National Track League kicks off with 29 Olympic standards, 8 new NTL and 1 Canadian record

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BURNABY (ISN) –
The 2012 National Track League (NTL) got off to a hot start at the Harry Jerome International Track Classic yesterday in Burnaby, B.C., which counted competitors from more than ten countries.

The Harry Jerome saw 29 Olympic standards set, including 16 by Canadian athletes, eight new NTL records, four of them by Canadians, and a new Canadian record in the women’s javelin by Elizabeth Gleadle of Vancouver, B.C.

5 Olympic A standards, 4 by Canadians

Gleadle’s new Canadian record of 61.15-metres in the women’s javelin was also good for an Olympic A standard.

Dylan Armstrong of Kamloops, B.C., won the men’s shot put with an Olympic A standard of 21.24-metres. Armstrong also earned eight points in the NTL shot put standings.

Jessica Smith of North Vancouver, B.C., got the A standard in the women’s 800-metres which she just missed last weekend on Hollister Night at the Prefontaine Classic in Oregon. Smith raced to an exciting first place finish in front of a hometown crowd in 1:59.86, just under the A standard of 1:59.90. Smith earned eight points in the NTL 800-metre standings.

In the 100-metre hurdles heptathlete Jessica Zelinka of Calgary, Alta., finished ahead of an impressive field to take the win in a new personal best and Olympic A standard of 12.76 seconds. Zelinka is the sixth Canadian hurdler to reach the Olympic A standard. She also counts the A standard in the heptathlon. Zelinka’s win earned her eight points in the NTL 100-metre hurdles standings. She also placed third in the long jump which earned her five points in the NTL long jump standings.

Khadevis Robinson of the United States took the win in the men’s 800-metres in an Olympic A standard time of 1:45.16.

24 Olympic B standards, 12 by Canadians

WOMEN

Event

Performance

Hometown

100-metre hurdles

Ginnie Crawford

12.87

USA

Perdita Felicien

12.96

Pickering, Ont.

Angela Whyte

13.00

Edmonton, Alta.

Nikkita Holder

13.01

Pickering, Ont.

800m

Alice Schmidt

1:59.93

USA

Melissa Bishop

2:00.45

Eganville, Ont.

Lemlem Ogbasilassie

2:00.82

Montreal, Que.

Diane Cummins

2:01.11

Victoria, B.C.

1500m

Nicole Sifuentes

4:06.90

Winnipeg, Man.

Gabrielle Anderson

4:07.04

USA

Brenda Martinez

4:07.70

USA

Pole vault

Mélanie Blouin

4.40m

Québec, Que.

Hammer throw

Sultana Frizell

69.74m

Perth, Ont.

MEN

800m

Duane Solomon

1:45.66

USA

Brandon Johnson

1:46.23

USA

Geoff Harris

1:46.29

Halifax, N.S.

1500m

Andrew Wheating

3:35.89

USA

Jordan McNamara

3:36.03

USA

Garrett Heath

3:36.43

USA

Matthew Centrowitz

3:37.22

USA

Craig Miller

3:37.53

USA

Jack Bolas

3:37.67

USA

High jump

Mike Mason

2.28m

Nanoose Bay, B.C.

Javelin throw

Curtis Moss

80.43m

Burnaby, B.C.

Canada’s very own international track and field grand prix series continues this week with stops two and three of six in Victoria, B.C., on June 13 and in Edmonton, Alta., on June 16.

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