Ghazarian Twins Are Top Runners in Canada
Ghazarian Twins Are Top Runners in Canada –
By Sam Manougian
Madeleine and Sevanne Ghazarian are 16 year old twin sisters in Cambridge Ontario. They started running competitively only 3 years ago and have already achieved amazing results. Both Madeleine and Sevanne are ranked in the top 10 for Under19 girls in Canada.
Madeleine has won every Cross Country high school race she has entered. In 2014, although she was still a junior, she competed as a senior at the OFSAA cross country championship and won a bronze medal. OFSAA is the Ontario Federation of Secondary Athletic Association and the highest competition for high school students in Ontario. In 2015 Madeleine once again qualified for the OFSAA cross country championship and this time she won the gold medal in first place and was named the top cross country runner in Ontario. She also competed in the OFSAA Track & Field Championship held at the University of Toronto and won a silver medal in the 3000 meters. On November 28, 2015 Madeleine ran at the Canadian Under19 National Cross Country championships in Kingston Ontario and won the silver medal placing 2nd at the national level. This excellent result at the national level qualified Madeleine to be a member of the Canadian team and to represent Canada at the 2016 Pan Am Cup Cross Country Championships in Caraballeda, Venezuela on March 4, 2016. Madeleine ran in the Under20 category against much older girls. She ran an incredible race and made Canada very proud by winning the silver medal for Canada. She only missed the gold medal by the smallest of margins of less than 1 second (39/100 of a second).
Sevanne is also an excellent and very accomplished runner. She trains with her twin sister and both girls just keep getting better by providing each other with competition, training and motivation. In 2015, Sevanne also qualified for the OFSAA Track & Field Championships held at the University of Toronto and she won the bronze medal in the 3000 meters. Both sisters finished the race almost side by side placing 2nd and 3rd. She also qualified for the Canadian Under19 National Cross Country championships in Kingston Ontario where the 2 sisters again ran together. Sevanne had an excellent result placing 12th at the national level. Sevanne has also posted some very fast times in track & field at various distances. Some of her amazing accomplishments include running 800 meters in 2:13.88, 1500 meters in 4:28.55 and also 3000 meters in 9:44.20. These are incredible results for an athlete and especially at her age.
Now both sisters are presently focussing on the outdoor track season and are training to run the 3000m and 1500m races. They both train at the famous Speed River Track Club at the University of Guelph. As both Madeleine and Sevanne are ranked in the top 10 in Canada for Under19 girls, they are both being heavily recruited by universities in the U.S. for athletic scholarships. Of course Canada is their home but we will wait and see what the future will bring. We will be watching and cheering on these incredible athletes in the next few years at the international level. Congratulations girls we are extremely proud of your accomplishments. You are excellent role models for all young runners. You have made Canada and especially the Armenian community very proud.