Fantastic results for Toronto West Athletics at Athletics Ontario Cross-Country championship!
Athletes from our club showed fantastic results at OFSAA XC meet representing their school.
Grade 9 girls: Kayla 3rd, Sofia 4th, Grace 14th, Katherine 49th, Sabrina 102nd.
Grade 10 girls: Hannah 33rd, Erin 38th, Jenaya 104, Kate 106, Amy 243.
Grade 10 boys: Roman 3rd, Justin 24th, Aiden 66th, Jack 72nd, Alexander 113. REDMOND Team 8th
Senior girls: Julia 27th, Lauren 44th, Isabel 63rd, Laura 68th, Gretchen 121st, Emily 160th.
Senior Boys: Daniel R 18th, Ben 21st, Hamza 60th, Ivan 73rd, Stephen 85th, Matthew 88th, Lucas 95th.
Introducing “It’s a TWAP” (Toronto West Athletics Parents @torontowestathletics). 8 parents ran the Ragnar Cottage Country Trail Relay. ~200km run in ~8km legs, 3 per 8 team members. As a team with a fast seed time, they started with the last wave of teams at 4:30. With some impressive racing, they finished in 19:59:57, first masters team and 6th overall! Trail running in the dark with headlamps takes some getting used to! Great to have the kids out cheering on the parents for a change.
Shoutout to Catherine and Warren Ringler for putting together our team and leading the way! Great racing by our entire team! Till next time.
Thank you to our Ragnar team volunteer Wendy! She didn’t sleep, cheered on every racer, and helped Ragnar with medal distribution!
Toronto West athletes set new records and milestones at the Ontario High School championships on June 7-9, 2018.
Ofsaa is regarded as one of the two or three best high school meets in North America, and as usual, it did not disappoint as to just mention 2 phenomenal runs, Canadian interscholastic records were set in Senior boys 400 at 45.99, and senior girls 3000m at 9:21.!!
Our club is currently strongest at the grade 9 (Novice), and grade 10 (Junior) level, and we scored in each of the middle distance events, including 400m!
The kids won 3 medals. Sophia Lucki 3rd in 1500 with another club record; Then Aiden Webster 3rd in the 800m with a new club record, and at the end of the 3rd day, Roman Mironov placed 2nd in the 3k.
We also had 9 other top ten finishes! Ben Miske in Jr boys in both 1500 and 3k. Justin Jelaca at 800 and 1500. Aiden had a fantastic 400m to place 5th.
Roman was just off the podium in 4th in the 1500.
In the 800m events, we sent 6 athletes and 5 made the final. Along with Aiden’s bronze, Justin was 4th, Lauren Jacobs finished 6th, Sophia 7th and Joseph Falzata 8th, after running 1:59.5 to make the final.
Laura Peters very quietly ran a huge PR in the jr 3k to place 10th.
It was a very impressive weekend for Toronto West athletes!
Club athletes had breakthrough performances at the Metro and South Regional Championships this week, resulting in 15 athletes qualifying for Ofsaa next week. Many new club records along the way, but even those are likely to be broken again and again over the next few weeks!
We had 6 Regional champions! Ben won both of the Jr Boys 1500 and 3000m at the South Region.
Roman won the same events at the Metro Region in the Novice division
Joseph and Lauren won the 800s at the South Region in the junior division.
The complete list of qualifiers is as follows.
The club had a great weekend at York over two days with several great results.
Highlight had to be Roman Mironov’s win in the 2000m at the Ontario-Quebec midget dual meet run in conjunction with AO.
Roman’s time was a new provincial record, but he needed it as two other runners were breathing down his neck!
The Provincial dual meet had some drama as it turned out to be a tie, with Sophia having to do some double duty and enter the race walk for a valuable point!
In the 1500s, Ben Miske had a very solid run and big PR in 4:21, and in the Senior 1500, Triphon unleashed a world class last 400 of 55 seconds to win a tactical battle in 3:58.
On Sunday, the day started off with great runs from Stephen and Ben in section 2 of the 3k, as they traded leads all the way before Ben pulled out the win with another PR of 9:27.
Triphon continued his education at 3k with a big PR of 8:32 and second place, but the most satisfying race of the day was Peter’s huge breakthrough and 15 second PR, ending up with 5th place in a time of 8:43. This was a long time coming and well deserved!
In the 800s, Sophia and Lauren had good runs and gained valuable racing experience, while in the boys’800 Aiden, Ivan and Joseph raced very well in the second fastest section.
Once again, the club’s presence was very noticeable as our athletes demonstrated their continuing improvement.
