OFSAA: Here we come!!
Courtesy of Bernie Puchalski at The Standard…
Two-time champion (NOC’s Shane Decker)
The fastest man in Zone 4 is in no hurry to get out of high school.
Shane Decker, a Grade 12 student at Denis Morris and the reigning SOSSA senior boys track and field champion in the 100 and 200 metres, plans on returning for a second year of Grade 12.
“I am definitely coming back for 12B after the health issues I’ve had,” the 18-year-old said. “I need to come back and gather myself and forget what is going on.”
When he graduates, Decker will have plenty of options. He has received letters of interest from several Ontario universities wanting to have him on their track teams, including Brock, Guelph, Waterloo and Windsor.
Decker, who won the senior boys 100 metres (11.23 seconds) and 200 metres (23.02 seconds) at Thursday’s Zone 4 preliminary track and field meet, spent four weeks in the hospital in the winter of his Grade 10 year as doctors tried to figure out why he was passing out. This winter, the illness bug hit again when he missed a month of training while recovering from pneumonia.
“I got back into it in mid-January and I’m trying to train hard,” the Niagara Olympic Club runner said. “I still have a cough since my pneumonia but I’m working through it.”
This year, he’s aiming for a time of 10.8 seconds in the 100 metres and 21.9 seconds in the 200 metres. He needs to run under 11 seconds to qualify for the junior nationals.
“I ran it last year so it’s not a big deal. I will get it this year, too.”
He ran a personal-best 10.99 at last year’s Ontario championships in Toronto and ran 11.01 at Ontario Legion championships. He was unable to attend the Canadian championships because of a lack of funding.
“I have a job now so I’m hoping to go this summer,” he said.
This spring, his goal is to make the OFSAA 100-metre final, but it won’t be easy.
“I really think I can do it,” he said.
It’s hard for sprinters from Niagara to crack an OFSAA final.
“Toronto has all the fast sprinters and it’s ridiculous,” Decker said. “Once you get to OFSAA regionals, that’s when Toronto comes in and it’s very difficult.”
Excellent comments from Coach Bill MacDonald:
As you can see by the posts, NOC had a phenomenal weekend in Vancouver, especially Heather, but what can’t be overlooked is the phenomenal performance by the NOC TEAM. Six athletes went to Vancouver, six athletes showed up on the line ready to race and six athletes made NOC proud. For Kristen, Avery, Kayla and Cailen it was their first experience at Nationals.
Some may say it’s just another race, but it’s not. The best athletes from across the country are competing. This is the pinnacle of the season. For our Grade 9 athletes, Avery, Kayla and Cailin this meant going from racing 3K at OFSAA to racing 5K at Nationals, which is a big jump. They made us proud they way they raced with guts and determination.
Laura, Kristen and Heather were team leaders, truly mentors for the younger athletes. Laura and Kristen had fantastic races, which is very difficult in such a long season, a testament to their hard work and dedication.
Overall, Team NOC placed 7th!
Well done TEAM NOC, you made us all proud.
Extracted from the excellent coverage by Bernie Puchalski in The St. Catharines Standard:
KORSMIT BACK ON TRACK
Laura Korsmit knew something was wrong during spring’s high school track and field season.
“I ran very slow at track,” the Grade 12 student at Holy Cross said.
She discovered she was battling the same iron deficiency issues she had in Grade 9, and was able to resolve the problem.
“I’ve been really building, and I have been having a good season so far,” said the 17-year-old, who won the Zone 4 senior girls individual cross-country title Wednesday at Burgoyne Woods.
The multiple Zone 4 champion, who has made it to OFSAA on three previous occasions, ran a comfortable race Wednesday.
“It felt good,” she said. “I was running in a big pack with all my friends and it was nice to get out and run with them again. It has been a while.”
It was a relaxing run, with so many runners moving on to SOSSA next week.
“There’s not a lot of pressure, so it is mostly going out at my own pace.”
Niagara Olympic Club coach Sharon Stewart was expecting Korsmit to do well.
“Laura is really strong right now. She has had really great preparation for cross-country and she’s running with more confidence,” Stewart said.
Korsmit has been getting pushed in practice by Ridgeway-Crystal Beach’s Kristen Kuhn, who has joined the NOC.
“It is really nice to have someone my age to train with,” Korsmit said.
