The premiere event of the Ontario High Performance Series & Tokyo Qualifier series kicked off in Ottawa this past weekend at the Terry Fox Athletics Facility.
Despite the challenging weather conditions, athletes battled to put up some fast times, big jumps, and long throws throughout the high performance weekend.
The event saw competitors from Ontario, Quebec, and as far as Alberta, all in pursuit of bettering their personal best marks leading up to the Olympic Trials in Montreal later this month and the Olympic Games in Tokyo later this summer.
Things got underway late Friday afternoon with the mens and women’s 1500m sections. Standout Sasha Gollish took home the women’s title, crossing the finish line in 4:18.60s. Representing Royal City Track & Field Club, Kyle Madden won the men’s side with a time of 3:50.83s.
In the women’s discus throw, Trinity Tutti set a new personal best, launching her 5th throw 57.93 metres. Click here to check out her throw.
The men’s 100m event was action packed, seeing Gavin Smellie of Flying Angels take the prelim heat and final in respective times of 10.48 and 10.55 seconds. Olympic standard for the event is 10.05s. Additionally, Aliezer Adjibi of C.A.N.I. Athletics was a double runner-up in the event, running 10.57 and 10.65 seconds respectively.
Shanice Williams, unattached Ontario, and Nyoka Maxwell of Extreme Velocity won the respective heat and final races of the Women’s 100m in matching times of 11.59s. Olympic standard time for the women’s 100 metres is 11.15 seconds.
Full meet results are available here.
Video footage of select events are available on the Ottawa Lions Youtube page.
Off the track – long time Athletics Ontario Official, Barclay Frost was presented with a plaque to honour his induction to The National Officials’ Committee of Athletics Canada Wall of Honour. Barclay has been a dedicated official for over 50 years, he is A level-5 judge and referee (the highest international ranking) in horizontal and vertical jumps who has officiated at many high-profile championships. The award was presented by meet director and head coach of Ottawa Lions Track and Field Club, Richard Johnston.
We want to thank the Ottawa Lions Track & Field Club for all of the hard work and preparation that went into making this event possible, and of course, for being outstanding hosts. Additionally we would like to extend our many thanks to all of the dedicated officials in attendance.
The Ontario High Performance series continues this weekend with the Johnny Loaring Classic at the University of Windsor Stadium. Get full meet details here: https://johnnyloaringclassic.ca/
Gold medalists (by event) from the Ottawa High Performance Weekend:
Women’s 1500m – Sasha Gollish, UNON, 4:18.60s
Men’s 1500m – Kyle Madden, Royal City T.F.C., 3:50.83s
Women’s 200m – Izzy Goudros, UNON, 23.82s
Men’s 200m – Jeremiah Lauzon, Red Deer Titans, 21.31s
Men’s 5000m – Matthew Beaudet, Saint-Laurent, 14:15.28s
Women’s 100m – Nyoka Maxwell, Extreme Velocity, 11.59s
Men’s 100m – Gavin Smellie, Flying Angels, 10.48s
Women’s 400mH – Noelle Montcalm, U Windsor A.C., 56.82s
Men’s 400mH – Roxroy Cato, UNON, 51.75s
Women’s 100mH – Farah Jacques, Perfmax-Racing, 13.66s
Men’s 110mH – Craig Thorne, Royal City T.F.C., 14.09s
Women’s 800m – Ashley Taylor, UNON, 2:05.61s
Women’s Long Jump – Emily Omahen, U Windsor A.C., 5.63m
Men’s Long Jump – Bryson Patterson, C.A.N.I., 7.14m
Women’s Triple Jump – Caroline Ehrhardt, London Western T.F.C., 13.13m
Men’s Triple Jump – Kenneth West, UNON, 15.13m
Women’s Discus – Trinity Tutti, SISU Throws Club, 57.93m
Women’s Javelin – Kaylee Clarke, Brockville Legion, 42.77m
Men’s Javelin – Benjamin Cross, SISU Throws Club, 56.32m
Women’s Shot Put – Trinity Tutti, SISU Throws Club, 15.04m
Men’s Shot Put – Eric Brathwaite, SISU Throws Club, 15.49m
Women’s High Jump – Barbara Bitchoka, C.A.N.I., 1.75m
Men’s High Jump – Emile Ollivier, Saint-Laurent, 2.05m