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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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AO Cross Country 2017

Athletics Ontario Midget girls race

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.

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OFSAA 2017

midget boys OFSAA race

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!

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Mid XC Season Update

TWA XC season

We are at the peak of our second cross country season as Toronto West Athletics! XC training started in August with the groups building strength and endurance. Also in August, we ran our second cross country summer camp that had a huge year over year growth thanks to the hard work and marketing savvy of our camp director, Andres Medina. Andres and Peter Minbashian demonstrated leadership, organizing and running an excellent camp which resulted in a number of campers joining our Minor Track Association (MTA) group. Speaking of growing, we now have over 100 registered members (101)! Also, we have started a grassroots Masters program, come join us! We hope to have at least one Master’s team at the Athletics Ontario (AO) Cross Country Championships on November 12th.

Our coaches and athletes have been working hard and have produced excellent results and below are some of the highlights. Over the coming weeks we look forward to watching our athletes compete at OFSAA, AO XC Championships, and Nationals.

Elementary/MTA Update:
In late October, our MTA aged athletes (Grades 8 and under) competed in many city championships and the MTA Provincials. The young athletes raced with confidence and skill. For Coach Jim, it was great to stand by the course and watch people work their way into their races, run strong mid race and finish with ferocious sprints. In talking to athletes Coach Jim asks them where they finished the previous year and from these conversations it allows him one way to measure success. One athlete who shall remain unnamed improved over 100 places and finished in the top ten. Two other athletes who did not compete at all last year ran superb comeback races. Another runner was bowled over by the pack in the first 100 metres, got up in last place and raced back up through the entire pack of 140 athletes to finish 6th. As a club having multiple runners finish in the top ten (Kayla, Sofia B, Caitlin, Clare, Sana, Jack, Kinnon) in the various city races (which are some of the most competitive elementary races in North America) is a testament to the power of TWA within the GTA. Thanks for representing us in such a positive manner.

The MTA XC Provincial Championships were a few days after cities and a small but mighty contingent of TWA athletes travelled to Pickering to race in driving rain and cold temperatures on a very slippery course. Our athletes, many of them some of our newest members, persevered and made us proud!

High School Update
We had 35 athletes compete at their high school regional championship (TDCAA, ROPSSAA, TDSC City XC, CISAA) for a coveted position at OFSAA and 23 athletes are OFSAA bound with many just missing the mark. Don’t miss the pictures on Facebook. Congratulations to the following athletes on their podium finishes (Roman 1st TDCAA Midget, Sophia L 1st TDCAA Midget, Hannah F 2nd TDCAA Midget, Aiden 3rd TDSB Midget, Julia 1st TDSB Junior, Laura P 2nd TDSB Junior, Isabel 3rd TDCAA Junior, Lauren J 1st ROPSSAA Junior, Ben 1st ROPSSAA Junior, Peter M 2nd TDCAA Senior). We look forward to watching our 23 athletes compete tomorrow at OFSAA. Watch here live.

University Athletes
We follow our university athletes with interest and pride. Congratulations to Ehab who was named Rookie of the Year at Iona XC. He came 8th at Regional Championships with a time of 25:40 in the 8K. Jake C continues his comeback with an impressive 3rd place at the Brock XC invite, 23:03. Jake has now been selected to the U of T team to compete at U-sports XC Championships in Victoria. Alex L, University of Maryland, finished 12th at the Big 10 XC championship. Congratulations to Ben C, Western, for his win in the 2017 Bill Salter Western International and for doing a ton of leading in the men’s OUA XC Championships securing a 9th place finish. Alex and Ehab will be racing in their regional championships looking to qualify for NCAA Championships.

We will continue to post updates and highlights on social media.

Last Lap by Mike Housley – April 18th, 2017

Toronto West Running Club

The winter has come and gone and suddenly it is Spring and we are on the track. One of my recurring themes to my group is how quickly the weeks pass and once again we are facing the main racing season of May and June.

Did you do all that you wanted over the winter months? If not, you can’t really make it all up in the next two months. Our sport rewards consistency over the whole year, and it is the rare athlete who can make up for missed training by training harder in these next two months. But for those who have been consistent over the last few months, the rewards are within reach!

Now the focus must be on racing speeds. Times in practice do matter, so listen to your coach as they tell you what speed the intervals are to be run in.

Work on even pacing. A 400 that is intended to be run in 70 seconds needs to be run 35,35, and not 33,37.

I will write more on this next month, but as the racing season starts, set your goals and go after them!