The Toronto Track and Field Centre was a full house on Sunday, March 30, as over 600 kids from kindergarten to Grade 8 gathered for the 2014 Minor Track Association Provincial Indoor Track and Field Championships.
The Meaford Coyotes Track Club sent 12 members to compete against Ontario's finest athletes.
The Coyotes did extremely well as they brought home seven medals, took one provincial title and established 14 personal best performances as each of the 12 competed in two events.
“Everyone gave a 100 percent effort and there were some very exciting finishing sprints that had the entire stadium cheering at the top of their lungs. Our top performers were Kara Tichbourne (1st at 1500m and 2nd at 800m) and just missed the 1500m Tyke Girls provincial record by 0.5 seconds, Bethany Woodhouse (2nd @ 1500m and 3rd @ 800m), Charlotte Woodhouse (3rd and 3rd) and Jeffrey McPherson (3rd),” said team coach Kevin Hooper.
“We also had some athletes set huge personal best [PB] performances. Sydney Martin knocked 9 seconds off her 800m time and had a 2nd huge personal best - taking 22 seconds off her 1500m time. Bethany Woodhouse greatly improved both her 800m time (7 seconds) and 1500m time (13 seconds). Matalyn Lee also had a huge improvement, taking 13 seconds off her 1500m time. Jeffrey McPherson dropped his 1500m time by a whopping 30 seconds.”
After a long hard winter of training in harsh weather conditions, the team is on a one-week break. The entire team returns on Saturday, April 5th, as they begin their Spring program.