The Vancouver Sun Jerome Track Classic on June 28th in Coquitlam will provide a final tune up for Canadian athletes before the World Championship Trials in Ottawa July 6 to 9. The Jerome program offers both men’s and women’s 400m. Standards for the World Championships are 45.50 and 52.10. The opportunity to compete on the Percy Perry ‘s fast track with optimal curve configuration may provide an attraction for the athletes.
Aiyanna Stiverne of the University of Miami ran the quickest 400m for Canadian women this season in Baton Rouge, LA last weekend in 52.35. This 2016 Olympian’s personal best is 52.08 set in 2015. Every athlete wants to have the standard before entering the final trials if possible.
Sage Watson of the University of Arizona continues to burn up the track this season in the 400m hurdles. This Alberta native won the Duel in the Desert in Tempe, AZ last Saturday with a season best of 55.56 well under the world standard of 56.10 but just shy of her personal best of 54.82. Sage is a definite threat to exceed the current Canadian record of 54.39 set by Rosey Edeh 21 years ago at the Atlanta Olympic Games. This Olympian from Medicine Hat, AB has flat 400m times of 51.84 indoors and 52.01 outdoors. Her 4x400m relay team, which included Aiyanna Stiverne, was 4th at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Karelle Edwards of Ottawa ran a personal best in the 100m hurdles at the Steve Scott Invitational in Irvine, CA with her 13.21(1.9) last Saturday. She now ranks second in Canada behind Olympian, Phylicia George’s 12.85 world qualifying mark.
Britanny Crew of Mississauga, ON continued her 2017 season of consistent performances with her shot put of 18.02m in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Olympian’s throw was just shy of her personal best set at the 2016 Canadian Track and Field Championships of 18.06m. This York University student has qualified for the London’s World Championships, as the standard is 17.75m. She has her eyes on the Canadian record of 18.31m set by Julie Labonté in 2011.
Get your tickets NOW for Jerome Classic on June 28th in Coquitlam to see Andre De Grasse compete in the 100m-- less than 50 reserved seats remain plus general admission is almost 50 percent sold at www.harryjerome.com
Get to Percy Perry Stadium at Coquitlam town center early as seats are limited. It is predicted to be sold out with standing room conditions. General Admission tickets do not guarantee seats. Only VIP tickets assure reserved seating. This will be ADG only competitive appearance in Canada except for Canadian Trials for the London World Championships in Ottawa on July 6-9.