Bears sprinter Austin Cole named to Canadian Relay team

    UAlberta Male Athlete of the Year to compete for team Canada in Japan in May

    By Connor Hood on April 17, 2019

    Third-year Golden Bears sprinter Austin Cole was named to the Canadian National Team for the 2019 IAAF World Relays, taking place in Yokohama, Japan, May 11-12. 

    Cole is coming off one of the best seasons in Golden Bears Track and Field history, earning the Wilson Challenge Trophy as the University of Alberta's Male Athlete of the Year. 

    Cole also earned three Canada West gold medals and three total U SPORTS medals in 2018/19, and was named both the Canada West and U SPORTS Male Track Athlete of the Year. He earned Canada West golds in the 300 metre dash, and the 4x200m and 4x400m relays, while breaking the conference record in the 300m dash.

    He also set a new U SPORTS record in the 300m’s at the national tournament with a time of 32.89, which is also a U23 Canadian record, and the 7th fastest 300m time in the world in 2019. Cole was the first Bears Track athlete since Murray Heber in 2001 to win the Wilson Challenge Trophy.

    Canada will be fielding the best possible teams in the 4x100-metre (men’s and women’s) and 4x400-metre (women’s and mixed relay) with the opportunity to qualify for the 2019 IAAF World Championships taking place in Doha, Qatar, this fall. Canadian athletes will be gunning for a share of the $1.19 million US prize pot and the Golden Baton, which is awarded to the team who tallies the most points across the two days of action.

    Athletes
    Name Hometown Personal coach Club Event
    Khamica Bingham Brampton, Ont. Dennis Shaver Brampton Track Club Women’s 4x100m
    Jerome Blake Vancouver, B.C. Tara Self Coquitlam Cheetahs Men’s 4x100m
    Bismark Boateng Toronto, Ont. Charles Allen Unattached Men’s 4x100m
    Aaron Brown* Toronto, Ont. Dennis Mitchell Phoenix Athletics Men’s 4x100m
    Alicia Brown* Toronto, Ont. Bob Westman University of Toronto Track Club Women’s 4x400m
    Leya Buchanan Mississauga, Ont. John Smith Unattached Women’s 4x100m
    Austin Cole Sherwood Park, Alta. Rob Fisher Capital City Track Club Men’s 4x400m
    Andre De Grasse* Markham, Ont. Rana Reider Speed Academy Athletics Club Men’s 4x100m
    Crystal Emmanuel* Toronto, Ont. Charles Allen Flying Angels Track Club Women’s 4x100m
    Daniel Harper* Toronto, Ont. Jason Kerr Speed River Men’s 4x400m
    Shaina Harrison* Maple, Ont. Charles Allen Flying Angels Track Club Women’s 4x100m
    Farah Jacques* Gatineau, Que. Hugh Conlin Perfmax-Racing Club Women’s 4x100m
    Travia Jones Regina, Sask. Darryl Woodson Unattached Women’s 4x400m
    Philip Osei* Toronto, Ont. Jason Kerr Speed River Men’s 4x400m
    Madeline Price Toronto, Ont. Mark Mueller Unattached Women’s 4x400m
    Brendon Rodney* Etobicoke, Ont. Maurice Wilson Unattached Men’s 4x100m
    Whitney Rowe* Burnaby, B.C. Anthony Gardner Unattached Women’s 4x100m
    Zoe Sherar Toronto, Ont. Jason Kerr Speed River Women’s 4x400m
    Gavin Smellie* Brampton, Ont. Milt Ottey Flying Angels Track Club Men’s 4x100m
    Maya Stephens Toronto, Ont. Aliann Pompey Unattached Women’s 4x400m
    Aiyanna Stiverne Laval, Que. Ronald Morency Unattached Women’s 4x400m
    Sage Watson Medicine Hat, Alta. Fred Harvey Unattached Women’s 4x400m