Neil McNeil Catholic High School wins 14th straight city cross country championship

Neil McNeil Catholic High School cross country runners celebrate their 14th straight overall team championship at the Toronto District Catholic (Colleges) Athletic Association cross country championships at Centennial Park in Etobicoke last week. On Saturday, Nov. 5, the Neil McNeil cross country team will be taking part in the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) championships in Uxbridge. Photo: Submitted.

For the 14th year in a row, the boys from Neil McNeil Catholic High School have won the overall team title at the Toronto District Catholic (Colleges) Athletic Association cross country championships.

This year’s meet was held at Centennial Park in Etobicoke on Friday, Oct. 28.

Also, for the third time in a row Neil McNeil won the team title in all three age groups (Novice, Junior and Senior) competed in at the championships.

Two runners from Neil McNeil also won gold medals for finishing first in their individual races last Friday.

Cecil Jenkins won gold in the Novice boys race, and the silver went to his teammate Ty Machado. Finn Veale was fourth in the race for Neil McNeil and Owen Mielniczuk was sixth. In the Novice race, Neil McNeil had eight runners finish in the top 20.

In the Junior boys race, Xavie Gordon won the gold for Neil McNeil. His teammates Elery Alexander, fifth; Josh Paul, seventh; and Ian Yusti, eighth, rounded out the top 10 finishers in the race. The Neil McNeil Junior boys placed six runners in the top 20.

The Senior boys were led to their team tile by Fitz Williams, fourth; Jamie Parkin, sixth; Ewen Fraser, eighth; and Noah McPherson, ninth. The team had 11 runners finish in the top 20 in the race.

The Neil McNeil cross country team now heads to the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) championships on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Dagmar Ski Resort in Uxbridge.

“For the 14th consecutive year Neil won the Overall Title and swept all three age groups (at the city championships),” said coach Steve Masterson. “The coaching staff is very proud of the fact that Neil has qualified 42 of 42 teams to OFSAA during that time period.”

Neil McNeil cross country coaches are Steve Masterson, Ashley Masterson, Abigail Layton, and Lou Di Florio.


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