The CISAA Championships were held over two days at York University. CDS took one of its smallest teams in years, and in the end, had the highest number (82%) of athletes qualify for the Metro Championships across 18 events. Congratulations to the seniors for placing 3rd overall among the co-ed teams at CISAA!
The top 24 athletes from CISAA and the GTA Catholic and public schools went on to compete at the Metro Championships with the goal of qualifying for the OFSAA Championships. Once again the CDS team’s performance was outstanding as there were additional Personal Bests (PB’s) and school records broken. Honorable mention goes to Abi Jull ’21 who just missed out on qualifying for OFSAA by placing fifth in the high jump on what turned out to be a broken foot. Caleb Clarke ’20, Lucio Masini ’20, Lauren Neil ’22, Wilson O’Neill ’19 and Maxx Railton ’20 all qualified for the OFSAA Championships on June 6-8.
First up, the Senior Boys’ 4x4 Relay team knew that the competition was tough and that there was no room for errors. Wilson, Caleb, Maxx and Lucio put forth a valiant effort, but unfortunately did not make the final. Despite this disappointment, the team still set a new school record. Caleb, Maxx and Lucio have one more year to train in order to reach their goal of culminating their high school careers on the podium.
Next was Lauren Neil’s first appearance at OFSAA in the 100m and 300m hurdles. Her goal was to do the best she could; and that is exactly what Lauren did. She set a school record in the 100m on Friday morning and just missed the hurdle record by two tenths of a second. Although Lauren did not make the final, there is no doubt that she will set her sights on not only making OFSAA again next year, but making her way to the final and on the podium.
For his fourth and final OFSAA Championship, Wilson O’Neill set his sights to compete in both the 110mH and 400mH. He met his long-time rival Adam in the 110mH final. The boys would battle it out right to the finish line with Wilson placing second by 7 hundredths of a second. He set a new PB and broke another school record.
Heading into the 400mH final, Wilson was confident that he was ready to run a fast time. His other long-time rival, Lee, set a very fast pace, but Wilson ran his own race. This proved to be the best strategy as his consistent and fast pace earned him a Silver medal. His time in the race would place him second overall in Canada for the U20 age group, and as a result, Wilson would reach his goal of making the U20 Pan Am Team.
Wilson finished his high school career as the most-decorated track athlete in CDS history with six OFSAA medals (2 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze).
As mentioned earlier, this season was marked with many fantastic performances, including the following athletes who set new records:
Lauren Adams ’20 (SG Javelin)
Caleb Clarke ’20 (SB 4x100m, SB Long Jump, Open 4x400m relay)
Resiri Erivwo ’22 (MG TJ)
Kira Gupta-Baltazar ’20 (SG 1500m)
Lucio Masini ’20 (SB 4x100m, Open 4x400m relay)
Lauren Neil ’22 (MG 100m, 200m)
Wilson O’Neill ’19 (SB110mH, 400mH, SB 4x100m, Open 4x400m relay)
Maxx Railton ’20 (SB 200m, SB 4x100m, Open 4x400m relay)
As their coaches, we are proud of our team for competing in another outstanding season. And all the best to our graduates, Alessia Masini and Wilson O’Neill, as they head off to university!