HIGH ACHIEVERS: Stay-Safe Edition
Keeping Local Sport Spirit High During the Pandemic
By Martin Cleary
WEEKEND WRAP: The Streek siblings certainly love the Capital XC Challenge.
For the second time in the past three years, Claire, Evan and Grace were at the head of the pack or pursuing the leader as they each found their way into the medal positions.
The Streek family tradition at the Ottawa Lions Track and Field Club-organized cross-country meet started in 2017, when Evan was a third-place finisher and Grace was showing potential with a 10th-place result.
In total, the Streeks have compiled nine medals over four years in various age divisions. Evan has the bragging rights for the moment with two firsts, one second and one third, while Grace has one first and two second-place finishes and Claire owns one first and a second.
Evan, who attends Merivale High School, was the man of the moment in the boys’ under-14, 3,000-metre on Saturday at the Capital XC Challenge. He won his race in 11:15.24 by a 2.31-second margin over Owen Siderius of Nakkertok Nordic. Noah Bouchard of Ville-Marie was third in 11:34.77.
Claire Streek of Sir Winston Churchill Public School matched Evan’s first-place reward, when she captured the girls’ under-12, 2,000-metre race. She finished ahead of Sydney Charette of Notre Dame and Avery Kinch of Brockville Legion. Times were not posted in the official results.
On Friday, Grace Streek of Merivale covered the girls’ junior varsity 4,000 metres in 16:20.94, but finished second to Isabella Chiumera of St. Pius X.
Jamie Schuler of the Ottawa Lions was the girls’ under-14, 3,000-metre winner in 12:17.97 and was chased hard by Nakkertok Nordic athletes Evelyn Davies, 12:22.74, and Laila Lebel, 12:26.97.
Ottawa Lions’ Sinead Gomes ran away with the girls’ under-10, 2,000-metre race, winning in 9:11.72. The race for second was much closer as Sydney Charette of Notre Dame edged Avery Kinch of Brockville Legion, 9:57.61 to 9:59.89.
Ottawa’s Emma Betty of McGill University, who was the varsity girls’ 6,000-metre winner in 2019, placed third in the women’s university/open 6,000 metres in 23:15.01. Queen’s Charlotte Langley was first in 23:06.04, while McGill’s Chloe Fleurent-Grégoire took second in 23:11.35.
Henrik Froeschl of Westboro Academy held off Sawyer Rog of Emily Carr in the boys’ under-12, 2,500-metre race with respective times of 9:56.25 and 9:57.95. Nakkertok Nordic’s Kai Lebel was third in 9:58.43.
William Gerth of Mutchmor was the boys’ under-10 winner over 2,000 metres in 8:34.57, while Christian Watchorn of Elmdale was second, 8:44.87, and Kilian Asselin of Lycée Claudel was third, 9:01.40.
Queen’s Gaels swept the top four places in the men’s university/open 6,000 metres as only 12.11 seconds separated first from fourth: Mitchell Kirby, 19:07.94; Myles Brackenburg, 19:13.43; Roman Mironov, 19:18.56; and Jake Hollinger, 19:20.05.
LOCAL BASKETBALL PLAYERS MAKE IMPRESSIVE NEXT-LEVEL DEBUTS
Three Ottawa athletes made their women’s basketball debuts at new levels on the weekend and produced some positive numbers.
Capital Courts Academy graduate Katie Butts came off the bench to play three games in three days as the University of New Brunswick went 1-2 in the Helen Campbell Tournament, which was staged by the Reds.
Butts, a 6-2 centre, recorded a double-double in a 74-66 loss to Cape Breton as she had 10 points and 12 rebounds over 21 minutes in the middle game.
In the Reds’ opening-match 64-63 win over Laval, Butts saw 10 minutes of floor time, but hit all four free throws, grabbed five defensive rebounds and finished with six points and one block. Saint Mary’s beat UNB 66-56 in the third game, which saw Butts notch three points, three rebounds and three steals.
The Women’s British Basketball League opened its eighth season with Marlee Ball, who played her final university season with Carleton Ravens, and Brooklyn McAlear-Fanus, a former accomplished player with the University of Ottawa, noticeable in the mix.
Ball played the entire 40 minutes as her Gloucester City Queens defeated Cardiff Met Archers 73-60. Ball produced 11 points and nine rebounds. McAlear-Fanus scored seven points, pulled down five rebounds and added five assists and two steals in 27.6 minutes as Leicester Riders edged Nottingham Wildcats 55-53.
Meanwhile, University of Ottawa grad Angela Ribarich is attending law school, after having a standout 2020-21 season with Amager in the top women’s Danish basketball league.
CANADIAN MARATHON RECORD MUST WAIT FOR WOODFINE
Tristan Woodfine of Cobden, Ont., had the Canadian record on his mind, but he’ll have to wait another day, if he hopes to take down Cam Levins’ national marathon mark of 2:09:25.
Woodfine, who achieved the Athletics Canada Olympic standard for the Tokyo Summer Games but was not selected behind three other standard-achieving runners, placed 19th in Sunday’s Virgin Money London Marathon men’s elite field in 2:23:35.
At the 2020 London Marathon last October, Woodfine achieved the Olympic standard with a run of 2:10:51.
“The ultimate goal is to become a world-class marathoner and compete at the highest level and not being selected for Tokyo didn’t really change that,” Woodfine told CBC before the race. “It would have been a great experience, but it’s not the be-all and end-all.”
Martin Cleary has written about amateur sports for 48 years. A past Canadian sportswriter of the year and Ottawa Sports Awards Lifetime Achievement in Sport Media honouree, Martin retired from full-time work at the Ottawa Citizen in 2012, but continued to write a bi-weekly “High Achievers” column for the Citizen/Sun.
When the pandemic struck, Martin created the “Stay-Safe Edition” to provide some positive news during tough times, via his Twitter account at first and now here at OttawaSportsPages.ca.
Martin can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com and on Twitter @martincleary.
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