Canadians respond to NCAA possibly adopting mile over 1500m

Current and former Canadian athletes who competed in the NCAA respond to the association potentially adopting the mile over the 1500m.

December 19th, 2015 by | Posted in Uncategorized | Tags: , , ,

Sheila Reid (754) was one of many Canadian NCAA athletes, current and former, to express concerns over the possible change.

The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association voted yesterday in favour of recommending the NCAA adopt the mile at the Division 1 outdoor championships instead of the often-contested 1500m, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The replacement of the 1500m still needs to be ratified by the NCAA to take effect with 2017 being the earliest the change could be adopted, according to FloTrackThe mile is currently contested at the NCAA Division 1 Indoor Championships, the highest tier of American collegiate athletics.

Major championships, including the Olympic Games and the IAAF World Championships (outdoor and indoor), contest the 1500m but some (not the Olympics, however) accept mile conversions as a means of qualifying.

A number of current and former Canadian NCAA athletes took to social media to express concerns over what could become a controversial change.

Justyn Knight – Syracuse

Jeremy Rae – Notre Dame

Sheila Reid – Villanova

Nicole Sifuentes – University of Michigan

Nate Brannen – University of Michigan