
Leading the way for the Coyotes was grade 2 student, Freja Kulakowsky of the Blue Mountains. She won gold in the Mite Girls 800m and bronze in her 400m event. Liam Law, a grade 1 Meaford student, won our other medal - bronze - in the Mite Boys 800m. He also posted 2 personal best times on the weekend in his 400m and 800m events. Ethan Mei, a grade 5 Meaford student, also posted two personal best times in his Atom Boys 800m and 1500m races.
The Coyotes are a hungry, determined, motivated and resilient group. After they have their well deserved two week break, they will all come back more focussed than ever to catch up on lost ground for their Fall cross country season.
Results: [* = personal best time]
Mite Girls [2010-2011]
Freja Kulakowsky ['10] - 3rd/11 in 400m @ 1:24.50 and 1st/8 in 800m @ 2:54.43 [missed PB by 1.07 sec]
Micah Abbott ['10] - 5th/11 in 400m @ 1:27.54 and 5th/8 in 800m @ 3:13.65
Noelle House ['10] - 9th/11 in 400m @ 1:37.70* and 7th/8 in 800m @ 3:34.31
Mite Boys [2010-2011]
Liam Law ['11] - 8th/16 in 400m @ 1:24.58* and 3rd/6 in 800m @ 3:02.94*
Nathan Leary ['11] - 14th/16 in 400m @ 1:35.83 [missed PB by 0.52 sec] and 5th/6 in 800m @ 3:29.92
Sebastien Mei ['10] - 13th/16 in 400m @ 1:34.24*
Tyke Girls [2008-2009]
Olivia Latham ['08] - 6th/19 in 1200m @ 4:33.36
Rimyelle Grady ['09] - 10th/19 in 800m @ 2:58.77* and 12th/19 in 1200m @ 4:48.82
Tyke Boys [2008-2009]
Kaj Kulakowsky ['08] - 6th/17 in 800m @ 2:48.22 and 5th/15 in 1200m @ 4:19.07
Emmett Leary ['09] - 10th/17 in 800m @ 2:51.06* and 9th/15 in 1200m @ 4:31.39
Brennan Law ['09] - 14th/17 in 800m @ 2:57.29 and 11th/15 in 1200m @ 4:40.04
Jack Farmus ['08] - 15th/17 in 800m @ 2:58.76* and 14th/15 in 1200m @ 4:48.68
Atom Girls [2006-2007]
Chantel Abbott [06'] - 20th/34 in 800m @ 2:49.76* and 20th/32 in 1500m @ 5:45.56
Skyler Carefoot ['07] - 29th/34 in 800m @ 2:59.01 and 32nd/32 in 1500m @ 6:25.64
Megan Cowan ['07] - 32nd/34 in 800m @ 3:08.83 and 31st/32 in 1500m @ 6:24.35
Atom Boys [2006-2007]
Ethan Mei ['07] - 10th/27 in 800m @ 2:41.47* and 6th/18 in 1500m @ 5:28.12*
Luke House ['07] - 19th/27 in 800m @ 2:54.13* and 14th/18 in 1500m @ 5:59.13
Wes Brown ['07] - 24th/27 in 800m @ 3:00.59 [missed PB by 0.01 sec] and 16th/18 in 1500m @ 6:06.76
Senior Girls [2004-2005]
Payton Dodd ['05] - 22nd/36 in 800m @ 2:36.54 and 24th/28 in 1500m @ 5:53.96
McKenna Karn ['05] -34th/36 in 800m @ 2:52.79 and 28th/28 in 1500m @ 6:18.73
Senior Boys [2004-2005]
Devlin Gillis ['05] - 31st/36 in 800m @ 2:31.53 and 29th/31 in 1500m @ 5:23.70
Strong Performances for Coyotes in Windsor
[photo: Hailey Abbott placed 4th in the 2000m and 6th in the 1200m, running two personal best times, at the AO Track and Field Champs]
The University of Windsor was host for the 2018 Athletics Ontario Provincial Track and Field Championships on Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 22. Weather was a combination of torrential downpours to overcast skies with comfortable 20'C temps and light winds. On Saturday morning it rained so hard that with all the rain on the track, it was difficult for runners in the steeplechase event to actually see the water pit they had to jump into. The Georgian Bay Coyotes sent 4 athletes to compete and fortunately the weather was favourable for their races.
Our weekend began with the Girls U16 1200m on Saturday afternoon. Hailey Abbott, a grade 8 Collingwood student, began with a 12 second personal best time of 3:48.39 as she ran a very aggressive race and crossed the line in 6th spot. Team mate Olivia Karn, a grade 9 Coldwater student, struggled in that race as she stopped the clock at 4:10.37, placing 23rd.
Ethan Pentland, a grade 9 Durham student, also ran an aggressive race in his Boys U16 1200m event. He went out with the lead pack and took the lead with 300m to go. He was caught on the final stretch as he placed 5th in a very close finish. His time of 3:16.95 was only 0.05 seconds off his best time. Spencer Book, a grade 10 Meaford student finished the day for the Coyotes as he stepped up to the line in the U18 1500m Boys race. He had a great first lap, fell back in the middle 1/3 of his race. His strong last 300m moved him up to place 23rd in a time of 4:23.02, just a few seconds off his outdoor season's best time.
Sunday was also a strong day for the Coyotes. Hailey Abbott laced in the Girls U16 2000m event. In the first 200m of her race one girl fell with a pack of girls around her. Abbott alertly dodged the pile up an ran to another personal best time by 8 seconds with her 4th place finished of 6:52.69.
