Damian Warner ended the 2018 indoor season with a new Canadian record in the heptathlon and silver medal at the World Championships in Birmingham, UK with his 6343 points. Justyn Knight won the NCAA Division I indoor 5000m gold medal and silver in the 3000m to top Canadians while Robert Heppenstall ran 1:46.88 in make the podium in the NCAA championships. Bolade Ajomale was double gold in the 60m and 200m in the NCAA division II.
Indoor season has come to a close for 2018 with 4 women’s national indoor records established during the winter.
Alysha Newman of London, ON jumped 4.70m in the pole vault in Birmingham, UK in her final competition at the World Championships. She had established the Canadian indoor record of 4.66m on Fayetteville, AR on February 10th, but with mark she leapt to the top of the Canadian list.
Kate Van Buskirk and Gabriela Stafford ran personal bests at the World Championships with 4:09.42 and 4:09.94 respectively in their heats. Kate ran her Canadian mile record of 4:26.92 on 27 January in New York and then ran a startling 3000m in 8:49.02 just off Megan Metcalfe Wright's Canadian record of 8:48.56 set in Valencia, Spain in 2011. Unfortunately Kate was not selected to the Canadian group going to the Commonwealth Games, April 4-15 in the Gold Coast, Australia.
Strangely this early date will be a very serious test of fitness for relatively small team making the trip. Hopefully there will be some possibility of preliminary starts prior the Games themselves.
By the narrowest of margins (0.0008%), the World Championship Gold Medal eluded Damian Warner in Birmingham, UK today. Canada's great multi-event specialist took the Silver Medal just 5 points behind Kevin Mayer of France's total of 6348 points in the 7 event heptathlon, the indoor equivalent to the decathlon. Damian was hampered in last summer's outdoor World Championships by the Norovirus, where Kevin Mayer won the Gold Medal. Damian needed to beat Kevin by just over 3 seconds in the dramatic final event, the 1000m. The London, ON Olympic medalist lead the race with a new personal best of 2:37.12, while the French rival finished 2.52 seconds back which squeaked out the 5 point victory. Damian's 6343 points did break the 25-year-old Canadian Record of 6279 points set by Michael Smith at the 1993 World Indoor Championships in Toronto, ON. Damian from London, ON but training in Calgary with Les Gamantik, is set to battle for the Gold medal in the decathlon at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia in early April.
Alysha Newman of London, ON set the Canadian Indoor Record in Birmingham at the World Championships with a pole vault of 4.70m. Her 6th place finish broke the current record of 4.60m set by Kelsie Hendry in Flagstaff, AZ in 2012. Alysha holds the U18 and U20 Canadian Indoor Records and she had a pending mark of 4.66m in the pole vault set in Fayetteville. AR on February 10, 2018. Coached by Doug Wood, Alysha is headed for the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia
Vancouver runner, Rachel Cliff broke the Canadian Half Marathon record this morning in Woodlands, Texas. She recorded a time of 1:10:08 for the 13.097 km distance, breaking Lanni Marchant previous Canadian record of 1:10:47 set in 2014. Marchant holds the Canadian Marathon record of 2:28:00 set in 2013. Rachel's half marathon time today improved her previous best of 1:11:52 set in Houston, Texas on 14 January this year.
Rachel will represent Canada in the 10,000m at the 2018 Commonwealth Games taking place in Gold Coast, Australia April 4-15. She is coached by Richard Lee of the BC Endurance Project.
Last summer, the University of Guelph graduate recorded her personal best of 32:00.03 for the 10,000m at the London World Championships. She may be ready to challenge Natasha Wodak's Canadian record of 31:41.59 at the Commonwealth Games next month.
Culmination of the indoor season for track and field will conclude in less than two weeks.
First up is the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, UK this weekend. Kate Van Buskirk continues to lead Canada’s Top 30 List as she heads to Britain. Information on CBC Live Broadcast is available here.
The Division I NCAA Indoor Championship on March 9 and 10 in College Station, TX are the final indoor competitions for our Canadians attending US Universities.
Shawn Barber vaulted 5.81m in Clermont- Ferrand, France yesterday with Alysha Newman clearing 4.62m as they prepare for the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham, UK on March 1-4. Shawn's mark leads Canada's Top 30 list for 2018
As the US Collegiate Championships are approaching in less than 2 weeks, two Canadian athletes attending university south of the 49th parallel are getting ready to show their top indoor form.
Justyn Knight of Vaughn, ON won both the 3000m and 5000m in the ACC regional Championships in Clemson, SC this past weekend. Justyn will compete at the Division I NCAA Indoor Championship on March 9 and 10 in College Station, TX.
