Over the weekend many of our top athletes took to the track in Vancouver, BC for the first National Track League (NTL) meet, with the first stop on the NTL circuit being the Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome International Track Classic. Hosted in the brand new Swangard Stadium, more than 6,000 people were in attendance to watch Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse achieve yet another milestone. Following successful Diamond League victories, De Grasse looked to build on that momentum here at home.
With the crowd behind him, he did not disappoint. De Grasse took home first in both the 100m and 200m dash.
Although he did not post any new records or duplicate any PBs, one Ontario track star did leave her mark. Melissa Bishop, hailing as the World’s silver medalist in the women’s 800m, erased the previous track record of 1:59.78 held by Diane Cummins and eased into first with a time of 1:58.79. As Vancouver Sun reporter Brian Pound said, €œshe certainly looks Olympic ready.€
For a full write up on the 2016 Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome International Track classic, CLICK HERE.
The second stop in this years NTL circuit, the Victoria International Track Classic played host to a handful of elite athletes hoping to represent Canada on the International stage. For full results, CLICK HERE.
Up next, the NTL circuit will head out east to Halifax for the Aileen Meagher Track Classic June 22, 2016 hosted at Saint Mary’s University, Huskies Stadium.
Before returning to Ontario for the Speed River New Balance Inferno, a two day event encompassing a road run as well as a track and field portion. The Inferno will take over the city of Guelph June 24-25, 2016.
Finally the NTL circuit will close off at the TrackTown Classic in Edmonton, AB on July 15, 2016. The world will be watching as our top athletes compete for their spot to represent Canada at the 2016 Rio Olympics.