Edmonton - The first Olympic track final of day two at the 2016 Canadian Championships and Rio Selection Trial was one to remember. Coming into the race, three women had achieved the Olympic standard: Sage Watson of Medicine Hat, Alta., Chanice Chase of Toronto, and Sarah Wells of Unionville, Ont. After missing the qualification time by .02 seconds in the semi-final, the pressure was on Noelle Montcalm of Belle River, Ont. Along with achieving the time she needed, Montcalm claimed the Canadian title winning in a time of 55.83. Rounding out the podium were Watson in second (55.88) and Chase in third (56.05).
Diane Roy of Sherbrooke, Que., took on the competition and strong winds to win the women’s wheelchair 800-metres. The five-time Paralympic Games medallist clocked a time of 2:04.67. In junior competition, Gabrielle Rains of Edmonton set a championship record in the discus with a toss of 49.53-metres. Rains will represent Canada later this month at the IAAF World under-20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
In the senior women’s javelin, Elizabeth Gleadle of Vancouver recorded the five furthest throws of the competition to take home the win. Her best effort of 59.36-metres came in round three, less than a metre shy of her championship record.
With five women holding the Olympic standard, the women’s steeplechase final was a dramatic way to end day two. A strong move with 1-kilometre to go by Geneviève Lalonde of Moncton, N.B., broke apart the field. Only Erin Teschuk of Winnipeg and Maria Bernard of Calgary were able to go with her. Over the final lap Teschuk’s kick was the best of the trio as she claimed the title in a new championship record of 9:50.99. Bernard got the better of Lalonde down the homestretch for the runner-up spot.
Day 2 Canadian Champions
Gabrielle Rains - Junior Women Discus, 49.53m *Championship Record
Sean Bergman - Junior Men 3000m Steeplechase, 9:14.92
Catherine Partlow - Women Ambulatory 400m, 1:08.60
Agnes Esser - Senior Women Discus, 50.32m
Liam Stanley - Men Ambulatory 800m, 2:06.23
Jonathan Raspanti - Junior Men Discus, 50.27m
Khalil Parris - Senior Men 400m Hurdles, 51.49
Jacob McLennan - Junior Men 400m Hurdles, 53.43
Noelle Montcalm - Senior Women 400m Hurdles, 55.83
Xahria Santiago - Junior Women 400m Hurdles, 58.02
Evan Karakolis - Senior Men Javelin, 71.77m
Shaunelle Gregory - Women Ambulatory Long Jump, 4.64m
Luxon Glor - Junior Men Triple Jump, 14.46m
Dallyssa Huggins - Junior Women High Jump, 1.71m
Ken Trudgeon - Men Shot Put, 13.85m
Diane Roy - Women 800m, 2:04.67
Austin Smeenk - Men T34/T51/T52 400m, 54.15
Jean-Philippe Maranda - Men T53 400m, 53.94
Curtis Thom - Men T54 400m, 49.55
Elizabeth Gleadle - Senior Women Javelin, 59.36
Aaron Hernandez - Senior Men Triple Jump, 15.26m
Joel Della Siega - Junior Men High Jump, 2.10m
Joseph Maxwell - Junior Men Shot Put, 18.12m
Marc-Antoine Lafrenaye-Dugas - Senior Men Discus, 18.12m
Erin Teschuk - Senior Women 3000m Steeplechase, 9:50.99 *Championship Record
What to watch on Day 3
Pole Vault Senior Men Final (4:45pm) Standard = 5.70m
At age 21, Shawn Barber of Toronto won the 2015 IAAF world title in the pole vault. With a clearance of 5.91-metres, Barber currently sits number three in the 2016 world rankings as he looks to add another championship gold medal to his collection.
Shot Put Senior Women (5:30pm) Final Standard = 17.50m
Taryn Suttie of Saskatoon has the best throw by a Canadian in 2016 (17.88m). Suttie and last summer’s FISU bronze medallist, Brittany Crew of East York, Ont., have looked great this season. Each hopes to continue that trend at the Trials to earn a spot in Rio.
