Welcome to week three of impressive indoor results. The collegiate indoor season is now well underway, with almost every university runner having run their rust-buster. This week’s impressive results are extensive–it’s clear that there’s a new wave of young talent in Canada and they’re ready to compete.
This week most Canadians ran south of the border, showing the NCAA what Canada’s all about.
The McGill Team Challenge was the big race of the week in eastern Canada. There, the times were fast, especially in the women’s 600m. The result of the meet was a 1:30.35 from Université du Montréal’s Jade Bouchard-Nguyen. Bouchard-Nguyen has been extremely consistent this season, slowly chipping away at her time in the event. She’ll be one to watch, come March.
In the men’s results, Andrew Peverill of St. Mary’s ran a 3:50.80 to win the men’s 1,500m and in the men’s 3,000m Félix Lapointe-Pilote of Laval was the winner, just shy of U Sports standard in 8:25.54.
The central schools were all over the northeastern US this weekend. The University of Toronto had some runners in Boston, New York and Michigan. They were joined by McMaster in Michigan and Western in Boston.
In New York at the Dr. Sander Invitational, U Sports cross-country champion Lucia Stafford got a great start to her season with a 4:31.42 personal best in the mile. This gives her auto standard for U Sports in the 1,500m. Stafford finished third to World Championship 1,500m finalist Nikki Hiltz and BYU’s Whittni Orton.
In Boston, Avery Garrett-Patterson of UofT just missed the 800m auto standard with a 2:07.63 personal best. In the men’s results, Stephen Evans of Ottawa U clocked a 1:50.20 800m and Isaiah Frielink of Western ran a 8:12.12 3,000m, easily locking down U Sports standard.
A little further west at Eastern Michigan, Toronto’s Elizabeth Martin was 0.01s off of the 60m standard, finishing in 7.56s. Morgan McKeowan of McMaster won the women’s 3,000m in 9:57.88.
In the men’s results, Alex Drover of McMaster was just off U Sports 3,000m standard, winning the event in 8:14.60. The McMaster men took the top six spots in the race.
Out west, most schools took the weekend off in anticipation of the Dempsey Indoor meet in Seattle, Wash. next weekend. The meet runs January 31 to February 1 and will see many runners take care of their U Sports standard or run personal bests.
The U Sports automatic qualification standards
Women’s (flat, 200m track)
60m – 7.55
300m – 39.24
600m – 1:30.81
1000m – 2:47.35
1500m – 4:26.02
3000m – 9:32.20
60m Hurdles – 8.48
Men’s (flat, 200m track)
60m – 6.88
300m – 34.22
600m – 1:19.85
1000m – 2:26.10
1500m – 3:51.07
3000m – 8:19.05
60m Hurdles – 8.22