Geoff Harris has picked the perfect time to have the best season of his track career.
The Halifax sprinter has posted five personal bests in six 800-metre races this year — tripping and falling in the only race he didn’t set a new mark — and has hit two Olympic B standards in the past two weeks in his bid to qualify for the London Games.
Now with a personal-best time of 1:46.12, Harris can put himself in position to go to the Olympics with one more good run at next week’s Canadian track and field championships in Calgary.
“My feet have gone beyond what I ever imagined,” Harris said. “For the most part, if you run two personal bests in a year, you call it a great year … To be hitting these times consistently and dropping off a little every time, this is definitely the biggest season I’ve ever had.”
The 25-year-old former Dalhousie Tigers star began the year running a 1:49.86 at the Mt. Sac relays in Walnut, Calif., and most recently posted his scorching 1:46.12 at an American Milers Series race in Indianapolis last Saturday.
But he still has work to do to achieve his dream of being an Olympian. Although his nomination for the Games will be determined by a committee on July 1, he’ll do himself a big favour by winning the national 800 crown next week. Better still, he’d all but clinch a nomination if he reaches the lofty Olympic A standard of 1:45.6.
“There are no guarantees at all,” Harris said. “I did as much as I could do this year to make myself as eligible as I could, so hopefully they’ll see it’s worth taking me.”
Harris has never won a national 800 title, and he’ll get a stiff test from Sudbury, Ont., native Andrew Ellerton, who achieved the A standard last year.
But after several years plagued with injuries, Harris is right where he wants to be.
“It’s all a bit surreal,” Harris said. “I knew I was going to be close, I knew I was in shape to run some fast times … but to accomplish what I’ve accomplished, to this point, right now, I shake my head.”
CANADIAN TRACK AND FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Canadian track and field championships start next Wednesday in Calgary and conclude on Saturday. Follow them online at 2012trials.ca.