Athletics Ontario U18 meet

 Making memories between brothers


   Aiden and Tristan Coles brought home medals from the AO U18 meet,

   but it wasn't just hardware that made the races special for the twins


  Tuesday, August 10, 2021


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By Rob J. Ross 

ST. THOMAS - Aiden and Tristan Coles made a memory that will last a long time for the twin brothers.

The 17-year olds from St. Thomas finished one-two in the men's 1500 metre run, at Athletics Ontario's Under-18 championships, at the Toronto track and field centre , August 7/8.

Aiden won the race in three minutes, 59.04 seconds (3:59.04), followed by Tristan in 4:00.12.

"I turned around at the finish line and there's a picture of me pointing to Tristan and he runs into me and gives me a hug," Aiden said. "It was a really special moment for us because we've been really wanting that one-two for so long. That moment made U18s a little more special for me. Probably the moment of the summer to see me and him being able to pull that off."

The brothers, who train with London-Western track and field club, also finished back to back, in the men's 800-metre run, with Aiden, in a personal best time of 1:53.77, edging Tristan (1:53.93) for third place.

"It's kind of hard getting in to the car with your brother, knowing you just snuck out a bronze medal and he put his all into it and had an amazing race," said Aiden.

But Aiden wasn't feeling bad for his brother and Tristan would not accept his pity anyway.

"We know neither one of us is ever going to let up in a race. He knows I'm not going to let up and let him take it from me and he's not going to let up and let me take it from him," Aiden said. "We're always going to be pushing each other and giving it our all. We train well together but hate losing to each other. That pushes us."

Aiden also won the men's 3000 metres in 8:46.94, without his brother, as Tristan took the race off.

"I was really happy with it. My goal going into the meet was to come in first in the 1500, 3000 and place top three in the 800. I knew it would be hard to come in first in the 800 especially after running the three K two hours before," said Aiden. "I was hoping to PB in the 3K, but it got 36 degrees and my body started shutting down in the race. I was lucky enough to have little bit for the finish."

The brothers increased their medal haul for this summer, adding to hardware won at the Nxtchamp Invitational and the AO U20 championships, held in July.

"Nxtchamp was a big meet for me, Tristan and Heath (McAllister) because we were able to finish one-two-three in the 1500," Aiden said. "This meet (U18), I really had a lot of fun because I went into it with a good chance to win each event I was in."

Following a few weeks rest, the brothers will prepare for the upcoming cross country season at St. Joseph's High school. The Coles helped the Rams win the OFSAA junior boys' team title in 2019.

"It has been a break through season for us. We've built lots of confidence and hopefully it'll carry over to our cross country season," said Aiden. "If we can all run to our potential, I can't see why we couldn't win again. That's definitely the goal."

St. Joe's cross country also includes the Belanger brothers, Harrison and Dylen, who train with St. Thomas Legion Club.

St. Thomas Legion men win 4x4

The Belangers, with Ethan Dolby and Vincent Moore, won the men's 4x400-metre relay race for St. Thomas Legion, completing four laps of the oval in 3:34.37.

Dylen Dylen Belanger

Dylen also won a silver medal, in the men's 110-metre hurdles (14.77 seconds) and was fourth, in the 400-metre hurdles (56.70 sec.)

Harrison finished seventh, in the men's 1500-metre run (4:06.28), but unfortunately was disqualified in the 800 metres.

Moore placed eighth, in the men's 800-metre run (1:57.53) and 32nd, in the 1500-metres.

Dolby finished 11th, in the men's 100-metre dash and 19th, in the 200 metres. (24.00 sec.).

Along with the relay team members, St. Thomas Legion had four other athletes at the U18 meet.

Fox Gray finished eighth, in the men's 200-metre dash (23.23 sec.) and 16th, in the 100-metres.

Claireese Coffey landed ninth in women's triple jump (10.26m)

Lynsey Last placed 13th in long jump and 33rd, in the 400-metre run and 40th, in the 200-metre sprint.

Emma Westbrook was 10th in women's shot put, 18th, in long jump and 43rd, in the 200-metre sprint.


Two top 10s for McIntyre

Hannah McIntyre

Hannah McIntyre, with the Dorchester Pole Vault Club, placed eighth in the women's 1500 metres (4:51.79) and seventh in the 3000 metres (11:12.46).

Teammate Tegan Ceccanese was 11th in the 3000 metres (11:34.20) and 35th, in the 1500.

Sam Willsie, also from Dorchester, finished 31st, in the men's 800-metres.

Jadyn Luna, from Thorndale, who trains with London-Western club, was ninth in women's shot put (10.24 metres), 12th, in long jump and 20th, in the 100-metre hurdles. Luna fouled out of javelin.

Dorchester's Brianna Rand, with London-Western, finished seventh in the women's 400-metre hurdles (1:09.00) and 13th, in the women's 100-metre hurdles (15.72 sec).

Luna and Rand were part of London-Western's women's 4x400-metre relay team, along with Ella Caponcini and Amber Judge, that placed eighth.






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