He has set personal bests indoor this season at mile 3:55.82, 3000m 7:45.86 and 5000m 13:50.79. This 21 year old Syracuse senior may follow in the footsteps of fellow Ontarian, Mo Ahmed, the 27 year old, Wisconsin graduate who now trains in Portland with the Bowerman Track Club. He holds the Canadian indoor records of 3000m in 7:40.11 and 5000m in 13:04.60.
Bolade Ajomale of Richmond Hill, ON a student at the Academy of the Arts in San Francisco ran seasonal bests of 60m in 6.63 and 200m in 20.67 in Boston last weekend. This puts him in favourable position to challenge for gold at the Division II NCAA Championships in Pittsburg, Kansas March 9 and 10.
There is no bigger transition in the sport of track and field than to move from the U20 ranks to open competition. Two newcomers may be making that big leap this indoor season.
Karson Kowalchuk will be 19 years of age until December 30, 2018, but he has edged his way into the indoor TOP 30 list with a 6.72 clocking over 60m last weekend. Now a sophomore at Mississippi State, the Markham, ON athlete, turned everyone heads when he won the sprints at the 2017 Winnipeg, Canada Summer Games in 10.38 and 20.88. Is he a candidate to crack into our national sprint team for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo?
Also turning 20 this year on July 21, is Owen Day now a freshman at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti. In 2017 Owen obtained his high school diploma from Dusseldorf International School in Germany where his father serves in the NATO Forces in the Lower Rhine. He recorded a time of 3:44.38 in 2017 while running with SC Bayer Uerdingen in Germany. This ranked him the fastest U20 middle distance runner in Germany and just behind Canadian U20 runner, Kyle Madden who recorded a 3:44.19. The Ottawa native ran the mile in 4:02.77 last weekend to move to the TOP 30 List for Canada. What does the future hold for this student-athlete?
Track and field statistics can be very confusing, even for the initiated, in this complex collection of events known internationally as Athletics. This Athletics name is confusing in North America as Track and Field is in general use and difficult to displace. Throw Road Racing and Cross Country into the mix and we are all wondering, what is going on. This series has used the IAAF point tables to try and give a creditable method to compare the various events against one another.
Four Canadian Indoor Records have fallen this season to our female athletes. Only 3 of these marks make it to our Top 30 list as it takes over 1100 IAAF points to get on the list.
Brittany Crew's new shot put record of 18.20m scores 1095 IAAF points, just missing the Canadian Top 30 list. Does this reflect her international status? Not in anyway. Her world ranking is 8th on the world list at the moment and important for the upcoming Commonwealth Games. This throw of 18.20m ranks second in the Commonwealth behind Jamaica's Danniel Thomas-Dodd who has a mark of 19.05m
Alysha Newman record jump of 4.66m in the pole vault gets 1164 IAAF points and it ranks her 7th on the world list and number one on the Commonwealth 2018 marks just ahead of Great Britain's Holly Bradshaw's mark of 4.60m.
Kate Van Buskirk and Sage Watson's Canadian records in the mile and 300m respectively score well on the IAAF table with 1171 and 1158 points. These particular events are seldom run outside of the US and therefore difficult to world rank appropriately.
Athletics Canada names 2018 IAAF World Indoor
14 February 2018 OTTAWA
Athletics Canada named 14 athletes today, four men and 10 women, to represent Canada at the 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships that will take place in Birmingham, U.K., from Thursday, March 1, to Sunday, March 4. The team is led by an Olympic medallist, World Champion and features nine athletes who have competed in an IAAF World Championships or Olympic final.
“The World Indoor Championships in Birmingham are a great competitive opportunity for Canadian athletes,” said Glenroy Gilbert, Athletics Canada’s head coach. “The four-day meet will see some of our top current and upcoming athletes go up against some of the world’s best. This is a small, but highly competitive team. The standards to make the team were rigorous and we feel those competing in Birmingham are ready to reach finals and compete for medals.”
Leading the charge will be 2016 Olympic bronze medallist in the decathlon, Damian Warner of London, Ont., and 2015 IAAF World Champion in the pole vault, Shawn Barber. Warner received an invitation to take part in the heptathlon and looks to challenge for the world title and threaten the Canadian record in the event. Barber appears to be rounding to form at the right time after achieving the world indoor standard this past weekend in Poland.
