from Kevin Hooper, Meaford Coyotes
Meaford Coyote member Olivia Karn was our lone competitor at the Athletics Ontario Junior Track and Field Championships held at York University on Saturday June 25th and Sunday June 26th. This was a big deal for her as she is in grade 7 and was competing against girls in grade 12 and 1st year university.
Her goal was not to win, but to use this race as an experience-biulder and to use some of the slower girls to help pace her to run fast times. This worked well for our young speedster as Olivia ran personal best times in both of her races!
On Saturday she laced up with 32 other girls who were split up into several heats, base on times and heats when from the slowest times to the fastest times.. Olivia ran the 1st heat, as expected, and set out at a strong 1st lap - leading her group and stretching out the pack. She settled into her pace for the next 2 laps in 4th spot and then kicked into over-drive on her last lap. In the excitement of winning her heat, she stopped at the wrong line about 10 meters short of the finish and literally walked across the finish line, adding on valuable time. Olivia won her heat in 5:00.01 and placed 24th/33 girls overall.
Sunday was another hot day as she stepped onto the track at high-noon. Again in the 1st heat, she used the "catch me if you can" strategy. Olivia lead her pack from start to finish, stopping the clock at a new personal best time of 2:22.18, making no mistake of where the finish line was in this race. She placed 17th/29 girls overall.
Our Coyotes will be in action again at the annual Meaford Harbour 5km Road Race on Saturday, July 9th.