DCVI distance runner fourth in Junior boys 3,000-metre race Saturday in Guelph
By Pat Payton
GUELPH – It was mission accomplished for Ethan Aarts here at the 2019 OFSAA track and field championships this past weekend at the University of Guelph.
The DCVI distance runner wanted top-10 finishes in both the Junior boys’ 1,500-metre and 3,000-metre races, and he managed to attain both of those goals at the All-Ontario meet.
Aarts was the only DCVI athlete to qualify for OFSAA this year.
On Saturday, the 16-year-old Aarts almost medalled in the 3,000 metres–placing fourth with a time of 9:07.98 in a field of 25 runners. It was a personal best time for the Saluki by about eight seconds.
“The lead guy went out really fast and it strung the runners out pretty wide,” Aarts reported. “I just tried to keep up with the front group for as long as I could, and I ended up staying with the front group for the entire race. I was super happy with my result.”
On Friday, Aarts was ninth in the 1,500-metre final with a time of 4:16.46 in a field of 12 runners.
“The first lap was run in 1:02; that’s super fast,” the Grade 10 student reported. “It kind of killed my legs because they were sore from the previous day. I didn’t perform as well as I had hoped, but it left me with more energy for Saturday’s (3,000) race.”
In qualifying 1,500-metre races on Thursday, Aarts had the fourth fastest time in his 12-runner heat and he finished with the eighth fastest time overall (4:13.51). The top six runners in both heats qualified for Friday’s final.
Note: Ethan Aarts also competed in both races at the 2018 OFSAA meet as a Grade 9 Midget boy. He was seventh in the 3,000 metres (9:23.42) and 10th in the 1,500 metres (4:21.33) last year.
Aarts will compete as a first-year Senior boy in 2019-20.