A small contingent from the Meaford Coyotes Track Club had their season opener at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College 'Backs in Motion' 5 km Road Race on Sunday, April 26 in Toronto.
Under sunny skies and refreshing temperatures, CMCC hosted their 32nd annual event that included a 10 km race, a 5 km race, and a 5 km walk with proceeds going toward chiropractic education. There were 129 competitors in the 5 km race alone.
Grade 10 student Sam Nusselder was the overall race winner. He started off with a casual pace and found himself in the lead with two other competitors. He crossed the line 14 seconds ahead of his nearest rival with a time of 17:01, equalling his personal best time for that distance. Grade 12 student Jessie Nusselder was the top female as she placed 11th overall in a winning time of 19:42. Grade 10 student Jake Clarke placed 4th in his very competitive 15-19 year old age group and 9th overall as he stopped the clock at 19:34. Kathy Higgs was the top female in the 40-49 age group, running an aggressive race with a time of 24:41. Kevin Hooper, working through a small injury, ran a cautious race and won his 50-59 age group in a time of 24:40.
The Coyote team is in heavy training right now, preparing for their upcoming track season which will begin in a few weeks. At present there are roughly 85 members training with the team. For more information about the team, check out their website at www.meafordcoyotes.com