A full moon welcomed four members of the Meaford Coyotes Track Club as they howled into Montreal for the inaugural Canadian Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 14-16.
Jessie Nusselder, Hannah Woodhouse, Steven Nadjiwan and Jared Ruest competed on the newly renovated 200m indoor banked track at the Claude-Robillard Sports Complex. This was the first time the Meaford Coyotes have sent runners to a national championship, so this was a great learning experience for them all as they dealt with many new situations and pressures.
In the Women’s Youth 1500m, the top six girls in the Canada stepped onto the starting line together. Grade 11 GBSS student, Hannah Woodhouse won her first national title as she out sprinted a girl from Calgary, taking the gold medal in a personal best time of 4:36.69.
Grade 11 SDSS student, Jessie Nusselder captured 12th spot of 16 competitors with her solid time of 5:00.41.
In the Women’s Youth 3000m, Woodhouse grabbed her 2nd national title in two days as she ran away from the pack in the final 400m as she ran an indoor personal best time of 9:55.14. Nusselder had a tough race as she went out a bit too fast in the first half of the race, but finished strong with a time of 10:53.28 to take 8th spot.
In the Men’s Youth 1500m, the hard winter training of grade 11 Wiarton student Steven Nadjiwan paid off as he grabbed a bronze medal in a personal best time of 4:12.37.
Meaford GBSS grade 11 student, Jared Ruest took 6th spot of 13 competitors with his time of 4:15.70.
Nadjiwan took his 2nd national bronze medal in two days as he placed 3rd in the Men’s Youth 3000m, with another personal best indoor time of 9:07.42. Ruest’s time of 9:17.48 placed him 6th as he also ran a solid race.
“Congrats to all four members as they had a great National experience. The entire Coyotes’ team are very proud of all of you. The team returns to action on March 30th in Toronto as our grade 1-8 runners compete at the MTA Ontario Indoor Championships at York University,” said Coach Kevin Hooper.