Speed River runners waiting to hear Olympic fates
GUELPH — As many as four members of Guelph’s Speed River Track and Field Club could be named to the Canadian Olympic team Monday.
Marathoners Reid Coolsaet and Eric Gillis, women’s steeplechaser Genevieve Lalonde and women’s 1,500 metre veteran Hilary Stellingwerff could be selected for the Canadian team for next month’s Olympics at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
All four have bettered the Olympic qualifying standards set for their events.
There is no marathon race at the Olympic Trials event that concluded in Edmonton Sunday and the competitors are picked by Athletics Canada’s Olympic selection committee. Both Coolsaet and Gillis competed in the event at the London Olympics in 2012 and they are the only athletes eligible to meet the Olympic standard.
Both Lalonde and Stellingwerff finished third in their respective events at the Trials on the weekend. Athletes who had attained the Olympic standard and finished in the top two in their events were guaranteed spots on the Canadian team. A finish lower than second meant they’d have to be named to the team by the selection committee.
Lalonde, who set the Canadian record in the women’s 3,000m steeplechase in the spring, less than a second and a half behind the winner, Erin Teschuk of Winnipeg, at the Trials.
Stellingwerff, who competed in the women’s 1,500m at the 2012 Olympics, finished third at the Trials, less than half a second behind the winner Gabriela Stafford of Toronto.
Any who are named to the team will join Speed River clubmates Taylor Milne (men’s steeplechase), Chris Winter (men’s steeplechase) and Anthony Romaniw (men’s 800m) and Guelph native Andrea Seccafien on the Olympic team.
The Olympics are set for August 5 to 21.
- Guelph Sports Journal