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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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Toronto West athletes shine at OFSAA Regional Championships!

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.

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Athletics Ontario Youth/Senior Recap

Athletics Ontario indoor meet

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.

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TRACK IS BACK!!!

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!

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XC National Championship Recap

XC national championship

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!

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