Robyn Woods

OTTAWA- The National Track League (NTL) announced today that 12 events will score across the series in this summer’s edition of the international track and field grand prix series taking place in six Canadian cities. Last season ten events were recognized series wide with NTL champions crowned in each. NTL scoring events are offered on a minimum of three occasions in the series providing athletes with opportunities to earn points in the hopes of securing NTL championship trophies and cash prizes. Events not recognized with NTL status may still be offered on a meet by meet basis at the discretion of each competitions’ organizing committee.

The six men’s events are the 100-metres, 800-metres, 1500-metres, shot put, javelin throw, and high jump. For the women the 100-metre hurdles, 400-metres, 800-metres, 1500-metres, hammer throw and the long jump will hold NTL status. The events are chosen by the NTL Committee using a number of variables including facility layouts, overall length of program and Canadian depth.

The 2012 series begins June 10 in Vancouver, B.-C., with the Harry Jerome International, and will continue with stops in Victoria (June 13), Edmonton (June 16), Moncton (July 5), Halifax (July 8) and concluding with the Finale in Toronto on July 11. By overlapping the Olympic/Paralympic Track & Field Trials (June 27-30), NTL 2012 will provide athletes with three great Olympic standard opportunities followed by three opportunities to sharpen their performances after the Trials.