This is her final year of high school running and she is open to both American and Canadian scholarship offers.
“I want to go into accounting and I don’t know if I can do that in the States,” she said. “And I like a lot of the schools here, too.”
McMaster and Queen’s are on her radar, although Brock isn’t.
“I don’t know if I want to be that close to home,” she said with a laugh.
Before she thinks of university, there’s a high school season to complete.
“I don’t think there is any pressure, because I don’t think it will affect what will happen in my future,” she said. “I can make it happen without it, but I really want to do well this year.”
She has no specific goal for OFSAA.
“I want to run a really good time and push myself,” she said.
With her phenomenal Bronze medal winning time of 9:42 in the 3000m at the Canadian Junior Track and Field Championships this past weekend in Laval, Quebec, Niagara Olympic Club’s Heather Petrick has qualified to represent Canada at the upcoming Pan Am Junior games being held August 23-25 in Medellin Colombia.
Heather was in the enviable position of being able to choose which event she would compete in at the Pan Am Jr games. She had previously qualified in the 5000 m with her Ontario record breaking run at the NCAA “Gina Relay” in Hillsdale Michigan this past April. She has chosen the 3000m as this is a race she has more experience running.
The selection to the Canadian Pan Am Jr team caps off a highly successful season for Heather, in which she was Silver medalist at the indoor provincial BMJ championships in the 3000m, set the Ontario U19 5000m record, placed 6th in the 1500 and 3000m at OFSAA in personal best times, and most recently was Bronze medalist in the 3000m at the Canadian Junior championships.
Now that’s being a high flier!
Here are the results for the SOSSA Cross Country meet.
Team Qualifiers to OFSAA:
If any changes are needed include an alternate OFSAA will make the change for you on Friday or Saturday before the races begin. I suggest that you bring a copy of the Zone results so that you can demonstrate that your runner has participated in the series. This will save them from having to look for the results in the package that they receive from me.
Individual Qualifiers to OFSAA:
If your individual athlete is unable to compete at OFSAA please let me know so that I can contact the next qualifier who would love the opportunity to compete at OFSAA.
Remember that school singlets must be identical in each age group.
OFSAA information here:
Park will be open for parking on Friday, November 2nd for registration and orientation.
The Conservation Area and Heart Lake Road will be closed to all traffic on Saturday, November 3rd with the exception of school buses dropping off teams.
The drop off will be at the entrance of the conservation area. School buses must then travel to one of the two shuttle sites.
All other athletes, coaches and spectators will use a shuttle bus service from Harold Braithwaite SS (415 Great Lakes Drive, Brampton) or Mayfield SS (5000 Mayfield Road, Brampton). Please adjust your travel time accordingly. (30 minutes) The shuttle will cost $2 for spectators. Athletes must show their competitor number and coaches their coaches pass to board the buses for free.
Rain held off today, the wind wasn’t fun, not too many injuries…only a few athletes wearing the wrong number (haha coach, you know who you are). I hope all the athletes had a good day.
Here are the results from today’s Zone meet. I really hope there aren’t any mistakes…but let me know tonight if there are before I send it to the DSBN site.I have coloured the top 5 runners on qualifying teams (top 3 teams) in red,. Unless I hear differently from coaches, I will be entering the top 5 in SOSSA.Individual qualifiers are in blue (top ten not on qualifying teams). Note that a few schools have qualified 4 individuals in some races….this does not mean that they are competing as a team. Should your 4 individuals place (in team scoring) in the top 2 next week they do not move on as a team to OFSAA. They can only qualify for OFSAA as individuals.Top 2 teams and top 4 athletes not on qualifying teams qualify to OFSAA.Remember to bring the completed and signed OFSAA paperwork to SOSSA next week. See the SOSSA schedule for information. Hand in the paperwork to me at the end of the meet once you know who your qualifiers are. The paperwork must be in my hand at the end of the meet….it is to be couriered to the OFSAA XC convenor ASAP.OFSAA rule….Identical school shirts or singlets are to be worn by all runners (must have school name on them).Remember to bring an adult worker to assist with the SOSSA meet.Thank you,Barbara Phelan
Results for Heart Lake Invitational Cross Country (pre ofsaa) .
A BIG congratulations to Heather Petrick! for a superb race in the Senior Girls with a third place finish.