“It’s an honour to be invited to compete for Canada at the World Indoor Championships,” said Warner, who won bronze in the decathlon at the 2016 Olympics. “The 2018 IAAF World Indoors will be a great way for our team to build momentum going into this spring’s Commonwealth Games and beyond. The roster is small but features a very talented group of athletes. I know each of them will look to make their mark in Birmingham.”
Joining Warner and Barber will be 2017 World Championships finalists: Crystal Emmanuel of Pickering, Ont. (60-metres), Geneviève Lalonde of Moncton, N.B. (3000-metre), Alysha Newman of London, Ont. (pole vault), Brittany Crew of Toronto (shot put) and 2016 Olympic Games finalist Johnathan Cabral (60-metre hurdles).
Newman and Crew both recently improved their Canadian indoor records and appear to be ready for their shot at a medal in Birmingham. Emmanuel set a season’s best of 7.28 seconds and Cabral won the 60-metre hurdles at the Grand Prix d’Athlétisme de Montréal. Last weekend, Lalonde also became the third fastest Canadian ever at 3000-metres clocking a time of 8:49.78.
Kate Vanbuskirk of Brampton, Ont., has been sensational this indoor track season. Over the past month, she’s broken the Canadian indoor mile record and became the second fastest Canadian 3000-metre performer of all-time. Her mile time of 4:26.92 is currently the fastest in the world for 2018.
“Any opportunity to wear the red and white of Canada on the international stage is an honour and a privilege,” said Vanbuskirk who will compete in the 1500-metres. “I know that I am representing not only myself, but my teammates and coaches, family and friends, community, city, province and my country. This is my first national team in three and half years and I couldn’t be more proud of or grateful for this opportunity.”
Tim Nedow of Brockville, Ont., has been a stalwart on major championship teams over the past five years and looks to compete for a podium spot in Birmingham. Nedow has been flirting with the 21-metre mark this winter. His season’s best of 20.82-metres has him ranked seventh in the world for 2018.
Other Canadians competing in Birmingham include: Travia Jones of Saskatoon (400-metres), Kelsey Balkwill of Essex, Ont. (400-metres), Jenna Westaway of Calgary (800-metres), Gabriela Stafford of Toronto (1500-metres) and Christabel Nettey of Surrey, B.C. (long jump).
On both sides of the Atlantic, Shawn Barber and Justyn Knight tie for the lead in the Canadian Top 30 list.
Shawn, the Beijing 2015 World Champion in the pole vault is gradually returning to the form that made him the first Canadian to vault 6.00m in January 2016. The standard for the World Indoor Championships in Birmingham is 5.78m. He has been selected to the Canadian Team for the Commonwealth Games competing April 4-15 in Gold Coast, Australia
Justyn Knight opened the indoor season in Boston with a personal best of 3:55.82 on January 27 and last weekend he cruised a 7:45.86 3000m in New York. His previous bests were 3:56.21 and 7:56.21. Justyn Knight is a student at Syracuse University and may well have a priority to compete in the NCAA indoor as he has not declared an interest in the World Indoor Championships nor the Commonwealth Games
Fresh off her Canadian mile record of 4:26.92 on 27 January in New York, Kate Van Buskirk of Toronto ran a startling 3000m in 8:49.02 just off Megan Metcalfe Wright's Canadian record of 8:48.56 set in Valencia, Spain in 2011. These marks for Kate make her eligible to be selected by Athletics Canada for the World Indoor Championships set for March 1-4 in Birmingham, UK. Many expect that Kate will be very interested in this team as she was not selected to the Canadian group to the Commonwealth Games, April 4-15 in the Gold Coast, Australia.
The 2018 Harry Jerome Indoor Games presented by TELUS was the biggest and best in many ways. Not only did Greg Stewart of Kamloops win the shot put in his journey to represent Canada in the World Para Athletics Championships but 437 athletes from 29 clubs from British Columbia, Alberta and Washington produced 780 entries on Saturday, February 3rd at the Richmond Olympic Oval. Athletes from 9 years to 80 years broke 2 dozen records in the eighth edition of this indoor track and field competition. Past Olympians participated in the opening ceremonies before a crowd of over 1000 spectators
24 New Records at Harry Jerome Indoor Games presented by TELUS
Men’s Youth 16-17 Shot Put 15.85 Jarrett Chong 2001 South Fraser 2018
Women’s Youth 16-17 1500m Race Walk 7:31.12 Cassidy Cardle 2002 Race Walk West 2018
Men’s Midget 14-15 60mH 8.73 Thomas Quan Ting Ma 2003 Vancouver Olympic 2018
Men’s Midget 14-15 Shot Put 13.37m Michael Ogbeiwi 2004 South Surrey Athletics 2018