Andre De Grasse is set to race Saturday night at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. The Canadian 200m record holder is ready to roll despite a difficult few months. He suffered a hamstring injury before the World Championships last summer which caused him to withdraw. De Grasse also withdrew from the Commonwealth Games this past March, due to the lengthy process of healing his hamstring injury.
After withdrawing from the Commonwealth team, De Grasse shifted his focus to being healthy and fit for a complete outdoor season. De Grasse will open his season Saturday at The Drake Relays, one of the most competitive pre-season meets in America. The meet will draw a total of 56 Olympians this year alone. De Grasse is set to run the Elite Men’s 100m Final Saturday at 2:56 p.m. CDT.
De Grasse is joined at the meet by two fellow Canadians, Erin Teschuk and Sage Watson. Teschuk of Winnipeg, Man., primarily runs the 3,000m steeplechase and competed in the event at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Tonight she is set to run the Elite Women’s 2 mile race. On the start list along with Teschuk are Jenny Simpson and Brenda Martinez, two American middle distance legends. This race is certainly one to watch. The gun goes at 8:08 p.m. CDT.
Sage Watson of Medicine Hat, Alta., will run the 400m hurdles this weekend. Watson graduated last spring from the University of Arizona with a degree in marketing. After graduation Watson was quickly picked up by Nike. Watson competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics and 2017 World Championships last summer. The former NCAA champion is set to run at 2:17 p.m. Saturday night CDT.
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