One of the biggest indoor meets of the season is happening this Saturday. The New Balance Grand Prix hosts an elite track meet at the Roxbury Community College in Boston, and there are six Canadians in the stellar line up.
The women’s mile features three Canadian women: Gabriela Stafford, Annie LeBlanc and Sam Murphy. Stafford set the Canadian indoor 5,000m (14:57.45) record just two weeks ago and is clearly in good shape. The Toronto native is living in Toronto but training under coach Andy Young, who also coaches Laura Muir. The women’s mile is stacked and could potentially help Stafford to another Canadian record over the distance.
The women’s mile also features 2017 steeplechase world champion Emma Coburn, 2018 Commonwealth Games steeplechase champion Aisha Praught-Leer and 800m world championship medallist Brenda Martinez.
The women’s 500m features Sydney McLaughlin, running as a professional for the first time and Canadian Ashley Taylor, who had a breakthrough in 2018, coming third in the NCAA outdoor 800m.
In the men’s mile, Justyn Knight and Corey Bellemore are opening their indoor seasons. Olympic medallist Nick Willis of New Zealand is in the field, along with 3:56 miler Pete Callahan and 3:51 miler Vincent Kibet. Knight graduated from the University of Syracuse in the spring of 2018, and fans waited patiently to see where he would start his professional career. He chose the Boston Reebok Track Club, where he’s coached by former Syracuse University coach Chris Fox.