Wesley Best at the top of his game

Sprinter wins gold, silver at Ontario championships

AJAX -- Wesley Best of Ajax led The Speed Academy to a 10th place finish in the Junior Division at the Ontario Bantam, Midget and Junior Track and Field Championship at York University.

A total of 38 clubs competed in the Junior division.

Best opened the weekend by winning a silver medal in the 60m, lowering his personal best time to 6.88 and followed that up with a gold medal sprint in the 200m on Sunday with another personal best time of 21.92.

He will head to New York this weekend to take on the top high school sprinters in the United States, when he competes at the U.S. National Indoor High School Championships.

Brandon Nunes de Souza from Pickering ran to a bronze medal finish in the Jr. Boys 800m in a personal best time of 1:58.55. Keith Cyrus from Pickering also snatched a bronze medal in the Jr. Boys 60m Hurdle and Taylor Sharpe from Pickering took home the bronze medal in the Midget Girls 300m.

The following athletes also had personal best performances: Alex Janes, 60m, 8.21; Yazin Joseph, 200m, 24.11; Cameron Rodrigues, 800m, 2:08.23; Zayne Gordon, 800m, 2:03.35; Ashton Hyde, 800m, 2:04.10.


Canada's Morales Williams riding with confidence as NCAA indoor 400m champion Morales Williams riding success with confidence.

Christopher Morales Williams

Christopher Morales Williams, of Vaughan, Ont., is seen in action for the University of Georgia during the NCAA Southeastern Conference indoor championships, in Fayetteville, Ark., in a Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024, handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-University of Georgia, Wesley Hitt, *MANDATORY CREDIT* GAC

The switch flipped for Christopher Morales Williams in the time of the 2023 outdoor season.

Last spring, the runner from Vaughan, Ont., learned to control his negative thoughts, discovered that it was OK to feel nervous before races, and built his confidence.

Morales Williams credits the change in philosophy for the recent addition of NCAA national champion to his growing resume.