My Head Coach is Dermott Smith.  Dermott is a certified Level 2 NCCP jumps coach and founder of First Attempts Jumps Academy.  Dermott has coached multiple athletes in the high jump to OFSAA and national championships.  His athletes have earned track scholarships, post-secondary degrees and have represented Canada in international competitions. Dermott himself has a personal best of 2.19m in high jump.  


Dermott is also a gifted sprint trainer which is critical for my current stage of development. Dermott has me on a detailed long term plan for decathlon success which currently has me concentrating on strengthening my body, increasing my power and speed, so that I can handle the punishment of the decathlon.


Dermott has been my head coach for less than two years, and I have seen significant improvement in my strength and speed which has resulted in an incredible year winning the Canadian National Junior Decathlon title and finishing with a bronze at the PanAm Juniors in Edmonton.


We are looking forward to an exciting 2016 and beyond.  Thanks coach.  You're the best!


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Houston Men's T&F Team Win NCAA American Conference Indoor Crown
2017 NCAA D1 American Athletic Conference Indoor Heptathlon Win

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Landed in Poland for IAAF U20 Track & Field Championships
New Canadian Junior Decathlon Record of 7592pts and World Junior Standard

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Good results at the Speed River Twilight race June 7, 2016.  A PB 14.32sec in the 110mH and a big PB in first 100m competition of the year - 10.994sec (they rounded it to 11.0sec).

New PB of 2.03m

Very pleased with my first outdoor High Jump competition of the year and my first try at my new 10 step approach.  Went 2.03m for an 8cm PB.  There is definitely more to come in this event!


Jav PB of 48.23m

Decent first javelin competition at the SWO Meet at University of Western Ontario, London, May 29th.  Got a PB 48.23m but know that I will be going much further this year.


Big PB in Long Jump at Bob Vigars London

Nasty snowy weather but came through with a big PB today in my Long Jump opener with a 7.19m.








A Frigid & Windy Season Opener at Western Meet

8 Degrees Celcius, 50km wind gusts - perfect conditions for a 400m season opener - NOT.  Still managed a win today and PB with 48.42sec; encouraging start.

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AO Indoor Championships March 6, 2016

Good conclusion to my indoor season at Athletics Ontario Indoor Championships.  Gold medal and PB in long jump with 6.93m and Silver and PB tie in 60m hurdles (8.35sec).  Search "Mechler" 


Had a pretty good day at Athletics Ontario Prep Meet with not a bad start to 60m Hurdles. First time over 5 hurdles this indoor season.  PB in 8.35sec.  Search "Mechler"  AO Results

Jan 30-16 If you haven't been there, you have to go to Spire in Ohio.  Really well run meet.  I had a solid first Long Jump Comp of the year 6.78m (3 cm off my outdoor PB), and a painful but solid indoor 400m with a 48.75sec.


Spire Midwest Meet Jan 30-16


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Jan 23-16 Had a solid 2nd indoor meet of the year at GLL#2 Meet in London with 2 wins (2 PBs). 1.95m in High Jump on 1/2 approach, and 7.19sec 60m


1.95m High Jump

Jan 16-16 Great day at first indoor meet at Fred Foot Classic at UofT.  2 Events, 2 PBs:   7.20sec in 60m, and 4.80m in Pole Vault. See indoor results

4.80m indoor Pole Vault

Happy New Year.  Excited for what 2016 has in store.  Check out my updated "Competition Schedule" tab.


#SigningDay - Excited to Announce that I'll be joining the Univ of Houston Cougar T&F Team

See my blog for my awesome Signing Day Party with my Coaches, Teammates, Family & Friends

In the News:

Nathaniel Mechler Nominated as Finalist for Athletics Ontario Award

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Track Town Canada Newsletter Sept 3, 2015

July 31 - Aug 2, 2015

PanAm Jr 2015 Bronze Medal

Hard fought battle having to win the 1500m by 20seconds over 3rd place athlete to get Decathlon Bronze Medal at PanAm Juniors 2015.

