Neil McNeil Catholic High School’s men’s cross-country team won the gold medal in their run to the OFSAA championships last weekend. Pictured are Coach Jason Wood, Fitz Williams, Liam McCullagh, Gaetano Pocchi, Liam Patterson, Irvin Omere and Coach Abigael Layton. The inset photo shows coach Ashley Masterson, who received the OFSAA Sports Leadership Award at the competition. Photos: submitted.
Catholic High School long-distance runners Neil McNeil continue to make history this season.
This past weekend, Neil McNeil won the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) men’s general team championship title, a first in the history of the Southwest Scarborough school.
In addition, Neil’s senior men’s team won the championship at the OFSAA meeting on November 6 at Lakefield College near Peterborough.
In the OFSAA senior boys race, 22 teams and 185 runners competed. Neil’s riders brought their “A Game” to the race, led by Gaetano Pocchi (who finished fourth); Irvin Omere (who finished 15th); Liam McCullagh (who finished 16e); Liam Patterson (who finished 32sd); and Fitz Williams (who finished 39e). The combined efforts of Neil McNeil’s senior boys resulted in their team winning the gold medal.
In the junior boys race, Neil McNeil placed fourth on the team. A total of 22 teams and 165 runners took part in the race. The best junior riders for Neil in the race were James Parkin (22nd); Jesse Miller (37th); Dylan Welch (43rd); Luigi Mele (51st): and Andrew Watson (94e).
In the novice boys’ race, 22 teams and 185 runners participated. Neil finished sixth in the competition for the tag team title. Neil’s top runners in the race were Xavier Gordon with a Top Ten finish in seventh place; followed by Ellery Alexander (72nd); Harrison Clarke (96e); and Marshall Devlin (129th).
The icing on the cake for Team Neil McNeil at the OFSAA Cross Country Championships was seeing one of their coaches, Ashley Masterson, recognized by her peer coaches with the Sport Leadership Award from the ‘OFSAA.