Five medals for The Speed Academy

Team competes at U.S. High School National Championships

PICKERING -- The Speed Academy brought home a total of five medals from the U.S. Indoor High School National Championships, which was held in New York.

Mariam Abdul-Rashid led off the medal haul by winning the Grade 9 girls 60m and 400m. Her winning time of 55.99 seconds in the 400m was a new U17 provincial record. Her 400m performance was one of the most impressive of the competition.

Brandon Bobb matched his personal best time of 6.73 seconds to take the silver medal in the boys 60m dash, narrowly missing the gold by just one 100th of a second.

Tacuma Anderson-Richards won a pair of bronze medals. He cleared a high of 2.01m in the boys high jump and leaped 14.71m in the triple jump to earn a spot on the podium.

Winning five medals at the U.S. High School National Championships is the club's greatest accomplishment to date.

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.