Video of 1500m - 4:27 to move from 4th to 3rd


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Note:  non-RunnerSpace video will be up soon


Day 1 at PanAm Juniors went well.  Big 0.2sec PB in 100m (11.16sec), 31cm PB in Long Jump (6.81m), some disappointment in Shot Put (12.0m) and High Jump (1.85m), but a strong finish with a 48.85sec in the 400m.  Sitting in 4th (5pts behind 3rd) with 3745pts going into Day 2.

Track PanAm Results and watch Livestream at:

Canadian Combined Championships - Junior Decathlon, Ottawa, June 20-21


Canadian Junior Decathlon Gold Medal - June 21, 2015

Day 2 of the Canadian National Championships for Junior Decathlon was tough.  Started out with hard rain and then a rushed schedule to finish.  Still managed one Personal Record (PR) in Javelin (45.99). Did enough to come out on top at the end of the day and am excited to be representing Canada at the PanAm Junior Decathlon July 31-Aug1.


Performance Results:










Day 1 of the Canadian National Championships for Junior Decathlon got out to a great start.  Got a Personal Record (PR) in 3 of the 5 events and missed the long jump PR by only a cm.  100m - 11.37sec (PR); LJ 6.48m; SP 12.40m (PR); HJ 1.90m (PR) and 400m 49.45sec.  Sitting in second with 3656pts with my best day still ahead. 


Performance Results:  

"Dec Men Junior"










Was definitely tired on the final day of competition after 4 previous races, but did my best in Pole Vault with what was left and cleared 4.35m for a 4th place finish.  Tough going against guys with fresh legs, but I'm content under the circumstances.


Performance Results:  

Pole Vault (4th Place)

Had a great day of hurdles.  Ran a PB of 14.36 to make it to the finals of the Senior Boys 110m Hurdles and then PRd one more time 14.24 to win the OFSAA Bronze Medal. 


Performance Results:  

110mH Final (Bronze Medal)


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Good result in 400m after 110mH Qualifier and Finals.  Went into final in 8th and finished 5th in 48.76.


Performance Results:  

400m Final (5th Place)


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Very happy with results at Ontario West Regionals May 29-30 in London, Ontario.  2 PRs and moving on to All Provincial High School Championships (OFSAA) in all 3 events next week at the University of Toronto.  1st in pole vault (4.50m; tied PR).  1st in 400m (48.45sec; PR). 3rd in 110m hurdles (14.77sec)


Performance Results:  

400m -

Pole Vault -

110mH -


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Good Day 2 at Central Western Region.  Won gold in Pole Vault.  Really rough windy conditions and only managed 4.20m today.  Should be much better things ahead at OFSAA West and hopefully OFSAA.


Performance Results:  Search "Mechler"

Great day 1 at Central Western Ontario championships.  Ran a big PR in 400m of 48.56sec on a windy track to win.  Ran 110m hurdles 30min later with heavy legs to finish second in 14.61sec.  Not bad considering.


Here are links to both races:






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Had a great Waterloo County High School Championships finishing with 2 PRs including a county record in the 400m.  110mHurdles (14.50sec); 400m (49.31sec); pole vault 4.20m.


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Went to my second outdoor pole vault competition ever and jumped a huge 50cm PB in pole vault jumping 4.50m or 14ft 8inches.  See Top 10 Men of 2015 Season (ranked #5 in Canada)


Great start to the high school season.  3 events, 3 wins.  Shot Put 12.44m; Pole Vault 4.0m; 300m 35.19sec.  Follow this link and search "Mechler"






Video of my Pentathlon 1000m win.  PB of 2:39.00






What an amazing event put on by New Balance at the Armoury.   4 more PRs (3706pts) and 2nd Place at New Balance Indoor Nationals at the Armory in NYC.


More updates coming soon.

2nd Place Medal in the boys Pentathlon at the New Balance US Indoor National Championships in NYC March 14, 2015

Just heard the great news.  I've been accepted into the New Balance National Indoors as one of 12 High School Boys in the Pentathlon.  Looking forward to it!

Ran a 2:40 in 1000m to win AO Combined Junior Pentathlon Gold Medal.  See video below.


