DCVI Junior boy will compete in both 1,500 and 3,000-metre races this weekend
By Pat Payton
CAMBRIDGE – Ethan Aarts says a personal goal is a top-10 finish in both the Junior boys’ 1,500 and 3,000-metre races this coming weekend at the OFSAA track and field championships at the University of Guelph.
The DCVI distance runner admits that winning a medal in either OFSAA race would be “awesome.” Aarts qualified to compete in both All-Ontario events at the OFSAA West Regionals here this past weekend at Jacob Hespeler secondary school. He was second in the 1,500 metres Friday with a time of four minutes, 18.41 seconds, and third in the 3,000 metres Saturday with a time of 9:23.01.
“The 1,500 metres on the first day was a pretty fast pace,” Aarts told the Independent. “With one lap to go, everybody started kicking. There was very little distance between second and third place, but I was able to get him at the finish line.” He nipped the third-place finisher (4:18.73) by less than a second.
Aarts noted that his 1,500-metre time was almost the same as his WOSSAA time in London (4:17.03) the previous weekend.
Rallies late in 3,000
On Saturday, Aarts said he rallied late in the 3,000-metre race to earn the bronze.
“There was a pack of seven of us for most of the race,” he reported. “I was just holding on at the back of the pack as my legs were really hurting. Some runners started dropping off, and I was able to kick at the end from about 200 metres.”
His time for the 3,000 metres at the OFSAA West Regionals was about six seconds faster than his WOSSAA time (9:29.12).
Looking ahead to OFSAA, Aarts says the competition will be extremely tough. “There will be so many fast runners,” he said. “It would be amazing to get a medal; it’s a possibility.”
Also competing for DCVI at the OFSAA West Regionals this past weekend were: Levi Coleman (Midget boys shot put), Ben Richardson (Midget boys long jump and triple jump), Mason Boonstra (Midget boys 100-metre and 300-metre hurdles), Caleb Thompson (Midget boys high jump and triple jump), Aaron Vernooy (Midget boys pole vault), Curtis Taylor (Junior boys 300-metre hurdles) and Craig Weselan (Senior boys triple jump).
Richardson, Boonstra, Thompson and Vernooy also qualified for the Midget boys 4X100-metre relay.
Note: The top four finishers in all events at the OFSAA West Regionals advance to OFSAA this weekend.