Track and field meet features 26 teams from across Canada
SUMMERSIDE – A boys’ track and field team from Three Oaks Senior High School in Summerside is headed to a national competition in Toronto.
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A boys’ track and field team from Three Oaks Senior High School in Summerside will represent P.E.I. at the Nike High School Grand Prix track and field invitational meet in Toronto this week.
The 11-member squad will represent P.E.I. at the Nike High School Grand Prix track and field invitational meet.
“What they do is look for representation from each province, a team of males and a team of females, so each province and territory is represented,” explained Three Oaks coach Jim Donovan of the 26-team event. Colonel Gray is the P.E.I. girls’ representative.
“It’s as much of a cultural event as it is a track meet,” said Donovan. “On the fun side of it they will get to see a Blue Jays’ game (on Saturday, May 10). Is that track and field?
“No, but it is learning about Toronto and the facilities that Toronto has.
“For example, the relay is going to be a mixed team, so a person could be on a team with three or four other provinces or territories mixed together.
“What I like about it is it promotes athleticism . . . it’s athletes who have a genuine interest, stressing the word genuine, in athletics.”
Three Oaks found out on Dec. 20 the school was selected to participate.
“Our corporate sponsors from the local community have been very gracious in helping off-set the cost to take part in this national meet,” said Donovan, who signalled out Sobeys, Three Oaks Senior High School and Bank of Nova Scotia as major contributors. “The administration has strongly supported us all the way through, and encouraged (us).”
The one-day competition will be held on Friday, May 9.
“In my opinion, I feel there are some diamonds in the rough on this team,” commented Donovan. “Athletically, the gentlemen are extremely strong.
“They have been mentally and physically preparing for this event all winter. I am cautiously optimistic.
“For times in distance and some of the heights we have been seeing in both the high jump and long jump, I am pleasantly optimistic.”
“In my opinion, I feel there are some diamonds in the rough on this team. Athletically, the gentlemen are extremely strong. They have been mentally and physically preparing for this event all winter. I am cautiously optimistic. For times in distance and some of the heights we have been seeing in both the high jump and long jump, I am pleasantly optimistic.” Three Oaks coach Jim Donovan
Donovan explained how the Three Oaks team members were selected: “We wanted to focus in on athletes who not only have a keen interest in athletics, but more importantly have been training in athletics for an extended period of time.
“A number of the gentlemen that are taking part are heavily involved in distance running. There are a few who are not only high jumpers but long jumpers and sprinters, and have been in those chosen fields for a number of years, not only in their senior high years but in junior high as well.”
Paul McGuire assists Donovan with the coaching.
“Paul has been a distance runner and a trainer for many, many years,” said Donovan. “He’s done a great deal of work over the winter months working on their strength, endurance, times and strategy. You can train as much as you wish, but it is as much of a mental game as it is a physical game. . .
“On a positive note, the gentlemen have genuinely put the time in, effort and mental preparation.”
Three Oaks team off to Nike meet:
Nick Meade – 200 and 400 metres.
Jordan Gallant – 400 metres.
Daniel Meister – 1,500 metres.
Alex MacFadyen – 1,500 metres.
Jack Fingler – 400 and 1,500 metres.
Austin Taylor – 400 and 800 metres; long jump; 4x400-metre relay.
Ryan Merrett – 800 and 1,500 metres; 4x100-metre relay.
Brittan Turner – 800 and 1,500 metres.
Jesse MacFarlane – 100 metres; 4x100-metre relay.
Matthew Tanton – 200 metres; high jump; long jump; 4x100-metre relay.
Brolin Turner – 800 metres; long jump.