Three world leading marks for Harry Jerome Track Classic

The Jerome Track Classic is has been completed for 2014 and there were some interesting statistics for the 300 competitors from 23 countries. Sarah Brown and Kate Van Buskirk produce #1 and #2 world leading marks in the mile  photo by Jeff Bell

Sarah Brown of the USA produced the world leading time in the mile with her 4:26.67.  In fact this race produced 5 times in the top ten on world list for this season.  Kate Van Buskirk of Canada bounced back from her distressing run in Victoria to get 4:28.08 for second place.

Rosa Flanagan of New Zealand leads world junior list in the mile  photo by Brian Cliff

The 31st edition of the Jerome Track Classic produced two world leading performance in the mile in the junior category.  Jack Stapleton of Australia ran 4:01.29 and Rosa Flanagan of New Zealand did 4:38.32 to top the world lists.  Both will run the World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon in 2 weeks.

Eliza McCartney of New Zealand set new national record with 4:40m in pole vault  photo by Jeff Bell

Elizabeth McCartney of New Zealand broke the national junior record as she won the pole vault competition with a jump of 4.40m.

Eliza McCartney  celebrates new national record    photo by Jeff Bell

In total 49 athletes produced their personal best performances while 69 track a field performers got their seasonal bests.

Jeneba Tarmoh celebrates her new meet record

The Jerome meet record in the 100m was set by Jeneba Tarmoh of the USA with her time of 11.21. She broke the 11.27 mark of Olympic medalist, Cathy Freeman of Australia set at Swangard stadium in 1996.

Nate Brannen targets fellow Canadian Charles Philibert-Thibou on his way to a victory in the men's mile run. Both managed to run sub-four minute mile times.  photo by Jeff Bell

The 60th Anniversary Miracle Mile was won by Nate Brannen with Charles Philibert-Thiboutot close behind to give Canada a one, two finish  with 3:57.48 and 3:57.85 breaking the historic times set by Roger Bannister and John Landy in 1954 at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver.

Canada's Melissa Bishop wins the women's 800m  photo by Jeff Bell

Canada's Melissa Bishop almost broke the 2 minute barrier as she won the 800m in 2:00.06

Once the National Track League compiled the division of prize pool, it was determined that the athletes at the Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic received a total of $68,900.  This would be the highest total for prize support to the international field competing at the Burnaby tradition.

It is expected that the 2015 Jerome Track Classic will be held in early June to blend with the National Championships scheduled in Edmonton and the Pan American Games set for Toronto in July.