2015 Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Indoor Games Complete Results
RECORDS, RECORDS AND MORE RECORDS BROKEN AT JEROME INDOOR MEET
RICHMOND—It took just ten minutes for the first two meet records to fall Saturday at the fifth annual Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Indoor track and field meet. It set the tone for the rest of the meet.
When the day-long competition, produced by Achilles track and field Society, concluded at the Olympic Oval, 21 individual and two relay meet records had fallen, along with meet marks in two new events, pole vault and age-class 200-metres. Two of the individual records broke national Masters marks.
Such was the calibre of the competition (close to 650 athletes took part) that in three event s the first three finishers were all under the meet record, another saw the first two finishers under the old mark and in the men’s Open 1500 metres, all six runners finished under the record.
Victoria housewife Nancy Craig broke the women’s Canadian Masters pole vault record for her age group (49-50) by jumping 2.75 metres to better her own national mark of 2.71. It earned the vivacious Craig a trip to Lyon, France, in August and the World Masters Championships. So how did she begin her athletic career? “I had two daughters who were pole vaulters,” she said. “They both encouraged me to try it, I did and enjoyed it. They have both since retired from the sport but I have kept competing. It’s a lot different from my former sport.”
She spent five years as a professional figure skater with Holiday On Ice.
In the week leading up to the meet, knowledgeable observers were predicting 86-year-old Norman Lesage of Greyhounds club would destroy the national Masters 60-metre sprint mark for athletes 80-90. Boy, were they right. He finished in 10.68 seconds to erase the old mark of 12.08.
All eyes were also on Langley’s Joshua Goldthorp at the meet. The reigning Canadian Highland Games heavy lift champion, was competing in the Open shot put for the first time at any meet. He won the event and broke the meet record of 12.73 metres, surpassing the record on each of his six throws, his best toss 14.55 metres.
“I’m happy with my performance,” he said afterwards. “I was hoping to throw 15 metres but that will come and I will definitely compete some more now that I’ve had this experience.”
As expected the two favorites dominated in the new Open pole vault event, 2013 Canadian champion Heather Hamilton taking the Open women’s gold medal with a leap of 4.25 metres while Nathan Dunford of Trinity Western University won the Open men with a jump of 4.75 metres.
Vancouver Thunderbirds won the meet’s Club title with 214 points while Trinity Western captured their second University title in three years with 129.5 points.
Next up for Achilles is the Grand Forza V meet on April 11 at the Oval and then the big Jerome International Outdoor event June 8 at Burnaby’s Swangard Stadium.