World’s best set eyes on Victoria International Track Classic

Olympian Angela Whyte will be headlining the women’s 100-metre hurdles

A stellar field is lining up for next week’s Victoria International Track Classic.

Many top-level Canadian and international athletes will seek to qualify for the Toronto Pan American Games as well as the Beijing IAAF World Track and Field Championships and the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

This week Victoria International Track Classic officials announced two-time Olympian and University of Idaho Vandals alumni Angela Whyte will be headlining the women’s 100-metre hurdles.

The Edmonton native has medaled at both the Commonwealth and Pan American Games and will be looking to achieve a qualifying standard to set her up for heading to the World Championships in Beijing, Pan American Games and the Rio Olympic Games.

Joining Whyte will be fellow Canadian Olympians Phylicia George and Nikkita Holder.

George, after a sixth place finish in the 2012 London Olympic Games and coming off major injury in 2013, returned in 2014 to full form. She holds this season’s top ranked time at 12.94 and has achieved her Olympic standard which is set at 13.00.

Holder, after finishing 16th at the 2012 Summer Games, is looking for a big comeback.

The Victoria International Track Classic is held annually and is an internationally recognized athletics event that provides an opportunity for Canada’s elite athletes to compete against the best in the world, on their home turf.

The VITC will be held Wednesday (June 10), at the University of Victoria’s Centennial Stadium, beginning at 7 p.m.

For tickets, please go online to ticketrocket.com.