This Friday is the Stanford Invitational, and the start lists are stacked. American half-marathon studs Molly Huddle and Emily Sisson are using a 10,000m to prepare for the upcoming London Marathon, and many NCAA athletes will open their outdoor seasons at the race. In addition to top American runners, droves of Canadians are heading down to the warm California weather to get their spring seasons underway.
Sisson announced after a blazing 1:07:30 Houston half-marathon that she would be making her marathon debut this spring in London. Some predict that Sisson’s marathon debut could be one of the fastest in American history, and if her half is any indication, she has a bright future at 42.2K. Huddle, who ran her marathon debut at New York in 2016 in 2:28:13, will also be in London and hoping to run faster.
There are several 2018 Canadian national champions in this weekend’s field: Lindsey Butterworth, Charles Philibert-Thiboutot and Kinsey Middleton. Butterworth is the 2018 800m champion, Philibert-Thiboutot is the 2018 1,500m champion and Middleton the marathon champion.
Canadian women competing at Stanford
Lindsey Butterworth – 800m, 1,500m
Mariah Kelly – 800m, 1,500m
Aurora Rynda – 800m
Mikela Lucki – 1,500m
Erin Stenman Fayhe – 1,500m
Ashlan Best – 200m
Karelle Edwards – 200m, 100m hurdles
Jessica Furlan – steeplechase
Charlotte Prouse – 5,000m, steeplechase
Kinsey Middleton – 10,000m
Kiera Christie-Galloway – 100m hurdles
Canadian men competing at Stanford
Elijah Silva – 800m
Rob Denault – 1,500m, 5,000m
Charles Philibert-Thiboutot – 10,000m
Will Paulson – 1,500m
Jean-Simon Desgagnes – steeplechase