Speed River Track and FieldFour more Speed River runners on Canadian Olympic team

GUELPH — Four members of Guelph’s Speed River Track and Field Club were named to the Canadian Olympic team for next month’s Summer Olympics at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Named to the Canadian team Monday were marathoners Eric Gillis and Reid Coolsaet, women’s steeplechaser Genevieve Lalonde and women’s 1,500m runner Hilary Stellingwerff.

All four had surpassed the Canadian Olympic qualifying standard for their event.

Gillis and Coolsaet were the only marathoners in the country to get that standard. Gillis will be making his third trip to the Olympics while it’ll be the second for Coolsaet. Both competed in the marathon in the 2012 Olympics at London and Gillis competed in the 10,000 metres in the 2008 Olympics at Beijing.

Both Lalonde and Stellingwerff finished third in the finals for their respective events at the weekend’s national championships and Rio Trials at Edmonton. As both had earlier attained the qualifying standard, both had to wait until Monday to see their names on the Team Canada roster.

For Lalonde, the Canadian record holder in the women’s 3,000-metre steeplechase, it will be her first trip to the Olympics.

Stellingwerff will be making her second journey to the Olympics as she competed in the 1,500m at the London Olympics.

Also named to the team Monday was Speed River coach Dave Scott-Thomas.

They’ll join three clubmates at Rio as men’s steeplechasers Taylor Milne and Chris Winter and men’s 800m competitor Anthony Romaniw received guaranteed spots on the Canadian Olympic team with their performances at the Trials in Edmonton. Milne and Winter were one-two respectively in the steeplechase and Romaniw was second in the 800m.

Also qualifying for the Rio Olympics was Guelph native Andrea Seccafien who competes for the University of Toronto Track Club. She won the women’s 10,000m at the Rio Trials.

The Olympics are to be held August 5 to 21.

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