DCVI Midget boys team finishes in first place with 61 points
By Pat Payton
LONDON – An individual and a team took the spotlight for the St. Marys DCVI track and field squad here at the WOSSAA championships last Thursday and Friday at Western University’s TD Waterhouse Stadium.
Distance runner Ethan Aarts won two races and the Salukis Midget boys team claimed first place in overall points out of 33 teams.
After winning the Junior boys’ 1,500-metre race on Thursday, Aarts struck gold again in the 3,000-metre race the following day. Aarts posted a time of nine minutes, 29.12 seconds in the 3,000 metres, nipping Oakridge Oaks’ Ian Young who crossed the finish line in 9:30.91.
Aarts pulled away from his rivals with a strong finishing kick over the final 200 metres. “I stayed in the pack until the last 200, and then I put on the after-burners and finished strong,” the 16-year-old Aarts said. “It was a little more windy that day, so it was definitely a harder race.”
Thompson wins triple jump
Salukis had another gold-medal performance on Day 2 of the WOSSAA competition. Caleb Thompson topped the field in the Midget boys triple jump event with a leap of 11.72 metres. Thompson was also second in the high jump, clearing the bar at 1.65 metres.
Other top-five finishes for DCVI on Day 2 were as follows.
Aaron Vernooy placed third in the Midget boys pole vault, clearing the bar at 2.20 metres. Curtis Taylor was fourth in the Junior boys’ 300-metre hurdles with a time of 45.26 seconds, while Mason Boonstra placed fourth in the Midget boys’ 300-metre hurdles with a time of 48.80 seconds. Ben Richardson was fifth in the Midget boys triple jump with a leap of 11.26 metres.
Led by athletes such as Caleb Thompson, Ben Richardson, Mason Boonstra and Levi Coleman, DCVI finished atop the standings in the Midget boys division with 61 points. St. Joseph’s high school was second with 50 points.
The top-five finishers in each WOSSAA event qualify for the OFSAA West Regionals at Jacob Hespeler Secondary School in Cambridge this Friday and Saturday, May 31 and June 1.
Day 1 results Thursday
On Day 1 last Thursday at Western, five individuals and a relay team from DCVI finished in the top five and qualified for this weekend’s OFSAA West Regionals in Cambridge.
Ethan Aarts led the way with a first-place finish in the Junior boys’ 1,500-metre race. Aarts posted a solid time of 4:17.03 — edging out two Dorchester opponents.
“In that race, my legs weren’t feeling the best and I hung back behind second place for the whole race,” Aarts explained. “But with 200 metres to go, the other runners started picking up the pace and my legs started feeling better and I was able to pull ahead over the last 200.”
Ben Richardson was second in the Midget boys’ long jump with a leap of 5.38 metres, while fellow Midget boy Levi Coleman was second in the shot put with a toss of 12.08 metres.
The Salukis’ Midget boys foursome of Ben Richardson, Mason Boonstra, Aaron Vernooy and Caleb Thompson finished a strong third in the 4X100-metre relay. Their combined time was 49.72 seconds.
Boonstra was also fifth in the Midget boys’ 100-metre hurdles with a time of 17.94 seconds, while Craig Weselan was fifth in the Senior boys’ triple jump with a leap of 11.86 metres.
–Ethan Aarts would like to get top-four finishes in both the 1,500 and 3,000-metre races at the OFSAA West Regionals this weekend. That would guarantee him a spot at OFSAA (University of Guelph) in both events.
–In the male team scores (combined), DCVI was seventh overall at WOSSAA with 93 points.
–On Day 1, St. Marys area resident Joanna Van De Walle, of St. Mikes Warriors, was third in the Senior girls triple jump with a leap of 10.49 metres. On Day 2, she was fifth in the long jump with a leap of 4.77 metres. Van De Walle qualifies for the OFSAA West Regionals in both events.