2018 OFSAA Cross Country

310 Running athletes shone in Hamilton at the 2018 OFSAA Cross Country Championships.
 
Aysia Maurice earned Humberview it’s first ever OFSAA cross country gold by winning the Midget girls race. St. Michael’s Sierra Rodrigues was close behind in 5th place & Mayfield’s Emma Fleming followed in 65th.
 

Cameron Moir of G.W. Williams took 21st in the Junior boys race.
 

In the Junior girls race, Notre Dame’s Catherine Rodriguez finished 71st.

Finally, Taylor Rasmussen of Mayfield placed 79th in the Senior girls event.

Don Olson Classic

The 6th edition of the Don Olson Classic 2.5K & 5K trail race took place on September 29th in the beautiful hills of Caledon.
 
With perfect weather and fast competition, the day saw two new 5K champions, six new course records and a new 5K relay event run on the challenging Albion Hills course.
 
Ethan Kruisselbrink was the fastest male athlete on the day taking the 5K title in 16:33. Justin Jelaca put in a solid 16:49 for the silver & Jamie Tarling rounded out the top 3 running 17:14 for the bronze.
 
Aysia Maurice won the women’s 5K race in a new course record time of 18:17. Jayden Keeler took the silver running 18:48 & Naomi Hermann earned the bronze medal in 19:22.
 
Kamran Brar was the fastest overall male in the youth 2.5K race running 8:22 while the top overall female was Alex Law with a new course record time of 8:52.
 
Relay champions were Bob Grieg and Laurie Koopmans completing the 2 x 2.5K event in 20:46. The silver medal went to Maxim and Dawn Theriault with a time of 24:09 and the bronze was won by Scott and Henry Thomson in 25:59.
 
In the 2.5K event, Alex Law set a new best mark for the Senior girls event.
 
The 5K race saw Aysia Maurice set a new course record in the overall female, junior female and 12-15 female categories. Kathryn Sullivan broke her own 50-59 female age group record while Xavier Bird established a new best in the U12 male category.
 
For 2.5K results CLICK HERE. For 5K results CLICK HERE. For 5K Relay results CLICK HERE.

Aysia Maurice Takes AO Award

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310 Running’s Aysia Maurice set some bold goals for herself in 2017 and in a year with a lot of ups and one hard down, she proved that she is one of the best 13 year old track athletes in Canada.
 
During her 2017 indoor campaign, Maurice earned a spot on Team Ontario for the Ontario/Quebec Midget Dual Meet by winning the Midget girls 2000 at the trial meet in a U14 Indoor Provincial record time of 6:48.83. Aysia went on to be the top performing Ontario athlete in the 2000 placing second behind the winner from Quebec at the dual meet.
 
At the Indoor Provincial Championships in March, Maurice showed her strength and versatility by taking gold in the Bantam girls 1200 and silver in 60m hurdles.
 
In the transition between the indoor and outdoor seasons, Maurice competed in the WWF CN Tower Climb ascending the 1,776 steps in twelve minutes and 53 seconds, more than a minute faster than any other female athlete participating.
 
The outdoor season started well with early personal bests and National standard times in the 1,200m and 1,500m steeplechase.
 
In late June, Maurice went down hard and fractured both of her arms sustaining what, for most, would have been a season ending injury. Undaunted, Aysia was medically cleared to train within days and showed up to the track sporting two casts.
 
By Outdoor Provincial Championships in late July, Maurice was free of her casts and ready to run fast. She earned three Provincial gold medals, two personal bests and an Ontario U15 steeplechase record in the 1200, 2000 and the 1500 steeplechase over the two day meet.
 
In August, Aysia competed at Legion Nationals in Brandon, Manitoba. At Nats, Maurice posted three personal bests and three top ten finishes including a 5:02.27 fifth place finish in the 1500 steeplechase to set a new Ontario U15 and U16 record.
 
Aysia ended her outdoor season ranked first in Ontario in the Bantam girls 1200, 2000 and the Midget girls 1500 steeplechase. The 13 year old finished ranked seventh in Canada in the U20 age group for the 1500 steeplechase.
 
Maurice’s hard work and success was rewarded on September 30th when she was named the Athletics Ontario Bantam girls distance athlete of the year.

2016 Don Olson Classic In The Books

Hundreds of athletes descended on Albion Hills Conservation Area on October 1 to participate in the 4th annual Don Olson Classic 2.5K & 5K trail race.
 
Defending men’s 5K Champion Thomas Witkowicz earned his 3rd consecutive victory in a course record time of 15:56. Dean Cameron took the silver in 16:18 & Jamie Tarling won bronze with a 16:27. Jamie’s time shattered the men’s 20-29 age group record.
 
In the women’s 5K, Alessia Pizzimenti won the gold in 19:59 with Aysia Maurice & Emma Everett close on her heels in the silver & bronze medal positions in 20:02 & 20:03 respectively.
 
Top overall male in the youth 2.5K race was Jack Wierzbicki who crossed the line in 8:32 while top overall female, Ella Jackson, navigated the course in 9:17.
 
For complete 5K results CLICK HERE. For complete 2.5K results CLICK HERE.
 
Thank you to all the athletes & volunteers who make the Don Olson Classic a huge success every year. Thanks to you, we will be making a $7,000 donation to Bethell Hospice this year bringing our 4-year total up to $25,000.