Myles Misener-Daley has had a breakout track season, running the OFSAA and Canadian U18 record over 400m this June.
The Hamilton, Ont. native has a busy three weeks. The 17 year-old 400m runner is finishing his grade eleven exams before heading off to represent Canada for the first time at the Jamaica U18 Invitational, then the World Junior Championships in Finland.
Up until two years ago, Misener-Daley was a soccer player with the Sigma Academy in Mississauga. He jokes, “I didn’t even get to finish my soccer season in 2016 before I quit to focus on track.” Misener-Daley quickly rose to the top, winning double-gold at OFSAA track in 2017 in the 200m and 400m, before continuing his dominance in 2018 when he set the U18 Canadian national 400m record. He has run the third fastest outdoor time of any Canadian over 400m for 2018.
Misener-Daley is in grade 11, so according to NCAA rules he can officially be recruited by colleges. “The phone has been ringing a lot since OFSAA,” he says. “My parents are really supportive of me going to school in the States, and that’s certainly what I’m leaning towards.”
Academics are important to the student-athlete, who says, “I’d like to study either business and finance, or psychiatry. I’ve been looking into programs in those two fields.”
In the midst of heavy recruiting, Misener-Daley is staying focused on his big goals for the Jamaica Invitational and World Junior Championships. “In the 200m I’d like to run sub-21, ideally 20.80. Over 400m I’d like to get as close as possible to the Olympic standard of 45.50. But the first goal is to run a personal best in both events.”
Misener-Daley leaves for the U18 Jamaica Invitational late this week and competes Saturday, June 30th and Sunday, June 1st. Post-race he will fly home on July 2nd and leave for the World Junior Championships two days later on July 4th.
Misener-Daley is also hoping to qualify for the Youth Olympic Games this October in Buenos Aires.