High jumper Mason clears Olympic ‘A’ standard

Mike Mason continues to soar higher as he gears up for the London Olympics.

Mike Mason, a high jumper with Abbotsford’s Valley Royals track and field club, continues to soar higher as he gears up for the London Olympics.

Mason, a Nanoose Bay, B.C. native who lives and trains in Abbotsford under the guidance of Royals power/speed coach Ziggy Szelagowicz, leaped a personal best 2.31 metres on Monday evening at an international event in Guadeloupe. That height meets the Canadian Olympic A+ qualifying standard.

Last month, Mason twice cleared the B standard of 2.27m during meets at Mt. Sac and UBC.

All that’s left for Mason now, in terms of Olympic qualifying, is to place among the top three at the Canadian Championships in Edmonton in late June.

Mason’s next major competitions will be the Lafarge International Track Classic, which runs in Abbotsford on June 6, and the Harry Jerome meet at Swangard Stadium on June 10.