As the outdoor season gets underway, we are seeing some new names on our track and field top 20 list for Canadian women. Some of these athletes have represented Canada at the World U18 and U20 Championships and some have blossomed only recently.
Mariam Abdul-Rashid of Oshawa, ON is a sophomore at the University of Texas ran 58.41 in the 400m hurdles last weekend, not far off her personal best of 57.42. She finished 8th in this event at the World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland
Kristen Metcalfe from Etobicoke, ON, a student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona, Florida has a background in the 400m and 400m hurdles. Last weekend she tried a new event, the 800m. Indoors she ran a 2:12.49 and now on her second attempt, improved almost 6 seconds to 2:06.67. Is this the 20 year old's best event? Remember Diane Cummins, the previous Canadian record holder in the 800m, started her career in the long jump.
Natassha McDonald from Brampton, ON, a frosh at South Plains Junior College in Texas, opened the outdoor season last saturday with a 53.60 to lead the country. The 19 year old was Canadian U20 400m champion last summer before she represented Canada at he World U20 Championships. In Bydgoszcz, Poland she ran a personal best of 53.06 and took the bronze medal in the 4x400m relay.
Dayna Pidoresky of Vancouver won the Round the Bay's 30km in 1 hour 47:27.0. This 29 year old road racer reached 5th ranking on the Canadian Top 20 marks for 2017.