Coyotes' Hannah Woodhouse Captures Silver at OFAA Track Champs
The 2013 High School OFSAA Track and Field Championships were held at the Oshawa Civic Centre from Thursday, June 6 - Saturday, June 8th. Four members of the Meaford Coyotes Track Club earned the right to participate by qualifying at the OFSAA West Regional Track and Field Champs last weekend in Cambridge. All four members all competed in the 3000m event held on Saturday.
GBSS student Hannah Woodhouse from Heathcote and her team mate, SDSS student Jessica Nusselder of Port Elgin started things off on a positive note in the Grade 10 Girls 3000m event. Woodhouse went out with the lead pack of girls and the pace was quick as all of them were going for the OFSAA record. With 400m to go the pack was still close and the sprint for a medal began. Coming off the final turn Hannah was firmly in second place and captured a silver medal in a very impressive time of 9:54.15. A personal best time by 13 seconds! Jessica Nusselder was in a very competitive race of her own as she battled another pack of girls. Her strong finishing sprint placed her 13th of the 24 girls. Jessie's time of 10:47.73 was another personal best performance by 9 seconds. The top four girls broke the OFSAA record for this race and the fifth girl missed the record by 0.57 seconds.
Meaford's Jared Ruest was in a huge battle with the Grade 10 boys 3000m race. With 800m to go there were 15 of the 24 runners tightly squeezed together and with only 400m left there were still 7 runners battling it out for a medal. Jared was still in this pack. Along the back stretch the top three runners broke away with Ruest in the chase pack. He finished 5th overall with a strong sprint to the finish in 8:47.80 - another personal best time by 11 seconds.
Wiarton's Rose Nadjiwan from Penninsula Shores District School competed in the Grade 9 Girls 3000m. After running a 14 second personal best time last weekend at OFSAA Regionals, Rose was set to give it all she had this week. She went out in a very gutsy and brave effort trying to hang onto a big group just ahead of her. Unable to quite hold the fast pace, she fell back, but still had something left at the end for a strong finishing sprint. Her time of 11:00.29 placed her 16th in yet another very competitive race - just 4 seconds off her best time.
Jared Ruest's time of 8:47.80 beat the World Youth Championships Qualifying Standard of 8:48.00 for 16-17 year olds. Hannah's Woodhouse's time of 9:54:15 just missed the World Youth Championships Qualifying Standard of 9:53.00.
After a hard year of cross country, indoor winter racing and outdoor track racing, all our high school runners will enjoy some casual racing for a few weeks, including the Meaford 5km Harbour Run, before beginning their preparations for the Fall cross country season.
The Meaford Coyotes Track Club meets at the GBSS high school track Tuesday's at 5:30pm and Saturday's at 9:00am. For more details about the Coyotes, check out out website at www.meafordcoytes.com