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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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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