Club members turn in a number of personal bests

EDMONTON — The Speed Academy had a number of its athletes turn in outstanding performances at the Canadian track-and-field championships in Edmonton.

The Pickering-based club had 11 podium finishes and six top-eight finishes at nationals.

Leading the way was Andre De Grasse, who won gold in the 100m, setting a personal best time of 9.95. De Grasse is on quite a roll heading into the Pan Am Games, having won the 100m and 200m at the NCAA championships as a member of the USC Trojans track team.

Other members of the club who turned in strong results were: Matthew Leliever, junior 400m gold; Leya Buchanan, junior 100m and 200m gold‎, setting new personal best times; Taylor Sharpe, junior 400m silver; Joshua Cunningham, 400m silver;  Mariam Abdul-Rashid, junior 400m hurdles silver; Maya Stephens, junior 100m silver, new personal best, 200m 8th; Daijha Heron, junior triple jump silver, new personal best, long jump bronze; Emma Li, junior pole vault bronze; Brittany Vernon, junior long jump 4th; Micah Peters, junior triple jump 4th; Ingvar Mosley, 110m hurdles 4th, new personal best; Shemar Hines, junior triple jump 8th.


Tony Sharpe helps score scholarships for track and field stars

Sharpe, the former Canadian Olympian, runs the Speed Academy, a developmental track and field club in Pickering, which has helped dozens of athletes get NCAA scholarships.