This weekend saw some big performances from runners who were relatively quiet in January. As University of Toronto coach Bob Westman predicted in last week’s Coaches Corner, some of the usual names from the circuit are back in full force. Here’s a look at this week’s impressive U Sports results from across the country.
In the east, the NB Indoor Champs and University Invitational was the race of the weekend. In the men’s 3,000m race, Will Cox of Dalhousie won in 8:42.84. In the men’s 600m, Benjamin Perrett of UNB made his way up the rankings, winning the event in 1:22.19.
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Nick Robertson is a Kinesiology student and long distance runner in his 2nd year of eligibility. Not only is he quick on the course, he's quick to respond to emails! 🐯 Who is your role model and why? 🐯 My dad, he used to be an endurance athlete, so he's like my own personal support team that known anything and everything about the sport. He's probably only missed one or two races in my 4 years of running XC/track, and he always cheers the loudest in a crowd. 🐯 What is your goal this season? 🐯 Grow as an individual and as a team, and if the next few weeks go to plan hopefully secure a medal in the 3000m at AUS, and compete at nationals. 🐯 What's your favourite moment from your time as a Dal Tiger? 🐯 My favourite moment so far was as soon as our 7th runner crossed the line at AUS cross country back in October. We were all so dead and tired but so excited and hyped up because we knew we had won it as a team. the whole team was running around hugging each other and giving out high fives in excitement, and it was one of the greatest feelings this year.
In the 1,000m, Jane Hergett of St. FX won another race, taking the title in 2:50.08. On the men’s side, Hudson Grimshaw-Surette took the title in 2:26.32. Finally, in the women’s 300m Maya Reynolds of Dalhousie ran a great race, winning in 39.94.
In Boston, two University of Toronto women ran league-leading races and one also landed herself a national record. Lucia Stafford took her sister Gabriela DeBues-Stafford’s U23 Canadian 1,500m record, running a 4:10.22 to finish third. This places Stafford first in the 1,500m by a whopping 14 seconds. Avery Garrett-Patterson, a University of Toronto fifth-year student, ran a massive personal best in the 1,000m, which is also a league-leading time. Her 2:43.36 is the best time by three seconds. These two women will certainly be people to watch, come March.
In the men’s results, Rohan Nowbotsing, also of UofT, ran an impressive 2:24.84 1,000m to start his season.
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Most runners who weren’t in Boston were at Penn State. There, Guelph sprinter Shyvonne Roxborough ran a 60m in 7.44s, and is the league lead in the event. Guelph’s Zoe Sherar took the women’s 300m win in a personal best of 37.79s. In the distance results, Hannah Woodhouse ran a strong 3,000m, winning the invitational section in 9:34.98.
In the men’s 300m, both Philip Osei and Daniel Harper ran season’s bests in the 300m, with Osei finishing in 33.43 and Harper in 33.90.
In western Canada, the two big meets were the Bison Classic in Manitoba and the UW Invitational in Seattle. In Manitoba, Simon Berube and Olivia Cooper were the meet standouts. Berube won both the 600m and 1,000m handily and Cooper was second in a solid 1,000m (2:54) and then came back to win the 1,500m in 4:40.02.
At the Dempsey Indoor Track in Seattle, the Canadians had a great weekend. Grace Konrad of Trinity Western ran a 56.60s 400m and Matthew Travaglini of the University of Calgary finished the 3,000m in 8:08.26, which will place him third in the league.