An experience to remember

CMU's Whitney Rowe competes at 
Canadian track and field championships

She didn’t post her personal-best times, but it was an experience Whitney Rowe will never forget.

The Colorado Mesa University track sprinter from Burnaby, British Columbia, participated in the Canadian track and field championships this past weekend in Moncton, New Brunswick.

Rowe placed 14th in the 200-meter dash in 25.22 seconds Sunday after running a qualifying time of 24.82 seconds Friday. She finished 19th in the 100 finals in 12.32 seconds Saturday.

“I did what I wanted to do for the 200 and make the semis,” Rowe told The Daily Sentinel. “I’m not disappointed. I wanted to do this for experience.”

The sun was shining for the meet, but the athletes had to run against the wind, she said.

“It was really windy,” Rowe said. “It was hard to run against the wind. I think it reflected in the times.”

The Canadian championships also serve as the Canadian team trials.

“My goal is not really the Olympics,” Rowe said. “I set goals each year. My focus is on the now and present. I want to make Team Canada someday. It doesn’t matter which event.

“It’s a really big stepping stone for me. This is taking me in the right direction.”

She qualified for the meet in the 100 with a personal-best time of 11.89 seconds at the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference outdoor championships last month. The time was good for second place.

Rowe’s personal-best time in the 200 is 24.56 seconds, which she achieved in a third-place performance at the RMAC outdoor championships.

She holds the Colorado Mesa women’s school record in both events.

“Having the level of intensity of college meets helped,” Rowe said. “It’s not as big of a shock when I see other fast runners. My nerves aren’t quite as high. Transitioning from college meets to this gives me the confidence to run with these people.”

Rowe said her mental maturity helped her have a successful season leading up to the Canadian championships.

“I let things get the best of me, like what the girl next to me was doing,” she said. “Now, I’m trying to run against time. I needed to focus on myself. It clicked for me. To get where I want to go, I have to put in the work in the weight room. I need to imagine every scenario that could happen and regroup. I need to remind myself it’s the same race I ran since high school.”

Rowe will continue her busy summer, racing in the Harry Jerome International Track Classic next week, then the British Columbia championships and the Canada Summer Games, before returning to Colorado Mesa in the fall for her junior year.


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