The Harry Jerome Indoor Games presented by TELUS is breaking records before the starting gun fires. Over 600 entries from athletes ranging from 8 years to 80 years will run jump and throw at the legacy of the 2010 Olympic Games, the Richmond Olympic Oval.
Many see indoor track and field, as a three ring circus with sprints, relay running, hurdles, high jumping and shot putting being done at the same time. The close quarters of an indoor track on a 200m oval make for spills and thrills with exciting times and close finishes.
Men Watch for Stephen Abosi of Vancouver Thunderbirds as he attempts to defend his top ranking in the 60m. He is a threat to break the meet record of 6.91 seconds as he clocked 6.82 in Seattle last weekend. Michael Aono of UBC hopes to dip under his person best of 7.01 seconds on this track. Anastas Eliopoulos of Vancouver Olympic Club will tackle the 60m hurdles.
Quinn Litherland, a senior in high school will be factor in the 300m sprint as his best of 35.31 edges the meet record of 35.32. Jake Hanna of UBC is favoured in the 600m with his 1:23.12 seed time. Yonathan Abebe of SFU will battle Alberta’s Scott Chalupiak of the Airdries Aces in the men’s 1000m while Richard Torres of SFU is favoured in the 1500m. Joel Della Siega of UBC will hope to equal his personal best of 2.10m in the high jump as the meet record of 2.20m held by Olympian, Mike Mason appears to be safe.
Women Jade Duncanson of UBC, Kira Pederson of SFU and Georgia Lam of Kajaks will challenge Jonelle Bell-Spence of Vancouver Thunderbirds in the 60m.
Diana Volishin of SFU is the U18 meet record holder in the 60m hurdles may face a challenge from Hannah Johnston of UBC.
Jessica Williams of Ocean Athletics will be hard to beat in the 300m while team mate, Danielle Steer will be favoured in the 600m. Watch for Georgia Ginther of Coastal Track in the 1000m and Kimberley Doerksen in the 1500m.
Alexa Porpaczy of Ocean Athletics attempt to improve her best of 1.76m in the high jump.
Youth Division (U18)
Men The 60m will be real battle with John Mantabala unattached, Kenton Lees and Kenny Junior Blackman of Ocean Athletics plus Alexander Pescitelli and Egidio Cantarella of Vancouver Thunderbirds. Evan Foster of BC Flyers has the top seed time in the 60m hurdles may be challenged by Diego Medrano of New West Spartans.
Carson Bradley of Kajaks and Paul Fisher of Vancouver Thunderbirds will face Egidio in the 300m and the meet record of 36.52 by Jake Hanna in 2014 may fall.
Saijan Sarai of Coastal Track and Paul Fisher of Vancouver Thunderbirds will battle for first in the 600m while Saijan is the favourite in the 100m. Daniel James of Valley Royals has the top seed time in the 1500m. Michael Lambert of Valley Royals will defend his meet record of 1.95m against Bryce McKenzie of Golden Ears Athletics in the high jump.
Women Jasmine Lew will collide with Julie Kawai Herdman of Vancouver in the 60m and challenge the meet record of 7.85 seconds. Julie looks to improve her meet record of 1.70m in the high jump.
Danielle Miller of Vancouver Thunderbirds is favoured in the 60m hurdles.
Cayla Smith of Ocean Athletics is a favourite in both the 300m and the 600m. She may threaten Jessica Williams 300m meet record of 41.83 set in 2016. Baneeet Bains and Haley Ribiero of Coastal Track will battle Rachel Mortimer of Valley Royals in the 1500m. The meet record of 5:01.18 is definitely possible.
Dolly Gabri of Coastal Track with 4kg shot put best of 13.29m may challenge the meet record of 13.88m set Asiana Covington in 2012.
Midget Division (U16)
Men Bob Nicol and Coltrane Davyduck of Langley Mustangs are leading the way in the 60m.
Cameron Calbick of Langley Mustangs will battle Conor Loughnane of Victoria Speed Project in the 300m who holds the meet record in 38.98. Both of them collide again in the 600m only to face a new threat in Nico Aron of Coastal Track. Look for the Conor’s meet record of 1:29.59 to fall.
Aiden Good of the Airdrie Aces will face Nicolas Lepessis of Victoria Speed in the 1000m. Jaiveer Tiwana of Coastal Track may threaten the 1200m meet record of 3:32.45 set by Thomas Nobbs in 2014.
Liam Esedido of Ottawa and Jake Schmidt of Langley Mustangs both enter the high jump with best of 1.65m
Women Tatum Colwell of Langley Mustangs has the fastest seed time in the 60m with challenges coming from Jesse Taylor of Kajaks and Gia Groenewegen of Vancouver Thunderbirds.
Holly Harrison of Langley Mustangs has the fastest seed time in the 300m but will be challenged by Katelyn Malmquist of Burnaby Striders and Janelle Chhun.
Clare Bosma of Kajaks will contest the 600m while team mate, Selin Tasdemir is favoured in the 1000m.
Kendra Lewis of Vancouver Olympic Club will threaten the 1200m meet record of 3:56.64 held by Rachel Mortimer of Valley Royals.
Masters Division Watch for a world record attempt by Christa Bortignon in the 60m 80 year old division and the debut indoor master’s competition by Jeannie Cockcroft of Ocean Athletics in the 50-55 year division. She jumped 1.92m in 1988 and 1.50m in 2015