On a snowy Saturday in Sudbury, Sierra Rodrigues added to her 2019 accomplishments by taking the silver medal in the Junior girls race at the OFSAA Cross Country Championships.
Sierra, the ROPSSAA champion from St. Michaels in Bolton, pushed to the front from the gun & stayed in contention throughout the cold & snowy 5.2K race.
Her silver medal performance was an upgrade from last years 5th place finish.
Rodrigues, one half of 310 Running’s Glimmer Twins, has quietly put together a breakout season & will add her newest OFSAA medal to the silver & bronze medals that she earned at the OFSAA Track & Field Championships in Guelph this past summer.
Sierra is now preparing for the Athletics Ontario Championships in King City, ON followed by Athletics Canada National Championships in Abbotsford, BC at the end of November.
2019 has been an outstanding year for 310 Running’s Aysia Maurice.
Thanks to her dominance across a myriad of mid-distance events, Maurice was named an ‘All-Ontarian’ & selected as the U16 Female Athlete of the Year by Athletics Ontario at their awards gala in October.
Aysia’s indoor season began with a bronze medal in the Freshman mile at the New Balance National Indoor Championships in New York. After that, she won three gold medals at the Athletics Ontario Indoor Championships, while helping to break a 30 year old provincial record in the sprint medley relay.
Outdoors, Maurice earned a gold & silver medal at OFSAA, two golds at Legion Provincials & a spot on Team Ontario, three golds at Athletics Ontario Outdoor Championships & a gold & silver at Legion Nationals. Along the way, she set three new Provincial records.
In the U18 women’s age group, 15 year old Maurice finished the year ranked first in Canada in the 1500 steeplechase & second in the 2000 & indoor mile.
Provincially, Aysia landed first in Ontario in the U16 women’s 1500 steeplechase, mile, 2000, 3000, indoor 800, 1500, mile & second in the 800, 1200, 1500 & indoor 1200.
Athletes in the 7th annual Don Olson Classic hit the trails of Albion Hills Conservation Area on October 5th.
The day featured perfect running weather, a beautiful course, some fast times & a full suite of new champions.
Xavier King had an impressive DOC debut taking the 5K title in 16:29. Justin Jelaca took the silver again this year with a 16:31 & Jack Lehto rounded out the top 3 running 17:14 for the bronze.
Naomi Hermann upgraded from bronze last year to gold this year with a time of 19:02. 310 Running’s Glimmer Twins, Sierra Rodrigues & Aysia Maurice took the silver & bronze in 19:10 & 19:13 respectively.
Erik Unger’s 8:16 was the fastest time ever run in the youth 2.5K race eclipsing the Senior boys course record by 4 seconds. The top overall female was Hannah Hollins with a time of 9:02.
Relay champions were James and Richard Yates who completed the 2 x 2.5K event in 20:16. The silver medal went to Leslie McArthur & Steve Schaus with a time of 21:53 & the bronze was won by Shawna & Henry Thomson in 23:37.
For 2.5K results CLICK HERE. For 5K results CLICK HERE. For 5K Relay results CLICK HERE.
310 Running’s Aysia Maurice capped off a spectacular 2019 outdoor track season with her first National title by winning the U16 girls 1500 steeplechase at the Legion National Championships in Sydney, Nova Scotia.
Aysia, competing for Team Ontario, broke her own Athletics Ontario U16 record with a winning time of 4:51.77.
One day earlier, Maurice took the silver medal in the U16 girls 2000 with a season best time of 6:29.31.