Last weekend marked one of the final weeks of out-of-championship U Sports competition. While there are a few last chance meets running in the next five days, most schools are taking a load off to get ready for the final push of conference and national championships. Here’s a look at the week that was on the track.
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Some highlights from the meet this past weekend: Catherine Thompson – 4:56.93 1500 (PB) 10:26.22 3000 (PB) Maya Reynolds – 7.54 60 (SB) 39.94 300 (PB) Temi Toba-Oluboka – 15.11m weight (SB) 11.45m shot (SB) Brooklyn Rawlyk – 3:02.64 1000 (SB) Chelsea MacIsaac – 13.43m weight (PB) 11.48m shot (SB) Lorena Heubach – 11.77m shot (PB) 9.20 60m hurdles (PB) 2:27 800 (PB) 3831 pentathlon (PB and auto Q) Matt Coolen – 6.88 60 (auto Q) Anthony Cormier – 6.08m LJ (SB) Daniel Rosen – 4:02 1500 (facility record!) Will Cox – 8:42 3000 (PB) Aidan Goslett – 2:28 1000 (PB) Andre Hendricks – 14.41 shot (SB)
On the east coast, the meet of the weekend was the SMU Open at St. Mary’s University. There, Maya Reynolds, the Dalhousie standout sprinter, won both the 300m in 40.57 and the 60m in 7.61. Jane Hergett of St. FX ran an impressive double, hitting 1:33.89 in the 600m and 10:05.94 in the 3,000m.
In the men’s results, Josh Lunda of Dalhousie had another strong 300m performance running a 35.76. Andrew Peverill of St. Mary’s impressed the home crowd with a win in the 1,000m in 2:26.79. Full results can be found here.
In Ontario, the Windsor Team Challenge was the meet of the weekend. All the major OUA players were there, giving a good indication for how things will shake out in two-weeks’ time. In the women’s results, Kate Current of Western won the 1,500m in 4;26.16 and second place went to Kara Blair of Queen’s in 4:30.70. Both women were 2019 U Sports cross-country standouts. In the men’s 3,000m, Queen’s Mitch Delange ran a strong 8:17.13 to win the event and rank himself sixth in the league.
In the men’s 1,500m, Alex Drover of McMaster won in 3:50.41 and Ron McLean of Regina was second in 3:50.83. The women’s 600m saw a shakeup in the rankings with both Mealiss Trapeau of Ottawa (1:32.40), Avery Garrett-Patterson of Toronto (1:32.73) running strong times to finish first and second. They now sit fourth and fifth in the national rankings.
Sydney Pattison of Laurier won the women’s 1,000m in 2:47.71 and Mark Patton won the men’s in 2:28.66. Morgan Byng of Guelph, their 2018 Rookie of the Year, won the women’s 300m in 38.40, under U Sports standard and well ahead of second place. Daniel Harper, also of Guelph ran a meet record in the men’s 300m of 33.74 to put him second in the league. Toronto won both the men’s and women’s 4x400m relays.
Full results can be found here.
In western Canada, the meet of the weekend was the Pandas Open in Edmonton, Alta. There, the Calgary Dinos continued their distance dominance with Eric Lutz, Matthew Travaglini and Alex James all winning their events. James won the 3,000m in 8:21.02, Travaglini won the 1,500m in 3:53.62 and Lutz won the 1,000m in 2:26.39. All three set new meet records.
Olivia Cooper of Edmonton won the women’s 1,000m in 2:52.91. Kendra Farmer of Saskatchewan won the women’s 300m in 39.24 and fellow Huskie Karson Lehner continued his dominance over the distance to win in 33.64 and maintain his league lead.
Full results can be found here.
Up next for most schools is either a rest week (ahead of their conference championship) or a last chance event for their runners looking to lock down U Sports’ standards.