The afternoon had the 800m races underway. Olivia Karn ran a stronger race as she competed in the Girls U16 event. She finished with a strong kick in the last 50m to take 19th spot in 2:30.93. Ethan Pentland ran another aggressive race in his attempts to break the elusive 2:00 barrier in his Boys U16 800m. He placed 4th overall in a very fast race and fell just short of breaking 2:00 as he cross the line in 2:00.86, only 0.76 seconds off his best time. Spencer Book was also in a very heat with his Boys U18 800m. He went out in perfect pace over the first 600m to break 2:00 again, but struggled just a bit in the last 200m. He still ran a very solid 2:01.47 to take 12th spot.
These 4 Coyotes are now on a well deserved break before switching over to their Fall cross country training in early August. The Team will be taking 24 of their grade 8 and under members to Hamilton on July 28-29 for the MTA Provincial Track and Field Championships.
Coyotes Flying at Angels International Meet
[photo: Spencer Book #451 and Rimyelle Grady #456 were two of 18 Coyotes to compete at the Flying Angels International Meet at York University in Toronto on July 7th and 8th. Book finally broke the 2:00 barrier for the 800m and Grady carved 14 seconds off her 1200m time.]
The Georgian Bay Coyotes Track Club had 18 members competing at the annual Flying Angels International Meet in Toronto on Saturday, July 7th and Sunday, July 8th. Over 900 athletes were competing, with competitors coming from southern Ontario, Delaware, Philadelphia, New York City and the Caribbean Islands, as well as other regions. With several days of scorching heat waves leading up to the event, 25-27'C temps on race day, along with a good head wind coming down the final stretch of the track, running personal times was difficult, but our Coyotes were up for the challenge.
The sprint events and the field events had very large fields of competitors, while the volume of competition in the distance races was somewhat limited in most races, possibly due to the heat wave over the last several days.
Even so, our Coyotes came ready to battle as they are preparing for their provincial championships coming up in the next couple weeks. With our 18 members only competing in the 800m, 1200m and 1500m in their specific age groups, we brought home 22 medals and had 14 personal best performances, with several just missing their best times. Some of our members made tremendous improvements in their times. Micah Abbott dropped her 800m time by a whopping 32 seconds!! Rimyelle Grady improved her 1200m time by an impressive 14 seconds and Freja Kulakowsky knocked 10 seconds off her 800m time.
The performance of the weekend for our Coyotes came from grade 10 Meaford student Spencer Book. He has been hovering around the 2:00 barrier for the 800m for a few months now. He finally broke that elusive 2:00 barrier on Sunday with his 2nd place finish in the 17-and-Under Boys 800m race with a personal best time of 1:59.77. His team mate, Ethan Pentland, a grade 9 Durham student, has also been hovering around the 2:00 zone. Pentland was hot on Book's heals the entire way of the 800m race and took 3rd spot with an ever-so-close personal best time of 2:00.10.
Our Team will be casually competing at the annual Meaford Harbour 1km/5km Road Race on Saturday, July 14th as they taper down for their upcoming provincial championships. We will be taking some of our top older runners to Windsor on July 21-22 for the Athletics Ontario Track and Field Championships and then taking several of our grade-8-and-under members to the Minor Track Association Track and Field Championships in Hamilton on July 28-29 to bring our summer season to an end.
Results [* = personal best time]
Girls 8-and Under 800m
Freja Kulakowsky - 1st/4 @ 2:53.36*
Micah Abbott - 3rd/4 @ 3:11.28*
Girls 9-and-Under 800m
Rimyelle Grady - 3rd/4 @ 3:02.17
Girls 9-and-Under 1200m
Freja Kulakowsky [8yo] - 3rd/5 @ 4:43.22
Rimyelle Grady - 4th/5 @ 4:44.81*
Taryn Weppler - 5th/6 @ 5:00.23
Girls 10-and-Under 1200m
Olivia Latham - 4th/4 @ 4:26.27*
Girls 11-and-Under 800m
Taryn Lee - 2nd/9 @ 2:38.49*
Skyler Carefoot - 5th/9 @ 2:56.45
Megan Cowan - 7th/9 @ 2:59.35*
Girls 11-and-Under 1500m
Taryn Lee - 2nd/3 @ 5:38.23
Skyler Carefoot - 3rd/3 @ 6:09.22
Girls 13-and-Under 800m
McKenna Karn - 2nd/4 @ 2:50.28*
Girls 13-and-Under 1500m
McKenna Karn - 2nd/3 @ 6:04.00*
Girls 15-and-Under 800m
Olivia Karn - 1st/5 @ 2:28.09
Girls 15-and-Under 1500m
Olivia Karn - 1st/2 @ 5:13.78
Girls 17-and-Under 1500m
Hannah Knight - 1st/1 @ 5:34.49*
Boys 8-and-Under 800m
Nathan Leary [7yo] - 3rd/4 @ 3:25.00
Boys 9-and-Under 800m
Emmett Leary - 2nd/4 @ 2:51.85 [missed PB by 0.05 sec]
Boys 9-and-Under 1200m
Emmet Leary - 2nd/5 @ 4:28.27
Nathan Leary [7yo] - 5th/5 @ 5:21.46
Boys 10-and-Under 800m
Kaj Kulakowsky - 2nd/6 @ 2:47.89*
Jack Farmus - 5th/6 @ 3:01.18*
Boys 10-and-Under 1200m
Kaj Kulakowsky - 1st/2 @ 4:15.71*
Boys 11-and-Under 1500m
Wes Brown - 1st/1 @ 6:11.92
Boys 17-and-Under 800m
Spencer Book - 2nd/6 @ 1:59.77*
Ethan Pentland [15yo] - 3rd/6 @ 2:00.10*
Boys 17-and-Under 1500m
Ethan Pentland [15yo] - 1st/5 @ 4:16.67 [missed PB by 0.54 sec]
Spencer Book - 3rd/5 @ 4:31.12
Knight Competes at Kincardine Legion Meet
Hannah Knight of the Georgian Bay Coyotes Track Club competed at the Royal Canadian Legion District-C Meet held in Kincardine on Saturday, June 23rd. She was our lone Coyote at this meet.
