TWO Relay Teams Going for New World Records This Weekend

Athletics Ontario is excited to announce that not one, but two, Masters relay teams are coming out to the meet this weekend with the goal of setting new world records! The W50 Men’s and Women’s relay teams have registered to compete in our Open Championships taking place at the Toronto Track and Field Centre this weekend, and have tipped us off to their hopes of setting new world records.

The current records are as follows:

M50 – 8:32.95
W50 – 10:24.90

Now, let’s meet the teams.

4X800m Women’s Team

Nancy Catton, age 51 (Physi-Kult)

  • W50 800m and 1,500m Finalist at the 2018 World Masters Athletics Championships
  • Current W45 Ontario 400m record holder
  • Day Job: Financial Services industry

Paula Wiltse, age 51 (Unattached Ontario)

  • Highly decorated masters runner of distances between 5k and the marathon, with masters pb’s of 17:02 and 2:48.53 respectively
  • Current W45 Canadian 30k record holder and former (2017) W50 Canadian Marathon record holder
  • Day Job: Rehabilitation Assistant

Annie Bunting, age 54 (University of Toronto Track Club)

  • Currently ranked #1 in the world for W50 1,500m (5:05)
  • Day job: York University Law professor

Liz Maguire, age 52 (Ottawa Lions)

  • Former marathon and half marathon runner with PB’s of 2:53 and 1:19
  • Holds Ontario records for W45 in the 5,000m outdoors and W45 3000m indoors
  • Day Job: Law Clerk

Alternate:
Kate Cochrane-Brink, age 51 (University of Toronto Track Club)

  • All around masters runner in distances from 400m to cross country
  • Current W45 Canadian 400m hurdle and W45 Ontario 2,000m Steeplechase record holder
  • Day job: Adolescent Psychiatrist

 

4X800m Men’s Team

Jim Dyck, age 53 (Toronto Harriers)

  • Competed in 3 World Masters Outdoor Championships in 800M
  • Canadian Indoor Record in 50M, 4x400M and 4x800M
  • Masters 800M PB: 2:03.97, at age 49
  • 2nd overall in 2017 World Masters Ranking in Outdoor M50 800M: 2:04.71
  • Day Job: VP, Business Development/Acquisitions Loblaw/Shoppers Drug Mart

Simon Rayner, age 54 (University of Toronto Track Club)

  • Simon ran for Great Britain in Cross Country as a senior and made national GB finals from his teens through twenties
  • Canadian national masters medalist at distances from 800m up to 5,000m
  • 2017 M50 Canadian Champion and NCCWMA (NACAC) silver medalist in 5,000m
  • 2017 Canadian M50 silver medalist in 1,500m and bronze medalist in 800m
  • Day job: Director of Marketing at Sony Music Entertainment Canada

Paul Osland, age 55 (University of Toronto Track Club)

  • 1988 Olympic quarter-finalist over 800m (1988)
  • Canada’s 4X400m relay team at 1988 Olympics
  • Lifetime 800m Pb: 1:46.26
  • Participated in 10 world masters championships, winning a total of 3 gold, 7 silver and 4 bronze medals
  • Reigning M50 indoor world champion of both the 800 and the 1500, and was the runner up for the World Masters middle distance athlete of the year in 2017
  • Day job: CEO of Athletics Ontario and President of Canadian Masters Athletics

Michael Sherar, age 55 (University of Toronto Track Club)

  • Canadian University 1,000m Champion (1988)
  • Lifetime 800m pb 1:47.71
  • 12 time World Masters Championship medalist
  • 2 time World Masters 800m Champion (M45)
  • Canadian M45 and M50 800m record holder
  • Day Job: CEO Cancer Care Ontario

Best of luck to both teams, we’ll see you this weekend!

If anyone is looking for information regarding the meet, you can find that on our Championship page.

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