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Get to know Savannah Sutherland, 400m indoor Canadian document holder


Should you instructed Savannah Sutherland 5 years in the past that she can be a future Canadian document holder, she doubtless wouldn’t imagine you. Two weeks in the past on the 2023 NCAA Indoor Championships, the 19-year-old from the small farming city of Borden, Sask., set a brand new Canadian indoor 400m document of 51.60 on her technique to a seventh-place NCAA end in her second 12 months on the College of Michigan. “My aim for the NCAA indoor season was simply to enhance from final 12 months,” says Sutherland. “I truthfully was not anticipating this.”

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Savannah Sutherland on the 2023 NCAA Indoor Monitor and Area Championships. Picture: Michigan Athletics

Sutherland’s Canadian indoor 400m document was just one results of a season to recollect She broke three College of Michigan information–within the 200, 400 and 4x400m–serving to the College of Michigan monitor and discipline crew win the Large Ten Convention Championship. 

Sutherland says the Canadian document wasn’t even on her radar till she ran 51.41 for 400m on an outsized monitor on the Large Ten in Geneva, Ohio.

She first introduced herself on the nationwide stage when she gained bronze for Canada within the 400m hurdles on the U20 World Championships in Nairobi at age 18. She has since gained Canadian U20 titles within the 400m hurdles and gold for Saskatchewan on the 2022 Canada Summer time Video games.

Savannah Sutherland on the 2021 U20 World Championships in Nairobi, Kenya. Picture: Athletics Canada

“Nairobi was an incredible expertise, and it helped put together me for what to anticipate within the NCAA,” Sutherland says. “However attending a giant college like Michigan was nonetheless an enormous bounce for me, athletically and academically.”

Sutherland went to the identical college from kindergarten to Grade 10, then attended Grades 11 and 12 in Saskatoon (35 minutes from Borden). “Rising up, my college solely had 86 college students, and there have been solely three others in my 12 months,” she says. “The extent of competitors at Michigan spiked throughout the board.”

She is joined at Michigan by Canadian 600m document holder Aurora Rynda of Toronto. Sutherland says Rynda’s steerage and professionalism helped affect her choice to attend the College of Michigan. “She’s been an incredible useful resource,” says Sutherland.

When Sutherland returns to her hometown, which has a inhabitants of 300, she is an area celeb. “I’ll usually see my identify or face within the native newspaper whereas on the grocery retailer,” she laughs.

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Savannah Sutherland and her dash coach at Michigan, Steve Rajewsky. Picture: Michigan Athletics

Sutherland’s aim for the upcoming out of doors season is to achieve the NCAA remaining within the 400m hurdles and break the College of Michigan document. “My aim is simply to maintain bettering,” she says. “It’s simple to get hyper-fixated on huge targets or hitting occasions. I’m simply taking issues in stride.”


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