Several members of the Meaford Coyotes Track Club were competing on the September 27-28 weekend as the team warms up for the Fall cross country season.
In Walkerton on Saturday, September 27, three young Coyotes competed in the 5km road race with comfortable sunny conditions. Grade 5 student Bethany Woodhouse [22:44] was 11th overall and 2nd in the female 18 and under age group against 125 total race entries. Grade 4 student Sydney Martin [27:32] took 3rd spot in the female 18 and under age group with grade 2 student Charlotte Woodhouse [27:34 - personal best] placed 4th in the 18 and under female age group.
On Sunday, September 28th, almost 30 members invaded Caledon East with 7 new personal best times being set by the team. This is very encouraging as the team is deep into it's heavy Fall training program right now and everyone's legs are a bit heavy. Caledon East was a combination of a 5km and 10km road race as well as a kids 1 mile fun run. Sunny calm skies and 28'C welcomed the runners on a flat 5km course and a 1/2 flat and 1/2 hilly 10km course. The Coyotes took the top four spots in the 5km race and had 6 in the top 10 against 110 competitors.
Grade 12 student Steve Nadjiwan [15:46], grade 11 student Sam Nusselder [16:42] and grade 11 student Jake Clarke [17:51] swept the podium placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall. Grade 8 student Luc Nussleder [18:05] was 4th took top spot in the 14 and under age group. Grade 12 student Jessie Nusselder [18:50] was the top female and placed 9th overall, with grade 9 student Riley Higgs [19:01] taking 10 spot overall. Grade 11 student Rose Nadjiwan [20:28] was the 3rd female overall in 16th place. In the 10km race, head coach Kevin Hooper [40:00] took 3rd spot overall. Grade 7 student Matthew Nickels [44:21] was 8th overall and fist in the 19 and under age group with grade 5 student Jeffrey McPherson [54:26] taking the silver in the 19 and under age group.
“In the Kids one mile fun run, almost all the Coyotes who ran the 5km and 10km race joined the rest of our Coyotes as they ran up and down soccer fields in attempt to set a new national record for the most kids running 1 mile at one time. Last year's race set a new record of just over 1400 runners. While the official tally has not yet been counted, rumour has it that this year might fall a bit short, but it will be very close. Everyone had a great time and a wonderful race experience as they enjoyed post-race hamburgers and hotdogs, with some even getting some face painting done after the race,” said coach Kevin Hooper.
The Coyotes are in action again on Saturday, October 4th in Meaford when they host their 4th annual Coyotes Cross Country Race at the GBSS athletic field with the first race getting underway at 10:00am. Over 300 students from grades 1-8 are expected to invade Meaford on the same weekend as the annual Apple Harvest Craft Show.
Caledon East 5km Race Results:
Steven Nadjiwan - 1st @ 15:46
Sam Nusselder - 2nd @ 16:42 [PB]
Jake Clarke - 3rd @ 17:51 [PB]
Jessie Nussleder - 1st @ 18:50
Rose Nadjiwan - 3rd @ 20:28
14 and Under Male:
Luc Nusselder - 1st @ 18:05 [PB]
Riley Higgs - 5th @ 19:01 [PB]
Devlin Gillis - 9th @ 24:36 [PB]
Matthew Rocque - 10th @ 24:42
Rohan Egan - 17th @ 27:23
Noah Calvert Goetz - 22nd @ 29:46
Edmund McPherson - 60th @ 32:!6
14 and Under Female:
Julia Latham - 9th @ 22:54
Matalyn Lee - 11th @ 23:01
Teagan Davies - 12th @ 23:18
Alex Scheifele - 18th @ 27:14
William Latham - 6th @ 21:10 [PB]
Caledon East 10km Race Results:
Kevin Hooper - 3rd @ 40:00
19 and Under Male:
Matthew Nickels - 1st @ 44:21 [PB]
Jeffrey McPherson - 2nd @ 54:26