Will compete for Team Canada in Steeplechase next month
By Pat Payton
Marcel Scheele is bound for Tampere, Finland . . . where he will run for his country next month in the 2018 IAAF Under-20 track and field championships.
The 18-year-old St. Marys DCVI student and star distance runner will compete in the Men’s 3,000-metre Steeplechase race. Earlier this month, Scheele qualified for a spot on Team Canada by winning a Steeplechase race in Hamilton and posting a personal best time of 9:02. He needed to run under 9:10 that Sunday afternoon and he did it!
On June 19, Scheele received an email from the Athletics Canada team manager, stating that he had secured a spot on the Canadian squad.
“I’m looking forward to it,” he told the Independent. “This, for sure, is one of the highest points in my running career. It’s what I worked for this year.”
Quite a year to date
It’s been quite a year for Marcel Scheele to date, and the list of good things is impressive.
First, he obtained a track scholarship at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, beginning in the fall.
On June 8 at York University in Toronto, he won the Open 2,000-metre Steeplechase for the second year in a row–crossing the finish line in a blistering time of 5:52.53 (another personal best).
At the recent DCVI athletic awards night, Scheele shared the prestigious Graduating Athlete Award with Salukis’ teammate Maia Moore.
And now he gets to compete for his country against the best young runners in the world.
U-20 Worlds July 10-15
Scheele leaves July 4 for Finland. He will do some travelling and training in the Scandinavian country before he competes in the Worlds, which are scheduled for July 10-15.
Another Canadian will also run in the Men’s 3,000-metre Steeplechase in Finland. Alex Drover, of Kingston, is a student at McMaster University in Hamilton who finished second to Scheele in the 2,000-metre Steeplechase at the 2017 OFSAA track and field championships in Belleville.
In Finland, Scheele and Drover will first run in preliminary heats in an attempt to qualify for the 3,000-metre Steeplechase final.
Scheele says he’d like to run “under nine minutes” at the IAAFs. World-class times for this event are around 8:43.
Note: Team Canada will consist of 32 athletes (12 men and 20 women) in Finland. Twelve coaches and staff are also making the trip overseas.