Canaday Re-Sets School Record In Marathon

Rising senior records Olympic Trials B Standard

June 18, 2007

ITHACA, N.Y. - On Saturday at the 2007 Grandma's Marathon, junior Sage Canaday overcame adverse conditions and ran 2:21:43 to qualify for the 2008 US Olympic Trials in the men's marathon. Canaday finished 10th overall and was the fourth American finisher in the race.

The time is an improvement on Canaday's own school record in the marathon which he set in January at the 2007 Chevon Houston Marathon with a 2:22:21 clocking in his debut marathon. Prior to Canaday, the school record in the marathon belonged to Dan Predmore who ran 2:27:29 in 1980.

On Saturday, race-day temperatures rose above 70 before the runners even reached the half-way point. However, Canaday paced himself wisely going through the half-marathon in 1:10:23 before slowing just slightly over the 2nd half (as compared to a 69:49 split in his debut) but managing to hang on and get under the 2:22:00 Olympic Trials B standard.

With his performance, it is believed that Canaday is the only collegian to have qualified for the 2008 US Olympic Marathon Trials with a marathon mark (one can also qualify for the marathon trials with 5k and 10k marks). He also is believed to be the youngest runner to qualify with a marathon mark as well.

Canaday joins his classmates Muhammid Halim and Jimmy Wyner as an US Olympic Trials B qualifier. Wyner has hit the B standard in the 1500, while Halim has hit the B standard in the triple jump.

Saturday's race concluded an excellent junior campaign for Canaday. In addition to his marathon exploits, Canaday became just the 12th Cornellian to dip under 25:00 flat at Van Cortlandt Park when he finished 3rd at IC4As in 24:59.0 in cross country before scoring at Heps in the 10k in track.


Sage Canaday broke his own school record in the marathon on Saturday