Canadian Track TrialsGenevieve Lalonde third at Trials, plays Olympic waiting game

EDMONTON — Guelph’s Genevieve Lalonde will have one more hurdle to clear to be named to the Canadian team for this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Canadian record holder in the women’s 3,000-metre steeplechase will have to get the approval of Athletics Canada’s National Team Committee after she finished third the Canadian Track and Field Championships and Rio Trials at Foote Field Friday night.

As she had met the Olympic qualifying standard when she set the national record earlier this year, Lalonde would have automatically been named to the team with a finish in the top two in the senior women’s event at the trials. However, she was third with a time of nine minutes, 52.18 seconds in a tight finish. Erin Teschuk of Winnipeg, who won the national title last year, kept it when she finished 1.19 seconds ahead of Lalonde. Maria Bernard of Vancouver was second, 0.63 seconds ahead of Lalonde. All three were under the previous meet record.

The Olympic track and field team is to be named Monday.

Leah Robinson of the Guelph was third in the women’s para ambulatory 400 metres. The Speed River Track and Field Club member finished in 1:12.78 while Catherine Partlow of Whitby won in 1:08.60.

University of Guelph thrower Jared Skeath was fourth in the senior men’s discus. Competing for the York University Track and Field Club, Skeath unleashed a best throw of 48.37 metres. Marc-Antoine Lafrenaye-Dugas of Sherbrooke won with a throw of 53.65 metres.

Caleb Main of Cambridge and the Speed River club was seventh in the junior men’s 3,000m steeplechase in 9:43.89. Sean Bergman of Kelowna won in 9:14.92.

University of Guelph’s Eric Chatten of Coquitlam, B.C., won silver in the junior men’s high jump. Both he and winner Joel Della Siega of South Surrey, B.C., cleared 2.10 metres as their highest height, but Della Siega won as he took fewer attempts.

The Trials continue Saturday and wrap up Sunday.

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