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.
Williamstown’s Wendell Lafave, a marathoner who’s completed runs in every Canadian province, every U.S. state, and many other places around the world (including Antarctica), finished the Ottawa Virtual Marathon on Sunday.
The event was organized following last month’s cancellation of Race Weekend in the nation’s capital due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual Ottawa Marathon is a popular course for many from our region, with some using it as a qualifier for the storied Boston Marathon. The Boston run, along with the St. Lawrence Marathon (Cornwall) are among other 2020 events that have been cancelled.
As described on the Ottawa Virtual Marathon website, organizers have chosen to go virtual this year, extending the participation opportunity through to September 7.
“CANADA’S BIGGEST MARATHON WEEKEND HAS GONE VIRTUAL!”
Athletes are encouraged to “run your race at your pace while adhering to the physical distancing guidelines provided by your local public health agencies … Ottawa Virtual Race Weekend 2020 participants will receive all the amenities of a live, in-person event: a customizable race bib, commemorative finisher medal and T-shirt, option to upload finish times to the Sportstats results platform, plus a few surprises from our event partners.”
Participants will also receive a 50 percent entry fee reduction for the 2021 run, which hopefully will return to the streets of Ottawa.
In addition to the marathon distance, there are shorter runs available (half marathon, 10 km, 5 km, 2 km), as well as a kids run of 1.2 km.
Glengarry’s own Eric Neilsen ran the best half marathon time at the 2019 edition of the Chilly Willy in Williamstown today, completing the 21 km course in 1 hours, 21 minutes, and 57.1 seconds. The top female finisher was Guylaine Barnes, sixth overall, at 1:50:12.6.
Placing second through fifth were Christian Belair (1:22:39.9), Paul Lalonde (1:36:44.8), Phil Barnes (1:39:30.2), and Chris Diraddo (1:47:13.1).
Seventh through tenth finishers were Biana Charlebois (1:58:36.2), Lindsay Laframboise (1:58:36.3), Kim Potvin (2:05:46.4), and Chantal Lalonde-Beaudette (2:12:19.5).
In the 10 km race, Todd Giroux had the best time, finishing the course in 48 minutes, 52.8 seconds. Kathy Thompson recorded the top time amongst women (fourth overall), crossing the finish line in 57 minutes, 45.4 seconds.
Placing second overall was Peter Moody (53:56.2), with Reg Desjardins third (57:22.1). Rounding out the top 10 finishers were Denise Roy (58:19.3), Cheryl Lariviere (1:01:36.6), Donna Magher (1:06:18.2), Chrissy Stevens (1:06:16.3), Johan Stevens (1:06:19.2), and Sonia Poirier (1:08:03.9).
The dynamic brother-sister duo of Tristan Bombardier and Kira Bombardier won as top male and female runners on the 5 km course.
Tristan finished with a time of 19 minutes, 37.7 seconds, while Kira crossed the finish line fifth overall, at 22 minutes, 4.1 seconds.
Lachlan McDonald (21:00.6), Zachary Franks (21:39.1), and Marty Dettman (21:42.5) took second, third, and fourth overall, respectively.
Completing the top 10 were Ella Campbell (23:02.8), Glen Campbell (23:05.8), Kathy Stajkiwski (23:17.9 ), Scott Giroux (24:26.7), and Matthew Heagle (24:44.0).
This was the fifth annual running of the Chilly Willy, which is organized by race director Sheil Lafave and her team. It also serves as a fundraiser for the Sir John Johnson Manor House.
The 5th annual Chilly Willy Run will be held Saturday, November 2, in Williamstown, starting and finishing on the grounds of the Sir John Johnson Manor House. In advance of the event, which features half-marathon, 10 km, and 5 km courses, 69 runners had pre-registered. If you didn’t sign up online, you still can participate, as race day registration will open at 8 a.m., with the races themselves scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.
Official timing will be tracked by The Running Goat. Hot chilli, buns, coffee, and hot chocolate will be served at the finish line.
The event is a fundraiser for the Manor House. Race director is Sheila Lafave.
The weather forecast indicates a temperate of +1 Celsius for the start of the rain, with mostly sunny conditions and negligible to light winds.
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).