400m Senior Women Final (6:50pm) Standard = 52.50
Carline Muir of Edmonton represented Canada last summer at the World Championships in the 400-metres. Muir recently ran a personal best of 51.05 at a meet in Spain. Kendra Clark, also of Edmonton, was the fastest from Friday’s semifinals, keep an eye on her. Micha Powell of Toronto also has Olympic standard and is looking to challenge for a trip to Rio.
High Jump Senior Men Final (7:00pm) Standard = 2.29m
After winning Olympic bronze in 2012, Derek Drouin of Corunna, Ont., brought home gold from the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, China. The Canadian record holder is looking to sharpen his technique to jump on the podium again this summer in Rio. Looking to get the better of Drouin will be 2012 Olympic teammate, Michael Mason of Vancouver.
1500m Senior Women Final (7:10pm) Standard = 4:07.00
After a number of solid results this year, 2015 Canadian champion Nicole Sifuentes of Winnipeg looks ready to defend. She’ll need to be on top of her game as she’ll get a challenge from 2012 Olympic semifinalist, Hilary Stellingwerff of Sarnia, Ont., CIS standout and 2016 FISU silver medallist, Gabriela Stafford of Toronto, and the 2015 Pan Am Games bronze medallist Sasha Gollish of Toronto.
1500m Senior Men Finals (7:20pm) Standard = 3:36.20
The 1500-metres in a championship setting can be unpredictable. Two-time Olympian Nate Brannen of Cambridge, Ont., looks to secure his third trip to the Olympic Games and challenge for the Canadian crown. Charles Philibert-Thiboutot of Quebec, Que., reached the semi-final round of the 2015 IAAF World Championships, and was last year’s silver medallist in Edmonton. Last year’s champion, Thomas Riva of Qualicum Beach, B.C., used a blistering kick over the final lap to secure victory. We’ll have to wait and see if Riva, Ross Proundfoot, Justyn Knight of Toronto or Adam Palamar of Ottawa are ready to earn a spot on the podium.
Hammer Senior Women Final (7:30pm) Standard = 71.00m
Canadian record holder Sultana Frizell of Perth, Ont., will be challenged by fellow 2012 Olympian, Heather Steacy of Lethbridge, Alta. The delicate balance of agility, speed and power needed for this discipline is awe-inspiring and must be watched in person to be fully appreciated.
1500m Men Wheelchair Final (7:30pm)
The trio of Alex Dupont of Clarenceville, Que., Joshua Cassidy of Guelph, Ont., and Tristan Smyth of Vancouver each have achieved the Paralympic Games standard and will put on a good show for the crowd. Dupont, the 2015 Parapan Am Games champion at the distance, should be in for a good battle against Cassidy and Smith.
100m Senior Women Semifinal (5:35pm); Final (7:40pm) Standard = 11.32
Look out for three stalwarts of the Canadian women’s 4x100-metres squad, Khamica Bingham of Caledon, Ont., Crystal Emmanuel of Pickering, Ont., Kimberly Hyacinthe of Lachenaie, Que. 2015 Canadian 100-metre champion Bingham has been battling injury issues, this race could be a battle.
100m Senior Men Semifinal (5:50pm); Final (7:50pm) Standard = 10.16
2015 World Championship bronze medallist and 2015 Pan Am Champ, Andre De Grasse of Markham, Ont., Aaron Brown of Toronto, Gavin Smellie of Etobicoke, Ont., Akeem Haynes of Calgary and Justyn Warner of Markham, Ont., each have achieved the Olympic standard. The battle between the two sub-10 second men, De Grasse and Brown, should make for an exciting final and one of the most highly anticipated head to head match ups at the Trials.
3000m Senior Men Steeplechase Final (8:00pm) Standard = 8:30.00
The withdrawal of 2012 Olympian Alex Genest leaves a talented trio of Canadian steeplechasers: 2015 Pan American Games gold medallist Matt Hughes of Oshawa, Ont., 1500-metres 2008 Olympian Taylor Milne of Callander, Ont., 2013 World Championship team member Chris Winter of Vancouver to challenge for the three podium spots. Hughes is the Canadian record holder and has had the upper hand at the Championships over the past few years.