The week’s biggest news from Canada did not actually happen in Canada, nor does the person in question currently reside in Canada. At Sunday’s Houston Marathon, Portland-based Saskatchewan native Simon Bairu took a shot at taking Canada’s third Olympic slot. He needed 2:11:30 or better (the minimum standard set by Athletics Canada), but sadly came up far short in 2:19:52. For more, go to RunningMagazine.ca.
On the same day, Dylan Wykes won the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona half-marathon in 1:02:39. It’s not a PR for Wykes (that’s his 1:02:14 at New York in ’11), but still ranks as the seventh-best half marathon ever run by a Canadian.
A news items out of the Speed River club in Guelph, Ontario: middle-distance runner Malindi Elmore is joining up. Sporting a 4:02.94 PR, she has represented Canada in multiple international competitions, including the 2004 Olympic Games. Her blog is at CanadianRunner.ca.
The year’s first Canadian Interuniversity Sport team rankings were released earlier this week, and they have a distinctively Ontario flavour. Guelph leads both men and women, hardly surprising since the city’s university and club programs are seeking to earn the title of “Track Town Canada”. My Windsor Lancers are right behind.
5. Western Ontario
2. Western Ontario
CIS has a nice roundup of the weekend’s action.
The biggest meet of the weekend was Windsor’s Can-Am Meet. Results are here. The best marks of the meet were put up by Patricia Sylvester, formerly of the University of Georgia and now of Project Athletic. She won two events, the long jump in 6.11m and the triple jump in 12.87m.
This weekend’s big meet is the University of Alberta’s Golden Bear Open. Besides collegians, there will be a few top athletes seeking to enhance their Olympic chances, according to the Edmonton Sun. Carolyn Muir seeks a Canadian Record in the 600 meters, and Krysha Bailey seeks the same in the long jump.