Surin wins 100m, Boswell takes HJ
By JIM MORRIS -- Canadian Press
VICTORIA -- While Bruny Surin celebrated his 100-metre victory Saturday a new sprinter burst onto the scene at the Canadian track and field championships.
In high jump, Mark Boswell of Brampton, Ont., won the Canadian title with a leap of 2.31 metres, edging teammate and friend Kwaku Boateng of Montreal, who cleared 2.28 metres.
Surin won the marquee race in a wind-aided 10.05 seconds, his fastest time this season, but questions swirled over which relay runners will make the trip to the Sydney Olympics.
"I wasn't so much worried about the time," said Surin, who was cheered on by a sun-soaked crowd of 5,000 at Centennial Stadium at the University of Victoria.
"I just wanted to win and run a good race technically. The main thing is to stay healthy and everything will be taken of."
Surin, who will go to the Games as Canada's best medal threat in the 100 metres, said he felt his hamstring tighten in the race but doesn't think it's serious enough to affect preparation for Sydney.
"It's not a concern. I know my body," he said.
"It's just going to be a couple of days and some rest."
Calgary's Brad McCuaig thought he'd earned himself a ticket to the Games when he finished second in 10.18. That bettered the Canadian Olympic Association standard of 10:23, needed to go to Sydney. But his time was discarded because of the wind factor.
Instead, Nicolas Macrozonaris, a 19-year-old from Montreal, will get the nod because of his time of 10.19 in a preliminary race earlier in the day.
The emergence of Macrozonaris is a pleasant surprise for Brent McFarlane, coach of the Olympic track team.
"He is an awesome young, talented kid," said McFarlane.
"He has no fear. He is just running."
Canada can send three runners for the 100 metres at the Games and likely six for the relays.
The only other Canadian to meet the COA standard is Donovan Bailey, who ran 9.98 in Switzerland before suffering a hamstring injury which prevented him from competing at the Canadian championships.
Several sprinters could fill out the relay ranks. Pierre Browne, 20, of Toronto, has run 10.24 this year while McCuaig ran 10.29 in the heats.
Glenroy Gilbert, a member of the relay team that won gold at the 1997 world championships and 1996 Olympics, was clocked at 10.30 in the heats.
Surin refused to be drawn into any debate over who should be on the relay team.
"I don't know what the team is going to be like," he said.
"That's up to the coach."
Boswell and Boateng both failed in their attempt to clear 2.36 and break Boswell's Canadian record of 2.35 metres.
"It's a great meet for both of us," said Boswell, 22, a silver medallist at the 1999 world championships.
"We just wanted to come in here and have a good showing."
It was an emotional day for Boateng, 26. The last time he competed in Victoria was during the 1994 Commonwealth Games when he was one of six Ghanaians who fled to Montreal before applying for refugee status.
"It's brings back good memories," said Boateng as he held his six-month-old son Kwaiden on his lap.
Saturday's meet was also the first time his mother ever watched him compete.
Boateng, now a Canadian citizen, had already met the qualification standard for the Olympics and needed only a top-three finish here to secure a spot on the team.
Perdita Felicien, the defending junior champion, won the women's 100-metre hurdles but her time of 13.15 seconds was over the Olympic qualifying time of 13:10 seconds.
Katie Anderson of Toronto, Canada's top female hurdler, didn't race in the final after suffering groin injury in Friday's heats.
"We thought it was best we save it for the Olympic Games itself rather than tear up something here," said Anderson, holder of three Canadian records who already had met the qualifying standard.
Esi Benyarkus of Toronto won the women's 100 metres in a time of 11.30 seconds, meeting the COA standard.
Adrian Woodley, of Whitby, Ont., defended his Canadian title in the 110-metre hurdles, winning the race in 13.67. He previously had qualified for the Games.
Adrian Harrison of Kelowna, B.C., won the women's pole vault, clearing 3.85 metres, but was well below the Olympic standard of 4.35.
Tina McDonald of Toronto won the discus with a toss of 51.48 metres, below the Olympic mark of 61 metres.