Run­ning with Canada’s best

P.E.I. will com­pete in the 4x100-me­tre re­lay tonight

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY JA­SON MAL­LOY

Prince Ed­ward Is­land will run in the 4x100-me­tre men’s re­lay A fi­nal tonight af­ter set­ting a new pro­vin­cial record in their heats on Mon­day.

The team of Zach Wil­son, Owen Mac­Fadyen, Daniel Whalen and Da­mon MacDon­ald ran 43.26 to fin­ish third in their heat and qual­ify eighth for the eight-team A fi­nal.

The for­mer pro­vin­cial record was 43.56, but when it was set was not im­me­di­ately avail­able.

Coach Colin MacA­dam, who is at­tend­ing his ninth Canada Games, said there is no com­pla­cency among his sprint­ers af­ter mak­ing the A fi­nal.

“They’re 100 per cent fo­cused on (im­prov­ing) what didn’t go 100 per cent (in the heat),’’ he said, in­clud­ing try­ing to im­prove a cou­ple of passes.

The four ath­letes are mak­ing their first trip to the Canada Games while Wil­son and Mac­Fadyen, both Corn­wall res­i­dents, are el­i­gi­ble to com­pete in the 2021 Games in Ni­a­gara, Ont. “That’s a young team,’’ MacA­dam said. “When it’s your first time here it’s in­tim­i­dat­ing,”

He cred­ited the Le­gion Na­tional Youth Track and Field Cham­pi­onships with giv­ing ath­letes a chance to com­pete at na­tion­als. The Canada Games is the next step for ath­letes.

Is­land track and field ath­letes have set a num­ber of per­sonal bests dur­ing this week’s Games.

MacDon­ald and Bai­ley Smith each set per­sonal best (PB) times in the 200 me­tre. MacDon­ald fin­ished in 22.63 and Smith 24.67 in wind-aided times. Both will run in Friday’s B fi­nals.

Mal­colm Gil­man’s new PB in the javelin is 48.25 to fin­ish 10th in the 18-thrower field.

Triple jumper Tori Ho­gan set a new per­sonal best of 9.98 while Kylee Wal­lace had one of her best jumps (10.47) in a cou­ple of years.

MacDon­ald

Mac­Fadyen

Wil­son

Whe­lan

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