Keith Cyrus wins 60m hurdles at indoor provincials

The Speed Academy athletes sets personal best

PICKERING -- Keith Cyrus of Pickering's Speed Academy proved he will be a contender for a spot on the Canadian national junior track-and-field team this summer.

Cyrus dominated the 60-metre hurdle field at the Ontario provincial junior indoor championships with a personal best time of 8.06 to capture the gold medal. After four seasons quarterbacking the St. Mary High School senior football team in Pickering, Cyrus decided to stop using his arm as a quarterback and turned to his legs to hurdling full-time at The Speed Academy. A disappointing fifth-place finish at the 2011 Canadian junior national championships, where he failed to qualify for the Canadian Junior Pan-American Games team, forced him to rethink his dual sport strategy.

He has two major goals for the upcoming outdoor track season: to earn himself a berth on the Canada world junior team heading to Barcelona, Spain in July; and land himself a scholarship to a NCAA university to study kinesiology.

His performance at the indoor championships certainly puts him on track to accomplish both.

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.