OFSAA 2019 RECAP

Steeple chase OFSAA

What a weekend! Toronto West Athletes competed well each and every session at OFSAA.

It started Thursday with the steeplechase heats. Ben and Daniel each qualified for the final, with Ben lowering Daniel’s club record along the way.

Next up, the 1500m heats saw Sofia in Novice, Sophia in junior, and Ivan in Senior all advance to the final. Ivan was in a particularly loaded heat and had to run perfectly to advance, which he did with a new personal best of 4:01. Grace and Jose also competed well in their heats, but did not advance.

On Friday, the steeplechase final saw Ben and Daniel smash their best times, finishing 5th and 6th.

In the Jr girls 1500 final Sophia Lucki smashed her own club record and the 4:40 barrier, running 4:36 for 3rd place.

(Last week I mentioned how strong the Metro and South Regions are. In this Jr Girls 1500, Toronto girls went 2,3,4,5!)

But Saturday was the best of all. Lauren Jacobs started us off with a great run in the Sr 800 to qualify for the final. Justin Jelaca also ran a new personal best in the Jr boys 800 to make the final. Then Kayla Sanderson Kirby shocked the field with a huge personal best to qualify for the Novice final.

Kayla then followed that up in the final with a great 3rd place finish and the bronze medal.

Daniel and Ben and Jose were up next in the senior boys 3k final, all 3 boys running new personal bests and competing very well in the one of the toughest events at OFSAA.

And we saved the best for last! Sofia Bowe and Grace Cousineau ran out of their minds in the Novice girls 3000m, with Sofia earning the bronze medal in the spectacular time of 10:26 and Grace also running a great time in placing 6th.

So we competed from 400m to 3000m, with athletes in all 3 age categories performing well. The only thing missing was a senior medal, and that will be a target for next year.

Congratulations to all athletes, but we still have lots of races left this year. Continue reading OFSAA 2019 RECAP

Regionals Recap – OFSAA Qualifying

OFSAA qualifying race

One of the main focus points of the season is the regionals,-the last step before OFSAA.

Competing in the Metro Toronto Regional and the South Regional (Mississauga all the way down to Niagara) these regionals contain huge populations and therefore finishing in the top 4 is a great accomplishment.

Toronto West athletes had excellent results at both regionals.

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Jordan 5K race

Toronto West Athletics Running Club

The high school distance crew hit the roads this morning at the Jordan 5k at Subaru Running Series http://niagararunningseries.com/
Congratulations to all who raced!
Shoutout to Julia, 2nd female with club record 18:41! Olivia and Laura 6th and 7th females and 1st and 3rd in age group! Cathryn 15th female!
Ben 4th overall in 16:10, Justin, Mark, Evan, Alexander, Daniel, Julian, Jack 9th, 10th, 11th, 16th, 17th, 21st, and 31st overall! Coach Jill snuck on the podium for 2nd in her age group!

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MARCH BREAK – Myrtle Beach

March break trip

The 800/1500 group travelled to Myrtle Beach South Carolina for some badly needed warm weather and to put in a heavy week of training after a very successful indoor season.

Two workouts a day were on the menu, along with the Golden Corral chocolate fountain and Krispy Kreme doughnuts. In fact, the boys discovered Krispy Kremes to be a new meal of champions.

At the end of the week we participated in a University meet attended by D1,D2, and D3 schools also seeking some warm weather.

Daniel Rosen put conventional training theory on its ear by running 8:55 in the 3k- a new personal best at the end of the hardest training week of his life!

Hamza got introduced to big boy racing, running his first ever 5k in a crowded field of 17 with lots of pushing and shoving. He survived and hit his goal of 15:55.

Sophia and Isabel ran the 800, both placing in the top 10, with Sophia 4th.

Lauren got in some speed work running the 400, and Ivan ran a solid 800 on very heavy legs.

Now we regroup and will ease back a bit this week before starting the push to the high school season.

TWA March break trip

Update. Spire Showcase and AO championship

Toronto Running Club indoor meet

Toronto West flexed its muscles around the US and at York U this weekend.

First of all, I will deal with the University athletes. Best run of the weekend was Alex Lucki with a great 3k and new club record of 9:28 at Iowa State. Mikaela Lucki followed up with a big PR in the mile with a 4:50 mile (4:30 1500) Finally, Peter M had a big PR in Boston running 8:38 for his 3k. Great double for Jake Carroll, who had a great weekend at the university meet at Spire- 2:28 1k PR! and 4:14 mile.

