While the global championships are done for the season, there are still quite a few regional championships and events that HepsNation will be looking to dominate.
Regional action begins tomorrow night in Kamloops, British Columbia, where the North American, Central American, and Carribean (NACAC) Under-23 Championships will be contested. From what limited team rosters we’ve seen so far, we know of two Princeton Tigers who will be competing for Team USA. Eddie Owens will race in the men’s steeplechase on Friday night at 8:25pm EDT, while new alumnus Chris Bendtsen will be racing the men’s 10,000m run on Sunday at 3:35pm EDT.
Switching time zones, from Pacific back to Eastern – This Sunday, Kyle Merber, Liam Boylan-Pett, Kate Grace, and Morgan Uceny will be racing at the Michigan Track Classic (formerly the Running Institute Mile) in Saline, Mich. Merber and Boylan-Pett will be racing the mile while Grace and Uceny will be entered in the inaugural 800m event. Last year, the event drew around 4,000 spectators to watch if the the state’s mile record would be broken. New Zealand’s Nick Willis won last year’s race in 3:56.57, leading the top 7 finishers under the 4:00 barrier (including Dan Lowry and Boylan-Pett). The women’s 800m will start at 7:30pm EDT while the men’s mile will take place at 7:45pm EDT. The image above is from last year’s competition.
Time to jump continents – both the African and European Athletics Championships will be contested next week. The African Athletics Championships will be held in Marrakech, Morroco. We know for that Harvard’s Nikki Okwelogu will be continuing her global track tour by competing in the shot put and discus throws for Team Nigeria. The discus throw will be contested first, on August 12th at 1:35pm EDT, with the shot put slotted for August 14th at 1:40pm EDT. Meanwhile, the European Athletics Championships will be held in Zurich, Switzerland. Olympian Lisa (Stublic) Nemec will be competing in the women’s marathon on August 16th for Team Croatia. If you want to follow that action, you will need to get up VERY early – 3am EDT is the start time for the marathon.
As always, feel free to contact us if you know of anyone who we have not mentioned who will be racing at any of these events.