Great Day at York University Feb 7, 2015 winning Athletics Ontario Combined Junior Pentathlon with 5 PRs for 3593pts.

Had a very positive result in Pole Vault today at the Sharon Anderson Memorial Meet at the University of Toronto Jan 3, 2015.  I am only on a 1/2 runup but jumped 3.80m (an increase of almost 40cm on my PB).  I will be over 4m in no time.

I have spent the last 8 months with my new coach Dermott Smith (FAJA) getting my body strong.  We both feel I'm ready for a great 2015.  I've been working on event specific training for the past month and I am amazed at how much easier each event is now.  I'm ready for some early indoor season meets (see Competition Schedule)


In the News - I had the privilege of being interviewed on Rogers TV Home Team.  It was a great experience and they were very professional.

July 12 - Was very pleased with my 300m Hurdles race with another PB (39.13sec) at the RCL Provincial Championships.  Now ranked 4th in Canada.  See blog and individual results.

July 8- Had a good 100m result tonight 11.77sec.  Lots of room for improvement but good race.  Looking forward to 400m tomorrow night.

June 29 - It is so great to be back competing after months of healing.  Had a great day at Legion competition yesterday with 4 medals, 3 PBs, and 2 national qualifying standards!  See my blog and Individual Events for details.

June 23 - I'm excited to be healed and ready to race my first ever 200m this coming Sunday at RCLs!

May 21st - Made it through to OFSAA Regionals in Seniors Discus with throw of 33.68m and 5th place

May 16th - Made it through to CWOSSA in both Javelin and Discus. 

May 13th - Just got results of a bone scan and it looks like I had a bone fracture on my left foot, which thankfully now has fully healed.  I have been confined to spinning, pool running and throwing, but can finally run again.  Too late for this high school season but I will do throw events at County Finals starting tomorrow.

April 10th - Came into Arcadia with an injury and hoped to make it through, but no such luck.  Didn't have anything in the 100m and could not push off in the long jump so had to call it a day.  A very tough day.

April 9, 2014   Pre-comp at Westmont College Santa Barbara with Damian, Ashton, Brianne, Jenn, Coaches Gramantik, Mara and Priester.  Wow.  See blog for details.  Big event only one day away!

April 7, 2014  In California!  It's almost time!  Left snow Sunday for 80+ degrees on Beach.  Here for 7th Annual Arcadia High School Decathlon in California April 10-11, 2014 with "the deepest field ever assembled in high school history for a decathlon!".   See Competition Schedule and Blog for more details.

Feb 19, 2014 Great News! - I'm honoured to be one of about 20 high school athletes from North America (and just a handful of juniors) invited to compete in the 7th Annual Arcadia High School Decathlon in California April 10-11, 2014. According to the organizer this is likely "the deepest field ever assembled in high school history for a decathlon!".  Past winners include Curtis Beach and Gunnar Nixon, two of the guys I look up to in this sport.  See Competition Schedule and Blog for more details.

Feb 14-16: Very long weekend of competition (Univ of Guelph, and AO Championships) after a hard week of training.  New indoor PBs in Pole Vault & 400m (51.70), and progress on new runup in HJ.

Competed today (Feb 9th) at AO Prep Meet #2 at York University.  Had a great 300m.  Won the race in new PB of 36.94!  Also first ever Pole Vault competition. Seeded at 3m, and jumped 3.10m.  Not satisfied but not bad for one pole.  Will be jumping on home turf Friday and plan on killing that height.


52.14 seconds!  Crushed my 400m indoor PB at AO Prep Meet, York University, Toronto Jan 26th 2014.  See my blog and Indoor Results for details (video and link to results is up).


Had a great and sunny start to 2014 at the Cerritos All-Comers Meet Jan 11th 2014 just outside Los Angeles, CA.  


Check out my "Blog" tab and "Individual Events" for the details


New Video's up for AO Prep Meet Indoor 400m PB.



"If you want to be a decathlete you're going to need endurance. Endurance is competing for two days straight. Its the ability to give your all and then do it again nine times." ~Unknown 

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