DCVI distance runner gets track scholarship at Nova Scotia university
By Pat Payton
Marcel Scheele has spent the past four years competing as a St. Marys Saluki.
Now, the DCVI distance runner is planning to spend the next four as a member of the Saint Mary’s Huskies track and field team.
Scheele, last year’s OFSAA gold medalist in the Open 2,000-metre Steeplechase, finalized a scholarship package with the Halifax university just last week. The 18-year-old will begin studies and join the Huskies track squad this fall.
“A coach from the school contacted me during the cross-country season (last fall),” he told the Independent. “It’s exciting. (A scholarship) is what I always wanted and hoped for.
“It’s a good team and a good group of guys,” added Scheele, who met members of the Saint Mary’s track team during a visit to the school.
Scheele will run cross-country for Saint Mary’s in the fall, and likely the 3,000 and 1,500 metres during the indoor winter track season. There is no outdoor season in the spring in Canadian university track and field. “By the time the indoor season is over, there is only about a month and a half left of school,” he noted.
Scheele, meanwhile, also received scholarship offers from Ontario universities such as Western, Guelph, Laurentian and McMaster.
“I want to see a different part of Canada and live on my own for a bit . . . a change of scenery,” Scheele said when giving reasons why he accepted an offer from a university in the Maritimes. “It was a good offer, too.”
Wants return trip to OFSAA
Preparing for his final season of high school track, Marcel Scheele has been busy training this winter and spring, with his sights set on a return trip to OFSAA.
“I’m hoping to defend my (Ontario) title,” he said recently. “I’ve been training with the University of Western Ontario varsity track team. They allowed me to train with them, over the winter and right now as well. We’ve trained indoors and outdoors.”
Another former DCVI track star, Natalie Topp, is a current member of the Mustangs team.
On Saturday, April 28, Scheele competed in the 45th annual Nike Rowland Invitational 3,000-metre race at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke. He finished a strong fourth overall in a time of eight minutes, 44 seconds. There were 25 runners in the boys race, including Stratford Central’s Josh Zelek who was fifth. The winning time was 8:41.
On Tuesday, May 8, Scheele was also invited to an Invitational race in Oshawa, a 1,500-metre event.
Next week, Scheele will be competing in three events at the annual Huron-Perth track and field championships, May 15-16, at St. Anne’s secondary school in Clinton. The Senior boy will run the 2,000-metre Steeplechase, as well as the 3,000-metre and the 1,500 metre races.
At WOSSAA the following week (May 24-25) at UWO in London, Scheele will drop the 1,500-metre event to concentrate on the other two races. He hopes to qualify in both the Steeplechase and 3,000 metres at WOSSAA and the OFSAA West Regionals (June 1-2 in Windsor) to earn another trip to OFSAA (this year at York University in Toronto June 7-9).
–Scheele’s winning time in the 2,000-metre Steeplechase last year at OFSAA was 5:56.07. He finished seventh in the 3,000-metre race in 8:42.90. Look for him to grab an OFSAA medal in this event this year.
–Currently a Grade 12 student, Scheele said he doesn’t know yet what he’ll be studying at university.
–Total enrollment at Saint Mary’s in Halifax is about 6,400 students.