Two of Canada’s heavyweight throwers opened their season with strong performances in the shot put. Canada’s shot putters as a team, rank number three in the world just 4 points behind the number 2 spot. (US 3984 points, Germany 3614 points, Canada 3610 points).
Tim Nedow threw 20.11m in Claremont, CA only 63 cm short of his personal best. This 24-year-old graduate of DePaul University in Chicago joined the group at the National throws Centre in Kamloops just over a year ago. Under the coaching of Anatoliy Bondarchuk, Tim is hoping to capitalize on his potential created by his height of 6”7” and 275 pounds.
Justin Rodhe opened his season with a near identical throw of 20.09m in Tucson, AZ. 2013 was an injury plagued year even if it started with his 2 best performances ever in April. Last year Justin started at the Kansas Relays with 21.12m and followed a 10 days later with 21.29m. One hopes that his injury is behind him and he can regain the consistency of one year ago as this season progresses.
Dylan Armstrong has yet to start the 2014 season after a winter training base in Portugal.
Andre De Grasse continues to surprise as he ran 20.46 for the 200m in Pittsburg last weekend. This 20-year-old student from Pickering, ON who attend Coffeyville CC in Kansas is headed to the University of Southern California next year. Aaron Brown the Canadian leader in the 200m with his 20.19 is currently a senior at USC.
James Steacy of Lethbridge, AB threw the hammer 72.43m in Tempe, AZ.
Reid Coolsaet ran 2H13.40 in the London Marathon.
Eric Gillis won the Toronto Yonge Street 10k in 28:31.4
Brandon McBride opened his outdoor individual events with 46.82. This Windsor, ON runner won the NCAA indoor 800m for Mississippi State last month
|Top Twenty Canadians Outdoors to April 14, 2014|
|Aaron Brown’92||200m||20.19 (-0.6)||
|Evan Dunfee’90||5k RW||18:53.06||
|Ben Thorne’93||5k RW||19:00.62||
|Inaki Gomez’88||5k RW||19:03.53||
|Andre De Grasse’94||200m||20.46||
|Brendon Rodney’92||200m||20.76 (0.0)||
|Eric Gillis’80||10k road||28:31.4||
|Akeem Haynes’92||100m||10.38 (0.3)||