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]