Neil McNeil’s track and field team members earn overall title at TDCAA championships

Members of the Neil McNeil Catholic High School track and field team celebrate their overall team championship and all three age divisions championships at the recent Toronto District Catholic (Colleges) Athletic Association meet in Etobicoke. Photo: Submitted.

By JACK SKINNER

Neil McNeil Catholic High School won its third straight overall title at the recently held Toronto District Catholic (Colleges) Athletic Association (TDCAA) track and field championships at Centennial Stadium in Etobicoke last week.

The Neil boys successfully won all three age divisio titles, Novice Boys (NB), Junior Boys (JB), and Senior Boys (SB), which allowed them to also win the overall title at the meet which took place over two days on May 17 and 18.

Top performances were put in by Ethan Robinson (SB) who won three golds, in the triple jump, long jump, and high jump, and capped off the meet with a silver in the 4×100 relay; Cecil Jenkins (NB) who also won three golds, in the 800m, 1500m, and the 3000m; and Xavier Gordon (JB) who won two golds, in the 800m, 1500m, and then finished with a silver in the 400m.

The coaching staff helping Neil McNeil defend its 2022 Overall Metro Track and Field Championship is led by head coach Jason Wood and assistant coaches Abigael Layton, Lou DiFlorio, Arnold Lopez, Matthew Cooke, Ashley Masterson, and Steve Masterson.

Layton has made school history by becoming the first coach at Neil to win three overall titles in the same academic year, earning the titles with the swimming team, cross country team and track and field team.

Out of all 85 members on the Neil McNeil track and field team, 55 of them qualified for the Metro Track and Field Championships which took place today and yesterday (May 24 and 25) at Birchmount Stadium.


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