Thursday night was the Harry Jerome track classic in Burnaby, B.C. and many athletes were looking to achieve World Championship standard in their respective events. The closest runner to hitting the mark was steeplerchaser Regan Yee, who won the event in 9:40.06, a painful 0.06 off of the standard.

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Yee ran a smart race, making sure that she was on pace. She was joined up front by NCAA medallist Charlotte Prouse and Australian Rosie Donegan. She told Athletics Illustrated following the race, “I saw the clock clicking down as I approached the finish line, I could see the number go 9:37…38…39….40…and I didn’t know if I did it until after.”

In the men’s 100m, 2018 Canadian champion Aaron Brown won in a 10.30, not a season’s best but a win nonetheless. Brown is having a strong season, clocking a 20.06 and a 10.00 for the 200m and 100m respectively.

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This is how important running is to me : after coming down with a stuffy nose, I committed a serious personal fashion faux-pas by wearing a Breath Right nose strip in a very public race. HOLY SMOKES I absolutely understand the allure now – this thing is incredible! 110% recommend!! .😂😂😂 . No one said it would be pretty, but I'm stoked to run 15:10.64 in the 5000m at the @adrianmartinezclassic meet, knocking off world championship standard and only 0.64 seconds off an Olympic qualifying time! (There are a few way to qualify – this is just the most objective way). . Many thanks to the folks in Concord for an awesome meet and congrats to the other ladies in the race who also had great nights! Photo @urimiscott

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In the women’s 1,500m, Shannon Osika took the win in 4:09.76 and Jess O’Connell finished in a new personal best of 4:10.61, so close to breaking that 4:10 barrier.

O’Connell is also having an incredible season, running a 15:10.64 5,000m at the Adrian Martinez Classic only one week ago. O’Connell’s 5,000m time placed her in a similar situation to Yee as she was only 0.64 seconds off of the Olympic standard [15:10.00] for next year’s games. However, that time was well within the World Championship standard for this fall’s event.

Full results can be found here.

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