Canadian Operating and Beneath Armour have teamed up for the 2024 Canadian U Sports activities indoor observe and box season to spotlight one of the peak 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 subsequent month, Canadian Operating will make a selection one female and male observe and box athlete because the Beneath Armour Athlete of the Week.
The award will move to a female and male U Sports activities observe and box athlete who accomplished a standout efficiency, broke a college report or beaten a private easiest. Those athletes might be featured on Canadian Operating and awarded an Beneath Armour prize pack that includes the brand new UA Endless Elite coaching shoe. This week we spotlight every other two sensational athletes: middle-distance runner Dawson Mann of the College of Manitoba and sprinter Amy Stieh of Lakehead College, for his or her performances between Jan. 29 and Feb. 4.
Feminine Athlete of the Week: Amy Stieh–ladies’s 300m
On the Jim Daly Bison Vintage in Manitoba closing weekend, Amy Stieh of Thunder Bay, Ont., gained the ladies’s 300m in a season’s easiest time of 39.84. Even if her time fell wanting her faculty’s program report set on the identical meet in 2020, she nonetheless claimed victory within the brief dash by way of greater than a 2d.
Stieh, who generally specializes in the 400m distance, has shifted her consideration to the longer 600m tournament this U Sports activities indoor season. “It’s thrilling to look that I will run some rapid 300m occasions,” says Stieh. “It used to be a excellent race. I used to be in a position to execute the race plan for the place I’m within the season presently.”
With the 2024 Canadian U Sports activities Observe and Box Championships in Winnipeg only a month away, Stieh goals to compete within the 300m/600m double and hopes to win a number of medals. “I wish to medal within the 600m. It’ll be a quick workforce of women, so I’m excited to be a part of it,” says Stieh. I additionally assume we now have an excellent chance to medal within the dash relays. To this point this 12 months, we’ve damaged the college report within the 4×200 and four×400 more than one occasions,” she says.
Subsequent 12 months will mark Stieh’s ultimate 12 months competing for the Lakehead Thunderwolves, however she plans to proceed competing post-collegiately. “I wish to run for Crew Canada across the world within the 400m,” says Stieh. “At this time, I’m simply going to benefit from the procedure, after which see what I will do at the out of doors circuit.”
Male Athlete of the Week: Dawson Mann–males’s 600m
College of Manitoba runner Dawson Mann has been dominant this season. He has gained 3 of his closing 4 races and ran the quickest 600m time of the 2024 U Sports activities season, clocking 1:18.53 on the Jim Daly Bison Vintage closing weekend. Mann’s time used to be an indoor non-public easiest and his quickest time on a 200m observe.
Regardless of posting the quickest U Sports activities time this season and being the top-ranked runner within the 600m tournament, Mann used to be nonetheless “pissed off” together with his efficiency. “I sought after to steer the race from the beginning and run 1:17, however I used to be in 2d on the cut-in and needed to wait till the overall lap [of three] to make a transfer,” he says. “I’m nonetheless satisfied to get the win, and in a private easiest time.”
Mann has set lofty targets for this season, particularly with the U Sports activities championships going down at his house observe in Winnipeg. “Final 12 months I ended fourth within the 600m, so this 12 months I wish to be at the podium,” Mann says. “I’m taking pictures for gold within the 600m, gold within the 4x400m, and gold within the 4x800m.”
Taking a look past this season, he plans on becoming a member of the Canadian Observe and Box League (CTFL) and competing on the Bell Olympic Observe and Box trials in Montreal in June. “My primary purpose will simply be to proceed to decrease my non-public bests within the 400m and the 800m,” says Mann.
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