09 Dec 2021 | 15:09 | Track & Field
MONTREAL, Quebec—In a strong start to a busy weekend of competition Jul Thomson (Otterville, Ont.) recorded a mark of 13.24 meters in the shot put at the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Track and Field Trials held at Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard in Montreal on Friday night. Thomson placed fifth in the competition at the Canadian championships and will be in action again on Sunday morning in the discus.
Thomson competed for Brantford Track and Field Club and earned her spot at the national championships after extending her personal best mark to 14.23 meters during the collegiate season this spring. She recorded six throws in Friday’s competition and recorded a mark of 12.82 meters on her first attempt of the day. After a foul on her second throw, Thomson surpassed 13 meters on each of her next two attempts. Her best mark of the day of 13.24 meters came on her third throw and she followed that up with a distance of 13.12 meters.
The 2020-21 collegiate campaign was Thomson’s first at Villanova as a graduate transfer from Dartmouth, where she played basketball for one year and was a three-year member of the track & field team. She recorded a personal best mark of 14.23 meters in the shot put at the Penn Twilight meet on May 1 and is ranked fourth in the Wildcats record book in the shot put. She competed in both the shot put and the discus at the BIG EAST Championships later in May and earned All-BIG EAST accolades with a third place finish in the discus.
Thomson also ranks fifth in school history in the discus with a personal best mark of 46.67 meters which was recorded at the Philadelphia Metropolitan Collegiate Invitational in April. She is ranked fifth in school history in that event and will compete on Sunday morning starting at 10 a.m. on the final day of the Canadian championships.