The New Balance Nationals Indoors is the US National High School Indoor Championships held at the Armory in New York City every year. This prestigious meet attracts over 3,000 of the best athletes from the US & Canada.
On the heels of a very successful Athletics Ontario Provincial Indoor Championship, 310 Running’s Aysia Maurice made the trip to the Big Apple to compete in the girls Freshman mile on March 10th.
When the dust cleared, Aysia found herself on the podium with a bronze medal and a new personal best time of 5:02.76. To watch the race, click HERE.
With that result, Maurice finished her 2019 indoor campaign ranked number one in Ontario in the U16 800, 1200, 1500 & mile.
310 Running’s U16 sprint medley team of Keira Arnold, Katie Jelaca, Sierra Rodrigues & Aysia Maurice took down a 30 year old provincial record on their way to the gold medal at the 2019 Athletics Ontario U14, U16, U20 Indoor Championships.
Their time of 4:19.11 eclipsed the old record of 4:19.66 set in 1989.
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.
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.