Her 3000m race in the "17yo-and-Under" division in the morning began under humidity high. She started off on a good pace, but fell back off the lead to place 2nd in a time of 12:28.41. In the afternoon, the humidity broke and racing became easier. Her 800m event was stronger as she cross the line in 3rd place with a time of 2:44.91, only 0.23 seconds off her personal best time.
Hannah will compete again in Toronto on July 7th and 8th with her team mates.
Coyotes Strong and Mighty in Brampton
[photo: Coyote member Noelle House, a grade 2 student from Owen Sound competed in the Mite Girls 400m race and then moved up an age-group to race in the 800m Tyke Girls division. She ran a personal best time in both events]
On Saturday, June 23rd, the Georgian Bay Coyotes sent a small and mighty crew of 13 of their grade-8-and-under members to compete at the Brampton Racers Track Meet held at the Terry Fox Stadium in Brampton. Our crew were welcomed to rainy conditions in the morning, which then let up in the afternoon under 18'C calm and overcast conditions.
There is not much that slows down the Coyotes, and rainy race conditions is not one of them. Our Team have been training very hard the last 5 weeks since their last competition and came pumped to perform. With all but 1 of our 13 runners competing in 2 events, we brought home 10 medals and posted 16 personal best performances. We had 2 others just miss PB by less than 0.1 sec and others not far off their best times.
Double medal performances came from Freja Kulakowsky, her brother Kaj, and Olivia Latham - each winning a gold and silver. Bronze medal performances came from Taryn Weppler, Rimyelle Grady, Taryn Lee, and Payton Dodd. We had a few huge personal best times as well. Noelle House dropped her 800m time by a whopping 30 seconds and also carved 7 seconds off her Mite Girls 400m time. Taryn Weppler dropped her 1200m Tyke Girls time by a massive 24 seconds. Ethan Mei took 9 seconds off his Atom Boys 800m previous best and obliterated his 1500m previous best by 14 seconds. Wes Brown made a big jump in his Atoms Boys 1500m time by 11 seconds and lowered his 800m time by 3 seconds. Payton Weppler shaved 6 seconds from her Senior Girls 1500m and Taryn Lee dropped her Atom Girls 1500m time by 7 seconds.
The Coyotes return to action on Saturday, July 7th and Sunday, July 8th as most of the entire team compete at the Flying Angels International Meet held at York University. Athletes from the States and the Caribbean will be in attendance.
Results: [* = personal performance]
Mite Girls 400m [2010-2011] / [7-8yo]
Freja Kulakowsky  - 1st/7 @ 1:23.71 [missed PB by 0.03sec]
Noelle House  - 5th/7 @ 1:38.73*
Tyke Girls 800m [2008-2009] / [9-10yo]
Olivia Latham  - 2nd/6 @ 2:51.68 [missed PB by 0.08sec]
Rimyelle Grady  - 3rd/6 @ 3:15.75
Taryn Weppler  - 4th/6 @ 3:19.71*
Noelle House  - 6th/6 @ 3:31.59*
Tyke Girls 1200m [2008-2009] / [9-10yo]
Olivia Latham  - 1st/6 @ 4:35.61
Freja Kulakowsky  - 2nd/6 @ 4:50.82
Taryn Weppler  - 3rd/6 @ 4:58.36*
Rimyelle Grady  - 6th/6 @ 5:22.22
Tyke Boys 800m [2008-2009] / [9-10yo]
Kaj Kulkowsky  - 2nd/8 @ 2:48.09*
Tyke Boys 1200m [2008-2009] / [9-10yo]
Kaj Kulakowsky  - 1st/5 @ 4:22.43
Atom Girls 800m [2006-2007] / [11-12yo]
Taryn Lee  - 3rd/11 @ 2:41.01*
Skyler Carefoot  - 8th/11 @ 2:54.50*
Atom Girls 1500m [2006-2007] [11-12yo]
Taryn Lee  - 4th/9 @ 5:30.10*
Skyler Carefoot  - 7th/9 @ 6:03.13
Atom Boys 800m [2006-2007] / [11-12yo]
Ethan Mei  - 4th/11 @ 2:43.75*
Luke House  - 7th/11 @ 2:55.46*
Wes Brown  - 9th/11 @ 3:00.58*
Atom Boys 1500m [2006-2007] / [11-12yo]
Ethan Mei  - 4th/9 @ 5:31.98*
Luke House  - 7th/9 @ 5:47.68
Wes Brown  - 9th/9 @ 5:53.23*
Senior Girls 800m [2004-2005] / [13-14yo]
Payton Dodd  - 3rd/17 @ 2:26.69*
Payton Weppler  - 15th/17 @ 2:56.50*
Senior Girls 1500m [2004-2005] / [13-14yo]
Payton Weppler  - 8th/8 @ 6:08/11*
Pentland 7th, Book 10th at OFSAA
[photo: Ethan Pentland, Spencer Book and Olivia Karn of the Georgian Bay Coyotes Track Club, all competed at the OFSAA Track and Field Championships in Toronto on June 7th-9th]
The recent Pan-Am Games athletic facility at York University in Toronto was host to the 2018 OFSAA Ontario High School Provincial Track and Field Championships on Thursday, June 7th - Saturday, June 9th. Weather conditions were perfect each day for fast times and 3 members of the Georgian Bay Coyotes Track Club came ready to play.
