Silver/ Bronze for Nusselder at National Track Meet
Grade 11 students Jake Clarke of Dundalk and Sam Nusselder of Port Elgin, along with head coach Kevin Hooper travelled to Montreal on February 19th-21st for the 3rd annual Canadian Indoor Track and Field Championships. This was Jake's first experience at a national competition.
Heading into the meet, both boys were listed in the 2016 Canadian Indoor National Rankings. Jake was ranked 41st in the Youth Boys 400m event and 48th for the 800m. Sam's national ranked had him at 31st in the Youth Boys 1500m event and 27th 3000m.
Their goals for the weekend were to run personal best times, improve on their national ranking and gain valuable experience at a national competition. With relatively smaller numbers of competitors registered this weekend, they even had their eyes on some medals.
Nusselder started things off on a positive note Friday evening as he laced up for the Youth Boys 3000m. Sam executed his race plan to perfection as he crossed the line in a personal best time of 9:16.34. He grabbed a silver medal for his efforts.
Saturday morning, Clarke lined up against 20 other competitors for the Youth Boys 800m race. Jake followed his pre-race strategy and also ran the 2nd half of his race faster than the first half. His personal best time of 2:06.25 earned him a 4th place position and just missed a medal by 0.21 seconds. That evening Jake was on the line again in the 400m event. On the final straight away, the guy Jake just passed on the outside, pushed Jake hard to make him stumble. he lost about 1/2 a second, but still ran a PB of 54.56. The guy who pushed Jake was disqualified. Jake placed 4th again of 20 runners.
Sunday afternoon Nusselder ran his 2nd race, the 1500m. His race plan was again perfectly executed and clocked a season's best time of 4:16.82, capturing a bronze medal for his efforts against 19 competitors. Sam was only 3 seconds behind the winner.
Nusselder is now ranked 20th for the 1500m and 22nd in Canada as a Youth for the 3000m while Clarke has bumped his rankings up to 35th in the 400m and 39th in the 800m as a Youth. The two boys finish their indoor season back at York University with their team mates as our older Coyotes compete at the Bantam, Midget, Junior Ontario Indoor Championships on March 5-6th. For more information about the team, visit our website at www.meafordcoyotes.com.