Wesley Best tops in the 60m

Photo finish win for Speed Academy sprinter

PICKERING -- Wesley Best has found another race he excels at.

Despite a slight hamstring strain, The Speed Academy athlete raced to a first place finish in the 60m at the Ontario Youth Championships. It was the first time the Ajax resident ran that distance this season.

Best and Andre Ford-Azonwanna grabbed the attention of spectators with their electrifying national lead photo-finishing feat of 6.90 in the Youth Boys 60m. Best won over Ford-Azonwanna in the photo-finish decision by three-thousandths of a second (6.893 to 6.896 respectively).

Next on the docket for best is the U.S. High School Nationals this month.

Tony Sharpe helps score scholarships for track and field stars

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Sharpe, the former Canadian Olympian, runs the Speed Academy, a developmental track and field club in Pickering, which has helped dozens of athletes get NCAA scholarships.

The club was founded in 2006 and Sharpe left his corporate account manager’s job at Bell to track athletes full-time a few years later.

“I’m a full-time coach, you know, not something people do often in Canada,” says Sharpe, 59, adding about 50 Speed Academy athletes have received scholarships.