Members of the Glengarry District High School Gaels cross-country running team, under the auspices of coach Glen Campbell, have been able to get in some informal, off-season training, in preparation for the fall season.
Campbell assembled training routines for the athletes who are taking it upon themselves to work on their fitness and long-distance running skills.
In high school’s the sport of cross-country running is typically begins shortly after the start of academic year in September, continuing through October. In addition to training at the school, athletes typically run in several optional meets in the fall, in preparation for the SD&G championship meet.
The hope is, this year, that cross-country will be one of the sports still on when/if a regular high school schedule resumes in September.
Glengarry’s Matthew Houlzet marked his final year at Fleming College by being honoured with a Knights cross-country running team award.
Due to the COVID-19 shutdown of Ontario’s colleges, the school presented its honours remotely, with Houlzet recognized with the coaches’ award for cross-country. Teammates Daniel Sellers and Frances Emery, respectively, received the men’s and women’s MVP awards.
Looking back on the running season, the graduate of Glengarry District High School tells me that the highlight for him was the frequent travel with his Knights team. Excursions for meets took the squad to Windsor, London, and Toronto..
“We were a small team,” he adds, “with only myself and one more runner returning from last year, so this [the travel] offered time to get to know the other runners and coaches pretty well.”
Houlzet graduated this past spring from the Fleming College occupational therapist assistant and physiotherapist program.
“I’d like to thank and send appreciation to all of the people who have helped me along the way. Classmates, teammates, faculty and friends, you have all been amazing and I’ll remember these couple years with fond memories. Until next time, Peterborough.”
Matthew Houlzet statement on wrapping up his collegiate studies and athletics career
He had been expecting to be busy working for the Glengarry Soccer League this summer, serving as referee assigner and minor referee in chief; however, the COVID-19 pandemic put a crimp in those plans. The GSL minor season was cancelled, and the senior (adult) schedule has been pushed back until later in the summer, at the earliest. In the meantime, Houlzet has been working on a local hop farm.
The Glengarry Trails offer 13 km of groomed, marked routes in North Glengarry, flanked by Island Park in Alexandria, County Road 43, the southern portion of County Road 45, and Lakeshore Road / Loch Garry.
Conditions are ideal for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Winter walking is also permitted. Five trails are now available, with the seasonal trail recently opened. Users of the green trail should note that the path is shared with the snowmobile club.
While no individual Glengarry District High School athletes ran to results at the October 24 EOSSAA cross-country meet in Petawawa that earned them qualification to OFSAA, collectively, the Gaels achieved results that impressed their head coach, Glen Campbell.
He characterized the results as “a really good day” and the “top overall GD team finish at EOSSAA that I can remember.”
In the team standings, the Gaels placed 5th in novice girls, 6th in junior boys, and 5th in senior girls.
Brianna Bellefeuille was Glengarry’s top novice girl, placing 17th in a field of 86 runners on the 4 km course. She finished with a time of 18 minutes, 53 seconds. Zoe McIntosh, the SD&G champion, placed 26th at EOSSAA (19:37).
In junior boys, Matt Heinzle was 25th on the 5 km course (21:12), and Carl Marfurt-Breakenridge finished 32nd (21:27).
Ella Campbell led the Gaels in the senior girls division, which featured 80 athletes. She completed the 6 km distance with a time of 28 minutes, 53 seconds.
Complete results from EOSSAA cross-country running can be accessed here.
Glengarry District High School is the 2019 SD&G cross-country running overall school champion. The Gaels also won team titles in the senior girls and novice girls divisions. They also claimed the boys title overall.
Their overall overall points victory saw Glengarry garner 46 points, five better than second-place Holy Trinity.
The SD&G championships were held October 16 in Winchester, under ideal running conditions.
The Gaels success was highlighted by the performance of Zoe McIntosh who won the novice girls division, with a run of 17 minutes, 18.46 seconds over the 4 km course. She took first place by a 22-second margin over teammate Brianna Bellefeuille.
In other notable Gaels results, Matt Heinzle placed fifth in the junior boys 5 km run (19:37.43), Ella Campbell was second in the senior girls 6 km (28:43.76), and Kady Jeaurond was third in senior girls (29:33.74).
Complete results from the 2019 SD& cross-country running championships can be accessed here.
Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School took second place at the SD&G cross-country running championships, held last week in Winchester.
Amongst the highlights for the Falcons, Mei Le Cumming won the senior girls division, with a time of 28 minutes, 24.09 seconds over the 6 km course.
Other top Falcons included Courtney St. Onge (3rd in novice girls), Amber Mallette (4th in novice girls), Brandon Poirier (3rd in novice boys), Ben Stadelmann (4th in novice boys), Marissa Marion (2nd in junior girls), Elena Anayiotos (5th in junior girls), and Morgan Zappia (5th in senior girls).
As part of their training for the SD&G cross-country running championships, student-athletes from Glengarry District High School participated in the 2019 edition of the Turkey Trot, held October 10 in Kemptville.
Gaels head coach Glen Campbell tells me that he had 30 runners at the event. Here are a few of them, joined by assistant coach (and former Gael) Jacob Cameron.
On Tuesday, the Upper Canada Golf Course, near Morrisburg, hosting the annual SD&G high school tournament, featuring teen student-athletes from across the United Counties.
Declan McDonald was the low man on Holy Trinity’s golf team at the September 17 competition, while Glengarry DHS’ Liam Filion was his school’s lone representative, shooting 99 on the day to tie for seventh overall.
Upcoming SDGAA events
The next scheduled association-wide tournament will be tennis, booked to be held in Alexandria, hosted by GDHS on October 2, with the next day reserved in case of rain.
Plans are in the works to try a new sport this year, as Char-Lan is slated to host ultimate frisbee, in Williamstown, on October 11.
The annual cross-country running meet is booked for Winchester, on October 16.