Three golds, two silvers, nine National standards, 14 personal bests and one Ontario record. The 310 Running athletes that competed at the Athletics Ontario Bantam/Midget/Youth Provincial Championships in Brampton on July 29th and 30th had it going!
Aysia Maurice made her presence felt as she was crowned Provincial Champion in three different events and set a new Provincial steeplechase record in the process.
Maurice started off with a gold medal in the Bantam girls 1200 on Saturday in a time 3:52.88.
On Sunday morning, she captured the gold in the Bantam girls 2000 with a personal best time of 6:48.46 and then went on to win her third gold that afternoon in the Midget girls 1500 steeplechase in a new U15 Provincial record time of 5:09.17.
Sarah-Rose Sullivan made a big push over the final 100 meters of the Midget girls 800 meter event claiming the silver in a personal best time of 2:20.95. The day before, Sullivan met National standard in the 1200 with her 8th place finishing time of 3:52.58.
The Midget boys relay team of Justin Jelaca, Liam Bauer, Sean Cromack & Cameron Moir also found the podium after running a silver medal worthy 9:04.23 in the 4×800.
The rest of the team posted impressive results across a variety of events including:
Youth girls – Olivia Cadieux, 1500, 35th, 5:48.09 and 3000, 13th, 12:39.10
Midget girls – Charlotte Barber, 1200, 17th, 4:09.35; Emma Everett, 1200, 13th, 3:58.96 and 2000, 8th, 7:12.16; Tara Johannink, high jump, 8th, 1.40m (PB); Lexy Maurice, high jump, 6th, 1.45m (PB and National standard) and 1500SC, 5th, 6:01.23.
Midget boys – Liam Bauer, 1500SC, 6th, 4:58.63 (PB and National standard) and 2000, 9th, 6:21.41; John Contente, 300, 26th, 42.72s (PB) and 800, 18th, 2:13.73 (PB); Sean Cromack, high jump, 7th, 1.60m and 2000, 17th, 6:34.52; Justin Jelaca, 800, 16th, 2:11.11 and 1200, 12th, 3:30.36 (PB); Cameron Moir, 800, 7th, 2:05.64 (National standard); Calvin Oake, 300, 12th, 39.31 (PB and National standard) and 800, 24th, 2:16.88 (PB)
Bantam girls – Paige Barber, 1200, 17th, 4:26.94; Sabrina Della Penna, 1200, 19th, 4:31.86 and 1500SC, 6th, 6:08.88; Katie Jelaca, 200H, 6th, 33.97s (PB) and 1500SC, 7th, 6:18.31.
Two 310 Running athletes added their names to the record books at Provincial Championships on consecutive weekends.
At the Athletics Ontario Bantam/Midget/Youth Provincial Championships held in Brampton, Aysia Maurice set the U15 record for the Midget girls 1500m steeplechase. Aysia nailed down her third gold medal of the meet by running a personal best time 5:09.17, shattering the old record of 5:11.24.
Maddie Spadzinski posted a new U12 record in the 200m hurdles at the Minor Track Association Provincial Championships in Etobicoke. Her gold medal time of 29.70 seconds was a personal best that beat the old record by .18 seconds.
On July 8-9, the Royal Canadian Legion hosted their Provincial Championships in Timmins. 310 Running’s Emma Everett & Alessia Pizzimenti were there to compete on the District E team.
Emma entered the meet as the top seed in the U16 1500m steeplechase with a personal best time of 5:23.20. Everett brought home the gold with an impressive 5:11.51. This result, which was just 27/100ths off the Provincial record earned her an invitation to compete for Team Ontario at the Youth National Championships in Ste-Therese, QC in August.
14 year old Emma will head to Nationals ranked 1st in Ontario in the U16 age group.
Alessia Pizzimenti competed in the 17U 2000m steeplechase & the 3000m race. She won the bronze in the 2000m steeplechase with a personal best 7:48.18 & placed 4th in the 3000 in 11:05.70.
Pizzimenti has National standard in both events & will compete at Youth Nationals in QC in August for 310 Running.
Paige Doyle & Simon Quann headed to Edmonton on July 7-10 to compete in the Athletics Canada Junior National Championships. This meet, which also served as the Canadian Olympic Trials, showcased the very best track & field talent in Canada.
Coming off her 5th place finish in the 400m hurdles at OFSAA, Paige proved she was ready for an even bigger stage in Edmonton. Seeded 13th at Nationals with a personal best time of 1:03.29, Doyle needed to run a brilliant semi-final to qualify for one of the eight spots in the finals. And she delivered a near perfect race finishing with a huge PB of 1:01.91.
Less than 24 hours later, Paige was back on the track for the finals where she ultimately finished 8th overall in 1:03.90. 17 year old Doyle is now ranked 9th in Canada in the U20 age group.
Simon Quann had a slightly different path in Edmonton. Simon’s personal best of 1:55.08 in the 800 was just short of the Junior men’s National standard of 1:54.00 which meant he needed to run a qualifier to earn his spot in the semi-final.
Ranked 7th among athletes in the qualifier, Quann had the luxury of running a more relaxed first race. He easily earned is place in the semi-final.
When it came time to really race in the semis, Simon put down a very competitive 1:55.56 landing him 5th in his heat & 15th overall.