The 2018 Canadian Championships will be held across July 3-8. Since Kerr has a previous best this season over 24-3.5 (7.40m), he earned the right bypass Thursday’s qualifying round and compete in the finals at 6:10 p.m. CT, Friday.
A live webcast of each day of the Canadian Championships will be made available courtesy of Athletics Canada. The webcast, which can be found HERE, will have an emphasis on track events, but will feature field events throughout.
Live results will also be made available courtesy of Athletics Canada and can be found by clicking HERE.
The top-2 Canadian athletes in each event will qualify for the NACAC Senior Championships 2018 in Toronto, provided they reach the qualifying standard. For the long jump, that standard sits at 26-9.0 (8.15m).
Kerr was locked in a battle for the entire competition with Damian Warner, and the duo traded the lead multiple times throughout the competition. Kerr leapt 24-10.0 (7.57m) to take the lead on his second attempt, before Warner answered with a mark of 24-11.25 (7.60m) to claim the advantage after the second round.
Kerr would reclaim the lead at 25-0.75 (7.64m) on his third jump, however Warner would respond once more with a mark of 25-4.0 (7.72m). Kerr would dig deep one more time, however, using his fifth attempt to leap 25-7.25 (7.80m) to claim the national championship.
With the victory, Kerr automatically qualified for the NACAC 2018 Track & Field Championships, where he will represent his home country of Canada. The NACAC Championships will be held across August 10-12 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The national title is the third of the summer for the Cougars after Kahmari Montgomery won the United States Championship in the 400-meter dash, and Mario Burke claimed gold in the 100-meter dash at the Barbados National Championships.