Preparations are complete for the Harry Jerome Indoor Games presented by TELUS at the Richmond Olympic Oval. 780 entries in individual events and relays by 427 athletes from 29 track and field clubs across BC and Alberta will participate in the 8th edition supported by TELUS. Events get underway at 9:45am this Saturday at this world class legacy of the 2010 Olympic Games. Athletes for 9 years to close to 80 years will contest distances from 60m to 1500m on the 200m oval and straightaway. Up to date start lists and schedule are available here
Some of these athletes will be a threat to the meet records set over the past 7 years. Universal Athletics Coach, Jessie Dosanjh has confirmed that Katarina Vlahovic will run both the 60m and the 60m hurdles. Her best indoors over the 60m hurdles (76.2cm) is 9.07 seconds. The meet record for 60m hurdles (84cm) is 8.37 by Tiana Davis of Los Angeles in 2016.
Coach Dosanjh has also confirmed that Jasneet Nijjar will run the 60m and the 60m hurdles at the Jerome Indoor Games. The U18 60m record is 7.85 seconds held by Diana Volishin. Jasneet has a personal best of 7.98 seconds but extrapolating her 2017 times, her potential could be 7.50 seconds
Meet organizers have announced that Janet Hutzul, Manager, Sponsorship Marketing for TELUS will represent the corporation at the opening and awards ceremonies. TELUS has been a great community and youth supporter for many years. The outstanding athletes in the open, U18, U16 and U14 divisions will be selected. Thunderbird TC will defend the Eaton Cup and UBC will defend the Pacific World Cup.