We will do it all again in two weeks, and add in our Bantam group for AO Bantam, Midget and JR. Championships.
The track season kicked off last weekend with the AO Prep meet and Relay championship at York. Several club members got their season started including the midget boys winning the 4×800 title. Roman Mironov and Sophia Lucki ran strong 2km races for 1st and 3rd against some of the best midget athletes in the province.
This week, Toronto West Athletes competed in multiple venues with great results.
Starting with our senior athletes; Alex Lucki won the Vanderbilt Invitational mile in Tennessee while competing for Maryland. In Ottawa, new member Connor Darlington won the 3k in 8:30.
In London, Josh McGillivray was 2nd in the 1km in 2:31, and Triphon worked on his strength by running the 3k in 8:50.
In Toronto, at U of T, the high school groups competed in the Fred Foot memorial, competing against many university athletes as well as the other clubs.
Highlight of the day was Aiden Webster’s huge 600m midget club record in 1:27.
Peter finally cracked the 9:00 barrier with 8:58 in the 3k.
Sophia Lucki ran a very strong first 1500 in 5:01
New member Ivan Mihelec ran a great 1km in 2:44 and is taking aim at Peter’s record of 2:41.
And we had two nice section wins. Ben Miske held off Andrew Batek as both kicked nicely in the 1500, both running 4:29. In an earlier section, Roman ran a personal best of 4:24!
And finally, Joseph Falzata unleashed a monster kick to pass one of U of T’s famous master runners in the last section of the 1000m to win in 2:49.
A great first two weeks, and we still have lots of athletes preparing for their first races!
National Cross country Championship Recap. The Club travelled to Kingston for the national Championship and culmination of the xc season. We were rewarded with some very exciting results, highlighted by the Youth Girls silver medal performance in the club team event! Right from the gun the girls presence was very noticeable as they were led by Maddy, with Julia, Laura, Sophia and Patricia all placed nicely. Julia made a great closing charge to get up right behind Maddy, and Laura held on to finish inside the top 30. Sophia and Patricia also closed nicely and it was clear that we would be on the podium! A sign of the club’s strength was that the other girls on the team, Hanna S, Hanna F and Gretchen all had solid runs.
In the Youth boys race- the deepest race of the day with 220 starters, the boys ran very well and placed 6th, not that far away from the bronze medal. Peter led the way in 24th, followed by Daniel. Both Keithan and Stephen had breakthrough performances and beat several runners who had beaten them at Ofsaa. The younger boys all gained valuable experience for next year as both Ben and Roman closed nicely and will be hungry for next year.
Just our second year as a club at national xc, we followed up Ehab’s championship last year with a podium performance and a top 6 this year.
The coaches are very proud of the efforts and results of the kids and we can’t wait to go back to Kingston one more time next year. The goal will be two teams on the podium!
We had 45 athletes compete in the 2017 AO Cross Country Championships. This was our first year having a Master’s team. Congratulations Nancy, Jill, and Lucy on a great race! In the Bantam Girls race we fielded 9 athletes, 7 of them at the lower level of the age group (grade 7’s and a 6th grader as well) and the team successfully secured a silver medal! The Bantam Boys race was no less spectacular; Mark and Jack ran very strong races against some absolutely lightning fast competitors and finished 12 and 14 respectively. Kinnon, again another under ager, had a strong race! Our Midget girls are fierce competitors and their team secured a silver medal. Sophia, Laura, Julia and Lauren came in 10, 11, 13 and 22 respectively. The Midget boys ran strong and came in 6th as a team! Many of the boys had their best races of the season! Congratulations to Ben on his 4th place finish! The youth boys and girls teams both came in 7th place. Congratulations to Peter on his 8th place finish. Andres had a good run in the Junior race! Congratulations to all of the runners for competitive races in tough conditions. Next up, getting ready for Nationals Nov 25th.
Fantastic club results at OFSAA in Petawawa.
Roman dominated the midget boys race for a well deserved win. It cannot be overstated how hard it is to win ofsaa. Congrats to Roman.
The junior girls were next with extraordinary results from Julia and Laura with 7th and 10th place finishes. Both girls beat girls who were dominant in the GTA all of last year!
Ben placed 4th in Junior boys and looked very comfortable running with the lead pack. Lots more to come from Ben!
In Senior boys, Daniel came through yet again with a great race placing 25th, and beating all 3 TDSB rivals who beat him at the City final.
All the other club members had solid races, but the reality of ofsaa is that you can run very well and still place 70th!
Ofsaa is often referred to as one of the top 3 high school races in North America, and for good reason.
On to AO and Nationals!