Korah’s Jack Carlyle was all business and it resulted in a title
In order to be No. 1, often you must train as if you’re No. 2.
Jack Carlyle seems to subscribe to that approach.
The Korah runner credited “lots of training hours and commitment,” for his Senior Boys Division victory Wednesday in the annual, City High School Cross-Country Championships at Kinsmen Park.
Carlyle completed the seven-kilometre race in 25:22.00, outlasting teammate Mackie Edwards (26:08.00).
Tyler Davie (26:32.00) of Sir James Dunn was third.
“I train for cross-country skiing year round,” said Carlyle, a 16-year-old, Grade 11 student, who helped the Colts grab senior team honours. “I’m most passionate about skiing, but I love sports. The key for me was preparation before the race and determination during it.”
Carlyle, who didn’t run in Grade 9, won the city junior title a year ago and placed second at the Northern Ontario Secondary Schools Association (NOSSA) meet.
This year’s NOSSA event is scheduled for one week from Friday in North Bay.
The top two local teams in each division are allowed to bring a group of five runners (which includes an alternate) to the NOSSA championships.
The top three individual runners, who are not members of one of those teams, also qualify.
“Hopefully, I’d like to finish in the top three at NOSSA,” Carlyle said.
Sir James Dunn’s senior team placed second behind the Colts, who swept the boys overall, girls overall and aggregate championships Wednesday.
Though rain and cold conditions seemed to bother some runners, Carlyle insisted the weather wasn’t a factor.
“Conditions were the same for everyone,” he said. “My goal was to win, but I didn’t want to be overconfident. Everyone I was running against was a good competitor.”
Edwards, who’s also 16, used the word “awesome” to describe his second-place finish.
“It was the best race of my life,” said Edwards, who wound up sixth in the city a year ago as a junior and finished fifth in Grade 9 while competing in the Midget Division. “I trained a lot. I went all out this year, more than in other years. I just felt in good shape the whole race.”
Sean Plumley (26:34.00) of White Pines placed fourth among seniors, while Sir James Dunn’s Brad Walsh (26:45.00) rounded out the top five.
Meantime, in junior action, Brett Davie (23:30.33) of Sir James Dunn topped the 6k field, edging Daniel Turco (23:58.42) of St. Mary’s by nearly half a minute.
The Knights Dylan Jollineau (24:55.99) wound up third, followed by Korah’s Karl Zimmerman (26:59.04).
Another Colts runner, Corey Conforzi (27:29.87), completed the top five.
St. Mary’s was first in team competition followed by SJD.
Korah’s Nick Burns (19:35.35) won the midget boys 5k, out-racing Matthew Smylie (20:07.69) of St. Mary’s.
Bawating’s James Withers (21:08.82) was third, followed by Tyson Rimkey (22:00.14) of SJD. The Dunn’s Ryan Cooke (22:02.37) was fifth.
Korah was the team champion with Sir James Dunn finishing second.
And the winners are
SENIOR BOYS 7,000 METRES
1. Jack Carlyle (K), 25:22.00
2. Mackie Edwards (K), 26:08.00
3. Tyler Davie (SJD) 26:32.00
JUNIOR BOYS 6,000 METRES
1. Brett Davie (SJD) 23:30.33
2. Daniel Turco (SMC), 23:58.42
3. Dylan Jollineau (SMC), 24:55.99
MIDGET BOYS 5,000 METRES
1. Nick Burns (K), 19:35.35
2. Matthew Smylie (SMC) 20:07.69
3. James Withers (Baw) 21:08.82