Competing against some of the most decorated sprinters in the country, Red Deer’s Jeremiah Lauzon proved he can hang with the best.
On Sunday, June 26 Lauzon won the bronze medal in the men’s 200 metre dash final with a time of 20.71 at the Canadian National Track and Field Championships in Langley, B.C. finishing behind Olympians Aaron Brown and Jerome Blake. He also finished just ahead of fellow Albertan Benjamin Williams who clocked in at 20.72.
The result came after Lauzon finished fifth overall in the 200m preliminary race with a time of 21.34.
Lauzon’s coach of four years Ronald Hewer the door of opportunity was open for Lauzon to achieve a medal if he had a good race and he did just that. They’re pleased with the result but Hewer said it was an outside goal rather than a primary goal.
“The primary goal was you know step by step was to get into the final and then in the finals just worked on our mechanics so we could have a good race,” Hewer said. “The final had quite a few Olympic medals in that race. There are probably five Olympic medals in that race alone between Aaron Brown, Jerome Blake, and other members of previous relay teams, so it was quite the competitive final.”
Hewer wasn’t surprised by Lauzon’s impressive performance as he said athletes who come out of the NCAA, where he goes to school and competes at West Texas A&M, are exposed to tough competition.
“Coming from the NCAA into the national championships he’s used to fast races, he’s used to tough competitions. Sometimes it’s just the names aren’t as prominent and familiar and successful as Aaron Brown and Jerome Blake,” he said. “Going into the national championships competing against that level of competition, he’s familiar with it, but he actually said to me going into the semi-finals he was nervous and that’s not like Jeremiah.”
However, Lauzon channeled his nerves and had a performance to remember despite their goal of Lauzon finishing under 20.7.
“Very excited to get the bronze and are happy with the time it just wasn’t what we were really striving for,” he added.
It also happened to be his 22nd birthday when he won the bronze. Hewer said Lauzon has always seemed to step up on anniversaries of some sort. He added Lauzon ran a personal best on Fathers Day, and Mothers Day and broke the Alberta indoor record on Valentine’s Day.
Next up for Lauzon is the provincial championships in Calgary where he will compete amongst the best in Alberta.