BURNABY—Nanoose Bay high jumper Mike Mason has competed in 13 Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome International Track Classics. His 14th time could very well end up being a record-breaking appearance.
The men’s high jump record for the Jerome is 2.31 metres, set back in 2009 by World Champion, American Jesse Williams. Two weeks ago in Victoria, Mason, representing the Nanaimo track and field club, cleared 2.32 metres on his second attempt. It currently puts him tied for fourth on the IAAF World best list for this year. The leader is Essa Barshim of Qatar, who has the two top jumps at 2.40 and 2.36 metres.
Mason’s best performance at the Jerome meets is 2.28 metres.
Can Mason break the Jerome record? “I usually don’t focus on a specific number,” he said, “but I have been feeling good so hopefully I can get a good performance at Jerome this year.”
Mason, coached by Jeff Huntoon and strength and conditioning coach Dale Labans, has a personal best jump of 2.33 metres, which he has accomplished twice.
“I’m aiming to improve on that this year,”he said.”I believe the best way for me to approach that goal is with consistency in my practice and competition.”
A three-time Olympian and UBC grad, Mason won a silver medal at the 2009 World University Games and a bronze at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games and another silver at the 2015 Toronto Pan American Games. Back in 2004, Mason won the IAAF World Junior championship, becoming only the second Canadian to win that World gold medal. The first was Mark Boswell in 1996.
Back in 2010, Mason underwent surgery to remove bone chips in the ankle of his takeoff foot. He took a year off to recover and considered quitting the sport. Thankfully, he was talked out of it.
Besides the Jerome, Mason will be competing this year in both the Toronto and Calgary street competitions as well as the Canadian Championships and NACAC’s in Toronto and “I would like to compete in some international competitions this season.”
A record performance at the Jerome meet would be a nice way to start that journey.
Ticket Prices Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic
Tickets For Adults, $45 For Both Days, $25 For A Single Day
Tickets For Youth (4-17 Years) $19 For Both Days, $11 For A Single Day
Tickets For Families, $96 For Both Days, $58 For A Single Day
Tickets For VIP Hospitality $115 For Two Days, $75 For One Day
Preferred Seating $75 For Two Days, $45 For One Day
Adult Group $16 A Day
Youth Group $9 A Day
All Ticket Packages are available at www.harryjerome.com