LONG JUMP LEGEND: While several top performers missed this weekend’s meet, two-time NCAA outdoor champion Marquis Dendy entered the long jump competition, then won it on his first attempt with a leap of 8.29 metres.
Dendy entered Sunday’s competition with a long résumé. Two years ago, he jumped 8.26 to win a world indoor title, and this winter he won world indoor bronze with 8.43. Cuban Juan Miguel Hechevarría won the world indoors with an 8.46-metre mark, and was scheduled to compete at the NACAC meet before an injury forced him to withdraw.
But even with his main competitor sidelined, Dendy was still only the second-most accomplished long jumper at Varsity Stadium on Sunday.
First place went to retired U.S. superstar Carl Lewis, an 8.87-metre performer with four Olympic titles and two world championships on his record. Lewis, who presented long jump medals on Sunday, spent the weekend at the stadium coaching several athletes, including U.S. sprinter Cameron Burrell and Canadian long jumper Jared Kerr.
LITTLE LOVES TORONTO: Shamier Little was the first runner to clear the first barrier in the women’s 400-metre hurdle final, and the first to cross the finish line 53.32 seconds later. That time shattered the stadium record and set a new season’s best for the Chicago native. It’s also the second-fastest time in the world this season.
The last time Little competed in Toronto, she clocked 55.50 seconds to win gold at the 2015 Pan American Games.