The crowd attending Saturday’s 2018 Grand Prix d’Athlétisme de Montréal was treated to a Canadian record, four Canadian wins and a number of world-class performances.
In Round 1 of the international women’s shot put competition, Brittany Crew of East York, Ont., launched a toss of 18.20-metres. The mark broke the Canadian record she set last December and earned the silver medal behind winner Jeneva Stevens of the U.S. (18.55-metres). Stevens performance on Saturday makes her currently #3 in the world.
Johnathan Cabral of Péribonka, Que., continued his fine form this indoor season with a win in the international men’s 60-metre hurdles. Cabral’s time in both the heats and finals qualify him for the IAAF World Indoor Championships.
In her first race back from an injury at last summer’s IPC World Athletics Championships, Marissa Papaconstantinou of Toronto, was back at full-strength. Papaconstantinou won the international paraplympic 200-metres in a time of 28.65.
After breaking the Canadian 300-metre record last weekend in New York, Sage Watson of Medicine Hat, Alta., had expectations of running fast 400-metres this weekend in Montreal. While the time wasn’t to her liking, Watson took home the win in 53.51 and sets her sights with the goal of a podium finish at this year’s Commonwealth Games.
Fending off a strong challenge from Sarah Vaughn of the USA, Kate Vanbuskirk of Brampton, Ont., used a strong final circuit to win the international women’s 1500-metres. Vanbuskirk, who’s broken the Canadian mile record and become #2 all-time at 3000-metres, crossed the line in 4:32.37, followed closely by Vaughn in 4:33.00.
In the women’s 60-metres, currently world leader Murielle Ahouré proved to be the class of the field blazing to the win in 7.11 seconds. Crystal Emmanuel of Pickering, Ont., placed third in 7.28 seconds, which is under the IAAF World Championships standard.
Other international event winners included: Peter Callahan of Belgium in the men’s mile (4:02.31); Jarvis Gotch of the USA in the men’s long jump (7.82m); Nnenya Hailey of the USA in the women’s 60-metre hurdles (8.16); Jeff Demps of the USA in the men’s 60-metres (6.61)
The 2018 Hershey Canadian Indoor U18 / U20 Championships continue and take center stage on Sunday.
2018 Grand Prix d’Athlétisme de Montréal
International Shot put - Women: Jeneva Stevens, USA, 18.55m
Masters 800-metres - Women: Mary Unsworth, Muskoka Algo, 2:18.16
Masters 800-metres - Men: Patrice Doucet, Club Milpat, 2:06.07
National 200-metres - Women: Catherine Léger, Québec, 25.19
National 200-metres - Men: Dustie Joseph, Québec, 22.41
Paralympic 200-metres - Women: Marissa Papaconstantinou, Canada, 28.65
International Mile - Men: Peter Callahan, Belgium, 4:02.31
International Long jump - Men: Jarvis Gotch, USA, 7.82m
Masters 60-metres - Women: Sheree Mullings, Jamcan International, 8.47
Masters 60-metres - Men: Alex Gbaguidi, University of Toronto Track & Field Club, 7.24
International 400-metres - Women: Sage Watson, Canada, 53.51
International Mile - Women: Kate Vanbuskirk, Canada, 4:32.37
International 60-metres hurdles - Women: Nnenya Hailey, USA, 8.16
International 60-metres hurdles - Men: Johnathan Cabral, Canada, 7.70
International 60-metres - Men: Jeff Demps, USA, 6.61
International 60-metres - Women: Murielle Ahouré, 7.11
Day 1 Champions - 2018 Hershey Canadian Indoor U18 / U20 Championships
U18 3000-metres racewalk - Women: Audrey McCarthy, Peterborough, 16:18.94
U20 3000-metres racewalk - Women: Élisabeth Simard, Mille Pays-Des-Bleuets, 16:27.66
U18 200-metres - Women: Shelby MacIssac, A.S.E.A., 25.52
U20 200-metres - Women: Skyy Dion, The Gazelles, 25.77
U18 200-metres - Men: Jordan Henri, A.S.E.A., 22.06
U20 200-metres - Men: Sheldon Louza, Calgary International, 22.90
U18 3000-metres - Women: Erin Vringer, St. John Track Club, 10:28.62
U20 3000-metres - Women:Rachel Walton, Unattached, 13:15.98
U18 3000-metres - Men: Philippe Morneau-Cartier, C.A.U.L., 9:20.72
U20 3000-metres - Men: Levi Moulton, Unattached, 9:14.23
U16 800-metres - Women: Krissy Petrou, The Gazelles, 2:26.78
U18 800-metres - Women: Remy Cattell, Central Toronto Track & Field Club, 2:17.04
U20 800-metres - Women: Charlotte Wood, Central Ontario Rogues, 2:16.34
U16 800-metres - Men: Owen Pinto, Ocean Athletics, 2:04.02
U18 800-metres - Men: Liam Rivard, Central Toronto Track and Field Club, 1:56.17
U18 Pentathlon - Men: Mackenzie Stathis, Lachine, 3235 points
U20 Pentathlon - Men: Micahel Johnson, Pearlgate Track and Field Club, 2690 points
U18 Pentathlon - Women: Chloé Royce, Dynamique de Laval, 3457 points
U20 Pentathlon - Women: Sophie Black, A.S.E.A., 2904 points
U18 60-metre hurdles - Women: Adriana Phan, Rive-Sud, 8.92
U20 60-metre hurdles - Women: Tyra Boug, Invictus Athletics, 8.98
U16 60-metre hurdles - Men: Ryder King, Etobicoke Track and Field Club, 9.98
U18 60-metre hurdles - Men: Adam Exley, Invictus Athletics, 8.21
U20 60-metre hurdles - Men: Khyani Reid, Calgary International, 8.24
U18 High jump - Women: Bryanna Reid, Dynamique de Laval, 1.62m
U20 High jump - Women: Annie Durand-Marandi, Adrénaline, 1.59m
U18 Long jump - Men: Aaron Barton, Brantford T.F.C., 6.25m
U20 Long jump - Men: Frédéric Hannah, Tarus, 6.62m
U18 Shot put - Women: Anne-Marie Gagnon, Dynamique de Laval, 12.45m
U20 Shot put - Women: Trinity Tutti, Sisu Throws Club, 13.66m
U18 Pole vault - Men: Samuel Musto, Dynamique de Laval, 3.95m
U20 Pole vault - Men: Gabriel Pelletier, Sherbrooke, 4.25m
U18 Triple jump - Women: Jada Roach, Saskatoon Track & Field Club, 11.52m
U20 Triple jump - Women: Victoria Murphy, Dynamique de Laval, 9.55m