Canadian Operating and Below Armour have teamed up for the 2024 Canadian U Sports activities indoor observe and box season to focus on one of the most most sensible homegrown abilities around the nation. Each and every week main as much as the 2024 U Sports activities Indoor Observe and Box Championships in Winnipeg this March, Canadian Operating will choose one female and male observe and box athlete because the Below Armour Athlete of the Week.
Each and every week, the award will cross to a female and male U Sports activities observe and box athlete who accomplished a standout efficiency, broke a faculty report or overwhelmed a private ideal. Each and every week of the U Sports activities 2024 season, those athletes shall be featured on Canadian Operating and awarded an Below Armour prize pack. This week we spotlight two sensational athletes: middle-distance runner Max Davies of Guelph College and 60m sprinter Audrey Leduc of Université Laval for his or her performances between Jan. 22-28.
Feminine Athlete of the Week: Audrey Leduc–ladies’s 60m
Laval sprinter Audrey Leduc had a weekend to bear in mind on the McGill Staff Problem in Montreal on Jan 26-27. The 24-year-old industry pupil from Gatineau, Que., clocked a brand new private ideal of seven.29 seconds within the ladies’s 60m, equalling the quickest 60m time by way of a Canadian girl in 2024. Leduc’s time broke Laval’s 60m faculty report of seven.31 seconds, set in 2009. However Leduc was once no longer finished; she additionally helped the Laval ladies’s 4x200m relay group to gold on the McGill Staff Problem, environment a brand new faculty, convention and Quebec provincial report of one:37.66. To most sensible it off, she completed 2nd within the lengthy bounce, with a season’s-best bounce of five.75 metres.
“I may just no longer be happier with my race,” Leduc informed Canadian Operating about her 60m efficiency. “Atmosphere the college report has been a function for the reason that first day I got here to Université Laval.” Her time additionally equals the Quebec provincial 60m report of seven.29 seconds, set by way of Kimberly Hyacinthe in 2014.
Leduc has lofty objectives for the rest of the U Sports activities season. “I need to win the 60 metres and shield my lengthy bounce name,” she says. Outdoor of U Sports activities, her dream is to be at the Canadian Olympic group in Paris. “I need to qualify for the 100m and the 4x100m relay group,” says Leduc.
Male Athlete of the Week: Max Davies–males’s 1,500m
Canada has its seventy fifth sub-four-minute miler, and his title is Max Davies. On Saturday on the Penn State Open in College Park, Penn., Davies received the boys’s mile in a brand new Guelph Gryphons faculty report time of three:59.24. His time surpassed his former teammate Alec Purnell’s report of three:59.72 from closing yr. Davies was once no longer completed; the 20-year-old additionally earned an enormous new private ideal within the 3,000m, recording the quickest time by way of a Canadian U Sports activities athlete this yr (8:00.24).
Davies informed Canadian Operating that breaking the four-minute mile mark has been a function since he began operating. “I’m more than pleased with my performances and satisfied to name myself a sub-4 miler,” he says. His function was once additionally to wreck the eight-minute mark for 3K, however since he does no longer race over 3,000m very a lot, he says he can’t bitch about having accomplished a private ideal.
Regardless of becoming a member of the sub-four-minute mile membership, Davies is keen to get again at the observe to race any other mile, however this time in Boston. “The function is to have some a laugh and race speedy at OUAs and U Sports activities,” he says. “I’m making plans on operating the 1,500m, 1,000m, and the 4x800m relay.”
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