Stoney Creek’s Taysia Radoslav earns Panamerican Junior Athletics championships hardware

News Aug 04, 2015 by Laura Lennie Stoney Creek News

Taysia Radoslav has raced her way to another impressive feat.

The 18-year-old Stoney Creek native and Team Canada member scored a silver medal in the 400-metre hurdles at the 2015 Panamerican Junior Athletics outdoor championships July 31 to Aug. 2 in Edmonton, Alta. She crossed the finish line in a time of 59.08, just behind the United States’ Anna Cockrell, who ran a 57.10.

“I was so happy with my placement, but the time wasn’t great,” Radoslav said. “However, I’m not upset with it because it was pretty windy on the track and we only had a few hours between the finals and heats.”

Radoslav got off to a fast start in the final and held first place at the eighth hurdle.

“I was out in lane seven, so it was very hard to see the competition and get a sense of where I was,” she said. “It wasn’t until the home stretch that I finally saw the American on the inside of me.”

Radoslav earned her place in the final after finishing third in her first race of the hurdles with a time of 59.58.

She also went on to help Team Canada score a bronze medal in the four-by-400-metre relay at the championships.

Radoslav anchored the squad in the event with a split of 54.70 just two hours after winning the silver in her final event. The team’s overall time was 3:40.

“I was so happy with how our team did; we all wanted to medal so badly and I’m glad we got to do it,” Radoslav said. “Team Canada actually set a goal to get 10 medals and with our four-by-400 and the boys four-by-400 we achieved it.”

Five-hundred athletes from North, South and Central America, as well as the Caribbean Islands participated in the championships, which are held every two years.

Radoslav said taking part in the event was “life-changing.”

“I loved the experience and I’d been working towards it for four years, so to finally achieve it meant the world to me,” she said, adding having the support of her family and coach Tom Bereza at the event made all the difference in her success. “I met people from all over the world, made some really great friends, got the opportunity to be around some of our nation’s greatest coaches and got to compete with the best juniors in the Americas. It was amazing.”

The championships rounded out a stellar season for Radoslav, who earned her spot on Team Canada after racing her way to a gold medal in the 400-metre hurdles at the Canadian junior/senior championships July 2 to 5 in Edmonton.

She went into the national championships having just ended her freshman run with the women’s track and field squad at Cornell University, where she picked up the Freshman of the Year and Best Hurdler awards for her performance during the season.

Radoslav had been the first freshman in track at the Ivy League school in Ithaca, N.Y. to make it to the NCAA Division I outdoor championships since 1991. She finished 22nd overall in the 400-metre hurdles at the championships June 10 to June 13 in Eugene, Ore. with a time of 59.38 and earned All-American Honorable Mention acclaim. She and the track and field squad from Cornell also raced their way to a seventh-place finish – 16th overall – in the four-by-400-metre relay at the event with a time of 3:36.56 and garnered Second Team All-American honours.

In addition, Radoslav broke the freshman record for the 400-metre sprint at Cornell and helped the women’s track and field squad break the freshman record for the four-by-400-metre relay at the university during the indoor season earlier this year.

Radoslav said she’s really happy with her performance on the outdoor and indoor track this season.

It was an amazing year, she said.

“It surpassed my expectations in every way,” Radoslav said. “I would set a goal and then go out and do better than what I wanted. I had to keep reinventing my goals all season long because I would surprise myself at every meet and practice.”

Having accomplished her goals, Radoslav said she’s looking forward to a “long and well-deserved” off season.

“I’ll be off and cross-training until the middle of October,” she said, adding her next goal is to make the Olympics. “The Olympic standard is 56.20 and I hope to be around that time. I'm more motivated than ever to get back in the weight room and prepare myself for some tough fall training to set myself up for another great season.”

Stoney Creek’s Taysia Radoslav earns Panamerican Junior Athletics championships hardware

Team Canada member jumps to silver medal in 400-metre hurdles

News Aug 04, 2015 by Laura Lennie Stoney Creek News

Taysia Radoslav has raced her way to another impressive feat.

The 18-year-old Stoney Creek native and Team Canada member scored a silver medal in the 400-metre hurdles at the 2015 Panamerican Junior Athletics outdoor championships July 31 to Aug. 2 in Edmonton, Alta. She crossed the finish line in a time of 59.08, just behind the United States’ Anna Cockrell, who ran a 57.10.

“I was so happy with my placement, but the time wasn’t great,” Radoslav said. “However, I’m not upset with it because it was pretty windy on the track and we only had a few hours between the finals and heats.”

Radoslav got off to a fast start in the final and held first place at the eighth hurdle.

“I loved the experience and I’d been working towards it for four years, so to finally achieve it meant the world to me."

“I was out in lane seven, so it was very hard to see the competition and get a sense of where I was,” she said. “It wasn’t until the home stretch that I finally saw the American on the inside of me.”

Radoslav earned her place in the final after finishing third in her first race of the hurdles with a time of 59.58.

She also went on to help Team Canada score a bronze medal in the four-by-400-metre relay at the championships.

Radoslav anchored the squad in the event with a split of 54.70 just two hours after winning the silver in her final event. The team’s overall time was 3:40.

“I was so happy with how our team did; we all wanted to medal so badly and I’m glad we got to do it,” Radoslav said. “Team Canada actually set a goal to get 10 medals and with our four-by-400 and the boys four-by-400 we achieved it.”

Five-hundred athletes from North, South and Central America, as well as the Caribbean Islands participated in the championships, which are held every two years.

Radoslav said taking part in the event was “life-changing.”

“I loved the experience and I’d been working towards it for four years, so to finally achieve it meant the world to me,” she said, adding having the support of her family and coach Tom Bereza at the event made all the difference in her success. “I met people from all over the world, made some really great friends, got the opportunity to be around some of our nation’s greatest coaches and got to compete with the best juniors in the Americas. It was amazing.”

