Trinity Western University alum Regan Yee (South Hazelton, B.C.) earned the IAAF World Championship standard in the 3000m steeplechase with a personal record time of 9:35.49 as she finished first at the Sunset Tour at Azusa Pacific University (Azusa, Calif.) Tuesday.
The result puts Yee in a position to potentially become the first Spartan to compete at the IAAF World Championships. Yee will now prepare for the Canadian Championships and Selection Trials in Montreal July 25-28 before competing in the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru. This year’s World Championships are in Doha, Qatar from September 26th to October 6th.
Prior to Tuesday’s race, Yee had previously missed the IAAF World Championship standard by just 0.06 after winning the Harry Jerome Track Classic (June 20) in 9:40.06.
Yee finished her Spartans career as a three-time national champion on the track, winning U SPORTS gold in in the 3000m in both 2016 and 2018 and in the 1500m in 2018. All told, she finished her Spartans track career with five U SPORTS medals and eight Canada West medals in her five years at TWU. In her final year, 2017-18, she was named TWU’s Female Athlete of the Year. She also holds TWU’s indoor school records in the 800m (2:07.97), the 1000m (2:42.99) and the 3000m (8:58.29).