The Speed Academy third at provincial indoor youth championships

Pickering-based track-and-field club makes its mark

TORONTO -- The Speed Academy finished third in the overall team standings at the 2012 Athletics Ontario provincial indoor youth championships held at York University.

The top spot went to the University of Toronto Track Club with a score of 121 points, followed by Laurel Creek Track Club in second with 60 points. The impressive 53 points third-place showing was the result of the solid performances of Brandon Bobb, Tacuma Anderson-Richards and Yazin Joseph.

Anderson-Richards opened the scoring on Saturday by winning the triple jump with a personal best leap of 14.41m. Later that afternoon Brandon Bobb defeated the national 100m and 200m youth champion, Andre Ford-Azonwanna, to win the 60m dash with a time of 6.83. Yazin Joseph hurdled to victory on Sunday in the 60m, with a personal best time of 8.30.

Other point contributors were: Mariam Abdul-Rashid, Austin Marchese, Ashton Hyde, Taylor Sharpe, Myles Williams and Amara Ehirim.

The Speed Academy will head to New York City next weekend to take on the best high school athletes in the United States at the US indoor national championship.

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.