There is no bigger transition in the sport of track and field than to move from the U20 ranks to open competition. Two newcomers may be making that big leap this indoor season.
Karson Kowalchuk will be 19 years of age until December 30, 2018, but he has edged his way into the indoor TOP 30 list with a 6.72 clocking over 60m last weekend. Now a sophomore at Mississippi State, the Markham, ON athlete, turned everyone heads when he won the sprints at the 2017 Winnipeg, Canada Summer Games in 10.38 and 20.88. Is he a candidate to crack into our national sprint team for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo?
Also turning 20 this year on July 21, is Owen Day now a freshman at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti. In 2017 Owen obtained his high school diploma from Dusseldorf International School in Germany where his father serves in the NATO Forces in the Lower Rhine. He recorded a time of 3:44.38 in 2017 while running with SC Bayer Uerdingen in Germany. This ranked him the fastest U20 middle distance runner in Germany and just behind Canadian U20 runner, Kyle Madden who recorded a 3:44.19. The Ottawa native ran the mile in 4:02.77 last weekend to move to the TOP 30 List for Canada. What does the future hold for this student-athlete?