Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Two Coyotes Qualify for OFSSA West Regionals

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Five members of the Meaford Coyotes Track Club, each representing their respective high schools, competed at the 2016 CWOSSA Track and Field Championships in Kincardine on Wednesday, May 18th and Thursday, May 19th.

CWOSSA is one of the toughest districts in Ontario and normally only the top five advance to OFSAA West Regionals the following week.  However, with the CWOSSA district hosting Regionals this year, the top six advance from CWOSSA.

Luc Nusselder of SDSS in Port Elgin represented the Coyotes in the Grade 9 Midget Boys 1500m and 3000m events.  Luc ran 5:02.68 to place 15th/18 in the 1500m and 10:35.33 to finish 13th/14 in the 3000m.

Julia Latham of St. Mary’s High School in Owen Sound laced up in the Grade 10 Junior Girls 800m and 1500m races, taking 7th spot in both and running personal best times in both races.  She stopping the clock at 2:37.83 in the 800m and knocked off over  5:39.99 in the 1500m.  Fortunately one of the top six girls in the 800m was unable to compete at OFSAA Regionals, so this opened up a spot for Julia, which she immediately grabbed.

Braden Torrie, also grade 10 student from Owen Sound, is a relative new-comer to the Coyotes and represented OSCVI.  Braden competed in the 400m, 4x100m, and 4x400m events.  He ran a 400m personal best time of 57.95 to cross the line in 13th/15.

Grade 11 student Sam Nusselder of Port Elgin, was wearing the SDSS team jersey as he stepped up to the line in the Senior Boys 1500m and 3000m. His 1500m time of 5:19.95 placed him 13th/16, while his 3000m clocking of  9:32.92 put him 12th/14.

Dylan Pust, a JDSS grade 13 student, tripled in the 1500m, 2000m steeple chase and 3000m races.  Dylan placed 14th/16 in the 1500m with a time of 5:21.91.  He just missed his personal best 3000m time as he finished in 9:22.32, placing him 8th/14.  In his favourite event, the 2000m steeple chase, his time of 6:40.63 was good enough for 6th spot of 14 and less than 3 seconds off his personal best.  This qualified him for OFSSA Regionals next week on Friday, May 27th.

The OFSAA West Regional Track and Field Championships will be held in Cambridge on Friday, May 27th and Saturday, May 28th.  Again, congrats to Julia Latham and Dylan Pust for qualifying.  Dylan will compete in the Open 2000m steeple chase on Friday, May 27th in the morning, while Julia will race the Junior Women’s 800m on Saturday afternoon, May 28th.

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