Olivia Karn, representing Orillia Secondary School, competed in the grade 9 Midget Girls 200m and 400m events, which is quite an accomplishment since she is a distance runner. She started off Thursday with her 400m event. She ran a very solid race the entire way, taking 8th spot in her heat and 24th overall. Her time of 1:02.76 was just shy of her personal best that she set last week at the OFSAA Central Championships. On Saturday, she laced up again for the 200m. Running strong off the turn, she headed for home and cross the line in 27:47, only 0.36 seconds off her personal best, also set last week. She placed 6th in her heat and 21st overall.
Ethan Pentland, representing John Diefenbaker Secondary School in Durham, competed in the grade 9 Midget Boys 1500m event. On Thursday he comfortably won his heat in 4:23.37 to advance to the final on Friday afternoon. He executed his race plan perfectly as he sat near the back of the pack of 12 guys for the first 800m, then moved up to the front pack of 5 with 600m to go. With 1 lap left he was about 10 seconds ahead of his personal best time, still sitting in 5th spot. At 1200m he ran out of gas and fell off the pack, but still finished with an impressive 7th place in a time of 4:17.78 and only 1.6 seconds off his best time set last week at the OFSAA West Championships.
Spencer Book, representing Georgian Bay Secondary School in Meaford, laced up in the grade 10 Junior Boys 800m on Saturday morning. He was in the 1st heat of 3, with only the top 2 in each heat automatically advancing and then the next two fastest times would also advance. His plan was to sit in the middle of the pack for the first 300m and unleash his wicked 400m sprint. He also executed his race plan perfectly and was sitting in 2nd spot with 50m to go. A strong charge at the end by another competitor nipped Book at the line. Book took 3rd in his heat and missed the finals by 0.23 seconds. His time of 2:00.62 was just 0.51 seconds off his best time set last week at OFSAA West. Spencer placed 10th overall.
Our 3 Coyotes have represented the Team and their schools well over the last 4 weeks of competition. They now return to the "drawing board" for 4 weeks of heavy training before competing again with the rest of their team mates at the Flying Angels International Meet on July 7-8 in Toronto.
OFSAA-bound for 3 Coyotes
photo: Olivia Karn, Spencer Book and Ethan Pentland from the Georgian Bay Coyotes Track Club all advance to the OFSAA Track and Field Provincial Championships on June 7-9 at York University.
The High School "OFSAA" Provincial Track and Field Championships will be held at York University in Toronto from Thursday, June 7th to Saturday, June 10th. Only Ontario's top athletes get this far as the "Road to OFSAA" is a demanding 3 weeks of advancements from prior meets. At the local Area Meet, the top 4 athletes in each event advance to their District Meet. From this meet only the top 5 keep going. Then they compete again the following week at their OFSAA Regional Championships. Only the top 4 in each regional are selected to compete at OFSAA.
The Georgian Bay Coyotes have 3 athletes this year worthy of competing at OFSAA to put their training to the test with Ontario's best.
Olivia Karn, a grade 9 Orillia Secondary School student, competed in the 200m, 400m, 800m and 4x400m relay at the OFSAA Regional Central Championships held in Toronto on May 30th-31st under hot and humid conditions. In the Grade 9 Girls Midget competitions, she sealed a spot to OFSAA in her 400m on Wednesday. Her personal best time of 1:02.11 placed her 4th overall.
On Thursday, her 800m time of 2:27.60 was her best time in 2 years, but was only good enough for 6th spot. Later in the day she ran another personal best time in her 200m at 27.19, good enough to seal 3rd spot and her second event she qualified for to compete at OFSAA. In her 4x400m event, she had the 1st leg and ran a strong time for her team. On one of the transitions, her team dropped the baton and fell back in the running. Her team's time of 4:22.44 placed them 6th overall.
The OFSAA Regional West Championships were held in Windsor on Friday, June 1st and Saturday, June 2nd under cooler conditions. Ethan Pentland, a grade 9 John Diefenbaker Secondary School student from Durham and Spencer Book, a grade 10 Georgian Bay Secondary School student in Meaford, laced up their shoes and were also ready to compete.
Ethan Pentland competed in the Grade 9 Midget Boys 1500m on June 1st. He sat quiet for the first 2 laps and then jumped into the lead. He didn't look back and comfortably took 1st spot in a personal best time of 4:16.13. Shortly after, team mate Spencer Book competed in the Grade 10 Junior Boys 1500m. He came up short as he crossed the line in 4:20.47 to take 11th spot.
The next day, Book had refocussed and was even more determined to make it to OFSAA. The Junior Boys 800m on Saturday afternoon had his name on it. He came through his first 400m in just over 58 seconds and then took the lead. He held first spot until the last 50m when he was then nipped out at the line to settle for 2nd spot. He ran a personal best time of 2:00.37.
Congrats to Olivia, Ethan and Spencer who will all represent their high school and the Georgian Bay Coyotes at OFSAA. Olivia won a bronze medal in her 200m and will compete in the 200m and 400m Midget Girls events. Ethan won gold and will compete in the Midget Boys 1500m. Spencer won silver and will compete in the Junior Boys 800m.
3 Coyotes Advance to OFSAA Regionals
[photo: Olivia Karn, Spencer Book and Ethan Pentland from the Georgian Bay Coyotes Track Club all advance to the OFSAA Regional Track and Field Championships on June 1-2 as they represent their respective high schools.]
