The latest installment of news in Canadian track and field…
Notable Canadian track news from this side of the border comes from the outstanding performances by collegians Brianne Theisen (Oregon) and Cam Levins (Southern Utah). I covered their accomplishments earlier this week. Theisen broke a 30-year-old Canadian record in the pentathlon, and Levins ran the single greatest two-day indoor distance double in Canadian history.
Another Canadian with an outstanding performance for a U.S. college is Julie Labonté (Arizona), who yet again broke her own Canadian indoor shot put record with 18.01 meters.
On Sunday at the Toronto Track & Field Centre, a number of Canadians had outstanding performances:
*Justyn Warner set a PB in the 60 meters with 6.59 seconds, which meets the Athletics Canada selection criteria for the World Indoor Championships.
*Nikkita Holder and Phylicia George set PBs in the 60m hurdles with 8.20 and 8.21 respectively.
This week’s CIS team rankings for interuniversity track and field:
Guelph Stadium Project
Guelph is seeking to be “Track Town Canada”, as it’s the home of both the top-notch team at the University of Guelph and the notable Speed River club. First and foremost in achieving that status is building an international-calibre track.
The U of G is renovating its Alumni Stadium, and the track project needs to raise funds — to the tune of $600,000 (Canadian) by Tuesday night. The standard was met, but another $400,000 needs to be raised by next week.
The only two major indoor invitationals in Canada are both taking place this weekend.
The 47th Annual Knights of Columbus Saskatchewan Indoor Games will be held in the Saskatoon Fieldhouse on Thursday and Saturday. Top pros slated to compete include Anson Henry, Jared Connaughton, Gavin Smellie, Justyn Warner, Brittney Reese (USA), Phylicia George, Nikkita Holder, Jessica Zelinka, Greg Nixon (USA), and Sam Effah.
The Vancouver Sun Jerome Indoor Classic will be held at Vancouver’s Richmond Indoor Oval on Saturday. Top pros slated to compete include Ruky Abdulai.
The Gugl Indoor Meeting takes place today in the Austrian city of Linz.
Track on the tube (and series of tubes)
Sydney 2000 Olympics: Bud Greenspan’s Gold From Down Under, 9:05 AM tomorrow on Showtime Family Zone
Runner’s World’s Racing News has all the headlines.
Ken Goe’s daily Oregon track & field rundown: the OTC’s Andrew Bumbalough and Lisa Uhl had a good weekend.
Yesterday was national (college letter of intent) signing day for most sports, including track. Milesplit has comprehensive who/where listings.
Let’sRun.com takes the New Balance Grand Prix to the woodshed for having separate women’s 2 mile and 3000 meter races.
Trinidad Express newspapers: A review of Basil Ince’s ‘Olympian’
USATF Foundation announces throwers’ grant recipients
A play about the ’36 Olympics and two American Jewish sprinters: “Olympics Über Alles”
Spiked up Psyched up: Elliott Heath A Contender For The U.S. Olympic Team?