Jeremiah Lauzon will run towards Canada’s greatest later this month.
The 20-year-old sprinter from Purple Deer bought the information this week, that he was invited to compete within the 200 metre race on the Canadian Olympic Observe and Discipline Trials from June 24-27 in Montreal, Que.
“We’ve been ready for this for a very long time. Does he belong there? Sure. He’s earned it,” mentioned Ron Hewer, Lauzon’s coach with the Purple Deer Titans.
“There’s two, possibly three guys within the remaining which have Olympic medal… you’re lining up towards guys which have a resumé… I’m excited.”
Lauzon hasn’t been capable of compete very a lot over the previous 12 months. Between the COVID-19 pandemic and the border being closed to worldwide journey, it’s been a troublesome stretch for the rising star.
He was in his second season at Simon Fraser College this previous 12 months, however the border challenge didn’t enable this system to compete within the Nice Northwest Athletic Convention, which is predicated within the North-Western United States.
Lauzon additionally returned dwelling to Purple Deer this summer season with a nagging hamstring harm that he suffered in coaching and has been getting again to full race form over the previous month.
That led to his first competitors of the 12 months in Ottawa on June 5, the place he posted one of many 12 greatest 200m occasions amongst Canadian sprinters in 2021, most of which have been run in the USA.
His 20.31-second time earned him a first-place end in his warmth – it was additionally the quickest 200m time run on Canadian soil this 12 months, though competitions have been few and much between. He ended up first within the remaining however ran a 20.36.
“For this competitors, it wasn’t about successful. It was about analyzing the place he was at and analyzing the time,” Hewer mentioned.
Each occasions have been barely slower than Lauzon’s private greatest time of 20.9 from the CALTAF Observe Traditional in 2019.
Lauzon can be again on the CALTAF occasion this weekend operating the 200m whereas racing within the 100m Saturday. He can even race in Toronto forward of the Canadian Trials.
“We have been coaching at 75 per cent, now we’re at 100 per cent, however can I get him quick sufficient for Montreal? That’s the aim… I believe competitors proper now as a result of he’s been missing competitors, it may possibly typically be higher than a observe,” Hewer mentioned.
Subsequent 12 months, Lauzon will switch from SFU to West Texas A&M, an NCAA Division II faculty, that’s dwelling to one of many high observe and area packages within the U.S.
“He had (Division I) presents, however we selected to remain in Div II as a result of we expect it’s nonetheless a very good match for him. He’s unproven within the out of doors system in Div II,” Hewer mentioned.
“The principle cause is he’s competing and he’s in a greater convention. He’s getting powerful competitors on a regular basis, versus at times… it’s a very good match.”
All that factors to Lauzon chasing down his aim of competing on the 2024 Paris Olympics.
“Subsequent 12 months our aim is World College Video games and NCAC U23’s is the main focus after which three extra years, Paris is the final word plan that we’ve been speaking about,” Hewer mentioned.
“Clearly, these different worldwide competitions are stepping stones to that.”