Day two of the NACAC Track and Field in the 6ix Championships saw multiple Canadian medals. 

The master’s 100m and 800m got the day two programme underway. Khama Beckles, 43, took the win in the women’s 100m race in 13.06. In the men’s results, Chris Warburton was the victor in 11.72.

In 800m action Jennifer Schnidler won the women’s race in 2:25.35, and Ian Aseltine won the men’s race in 2:01.82. 

The women’s 800m was one of the most competitive fields of the distance competition. American Ajee Wilson won decisively in a blazing 1:57.52. She was followed by Natoya Goule of Jamaica in 1:57.95.

Canadian Lindsey Butterworth was the top Canadian in a new personal best of 2:00.81. She placed fifth. Butterworth ran an extremely even race, and patiently waited for a spot to open with 300m to go. She said post-race that she expected the race to go out fast, and was prepared to be patient in the pack. 

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In the men’s 800m, Canadian record holder Brandon McBride and Canadian national champion Marco Arop went 1-2. The runners finished in 1:46.14 and 1:46.82. McBride said post-race that himself and Arop were a team today. McBride did his undergraduate degree at Mississippi State University, where Arop now studies. Both men had the same college coach. 

The women’s 400m final saw two Canadians in the top eight. Aiyanna Stiverne was second in 52.00 and Madeline Price was sixth in 53.13. 

In the women’s 100m, Crystal Emmanuel ran a very strong race to place third, and run a blazing time of 11.11. Emmanuel was elated post-race and ran down the homestretch to encourage the crowd. She was joined in the final by fellow Canadian Leya Buchanan who finished eight in 11.63.

After a false start from Jamaica’s Kenroy Anderson, the men’s 100m saw Bismark Boateng and Gavin Smellie go 4-5. The pair ran 10.16 and 10.21 respectively. 

Canadian Justyn Knight was third in the men’s 5,000m in 14:01.77. American Hassan Mead was the winner in 14:00.81. Mead closed in 54. 

Rachel Cliff ran a gutsy race in the women’s 10,000m, doing the bulk of the work in the middle of the race. Cliff finished in 33:30.16. Cliff has a quick turn-around to her next event which is the Edmonton Half-Marathon on Sunday August 19th. 

Day three kicks off tomorrow at 2:10 p.m. with the women’s 400m hurdles final. 

 

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