Coyotes Medal in Pickering Season Opener
[photo: From left to right, Dominic Manwell, Luke House, Denon Taylor and Cole Gillis captured the 1st place team award in the Tyke Boys race)
Saturday, Sept 17th, the Meaford Coyotes Track Club took 24 members to Pickering to compete in the Durham Dragons MTA Cross Country Meet, with Coyote members aging from grade 2-9. The warm overcast skies held back the rain until the final race was complete and then the "heavens" opened. The course was tough with a wide variety of terrain ranging from rolling and steep hills, gravel and a 1km not-so "enchanted forest" with a narrow, winding trail that had huge tree roots popping up under foot.
Our Team has been training hard over the last 6 weeks, putting in tough workouts and climbing hills. They came into the race ready to put their early training to the test against some tough Toronto competition. Our young runners exceeded early season expectations, with everyone putting in strong performances.
Of the 4 races that we had enough runners to compete as a team, we came home with 1st place team awards in the Tyke Boys [2006-2007] 1420m race, 1st place in the Atom Girls [2004-2005] 1992m race, 3rd place in the Tyke Girls [2006-2007] 1420m race, and 3rd place in our Senior Girls [2002-2003] 2925m race against some very stiff competition.
We also had numerous strong individual performances. Devon Taylor of Heathcote and new-comer Luke House of Owen Sound, both in grade 4, lead the way with a 2nd and 3rd place performance respectively in the Tyke Boys race. Grade 3 Owen Sound student Taryn Lee led the Tyke Girls with a 6th place finish. Grade 6 Collingwood student, Madison Calder and Meaford's Kara Tichbourne, in grade 6, placed 5th and 8th respectively in the Atom Girls race. Our top two Senior Girls also had strong performances. Malayan Lee, a grade 9 Owen Sound student placed 6th overall, while Olivia Karn, a grade 8 Coldwater student crossed the line just a couple seconds back in 7th.
Full team results can be found on our website at www.meafordcoyotes.com. The Team returns to action on Saturday, October 1st here in Meaford as we host our 6th annual Coyote Cross Country Race at the GBSS athletic field. Over 300 elementary students are expected to compete on the "Craft Show" Saturday.
Tyke Girls [2006-2007] 1420m
Taryn Lee - 6th in 5:48.81
Olivia Latham - 14th in 6:11.91
Megan Cowan - 17th in 6:28.41
Ava Olivier - 22nd in 7:11.91
Tyke Boys [2006-2007] 1420m
Denon Taylor - 2nd in 5:24.42 [1 second behind 1st]
Luke House - 3rd in 5:26.01
Dominic Manwell - 6th in 5:41.51
Cole Gillis - 12th in 6:13.31
Atom Girls [2004-2005] 1992m
Madison Calder - 5th in 7:42.25
Kara Tichbourne - 8th in 7:46.44
Haley Abbott - 9th in 7:50.38
Payton Dodd - 13th in 8:09.84
Grace Boyce - 15th in 8:12.06
McKenna Karn - 29th in 9:09.22
Atom Boys [2004-2005] 1992m
Devlin Gillis - 11th in 8:25.75
Rohan Egan - 12th in 8:35.72