The Georgian Bay Coyotes had 7 of their high school runners competing throughout the area in their school district track and field championships on Wednesday, May 23rd and Thursday, May 24th. They all competed last week and had to place in the top 4 of their local area meet to compete this week at their District Championships, with most placing in the top 3 spots. With a tough road to eventually compete at the OFSAA Provincial Championships, athletes are competing each week. So the goal is not necessarily to run as fast as you can, but to run smart, run just fast enough as you need to run, and make sure you qualify for the next round.
At the CWOSSA Track and Field Championships held in Kincardine, the Coyotes had 6 members step up to the line in various events.
Grade 9 Midget:
On Wednesday, May 23rd, Ethan Pentland, a grade 9 Durham student, placed 2nd in the Midget Boys 1500m, comfortably crossing the line in 4:22.11. Kurt Indoe, a grade 9 student from Shallow Lake, took to the track in the Midget Boys 3000m event. His personal best time of 12:16.37 gave him 16th spot.
Grade 10 Junior:
Prior to his 1500m, Spencer Book from Meaford did a 400m race as a "warm-up" and cruised through the race in 1:00.74 to take 11th spot. He then lined up for the 1500m and cruised to a 4th spot performance of 4:25.63. In the Junior Girls 1500m had Alex Scheifele of Owen Sound and Meaford's Hannah Knight lace up. Hannah stopped the clock in a personal best time of 5:35.39 to capture 9th spot and Alex's time of 6:02.55 placed her 11th.
On Thursday, Spencer Book competed in his strongest event, the Junior 800m. His time of 2:03.72 was good enough to give him 3rd spot. Hannah Knight also competed again on Thursday. Her personal best time of 11:53.04 in the 3000m placed her 7th overall. She also raced the 800m where she placed 11th in 2:47.83
Grade 11-13 Senior:
Grade 12 Owen Sound student, Julia Latham, laced up in the 800m event on Thursday. She had a good first lap, but fell back on her 2nd lap to finish in 10th spot with a time of 2:45.26.
At the GBSSA Track and Field Championships were held in Toronto on Wednesday, May 23rd, which included the Simcoe area.
Grade 9 Midget:
On Wednesday, May 23rd, Coldwater student Olivia Karn competed in 4 events. She placed 3rd in the Midget Girls 200m with a personal best time of 27.38. She placed 3rd in the Midget Girls 400m, again with a new best time of 1:03.81. Olivia also had a 4th place finish in the Midget Girls 800m, stopping the clock in her best time this year of 2:28.92. She completed her day being part of the 4x400m Open Girls relay team that placed 1st with a time of 4:17.51.
Congrats to ALL our high school Coyotes who competed. Special congrats to Olivia Karn, Ethan Pentland and Spencer Book. All three placed in the "top-5" and have advanced to their respective OFSAA Regional Championships on Friday, June 1st and Saturday, June 2nd.
Georgian Bay Coyotes Open in Burlington
[photo: Kaj Kulakowsky [#459], Emmett Leary [#463], Brennan Law [#461], William Olivier [behind], Jack Farmus [#455] and Sebastien Mei [#466], were some of the 23 members of the Georgian Bay Coyotes that competed in Burlington on May 19th. The boys are getting ready for their 1200m track event.]
Young Coyotes Battle Hard at Indoor Champs
[photo: 17 members of the Meaford Coyotes Track Club competed at the 2018 MTA Indoor Track and Field Championships held in Toronto on March 24th-25th]
The Meaford Coyotes Track Club sent 17 young members down to Toronto to compete at the 2018 Minor Track Association Provincial Track and Field Indoor Championships on March 24-25 at York University. Our "Grade 8-and Under" runners were hungry to pick up where the older Coyotes left off a few weeks ago and were on the prowl for personal best times and a chance to step onto the podium.
After a lengthy delay at the beginning of the meet on Saturday, the 14 Coyotes came out howling. They began their attack early as Thornbury's grade 4 student, Kaj Kulalowsky, won gold in the Tyke Boys 1200m and knocking 9 seconds off his previous personal best time. Meaford's Emmett Leary and Brennan Law were close behind in 6th and 8th spots. Leary took 14 seconds off his best time and Law carved 13 seconds off his best. Grade 2 Thornbury student, Freja Kulakowsky, had a great finishing sprint to take silver in the Mite Girls 400m race. Meaford's Kara Tichbourne [grade 7] out-sprinted a pack to take 4th spot in the Senior Girls 1500m.
Sunday morning had an electric atmosphere among the Coyotes as they were more relaxed and excited to make their presence known, with all 17 runners competing in their respective 800m events. Freja Kulakowsky earned her 2nd silver medal of the meet with huge 12 second personal best time in her Mite Girls 800m race. Meaford's Liam Law, a grade 1 SVE student, kept the energy going as he earn bronze in the Mite Boys event, taking 8 seconds off his best time. Meaford team mate Nathan Leary took 4th and chopped off 13 seconds from his previous best.
More massive personal best improvements continued on Sunday with grade 3 Rimyelle Grady of Desboro [22 seconds] in the Tyke Girls 800m and Skyler Carefoot of Owen Sound [14 seconds] in the Atom Girls 800m. McKenna Karn, a grade 7 Coldwater student, had her best race in a long time as she ran a perfectly paced 800m race to knock 8 seconds off her previous best. Our final medal on the day came from Collingwood's Madison Calder [grade 8] as she unleashed a wicked finishing sprint to snatch bronze in the Senior Girls 800m.
