The British Columbia indoor track season will start with the 6th Annual Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Indoor Games on Saturday, February 6th at the Richmond Olympic Oval. Last year over 400 athletes of all ages participated in this competition on the 200m indoor track. The Richmond Olympic Oval facility is a legacy of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. The inaugural event in 2011 was the first indoor track and field event held in Metro Vancouver for almost 40 years.
Emerging athletes will be able to tackle the meet records set in the first 5 years of competition. Quinn Litherland is a good example of a young athlete showing potential. This grade 11 student at St Georges School ran 48.90 in the 400m as a 16 year old last August at the Western Canada Summer Games in Wood Buffalo, AB.
Quinn who represents the Thunderbird Track Club and is coached by Mary Chewning, has run 22.62 in the 200m outdoors and his eyes are set on the U18 300m meet record of 36.52 seconds set by Jake Hanna. Statistical analysis of his outdoor times converted to indoor standards suggests he may run 36.00+/- a few tenths. If Anastas Eliopoulus of VOC should compete in this event he may well be very close, as he has run 22.54 in the 200m outdoors. Entry of Luke Harris of New Westminster or the Loewen brothers of Kajaks could make it interesting.