NTL resumes this weekend at Edmonton International Track Classic July 5 & 6

July 2, 2014 0

Edmonton – The second stop on the 2014 National Track League (NTL2014) circuit is Edmonton’s International Track Classic (EITC) this weekend. Last year the EITC ranked top 30 in the world by All-Athletics’ worldwide competition rankings. This year the event could crack the top 20 with its greatest lineup ever.

The 2014 EITC is a two-day competition; an open competition is slated for Saturday July 5, providing an opportunity for athletes to qualify into the invitational section held Sunday July 6. Athletes who finish first in the following open events will receive a lane in Sunday’s invitational: Men’s 100m, 200m, 800m / Women’s 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m).

The EITC will feature competitors from 13 different countries, including athletes from some of the top track and field nations in the world such as Jamaica, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Headlining the competition are Canadians Aaron Brown, Derek Drouin, Brianne Theisen-Eaton, and Angela Whyte. This season Brown has broken both the indoor and outdoor Canadian record in the 200-metres. Drouin won bronze at both the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2013 World Championships in the high jump. Thiesen-Eaton won silver in combined-events at the 2013 World Championships and 2014 World Indoor Championships. Whyte, from Edmonton, has competed in the 100-metre hurdles at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games. She was a finalist in the event at the 2013 World Championships.

Canadian athletes will face stiff competition from some of the world’s best. Leading the way are Justin Gatlin, LaShawn Merritt and Wallace Spearmon of the United States, and Luguelin Santos of the Dominican Republic and Warren Weir of Jamaica.

NTL prize money is available to all competing athletes. The financial prize purse is available to athletes who break Canadian records (Canadian athletes only) and / or National Track League records, as well as athletes who meet the IAAF A and B standards. For more on the NTL prize purse click here.

EITC Prize money for International Open events

  1. $2,500
  2. $1,500
  3. $1,000
  4. $500

Who to watch – International Open events

Men’s Hammer throw (1:15 p.m.)

Jim Steacy – Canada – 2008 and 2012 Olympian

Kibwé Johnson – USA – 2007 and 2011 Pan American Games medallist

Men’s Shot put (1:40 p.m.)

Tim Nedow – Canada – 2013 World Championships

Justin Rodhe – Canada – 2012 Olympian

Women’s 400m (1:50 p.m.)

Francena McCorory – United States – 2012 Olympic gold medallist

Carline Muir – Canada – 2012 Olympian

Monica Hargrove – United States – World Indoor Championships gold medallist

Men’s 400m (2:00 p.m.)

LaShawn Merritt – Olympic and World Championship gold medallist

Luguelin Santos – Dominican Republic – Olympic silver medallist

Josh Mance – Olympic Games silver medallist

Kyle Clemons – World Indoor Championships gold medallist

Renny Quow – Trinidad and Tobago – World Championship medallist

Women’s 200m (2:10 p.m.)

Patricia Hall – Jamaica – World Indoor Championships silver medallist

Kimberley Hyacinthe – Canada – 2013 & 2014 Canadian 200m Champion

Crystal Emmanuel – Canada – 2014 Canadian 100m Champion

Men’s 200m (2:20 p.m.)

Warren Weir – Jamaica – Olympic and World Championships medallist

Aaron Brown – Canada – Canadian 200m record holder, World Championship medallist (Jr & Sr)

Wallace Spearmon – USA – World Championship gold medallist

Gavin Smellie – Canada – 2014 Canadian 100m Champion

 Women’s Hammer throw (2:20 p.m.)

Amanda Bingson – USA – 2012 Olympian

Jessica Crosby – USA – 2012 Olympian

Amber Campbell – USA – 2008 and 2012 Olympian

Heather Steacy – Canada – 2012 Olympian

Men’s 800m (2:40 p.m.)

Duane Solomon – USA – 6th at 2013 World Championships, 2012 Olympian

Anthony Romaniw – Canada –

Geoff Harris – Canada – 2012 Olympian

Nathan Brannen – Canada – 2012 Olympian

Men’s High jump (2:40 p.m.)

Derek Drouin – Canada – 2012 Olympic and 2013 World Championships medallist

Trevor Barry – Bahamas – World Championship bronze medallist

Jesse Williams – USA – World Championship gold medallist

Mike Mason – Canada – 2012 Olympian (finalist)

100m hurdles (3:00 p.m.)

LaVonne Idlette – Dominican Republic – 2012 Olympian

Angela Whyte – Canada – 2004 and 2008 Olympian, 2013 World Championship finalist

Brianne Theisen-Eaton – Canada – 2013 and 2014 World Championship medallist

Phylicia George – Canada – 2012 Olympic finalist

Nia Ali – USA – 2014 World Indoor Championships gold medallist

110m hurdles (3:10 p.m.)

Jeff Porter – USA – 2012 Olympian

Sekou Kaba – Canada –

Women’s 100m (3:20 p.m.)

Samantha Henry-Robinson – Jamaica – 2012 Olympic Games medallist

Sheri-Ann Brooks – Jamaica – 2007 and 2013 World Championships medallist

Shai-Anne Davis – Canada – 2013 World Championships medallist

Men’s 100m (3:30 p.m.)

Justin Gatlin – USA – 2004 (3 medals) and 2012 (2 medals) Olympic medallist,

Antoine Adams – Saint Kitts and Nevis – World Championships medallist

Jason Rogers – Saint Kitts and Nevis – World Championships medallist

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