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CCI track team clears hurdles to defend regional title

44 local high school athletes have qualified for an OFSAA central regional meet later this month; the school's track and field team won the Georgian Bay championships team trophy last week
Collingwood Collegiate Institute. Erika Engel/CollingwoodToday

The following article was submitted by the Collingwood Collegiate Institute track and field team.

The Collingwood Collegiate Institute (CCI) track and field squad continued their stellar 2023 season with a commanding overall team victory at the Georgian Bay Secondary School Association (GBSSA) Championships held at York University on May 17.  The championship meet features the best runners, jumpers and throwers from the Simcoe - Muskoka - Parry Sound region - stretching from Alliston to South River. This victory represents CCI's successful defence of the GBSSA overall team championship as they captured this event in 2022 as well.

Over 60 athletes sported the black and gold to amass the impressive victory as they captured five of the six division titles with 35 podium finishes and tallied 458 points overall - almost 200 points clear of the second-place team. In fact, this margin of victory is the largest by any team since at least 2009 when overall team totals began being publicly posted.

With these impressive results, CCI will now send 44 athletes to the OFSAA Central Regional meet at York University on May 30 and June 1.  Thirty-four Owls will compete in one or more individual events and all eight of CCI’s relay teams qualified for this upcoming OFSAA semi-final meet.

It was an incredible team victory which was fueled by some outstanding individual performances as eight Owls were crowned as GBSSA Champions in a total of 13 events. The open boys’ 4x400m relay also took top honours. Collingwood Collegiate’s GBSSA individual event champions included:

  • Sabine Cornell - Novice 800m, 1500m and 3000m
  • Wes MacMillan - Junior 1500m and 3000m
  • Keira Shawyar - Junior Long Jump and High Jump
  • Miles Dempsey - Senior 400m Hurdles and 400m
  • Jack Sands - Novice 300m Hurdles
  • Jack Shaw - Junior 300m Hurdles (new school record)
  • Ben Mundle - Senior 800m
  • Max Sloan - Senior 110m Hurdles

Collingwood athletes will now look to take on the best athletes from York and Durham regions as part of the OFSAA Central Regional meet. The top-four finishes at that meet will then go on to the all-Ontario OFSAA Championships to be held in Ottawa on June 8 -10.