Evan Blake, Chase Larsen, Sean Lawson and Deagen Hallett are the latest record breakers from the Thorold Elite Track Club.
Since the club’s inception in 2016, members have broken five provincial records and the club’s under-14 boys 4X800-metre relay squad added their names to that list Dec. 29 in the Ontario Track and Field Finale at the Toronto Track and Field Centre.
The foursome’s time of 9:35.75 smashed the previous record by 12 seconds. The previous mark had been set in 2005 by the Durham Dragons Track Club.
“We had just run 800-metre time trials the week before so I was pretty certain based on the times that they would break the record and each person executed what they needed to,” Thorold Elite coach Steven Fife said. “This is a talented group of runners and we definitely have some big goals for this year, individually and as a group.”
Those goals are lofty.
“We are hoping to get new DSBN (District School Board of Niagara) records for Grade 7 boys in the 800,” he said. “Three of the boys have already run times that would have broken the record so it’s just a matter of doing it at the right meet in June and who will beat who, and maybe the 1500 record as well.