For Canadian collegiate runners attending American-based institutions, May and June is crunch time.

This past weekend, athletes competed at their respective conference championships, which precede regionals, and then nationals. Some of the country’s top runners attend universities in the United States, notably in Division One, the most competitive tier of American collegiate athletics.

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Next, athletes will compete in either the NCAA West or East Regional Championships, the immediate precursor to the national championships. There, athletes will attempt to place well for a chance to compete at nationals in Oregon.

The NCAA Division One Track and Field Championships will be held June 7-10 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Hayward Field is one of the most notable track and field stadiums in the world and annually hosts the iconic Prefontaine Classic, among other major competitions.

Here’s a roundup of the winners at the major conference meets ahead of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Sage Watson

The 2016 Olympian and fourth-place finisher on Canada’s 4x400m relay squad in Rio won the women’s 400m hurdles at the Pac-12 Championships. Watson, originally from Medicine Hat, Alta., runs for the University of Arizona. The time, 55.01, is also an IAAF World Championship standard for London 2017.

The Pac-12 is for institutions in the western United States.

Jaimie Phelan

The University of Michigan’s Jaimie Phelan won the Big Ten women’s 1,500m in 4:21.17. According to Michigan Athletics, Phelan covered the final of the 3.75 laps in a scorching 62.45. The Ann Arbor-based athlete is currently in her third year of eligibility.

Big Ten institutions are predominately based in the Midwest.

Justyn Knight

Knight, who recently hit the IAAF World Championship standard in the men’s 5,000m, won the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship in the 12.5-lap race in 13:52.38. The Syracuse University student won his eighth ACC Championships, spanning indoor (winter) and outdoor (spring) track and cross-country (fall).

The ACC is a competition among athletes predominantly based on the east coast of the United States.


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