By Pat Payton
The recent cold and wet weather forced the DCVI track and field team to do quite a bit of training indoors in preparation for the 2018 season.
The DCVI squad is comprised of over 30 athletes this year. A couple of Salukis to keep an eye on are distance runners Marcel Scheele and Ethan Aarts, a Grade 9 student. Scheele, a Senior boy, will be attempting to get back to OFSAA in his two events.
Good results in London
Salukis competed at the Forest City Mustang Invitational at the University of Western Ontario in London this past Saturday, Apr. 28.
“The weather didn’t cooperate, but the team persevered,” DCVI coach Nathan Good reported. “The coaches were very impressed with the effort and attitude of all 17 athletes, many of whom were competing in their events for the first time.”
Highlights of the Mustang meet included first-place finishes by Ethan Aarts in the Midget boys 3,000 metres (10:03.8) and Jaci Mitchell in the Junior girls’ 100 metres (13:56). Mitchell was also fifth in the 200-metre dash (29.56).
Curtis Taylor (46.60) and Owen McIntosh (49.31) finished second and third, respectively, in the Midget boys 300-metre hurdles, while Ursula Wood was fifth in the Junior girls long jump (4.22 metres) and Duncan Massie was fifth in the Junior boys 400 metres (59.76).
Huron-Perth meets in Clinton
Next up for the Salukis is the Huron-Perth Invitational meet on Tuesday, May 8 at St. Anne’s secondary school in Clinton.
The two-day H-P championships are the following Tuesday, May 15 and Wednesday, May 16, also at St. Anne’s. For those athletes qualifying, WOSSAA is May 24-25 at TD Waterhouse Stadium on the UWO campus.
The OFSAA West Regionals are June 1-2 in Windsor, and the OFSAA championships are being held June 7-9 at York University in Toronto.
In addition to Good, other coaches with the DCVI track and field team this spring are Ian Morton, Ellen Bettger and Brian Chalupka. Morton’s expertise is field events, throwing in particular.
DCVI sports notes:
–There is a new Mountain Bike team at DCVI this year. The team’s first event is this Friday, May 4 in Durham. The team is comprised of 10 to 12 members.
–Three Salukis–Connor Aarts, Curtis Topp and Duncan Massie–competed at the WOSSAA Jr. badminton championships last Thursday at Saunders Secondary School in London. Aarts and Massie both finished a respectable fifth overall.
–This past Saturday, Apr. 28, Marcel Scheele competed in the 45th annual Nike Rowland Track and Field Games at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke.
In a field of 25 runners, who battled cool, windy conditions, Scheele finished a strong fourth overall in the boys 3,000-metre race. His time was eight minutes, 44 seconds. The winning time was 8:41.
“It was a strategic race,” Scheele reported. “It was slow for the first couple of kilometres, but especially the last 800 and 400 (metres) picked up a lot. Because the field is so strong, it becomes a technical race.”