Just a few years ago these young lions were cubs finding their way out of the den. Now they are finding their way to the top of the charts for the 2017 indoor track lists.
Hamilton ON athlete, Robert Heppenstall ran the 800m for Wake Forest University in 1:46.71 last weekend at the ACC and qualifies for NCAA finals. This time exceeds Robert's best outdoor best of 1:46.78 and his 2016 Canadian U20 indoor record of 1:47.35. The sophomore at the Winston-Salem, NC small private university, was a silver medalist at the Pan American U20 Championships in 2015 and came 5th at the World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland in 2016
Bolade Ajomale from Richmond Hill, ON, running for the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, was named the outstanding athlete of the week in NCAA II, with his wins in the 60m of 6.64 and the 200m in 20.85. In 2016 he vaulted to prominence by running 10.15 in the 100m at the Canadian Olympic Trials. This earned him a spot on the Rio Olympic 4x100m team. He ran anchor leg in the preliminary round but was replaced by Andre De Grasse in the final when Canda took the bronze medal in Canadian record time.
Myles Banfield from Markham, ON moves to the top of the indoor 400m runners in Canada with his 46.90 running for the University of Albany last Saturday. Developed at the Speed Academy in Toronto and coached by Tony Sharpe, Myles ran 46.77 at he 2016 U20 Championships in Poland.
Will they be ready to challenge our Olympians for a spot on the Canadian team to the World Championships in London this August?