Overall it was a GREAT weekend! We won 1 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals. We also had 15 personal best performances, had seven "Top-5" placings, and had lots to cheer about! Several of our Coyotes just missed running a personal best time by less than 2 seconds.
The Coyotes are now on a very well deserved 2 week break. The Team begins their Spring / Summer program on Saturday, April 7th. For more information about the Team or if you are interested in joining the Coyotes, visit our website at www.meafordcoyotes.com
Results: [* = personal best time]
Mite Girls 400m [2010-2011]
Freja Kulakowsky  - 2nd/9 @ 1:23.09*
Mite Boys 400m [2010-2011]
Liam Law  - 8th/15 @ 1:26.24
Nathan Leary  - 10th/15 @ 1:35.31*
Mite Girls 800m [2010-2011]
Freja Kulakowsky  - 2nd/6 @ 3:03.98*
Mite Boys 800m [2010-2010]
Liam Law  - 3rd/5 @ 3:03.46*
Nathan Leary  - 4th/5 @ 3:22.74*
Tyke Girls 800m [2008-2009]
Olivia Latham  - 7th/14 @ 2:52.76
Rimyelle Grady  - 9th/14 @ 3:00.30*
Tyke Boys 800m [2008-2009]
Kaj Kulakowsky  - 9th/21 @ 2:48.48*
Emmett Leary  - 10th/21 @ 2:51.81*
Brennan Law  - 15th/21 @ 2:57.99*
Atom Girls 800m [2006-2007]
Taryn Lee  - 13th/26 @ 2:46.82
Skyler Carefoot  - 21st/26 @ 3:02.73*
Atom Boys 800m [2006-2007]
Luke House  - 12th/18 @ 2:56.68
Senior Girls 800m [2004-2005]
Madison Calder  - 3rd/41 @ 2:24.79
Payton Dodd  - 9th/41 @ 2:29.50
Hailey Abbott  - 15th/41 @ 2:31.33
Kara Tichbourne  - 20th/41 @ 2:34.33
McKenna Karn  - 36th/41 @ 2:52.78*
Senior Boys 800m [2004-2005]
Devlin Gillis  - 16th/22 @ 2:32.68
Tyke Girls 1200m [2008-2009]
Olivia Latham  - 7th/12 @ 4:36.98
Rimyelle Grady  - Did not finish - pushed and fell at start - scraped knee
Tyke Boys 1200m [2008-2009]
Kaj Kulakowsky  - 1st/11 @ 4:19.24*
Emmett Leary  - 6th/11 @ 4:30.13*
Brennan Law  - 8th/11 @ 4:34.05*
Atom Girls 1500m [2006-2007]
Skyler Carefoot  - 21st/23 @ 6:18.13*
Atom Boys [2006-2007]
Luke House  - 9th/19 @ 5:45.44
Senior Girls 1500m [3004-2005]
Kara Tichbourne  - 4th/32 @ 5:05.71
Madison Calder  - 23rd/32 @ 5:34.74
McKenna Karn  - 32nd/32 @ 6:06.80
Senior Boys 1500m [2004-2005]
Devlin Gillis  - 20th/27 @ 5:19.82
5 Medals for Coyotes at Provincials
photo: Ethan Pentland [#531] won gold and silver, Kara Tichbourne [#532] took double silver, while Devlin Gillis dove across the line to capture silver at the Athletics Ontario Provincial Indoor Track and Field Championships in Toronto on March 3-4
On Saturday March 3rd and Sunday March 4th, the Athletics Ontario U14, U16 and U20 Provincial Indoor Track and Field Championships were held at York University in Toronto. The Meaford Coyotes Track Club sent down a small but mighty team to lace up against Ontario's best and they didn't disappoint.
In the two days of competition, our 7 runners competed in 10 different events. On day 1, five of our runners ran in 4 different races where they posted 5 huge personal best times, won 1 gold medal and two silver medals. Day 2 was equally as impressive. Our 7 runners ran in 6 different races and posted 5 more personal best times as well as earning 2 silver medals and just missing a bronze by 4/100th of a second. So when it comes to distance races, nobody messes with a Coyote!
Our Coyotes performed simply amazing. In the U16 Boys events, Ethan Pentland of Durham won gold in the 1200m and silver in the 800m races. Meaford's Kara Tichbourne won double silver in the U14 800m and 1200m races. Thornbury's Devlin Gillis won silver in his u14 1200m event. He knocked 29 seconds off his best 1200m time and 5 seconds off his 800m previous best. Team Mate Rohan Egan dropped his 1200m best time by whopping 32 seconds while Tichbourne dropped her 1200m best by 5 seconds. Meaford's Spencer Book moved up an age group to compete in the U20 to shave another 7 seconds off his 1500m time. Collingwood's Hailey Abbott finally broke the 2:30 barrier with her 2 second PB in her 800m, while Book and Pentland draw closer to that 2:00 elusive barrier, each running personal best time of 2:01 in their respective 800m races.
Overall it was an outstanding weekend of racing, with everyone gaining valuable racing experience and learning more about what they need to work on in their training to get even faster. Our "Grade 8 and Under" Coyotes return to action March 24-25 for the Minor Track Association Provincial Championships in Toronto.
