This past weekend virtually ended the track and field indoor season and initiated the start of the outdoor season. It was heralded by 3 Canadian records, 2 indoor and 1 outdoor. The NCAA championship in Fayetteville, Arkansas produced remarkable results for Shawn Barber and Andre De Grasse.
Shawn Barber, the University of Akron, pole vaulter won the NCAA Indoor Championships with the second best jump in the world this year with his 5.91m mark exceeding his pending Canadian record by 1cm.
Andre De Grasse representing the University of Southern California took the silver medal with his 20.26 second time in the 200m. This broke fellow Canadian and USC graduate, Aaron Brown’s Canadian record of 20.53 set in 2014. Andre’s time is #2 in the world list for this indoor season.
Rachel Seaman broke her own Canadian record at the Asian 20km Race Walk Championships in Nomi, Japan. Her bronze medal podium finish of 1 hour 29:54 broke her own record by 49 seconds. In another 50m she may have caught the struggling Kumido Okada for the silver medal.
In the United Airlines New York Half Marathon, Canadian women came 6th and 9th with almost 20,000 finishers. Natasha Wodak shocked herself with a time of 1 hour 11:20 just missing the Canadian record by 33 seconds.
Lanni Marchant whose Canadian record of 1 hour 10:47 still stands, finished 9th with 1 hour 12:05. These times require the runners to average 5:27 per mile.
In Sydney, Australia high jumpers, Mike Mason and Derek Drouin started their outdoor season with marks of 2.28m. Mike took second sport with Derek losing on the count back.
Drouin won the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh last summer while Mason took the bronze medal.