Langley Mustang’s Fiona Benson shook the Canadian track scene Saturday in Victoria as she quietly leapt to the top ranking in the country in the crowded 800m battle to represent us on Team Canada for the Pan American Games. The 23 year old student from Trinity Western University shocked herself and everyone else with an unprecedented drop of 6.96 seconds. Her previous best was 2:08.54 and she won the 2 lap speed test in 2:01.58. Speed test for certain, as Fiona is best known as a cross country runner and distance runner. The qualifying window for the Pan Ams closes on June 14 and right now the student scholar sits on top of the class with flying colours. This runner from Dawson Creek leads this pack
as of May 31, 2015
Fiona Benson 2:01.58
Rachel Aubry 2:02.16
Melissa Bishop 2:02.31
Karine Belleau-Beliveau 2:02.49
Jessica Smith 2:02.81
Lindsey Butterworth 2:02.81
Rachel Francois 2:03.15
Sasha Gollish 2:03.36
Annie Leblanc 2:03.77
Gabriela Stafford 2:03.91
The Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic set for Monday night June 8th at Swangard stadium will be a qualifying meet for the Pan Ams. There will be no better competition than the women’s 800m which will feature the majority of the athletes above. Annie Leblanc will be in the NCAA Championship 800m final the same weekend. Her mark there, could move her into contention as the top 2 times at the closing date of June 14 will be chosen for Team Canada at the Pan Ams.
Karine Belleau-Beliveau represented Canada at the 2013 World Championships.
Lindsey Butterworth is the current NCAA DII champion.
Photo timing will be needed to decide the road to the Pan Ams in this event.