At York, a large group of athletes competed at AOs on both Saturday and Sunday with all running personnel or seasonal best times. Great runs by Ivan (4:05) and Hamza another PR in 3k in 9:09.

A small group travelled to Geneva Ohio for the Spire Scholastic Showcase. Highlight of the trip was Sophia Lucki in the 1600 (the US high school distance) running 5:03. She passed 1500 in 4:43- a new PR.

Isabel Raymond ran a perfect race to keep moving up in her section and finished in 5:14, passing 1500 in 4:54-another new personal record.

We had a great experience in Ohio and are determined to go back next year and win the girls’ 4×800!

2018 TWA Club Results

Toronto Running club

This year marks the start of the 4th year of Toronto West Athletics! Our club continues to grow and is well recognized at the provincial and national level thanks to the efforts and abilities of our athletes and coaches. 

The accomplishments of our athletes are too numerous to list. They have achieved personal bests, set club records, medaled at OFSAA, and have taken home hardware from provincial, national, and international events. Athletes have made provincial and national teams in track and cross country. The athletes’ achievements have been well documented on our Instagram page, which has over 900 followers, we hope you follow us @TorontoWestAthletics. Thank you to Jill Cameron who is the person responsible for over 98% of our 1426 posts on Instagram and who is also our club president, high-school coach, and club photographer.

We are pleased to announce that the World Master Cross Country Championships in 2020 will be held in Toronto and that our University/Seniors coach Gary Westgate is the Meet Director. It is part of the World Masters 2020 which also involves all track and field events. It is over 2 weeks long and will involve several thousand athletes from all over the world. The official venues are York, Centennial, and U of T. Toronto West Athletics will be providing support for the 2019 pre-championship meet as well as the championships in 2020.

This summer our MTA coaches (Jim Graham and Warren Ringler) provided our “retired” athletes, Paul Robinson and Nick Carbone, the opportunity to get their coaching feet wet by helping out with the MTA group. If any of our alumni are interested in coaching opportunities please keep in touch!

Each year our high school athletes are recruited by universities in Canada and the United States and this year was no different.  Madeline Smart-Reed went to Queens, Keithan Sivapragasam went to Western and Peter Minbashian to McMaster. They will join the list of university athletes who also compete as Toronto West Athletics members for Athletics Ontario and Athletics Canada events. (Miles, Asad, Jake, Ben, Ehab, Mathieu, Mikaela, Alexandra, Joshua, Marc, Carter, Connor, Andres, and Triphon).

Toronto Running club

Toronto Running club banquet We held our annual club banquet in January 2019 to celebrate 2018 and recognize our athletes. We were pleased to have Alex Cyr (Runners of the Nish) as our guest speaker. Below is a list of our 2018 club award winners: Pictures available on Facebook and have also been posted on Instagram.

MTA Male MVP: Sam Hodgson

MTA Female MVP: Anna Noble, 

Bantam Male MVP: Kinnon Ringler

Bantam Female MVP: Caitlin Graham

Midget Male MVP: Roman Mironov 

Midget Female MVP: Sophia Lucki

Youth Male MVP: Ben Miske

Youth Female MVP: Lauren Jacobs

Junior Male MVP: Peter Minbashian

Junior Female MVP: Mikaela Lucki

Senior Male MVP: Ehab El-Sandali

Senior Female MVP: Alex Lucki

Track MVP: Clare Teron

Cross-Country MVP: Kayla Sanderson-Kirby

Most Improved Athlete: Hamza Shariff

Team of the Year: Athletics Ontario Cross Country Championships, Bantam Girls, First Place Team

Grace Daly, Hayley Fraser, Caitlin Graham, Sophie Lau, Vanessa Pryor, Jocelyn Ringler, Clare Teron

Wishing you all the best for 2019!

Toronto West Athletics club executive and coaches 

Jill Cameron, Paula MacLeod, Adrienne Teron, Greg Tramble, Wendy Fraser, Gary Westgate, Michael Housley, Sarah Smart, Marina Mironov, Jim Graham, Warren Ringler, Geoff Cameron

Toronto Running club executive board

OFSAA Cross-Country 2018

Cross-country ontario

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 boysRoman 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.

TWAP (Toronto West Athletics Parents)

TWA Parents team

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! 

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OFSAA Track & Field 2018 Recap

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!

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