The annual migration of Canadian track and field athletes to the warmer climates of the south to find high altitude and fast competitive races is concentrated in the Arizona, Florida and California. The magnet of Los Angeles and Palo Alto draws 100’s of Canadians to seek qualifying times for the upcoming Pan American Games in Toronto and the World Championships in Beijing. Walnut, California hosts the fabled Mt SAC relays and Canadian athletes made a big impact at this monster event, which attracts thousands of entries from across the world.
Andre De Grasse of Toronto continued his early season excellence with a double win in the sprints. His 200m time equals the Canadian record set by Aaron Brown in 2014. Andre’s 20.16 (0.3) in the 200m leads the world ranking list so far this year while his 9.87 (4.0) was blunted by a wind over the legal limit of 2.0m/sec. This would convert to 10.11 in zero wind, superior to his best 100m time ever.
Christabel Nettey of Surrey started he outdoor season with a win of 6.98m(??) in the long jump. This is the best distance of the 2015 season on the world list. However it is unclear with some inconsistency in wind readings as to wither this is a legal jump. If it is legal, this will be a new Canadian outdoor record to match her indoor Canadian record of 6.99m set in Sweden this winter.
Sultana Frizell of Kamloops opened her season with a win in the hammer of 72.52m to take the #4 spot in world ranking for 2015. Jeneva McCall of the US was not far behind at 71.46m. These athletes will be podium contenders in the Pan American Games in Toronto this July.
Brandon McBride showed great strength in winning the 800m in 1:46.28 in preparation to defend his 2014 NCAA title.
Shawn Barber of Toronto continued his string of victories in the pole vault with a jump of 5.35m after setting the Canadian record of 5.90m earlier this spring.
Erin Teschuk of Winnipeg won the 3000m steeplechase with a huge personal best of 9:43.83m