Results: [* = Personal Best Time]
U14 Girls 800m
Kara Tichbourne [13yo] - 2nd/15 @ 2:29.05
U14 Boys 800m:
Devlin Gillis [13yo] - 4th/8 @ 2:26.71* - missed 3rd by 4/100th of a second
Rohan Egan [13yo] - 5th/8 @ 2:40.30*
U16 Girls 800m
Hailey Abbott [14yo] - 12th/37 @ 2:28.38*
U16 Boys 800m
Ethan Pentland [15yo] - 2nd/35 @ 2:01.35* - missed 1st by 5/100th of a second
U20 Girls 800m
Julia Latham [18yo] - 55th/61 @ 2:42.03
U20 Boys 800m
Spencer Book [16yo] - 18th/67 @ 2:01.02*
U14 Girls 1200m
Kara Tichbourne [13yo] - 2nd/19 @ 3:54.53* - missed 1st by 13/100th of a second
U14 Boys 1200m
Devlin Gillis [13yo] - 2nd/10 @ 3:50.87* - missed 1st by 8/100th of a second
Rohan Egan [13yo] - 6th/10 @ 4:10.72*
U16 Boys 1200m
Ethan Pentland [15yo] - 1st/41 @ 3:16.94* - missed provincial record by 2 seconds
U20 Boys 1500m
Spencer Book [16yo] - 19th/65 @ 4:15.15*
Coyotes at U18 Champs / Midget Dual Meet
photo: Spencer Book #327 ran 2 personal best times in the 800m and 1500m at the AO U18 Provincial Championships, placing 8th and 6th respectively. Ethan Pentland #334 also ran a personal best time for Team Ontario in his 800m race against Team Quebec, placing 4th
The Athletics Ontario U18 (grade 11 and under) Provincial Indoor Track and Field Championships and the Team Ontario / Quebec Dual Meet were both held at York University’s indoor 200m banked track on Saturday, February 17th and Sunday, February 18th.
The Meaford Coyotes Track Club sent 5 of their high school members to the AO U18 Champs and Ethan Pentland also competed for Team Ontario at the Ontario / Quebec Midget Dual Meet, with hopes of strong performance and many personal best performances.
Grade 9 Durham student, Ethan Pentland started the weekend off in his U-16 Midget Boys 800m race with Team Ontario. He took off from the gun, clocking a 59 second 400m, stretching out the field. He faded a bit in the back half, still running a personal best time of 2:06.45 and capturing 4th place of the 7 runners.
At the AO U18 Champs, grade 10 students Hannah Knight from Meaford, Matalyn Lee from Owen Sound and new-comer Hannah Hall from Orillia lined up for the Women’s 1500m. With all three girls are coming off the injury list, their goal was to run strong races and see where they were at. Each of them ran strong and consistent races and each running faster than what was expected. Hannah Knight stopped the clock at 5:36.43, placing 43rd overall. Matalyn Lee placed close behind in 46th spot at 5:37.59. Hannah Hall crossed the line in 48th position with a time of 5:43.33.
In the AO U18 Men’s 1500m race, Meaford’s Spencer Book, grade 10, lead the Coyotes with his personal best time of 4:22.22. He set out in a blistering first 400m of 62 seconds. Tightening up a bit in the middle 700m, he recovered with a wicked finishing sprint to take 6th spot of 45 runners. Ethan Pentland also had a strong performance with his 2nd race of the day. He was on pace for most of the race, but struggled in the back 1/3 of his 1500m. He finished with a great 200m sprint and crossed the line in 17th spot with a time of 4:31.35.
Sunday also had solid performances and race time. Matalyn Lee and Hannah Knight laced up again in the U18 Womens 800m race. Both girls ran very consistent lap times, with Matti placing 52nd overall in 2:43.48. Hannah was close behind, running a personal best time of 2:44.68, taking 54th spot.
Spencer Book had an another out performance in the U18 Mens 800m. In a very fast heat, he started out at the back of the pack. Got tripped up a couple times, got boxed in, and still worked his way through the field to take 2nd in his heat and 8th overall against 46 runners. He posted another personal best time of 2:02.91.
The Coyotes return to action in 2 weeks time for the Athletics Ontario U14, U16, U20 Indoor Championships at York University.
Multiple Medals for Coyotes
[photo: 7 year old Freja Kulakowsky of the Town of Blue Mountains, won two 1st place trophies at the Flying Angels Indoor Classic on Saturday, Feb. 10th in Toronto]
On Saturday, February 10th, the Meaford Coyotes Track Club braved the elements and ventured to Toronto for the Flying Angels Indoor Classic at York University's indoor 200m track. Poor weather conditions have continued to challenge our outdoor training this winter, but our "tough as nails" young runners don't let this stop them. We work with what we have and make the best of it.
Each of our 18 Coyotes competed in two events that day and came home with more impressive results. Of the 16 races they were in, we earned 4 gold medals, 1 silver medal, 3 bronze medals, had 19 "top-5" placings and had 15 personal best performances, with several others just missing "PB's" by only a couple seconds.
Freja Kulalowsky, 7yo, won two 1st place trophies in the Mite Girls 400m and 800m races, while 6yo Liam Law earned a silver and bronze medal in the Mite Boys 800m and 400m respectively. Olivia Latham, 9yo grabbed a 1st place trophy in the Tyke Girls 1200m and a bronze in the 800m events. Other strong performances came from Emmet Leary with his bronze medal finishing sprint in the Tyke Boys 800m as well as Hailey Abbott's gold and team mate Kara Tichbourne's bronze in the Senior Girls 1200m races. Overall it was a very good day at the "office" as they are all in the depths of heavy training right now and running on tired legs.
As the weather conditions improve over the next month, we will be able to put several strong workouts together as the team prepares for their provincial championships at the end of March in Toronto.
