Personal bests aplenty for track team at OUAs
From the team of twenty runners, seven competed at the OUAs, producing six personal/season best performances and one tying their season best.
"Anytime your athletes perform their season best in the championship meet, as a coach you can’t ask for more than that. While we didn’t bring home any medals this year, the guys came through and battled hard and gained valuable experience competing at this level. They are hungry for next year already,” commented head coach Tim Uuksulainen.
On Friday Ryan Chong tied his season best 7.12 in his 60 metre heat to qualify for the semi finals. Sri Sri Renganathan ran 7.39 in his heat for a personal best but did not advance. Inspired by their teammates performance, Joel Perera-Satgunem and Matt Wahl had huge personal bests in the 1000 metres running 2.36.51 and 2.38.09 respectively.
Next up was the 300 metres where Sri Ranganathan and Will Lanktree both ran strong races with Ranganathan running 37.66 personal best with Lanktree running a season best 38.78
The evening concluded with the 4 x 800m relay where the team of Aaron McQuaid, Sri Ranganathan, Matt Wahl and Ryan Bacic produced a season best 8.32 97 shaving seven seconds off their previous best. What was more impressive is that regular relay member Joel Perera-Satgunem strained his hamstring in his 1000m race and couldn’t race. Ranganathan who had never raced beyond the 300 metre distance offered to run (after having competed in the 60 metre and 300 metre races already) to keep the relay team from having to be disqualified.
On Saturday, Aaron McQuaid (1.26.02) and Ryan Bacic (1.26.7) both competed in the 600 metres, with both running arguably their best race of the year battling and besting a few athletes who had beaten them previously.