The championships rounded out a stellar season for Radoslav, who earned her spot on Team Canada after racing her way to a gold medal in the 400-metre hurdles at the Canadian junior/senior championships July 2 to 5 in Edmonton.

She went into the national championships having just ended her freshman run with the women’s track and field squad at Cornell University, where she picked up the Freshman of the Year and Best Hurdler awards for her performance during the season.

Radoslav had been the first freshman in track at the Ivy League school in Ithaca, N.Y. to make it to the NCAA Division I outdoor championships since 1991. She finished 22nd overall in the 400-metre hurdles at the championships June 10 to June 13 in Eugene, Ore. with a time of 59.38 and earned All-American Honorable Mention acclaim. She and the track and field squad from Cornell also raced their way to a seventh-place finish – 16th overall – in the four-by-400-metre relay at the event with a time of 3:36.56 and garnered Second Team All-American honours.

In addition, Radoslav broke the freshman record for the 400-metre sprint at Cornell and helped the women’s track and field squad break the freshman record for the four-by-400-metre relay at the university during the indoor season earlier this year.

Radoslav said she’s really happy with her performance on the outdoor and indoor track this season.

It was an amazing year, she said.

“It surpassed my expectations in every way,” Radoslav said. “I would set a goal and then go out and do better than what I wanted. I had to keep reinventing my goals all season long because I would surprise myself at every meet and practice.”

Having accomplished her goals, Radoslav said she’s looking forward to a “long and well-deserved” off season.

“I’ll be off and cross-training until the middle of October,” she said, adding her next goal is to make the Olympics. “The Olympic standard is 56.20 and I hope to be around that time. I'm more motivated than ever to get back in the weight room and prepare myself for some tough fall training to set myself up for another great season.”

Stoney Creek’s Taysia Radoslav earns Panamerican Junior Athletics championships hardware

Team Canada member jumps to silver medal in 400-metre hurdles

News Aug 04, 2015 by Laura Lennie Stoney Creek News

Taysia Radoslav has raced her way to another impressive feat.

The 18-year-old Stoney Creek native and Team Canada member scored a silver medal in the 400-metre hurdles at the 2015 Panamerican Junior Athletics outdoor championships July 31 to Aug. 2 in Edmonton, Alta. She crossed the finish line in a time of 59.08, just behind the United States’ Anna Cockrell, who ran a 57.10.

“I was so happy with my placement, but the time wasn’t great,” Radoslav said. “However, I’m not upset with it because it was pretty windy on the track and we only had a few hours between the finals and heats.”

Radoslav got off to a fast start in the final and held first place at the eighth hurdle.

“I loved the experience and I’d been working towards it for four years, so to finally achieve it meant the world to me."

“I was out in lane seven, so it was very hard to see the competition and get a sense of where I was,” she said. “It wasn’t until the home stretch that I finally saw the American on the inside of me.”

Radoslav earned her place in the final after finishing third in her first race of the hurdles with a time of 59.58.

She also went on to help Team Canada score a bronze medal in the four-by-400-metre relay at the championships.

Radoslav anchored the squad in the event with a split of 54.70 just two hours after winning the silver in her final event. The team’s overall time was 3:40.

“I was so happy with how our team did; we all wanted to medal so badly and I’m glad we got to do it,” Radoslav said. “Team Canada actually set a goal to get 10 medals and with our four-by-400 and the boys four-by-400 we achieved it.”

Five-hundred athletes from North, South and Central America, as well as the Caribbean Islands participated in the championships, which are held every two years.

Radoslav said taking part in the event was “life-changing.”

“I loved the experience and I’d been working towards it for four years, so to finally achieve it meant the world to me,” she said, adding having the support of her family and coach Tom Bereza at the event made all the difference in her success. “I met people from all over the world, made some really great friends, got the opportunity to be around some of our nation’s greatest coaches and got to compete with the best juniors in the Americas. It was amazing.”

The championships rounded out a stellar season for Radoslav, who earned her spot on Team Canada after racing her way to a gold medal in the 400-metre hurdles at the Canadian junior/senior championships July 2 to 5 in Edmonton.

She went into the national championships having just ended her freshman run with the women’s track and field squad at Cornell University, where she picked up the Freshman of the Year and Best Hurdler awards for her performance during the season.

Radoslav had been the first freshman in track at the Ivy League school in Ithaca, N.Y. to make it to the NCAA Division I outdoor championships since 1991. She finished 22nd overall in the 400-metre hurdles at the championships June 10 to June 13 in Eugene, Ore. with a time of 59.38 and earned All-American Honorable Mention acclaim. She and the track and field squad from Cornell also raced their way to a seventh-place finish – 16th overall – in the four-by-400-metre relay at the event with a time of 3:36.56 and garnered Second Team All-American honours.

In addition, Radoslav broke the freshman record for the 400-metre sprint at Cornell and helped the women’s track and field squad break the freshman record for the four-by-400-metre relay at the university during the indoor season earlier this year.

Radoslav said she’s really happy with her performance on the outdoor and indoor track this season.

It was an amazing year, she said.

“It surpassed my expectations in every way,” Radoslav said. “I would set a goal and then go out and do better than what I wanted. I had to keep reinventing my goals all season long because I would surprise myself at every meet and practice.”

Having accomplished her goals, Radoslav said she’s looking forward to a “long and well-deserved” off season.

“I’ll be off and cross-training until the middle of October,” she said, adding her next goal is to make the Olympics. “The Olympic standard is 56.20 and I hope to be around that time. I'm more motivated than ever to get back in the weight room and prepare myself for some tough fall training to set myself up for another great season.”