The women’s 800m at the Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic is clearly the place to secure a spot on Team Canada. The rules are clear form Athletics Canada.
The top 2 times from the Canadian rankings on June 14 are on the team for Toronto’s Pan American Games. Who are in those top 2 spots right now? This weekend changed the leaders.
1. Fiona Benson 2:01.58
2. Rachel Aubry 2:02.16
3. Melissa Bishop 2:02.31
4. Jessica Smith 2:02.82
5. Lindsey Butterworth 2:02.88
6. Rachel Francois 2:03.15
7. Samantha Murphy 2:04.94
Throw in 2 US runners to spice thing up and we should have a tremendous battle for all to witness. Alexa Effraimson from Camus, Washington has already run faster than the whole field with her 2:01.13 this year. She is remarkable because she just broke the US record for high school students and US Junior record (U20) at the Prefontaine Classic with an amazing 4:03.39 for 1500m.
While the run may have been a surprise to some, including NBC, which appallingly never mentioned Efraimson or her incredible run today on its national TV broadcast, it was not a surprise to Efraimson and her coach Mike Hickey. Efraimson’s PR prior to today was the 4:07.05 she ran last year to finish 6th at the World Juniors in Eugene. She knew she was capable of something much bigger after running a 2:01.13 800m PR two weeks ago.
After her record breaking run today, Efraimson said, “I was hoping for a really big PR today because I knew there was going to be a really stacked field. I was hoping these other girls could drag me through and I could finish strong.”