This week are the NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships in Austin, Texas and there are several Canadians who have not only qualified but are also in medal contention. Charlotte Prouse and Ryan Smeeton will both be looking for steeplechase medals on the weekend.

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Smeeton ran a breakout race at Payton Jordan in early May. The Calgary native ran a 8:27.90, a time that not only named him the NCAA lead, but also could’ve punched his ticket to the upcoming World Championships in Doha.

Prouse has been a staple on the NCAA scene for years but is attempting an ambitious 5,000m/3,000m steeplechase double. The steeplechase has both heats and finals so it becomes a lot of running in one weekend, but if Prouse can pull off three strong performances she will be one of the best runners of the entire meet.

Unfortunately Canadian 800m stand out Marco Arop is injured and unable to compete in this year’s outdoor championship. Hopefully he will make a quick comeback in time for Canadian nationals in late July.

Canadian women

Kyra Constantine – 400m
Natassha McDonald – 400m
Katherin Surin – 400m
Erinn Stenman-Fahey – 800m
Alexandra Lucki – 1,500m
Charlotte Prouse – 5,000m, 3,000m SC
Laura Dickinson – 10,000m
Keira Christie-Galloway – 100mH
Xahria Santiago – 400mH

Canadian men

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Rory Linkletter – 10,000m
Ryan Smeeton – 3,000m SC
Joseph Daniels – 110mH

Full schedule can be found here. Events get underway on Wednesday June 5, beginning with the men’s semifinals.

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