LoStracco into Commonwealth girls’ 800m final

NASSAU, Bahamas – Tiana LoStracco of Guelph qualified for the girls’ 800 metres final at the Commonwealth Youth Games by finishing fourth in her heat Friday at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre.

A member of the Speed River Track and Field Club, LoStracco gained her berth in the final by being the fastest of the runners who finished outside the top three in her heat. Top three in each of the two heats were guaranteed spots in the final while the next two fastest times also went on.

LoStracco competed in the faster second heat and her time of 2:10.55 would have won the first heat.

Anna Burt of England won the second heat where less than a quarter of a second separated first from fourth. Burt won in 2.10.37 and was followed by Carley Thomas of Australia (2.10.42), Erin Wallace of Scotland (2.10.52) and LoStracco. Fifth-place finisher Regina Mpigachai of Tanzania (2.11.65) also qualified for Saturday’s final.

Qualifying from the first heat were Keely Small of Australia (2.12.21), Aurora Rynda of Toronto (2.12.84) and Isabelle Boffey of England (2.12.86).

Speed River’s Anne Forsyth was sixth in the girls’ 1,500 metres with a time of 4.22.55. Erin Wallace of Scotland won in 4.16.61 while Viola Chemutai of Kenya was second in 4.16.73 and Katrina Robinson of New Zealand was third in 4.17.19.

Marcus Kemp of Speed River was seventh in the boys’ 1,500 metres in 3.57.37. John Waweru of Kenya won in 3.48.86 while Joshua Lay of England won silver in 3.49.35 and Luke Duffy of England won bronze in 3.49.70.


  • Guelph Sports Journal