Athletes shine at Toronto Twilight Meet

It was a busy week for high performance athletes and Olympic hopefuls around the track, as there were six Canadian records and one World record broken over the last week, spread out over three Ontario High Performance Series events.

The Royal City Inferno Track and Field Festival took place on Wednesday, June 16. The running and jumping events took place at Alumni Stadium in Guelph, and the throws portion was at the Toronto Track and Field Centre at York University.

The Ontario High Performance Series came to a close on Friday, June 18 with the Toronto High Performance Twilight, and the eventful week rounded out on Saturday, June 19 with the Ontario Prep Meet, both at the Toronto Track and Field Centre.

Seven record-breaking performances happened over a variety of events, categories and disciplines.

The Royal City Inferno Festival had two records in the throws discipline. Cruisers Sport athlete Renee Foessel unofficially broke her own National record, alongside a new WORLD RECORD in the F38 women’s discus event, with a new personal best of 37.83m. Charlotte Bolton of Woodstock Legion is the new unofficial Canadian record holder in the women’s F41 discus event, with a throw of 29.65m.

The Toronto High Performance Meet on Friday saw an extremely strong field, with four Canadian records being broken across the board. Marissa Papaconstantinou ran away with the T64 Women’s 200m Canadian record with a time of 27.49s. Meanwhile, Amanda Rummery is unofficially the new T46 Women’s 400m Canadian record holder after her 1:00.26s run. Ontario Masters & London Western athlete Jason Tunks threw a new Canadian record in the M45 category, landing at 49.19m. Tunks still holds both the provincial and national records in the open discus category! Masters athlete Christy Ihunaegbo ran a blazing 57.32s 400m, a new national record in the W35 category. The previous record of 57.82s stood for 22 years, since the World Championships in Gateshead in 1999!

To round out a successful week, there was one record broken on Saturday at the Ontario Prep Meet. Cruisers Sports athlete Austin Smeenk broke his own Canadian record in the T34 category with a time of 15.34s in the 100m. Austin has now broken records in back to back performances.

Athletics Ontario is sending a big shout out and thank you to the students in the Broadcast Television and Videography Program at Humber College for conducting Friday’s livestream, and to all of our wonderful officials and volunteers, whom without these meets would be impossible.

Didn’t catch the action live? Be sure to check out the live stream & results from each event, linked below!




*Note, all records are unofficial and pending ratification.

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