Seven Olympians slated to compete as McGill set to host largest indoor track meet in Canada, Jan. 24-25
Seven Olympians have confirmed their participation for the 19th annual McGill Team Challenge track and field meet, Jan. 24-25. The two-day competition, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the Richard Tomlinson Fieldhouse on the campus of McGill University, will feature about 900 athletes and is annually the largest indoor track meet in Canada.
The event is also expected to draw a record 30 university teams this year -- surpassing the previous mark of 27 -- all hoping to reach qualifying standards for the CIS national championships in Edmonton, March 6-8.
Olympians competing include Luguelin Santos, Jenna Martin, Daundre Barnaby, Sarah Wells, Melissa Bishop, Taylor Milne and Hank Palmer.
Santos, a native of the Dominican Republic who will compete in the 300m and 600m this weekend, won silver in the 400m at the 2012 London Olympics. Others from the London Games -- each of them Canadians -- include Martin (300m), who hails from Liverpool, N.S., Barnaby (300m, 600m) of Brampton, Ont., Wells (300m) from Unionville, Ont., and Bishop (800m) of Eganville, Ont.
Milne (3000m) of Callender, Ont., and Palmer (60m) from Montreal, both competed at the Beijing Games in 2008. Other nationally-carded athletes competing will be Karine Belleau-Béliveau (800m) of Montreal and Kimberley Hyacinthe (60m, 300m) of Terrebonne, Que.
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