The Speed Academy off to quick start

Athletes earn 13 medals at indoor meet

TORONTO -- The Speed Academy athletes are off to a quick start to the indoor season, winning 13 medals at the International Youth Meet of Champions at York University.

The midget girls began the medal haul by going one, two, three in the midget girls' 400m. Mariam Abdul-Rashid led the way with a provincial U15 record, clocking 57.43, followed by Taylor and Sommer Sharpe respectively.

Wesley Best earned a silver medal in the youth boys' 400m, running a personal best time of 51.23. Brandon Bob captured a silver medal in the youth boys' 60m with a personal best time of 6.91. Newcomer Joshua Cunningham raced to a bronze-medal finish in the youth boys' 200m, and Yazin Joseph also snatched bronze in the youth boys' 60m hurdles with a personal best time of 8.52 seconds. Keith Cyrus won the junior boys' 400m running a personal best time of 52.63 seconds.

All five sprint medley relays teams made it to the podium.

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.