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.
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.
310 Running’s Bantam girls team consisting of Aysia Maurice, Emma Everett, Lexy Maurice & Charlotte Barber took the team silver at the Athletics Ontario Provincial Cross Country Championships held in Etobicoke on Sunday November 15.
The girls finished 10th, 13th, 16th & 25th respectively for a combined team total of 64 against a very strong field of Bantam athletes.
Congratulations to all four girls for a spectacular effort to end an amazing season.
310 Running athletes Christian Hill & Georgia Waller were two of 23 athletes recognized as MTA Senior Athletes of Excellence at the Minor Track Association awards banquet held in Brampton on January 31.
The award recognizes track & field athletes who have had outstanding results over their MTA careers.
Canadian Commonwealth Games medalist Kate Van Buskirk was the guest speaker & presented the awards to the very deserving group of young athletes.
Other award winners were Anna Witherspoon, Sheleah Colaire, Jaanuishae Pathmarajah, Esther Abule, Alexandra Weir, Skyy Diop, Alyssa Marsh, Chelsea Agyemang, Sabree Thomas, Eden Senior, Nhkeeda Lambert, Kyle Koyanagi, Thomas Witkowicz, Bradley Pinkrah, Odosa Ojo-Ukanah, Alec Purnell, Asante Jackson, Sanjade Hylton, Justin Mensah, Joshua McCaroll & Thanosan Balakumar