The 2020 indoor track and field season is officially underway for U Sports athletes. Over the weekend lots of runners competed in their first or second meets of 2020, and the results indicate promising seasons for many Canadian athletes.
Here’s a roundup of impressive results from track meets across the country.
In Ottawa the 400m track brought some fast results. Ottawa has one of the only 400m indoor tracks in the world, which makes it an annual destination for lots of eastern schools.
There, Jade Bouchard-Nguyen of Université de Montréal was a standout, winning the 1,000m in 2:46.64, just off the U Sports standard of 2:45.54. In the women’s 1,500m, Madison Clarke ran very well, winning the event by a landslide in 4:29.94.
In men’s results, there were two standouts, Sebastian Seville, who tops the U Sports men’s 600m rankings with a 1:18.69 and David Gendreau-Fillion of Laval, who locked down U Sports standard in the 800m by running 1:50.19.
In Halifax there was also the Athletics NS Indoor Open, where lots of east coast schools put down a mark. Jane Hergett of St. FX took the women’s 1,500m in 4:32.69 and Hudson Grimshaw-Surette of Dalhousie took the men’s race in 3:54.88.
In London at the Don Wright Team Challenge the results from Guelph, Western and Mac runners were impressive. Sadie-Jane Hickson was impressive in the women’s 600m, winning in a 1:31.70, Jenna Smith (also of Guelph) was second in 1:33.38.
Marcel Scheele of Western secured his place on the U Sports start line with a 3:50.74 1,500m. Second place went to Alex Drover of McMaster had a strong performance for second place, finishing in 3:52.26.
At the Golden Bear Invitational, some new names showed that they’re ready to have a strong season. In the women’s 600m, Olivia Cooper of the University of Alberta won in 1:33.78, beating FISU finalist Courtney Hufsmith of University of Saskatchewan, who was second in 1:34.01.
In the men’s results, the Calgary men appear to be up to their old tricks, cross the finish line and claiming spots one through four. The group of Eric Lutz, Russ Pennock, Matt Travaglini and Alex James worked together in races all cross-country season and seem to be employing the same tactic on the track.
Next week check for action in Boston at the Terrier Invitational and UTS Opener in Minnesota as teams head south of the border to try their luck against some NCAA athletes.