The Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic on June 17th at Swangard Stadium has a meet record in the women's high jump of 1.95m set 32 year's ago by Canada's legendary, Debbie Brill. Will this record be under threat, as athletes on their Olympic quest from a dozen countries, gather in Burnaby on the Road to Rio ? The answer is yes.
Jeanelle Scheper of St Lucia has personal best of 1.96m set in 2015. This NCAA champion from University of South Carolina will be tested by Prince George's Alyx Treasure who recently broke the Olympic standard with her jump of 1.93m in Manhattan, Kansas.
Alyx is the only qualified woman high jumper in the country at this time. Alyx may be the first athlete from the Prince George Track and Field Club to represent Canada at the Olympic Games. She needs to confirm her status by completing the Olympic trials in July in Edmonton.
Rachel McCoy of Chaffey College, CA will challenge Jeanelle and Alyx as she has jumped 1.93m this season and was 4th at the World Junior Championships in 2014.
Emma Kimoto of Richmond, BC, the Indiana University graduate, is attempting to move up her personal best of 1.85m to the the Olympic standard. Emma represented Canada at last summer's Pan American Games in Toronto.
Andre De Grasse, World Championship bronze medalist in the 100m, Melissa Bishop, World Championship silver medalist in the 800m and Liz Gleadle, Pan American Games gold medalist in the javelin are confirmed for Friday, June 17 at Swangard Stadium. Canada's World Championship team silver medalist race walkers, Ben Thorne, Inaki Gomez and Evan Dunfee will attempt to break the Canadian 5000m record
Tickets are $25 finish line, $10 general admission are available on line at www.harryjeorme.com. First event starts at 6pm with doors open at 5pm. Opening ceremonies will be at 7:30pm