Emily Hooper – Athletics Canada
The 2013 Canadian Track and Field Championship serves as the selection trials for the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Championships, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Championships and Jeux de la Francophonie. Athletes aiming to represent Canada at the IAAF or IPC World Championships need to place in the top three in order to be eligible for selection. As such, a number of events will provide plenty of drama, joy, and in some cases heartbreak. Here’s a look at some of the Moncton 2013 can’t miss events.
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- Men’s 100-metres (FINAL Saturday 9:20 p.m.) Will Aaron Brown of Toronto, Ont., who set a personal best of 10.05 at the NCAA Division I Championships in the 100-metres, dip below ten seconds? Who will be crowned Canada’s fastest man? 2012 Olympians Justyn Warner, of Markham, Ont., Gavin Smellie of Etobicoke, Ont., and Jared Connaughton of New Haven, PEI., will surely have a say in the matter.
- Men’s 3000-metres Steeplechase (FINAL Friday 6:50 p.m.) Four men already hold a World Championship standard in the event; only three can go to Moscow. You won’t want to miss the race for the podium between Matthew Hughes of Oshawa, Ont., Alex Genest of Lac-aux-Sables, Que., Taylor Milne of Guelph, Ont., and Chris Winter of Vancouver, B.C.
- Men’s high jump (FINAL Saturday 6:00 p.m.) At the 2012 Olympic Games Derek Drouin of Corunna, Ont., and Michael Mason of Nanoose Bay, B.C., both jumped the same height of 2.29-metres. Drouin was awarded bronze based on count back. This year he set a new Canadian record of 2.36-metres. You don’t want to miss this Olympic rematch as Drouin and Mason look to soar to new heights.
- Men’s shot put (FINAL Friday 9:15 p.m.) Shot in the Dark, enough said. If that’s not enough three of the big men have World Championship A standards; Dylan Armstrong of Kamloops, B.C., Tim Nedow of Brockville, Ont., and Justin Rodhe of Kamloops, B.C.
- Women’s 800-metres (FINAL Sunday 1:55 p.m.) This race will feature four Olympians; Melissa Bishop of Eganville, Ont., Diane Cummins of Victoria, B.C., Jessica Smith of North Vancouver, B.C., and Hilary Stellingwerff of Sarnia, Ont. The event also includes Karine Belleau-Béliveau and Lemlem Ogasilassie, both from Montreal, Que., who have shown this season they are not to be overlooked.
- Women’s 400-metre hurdles (FINAL Sunday 1:20 p.m.) Three women have the World Championship B standard. Without an A standard in the event only one can represent Canada in Moscow. A spot on the World Championship team will be on the line when Fawn Dorr, Noelle Montcalm of Windsor, Ont., and Sarah Wells from Unionville, Ont., line up.
- Women’s 1500-metres (FINAL 12:30 p.m.) Canada’s middle distance depth is also evident in this event. Three women hold a World Championship standard. 2012 Olympians Sheila Reid of Newmarket, Ont., (A standard) and Nicole Sifuentes of Winnipeg, Man., (A standard) must be feeling the pressure from Kate Van Buskirk of Brampton, Ont., (B standard) who seems to lower her personal best in every outing this season.
- Women’s 100-metre hurdles (FINAL Sunday 3:05 p.m.) Jessica Zelinka of London, Ont., and Angela Whyte of Edmonton, Alta., are both Olympic finalists. Zelinka is still searching for the form which saw her set a personal best last season of 12.65. Last weekend Whyte blasted back onto the scene with a World Championship A standard of 12.66 which currently ranks her fourth in the world.
- Men’s T53 / T54 classification wheelchair 400-metres (FINAL Friday 5:05 p.m.) The T54 classification event features four athletes who are national team regulars in Jean-Paul Compaore of Sherbrooke, Que., Alexandre Dupont of Bradwell, Sask., Colin Mathieson of Winnipeg, Man., and Curtis Thom of Ottawa, Ont. All four athletes hold the World Championship B standard. The T53 classification is headlined by Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que. Lakatos won a pair of silver medals at the 2012 Paralympic Games. He has the elite World Championship standard in the 400-metres and 100-metres.
- Men’s T54 classification wheelchair 800-metres (FINAL Sunday 1:45 p.m.) Three men enter the event with the World Championship B standard; Josh Cassidy of Ottawa, Ont., Jean-Paul Compaore of Sherbrooke, Que., and Alexandre Dupont of Bradwell, Sask. Cassidy finished fifth in this event at the 2012 Paralympic Games.
- Men’s ambulatory 100-metres (FINAL Saturday 11:00 a.m.) Braedon Dolfo of Langley, B.C., has the World Championship B standard in the T13 category. In the T44 category three men enter with a World Championship standard; Alister McQueen of Calgary, Alta., who just recently set a new Canadian record has the A. Jackie Marciano and Phillipe Poulin, both hailing from Halifax, N.S., have B standards. In the T42 category Earle Connor of Calgary, Alta., has the A standard, Earle finished fourth in this event at the 2012 Paralympic Games.
- Women’s ambulatory 100-metres (FINAL Saturday 10:55 a.m.) Virginia McLachlan of Windsor, Ont., leads the way in the women’s ambulatory sprints having the World Championship elite standard in the 100 and 200-metres. She won bronze in both events at the 2012 Paralympic Games.
- Women’s T52 classification 100-metres (FINAL Thursday 10:55 a.m.) Michelle Stilwell of Nanoose Bay, B.C., won silver in this event at the 2012 Paralympic Games. At those same Games she won gold in the 200-metres.
- Women’s T54 classification 800-metres (FINAL Sunday 1:34 p.m.) Keira-Lyn Frie of Saskatoon, Sask., and Diane Roy of Sherbrooke, Que., lead the way in this event. Frie, who represented Canada at the 2012 Paralympic Games in four events, holds a World Championship B standard in the 800-metres. Roy, a multiple Paralympic Games medalist, also has a World Championship B standard. She was a finalist in this event at the London Games.
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