Results: [* = personal best time]
400m Mite Girls [2010-2011]
Freja Kulakowsky  - 1st/4 @ 1:27.71
400m Mite Boys [2010-2011]
Liam Law  - 3rd/4 @ 1:27.22
Nathan Leary  - 4th/4 @ 1:38.04
Mite Girls 800m [2010-2011]
Freja Kulakowsky  - 1st/1 @ 3:13.80
Mite Boys 800m [2010-2011]
Liam Law  - 2nd/3 @ 3:15.84
Nathan Leary  - 3rd/3 @ 3:35.14*
Tyke Girls 800m [2008-2009]
Olivia Latham  - 3rd/9 @ 2:58.91
Rimyelle Grady  - 8th/9 @ 3:22.59
Taryn Weppler  - 9th/9 @ 3:31.22
Tyke Boys 800m [2008-2009]
Emmett Leary  - 3rd/5 @ 2:59.75
Kaj Kulakowsky  - 4th/5 @ 3:03.70
Brennan Law  - 5th/5 @ 3:05.10
Atom Girls 800m [2006-2007]
Taryn Lee  - 4th/19 @ 2:46.85
Skyler Carefoot  - 17th/19 @ 3:17.83*
Atom Boys 800m [2006-2007]
Luke House  - 5th/7 @ 2:59.32
Senior Girls 800m [2004-2005]
Kara Tichbourne  - 4th/34 @ 2:30.32
Hailey Abbott  - 9th/34 @ 2:35.00
Payton  - 10/34 @ 2:35.12
Leah Ray  - 14th/34 @ 2:40.25*
Payton Weppler  - 34/34 @ 3:06.06
Senior Boys 800m [2004-2005]
Devlin Gillis  - 4th/14 @ 2:31.71*
Tyke Girls 1200m [2008-2009]
Olivia Latham  - 1st/7 @ 4:39.74
Rimyelle Grady  - 5th/7 @ 5:07.16*
Taryn Weppler  - 6th/7 @ 5:22.67*
Tyke Boys 1200m [2008-2009]
Kaj Kulakousky  - 4th/7 @ 4:28.39*
Emmett Leary  - 6th/7 @ 4:44.21*
Brennan Law  - 7th/7 @ 4:47.23*
Atom Girls 1500m [2006-2007]
Taryn Lee  - 6th/10 @ 5:37.69*
Skyler Carefoot  - 9th/10 @ 6:28.69*
Atom Boys 1500m [2006-2007]
Luke House  - 55th/9 @ 5:45.07*
Senior Girls 1500m [2004-2005]
Hailey Abbott  - 1st/24 @ 5:02.46*
Kara Tichbourne  - 3rd/24 @ 5:08.67
Leah Ray  - 11th/24 @ 5:31.84*
Payton Dodd  - 17th/24 @ 5:41.25
Payton Weppler  - 23rd/24 @ 6:14.56*
Senior Boys 1500m [2004-2005]
Devlin Gillis  - 9th/16 @ 5:11.77
Young Coyotes Have Strong Indoor Track Debut
13 Coyotes that competed, 6 of them had never competed on an indoor track before. So it took some re-adjusting for them to deal with sharper turns, a rubber surface, lots of noise echos and very dry air, where it felt like their mouth was full of sand when they raced. They responded well and proved they were up for the test.
In addition to the new experience, many of them also competed in an age group above them to be able to participate in an event long enough for them....we are not sprinters. So some were racing against kids 3 years older than them, which is huge when a 7 year old competes against a 10 year old. Their goal was to race the clock and see how fast they could run, not worrying about their placing.
Outstanding performances came from several Coyotes. Madison Calder won 2 medals on the day. She began with a bronze medal performance in the Senior Girls 1500m and then out-sprinted her competition in the Senior Girls 800m to win gold. Freja Kulakowsky, in her first ever indoor meet, ran away from the pack in the Mite Girls 400m to claim gold. She moved up an age group to also win a bronze medal in the Tyke Girls 800m. Olivia Latham ran a powerful Tyke Girls 800m race to cross the line in 2nd place. Kai Kulakowsky competed in his first indoor meet and came home with a silver medal in the Tyke Boys 800m. Rimyelle Grady and Liam Law were also introduced to the indoor track scene, but didn't shy away. Rimyelle won bronze in the Tyke Girls 400m and Liam won a silver medal in the Mite Boys 400m race. Other Coyotes who ran exceptional races were Emmett and Nathan Leary, who both ran huge personal best performances.
Overall it was a great day of racing and very promising for the bigger provincial races later in March. With some solid ground to finally train on now that the snow has melted, our Coyotes will improve by leaps and bounds. The Team will compete again on Saturday, February 10th at the Flying Angels Indoor MTA Meet held at York University.
Results: [* = personal best time]
Coyotes Begin Indoor Season with A.O. Prep Meet
"Under 16" 800m event with three Coyotes in each of the girls and boys races. Meaford's Kara Tichbourne [13yo next month] was our top female performer, taking 5th spot in 2:29.15. Durham's Ethan Pentland was our top male over 800m as he took 3rd spot, crossing the line at 2:10.60. Both races had many of Ontario's top runners present.
In the 2000m race later in the afternoon, Collingwood's Hailey Abbott stole the Coyote spotlight as she ran a huge personal best time of 7:04.56 to earn 4th spot in the U16 Girls race against some very talented runners. Ethan Pentland ran his 2nd strong race of the day in the U16 Boys 2000m as his personal best time of 6:23.65 placed him 6th in a very competitive field.
All our Coyotes should be very proud of their performances. With all the nasty weather they have trained in this winter, these kids are as tough as nails and the rest of the indoor season looks very promising. Overall, we had 1 bronze medal performance, several top 5 placings and 7 personal best times.
Our younger Coyotes put their training to the test as several will be headed to York University's 200m indoor track on Saturday, January 20th.
Results: [* = personal best time]