© Copyright - 2012 - Athletics Illustrated Thirty-one-year old Canadian Olympian Jessica Zelinka, is currently ranked seventh in the world in both the 100m hurdles as well as the heptathlon.
© Copyright - 2012 - Athletics Illustrated Black Creek, British Columbia’s Cameron Levins and Katey, Texas native Kimberlyn Duncan are the 2012 recipients of the The Bowerman. The 2012 edition was the fourth annual presentation of the award and were handed out Wednesday, December 19th to the best male and female track and field athletes in the NCAA.
Athletics Canada OTTAWA - Athletics Canada announced today its 2012 annual award winners with Jessica Zelinka of London, Ont., getting the nod in three categories. Zelinka was chosen as outstanding athlete of the year, as most outstanding athlete in track events and as the combined events athlete of the year. The winners are chosen by Athletics Canada's Awards Committee from the nominee pool put forward by the athletics community. The award recipients will be honoured at the 2013 Canadian Championships in Moncton, N.B., which take place June 20-23.
Eighteen-year old Tyler Smith of Wetaskiwin, Alberta is one of Canada’s top 800m runners and he still attends high school. He owns a personal best time of 1:47.96, which he accomplished in 2012, as a 17-year-old, Grade 11 student. Smith currently competes for Wetaskiwin Composite High School Track & Field and Cross Country team.
© Copyright - 2012 - Athletics Illustrated Michelle Kinsella Twenty-one year old Michelle Kinsella (formerly Theophille), of Whitby, Ontario competes in the first division of the NCAA for the University of Louisville Cardinals. Kinsella specializes in the high jump. She has won All-American honours multiple times and won the Hoosier Open on December 7th, the first meet of the season. She cleared her first three attempts as she jumped over the bar at 1.83m and then set the school record of 1.85m in her final attempt.
© Copyright – 2012 – Athletics Illustrated Steve Magness writes science-based running and training articles primarily for the website The Science of Running. Magness is an assistant coach with Sara Hall at the University of Houston, his alma mater. Previously he was an assistant coach at Nike Oregon Project, leading up to the 2012 London Olympic Games.
© Copyright - 2012 - Athletics Illustrated While distance running fans await for results and discuss the merits of the joining of America's current, fastest marathon runner and the World's currently most successful distance coach, I am going to have a little fun predicting the outcome.
© Copyright - 2012 - Athletics Illustrated Amateur Sport in Canada remains largely underfunded, for example in the sport of athletics there are two funding levels available by the National Sporting Organization (NSO) Athletics Canada. Athletics Canada offers athletes either $900 per month for developing athletes who: 'have demonstrated to the satisfaction of the National Training Centre (NTC) that they are on a path to earn a Senior card in the future', or $1500 per month should an athlete who 'finished in the Top 16 and top ½ of the field at the IAAF Senior World Championships or the Olympic Games (for individual events) or in the Top 8 and top ½ of the field at the IAAF Senior World Championships or the Olympic Games (for relays)'.
© Copyright - 2012 - Athletics Illustrated Twenty-three year old Kate Harrison of Toronto, Ontario, graduated from NCAA Division 1 West Virginia University in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Exercise Physiology. She competed as a U of WV Mountaineer for three years after having red-shirted the 2008 indoor and outdoor seasons. Harrison was named first team All-American after placing second at the 2011 NCAA Championships. She finished first at the NCAA East Regional in the 10000m earning a personal-best time of 33:48.64.
OTTAWA- The 2012 Canadian Cross Country Championships take place this Saturday November 24th in Jericho Park Vancouver, B.C., serving as the selection meet for both the 2013 NACAC (North America Central America and Caribbean) Cross Country Championships and IAAF World Cross Country Championships.
© Copyright - 2012 - Athletics Illustrated Marcie Good Jessica Smith ran a personal best in the 800 metres of 1:59.86 last summer at the Harry Jerome International Track Classic, qualifying for her first Olympic Games. In London, she placed second in her heat, and then seventh in the third semi-final (2:01.90). The 23-year-old is now finishing the last semester of her degree at Simon Fraser University with a criminology major and an education minor. At the BC Cross Country Championships on Oct. 27 she placed eighth. She has competed in cross country regularly, and at last year’s national meet she placed 10th.
© Copyright - 2012 - Athletics Illustrated Mohammed (Mo) Ahmed of St. Catherines, Ontario is a distance runner who has run 10,000m as fast as 27 minutes and 34 seconds, the third fastest in Canadian history behind number two Cameron Levins, with his 27:27 and Simon Bairu’s 27:23. His talent however, may be overshadowed by Levins. The 2012 Canadian Cross Country Championships may be an opportunity for Ahmed to step out front.
© Copyright - 2012 - Athletics Illustrated Jim Clifford The entries have closed for Athletics Canada's 2012 Cross Country Championships that takes place in Vancouver, BC on Saturday, November 24th at Jericho Beach. The fields for this event are outstanding; the deepest in many years.
© Copyright - 2012 - Athletics Illustrated Twenty-three year old Kelly Wiebe from Swift Current, Saskatchewan will be competing in the 2012 Canadian Cross Country Championships Saturday, November 24th in Vancouver, BC. He is fresh off the CIS Canadian Cross Country Championships win, where he finished in the time of 30 minutes and 21 seconds. Wiebe helped his University of Regina Cougars to a 7th place finish overall.