Marek Jedrzejek, athlete invitations chair for the Achilles Track and Field Society, was able to confirm today the participation in the Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic of two British Columbia athletes who are ranked near the top in the world.
Both of these athletes have broken the Canadian record this year and both train outside of the province.
Christabel Nettey of Surrey trains in Phoenix, Arizona at the World Athletics Centre. This Arizona State graduate is affiliated with the Thunderbirds Track Club here in Vancouver. This long jumper has risen through the Athletics Canada development program, medaling in the World Youth Championships in 2007, Pan American Junior Championships in 2009, the NACAC U23 Championships in 2012 and the 2014 Commonwealth Games. This year she has broken both the indoor and outdoor Canadian long jump records. At present she is #2 on the world list behind Tianna Bartoletta of the USA with 6.99m to 6.99m. At the Jerome, Christabel will face Whitney Gipson of the USA who has personal best of 6.97m
Liz Gleadle of Vancouver trains in at the Throws Centre in Lethbridge Alberta after winning multiple NAIA titles at UBC. This javelin thrower participated in the World Youth Championships in 2005, World Juniors Championships in 2006, NACAC U23 Championships in 2008 and the Olympic games in 2012. She set the Canadian record at the Kawasaki Seiko Golden Grand Prix. Her mark of 64.83m place her #5 on the world list just ahead of Brittany Borman’s 64.75m of the USA. Both will compete at the Jerome.
Both these athletes are aiming for the podium at the Pan American Games in Toronto in July.
Over 400 athletes from 16 nations and 32 Olympians will compete for over $100,000 in prize money. Tickets are $10 general admission and $25 finish line and are available on line at www.harryjerome.com