Canadian Track TrialsSpeed River’s Milne, Winter one-two in steeplechase, make Olympic team

EDMONTON — Two Speed River Track and Field Club members claimed berths on the Canadian Olympic team Saturday night at the Canadian Track and Field Championships and Rio Trials at Foote Field.

Clubmates Taylor Milne and Chris Winter both grabbed spot on the Canadian team for next month’s Olympics at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, by finishing one-two in the men’s 3,000-metre steeplechase.

Milne won with a time of eight minutes, 36.50 seconds while Winter was second, 2.24 seconds behind.

For Milne, it’ll be his second Olympic appearance as he ran in the 1,500m in Beijing in 2008 while it’ll be Winter’s first Olympics.

Fellow Speed River steeplechaser Chris Dulhanty was seventh Saturday at 9:00.10.

Alex Genest had met the Olympic qualifying standard, but he withdrew from the meet last week due to injury.

Hillary Stellingwerff of Speed River will have to wait to see if she’s named to the Olympic team after finishing third in a close women’s 1,500m race. The top five were separated by just over a second and a half.

Gabriela Stafford of Toronto won in 4:18.51 while Nicole Sifuentes of Winnipeg was second in 4:18.65, Stellingwerff third in 4:18.99, Sasha Gollish of Toronto fourth in 4:19.36 and Kendra Pomfret of Roberts Creek, B.C., fifth in 4:20.05. Carise Thompson of Speed River was 10th in 4:26.50.

As Stellingwerff, who competed in the 2016 Olympics at London in the event, had achieved the Olympic standard prior to the meet, she could be named to the Canadian team Monday as its third entry. Top two finishers gained automatic berths on the team if they had reached the standard. Both Stafford and Sifuentes had.

Josh Cassidy of Guelph was the silver medalist in the men’s para wheelchair 1,500m in 3:22.79. Alexandre Dupont of Montreal won in 3:21.73.

Julia Wallace of Guelph was fourth in the women’s triple jump with a best leap of 12.31 metres while Caroline Ehrhardt of London won at 12.97m.

Guelph CVI graduate Marissa Kurtimah tied for fifth in the women’s 100m at her first Olympic trials. Kurtimah, who runs for Toronto’s Extreme Velocity club, posted a time of 11.56 seconds. Crystal Emmanuel of Scarborough won at 11.26s.

Speed River’s Ross Proudfoot was sixth in the men’s 1,500m in a clocking of 3:57.44. Charles Philibert-Thiboutot of Quebec City won at 3:55.75.

Sean Cate of Speed River cleared 2.03 metres to finish ninth in the men’s high jump. Teammate Mitchell Torres was 11th at 1.93m while Derek Drouin of Corunna, Ont., won at 2.30m.

The national junior championships are also being held at the meet.

Ashlan Best of Guelph and Speed River won a bronze medal in the women’s 400m as she recorded a time of 54.80 seconds. Natassha McDonald of Brampton won at 54.48 and Lauren Gale of Richmond, Ont., was second at 54.52.

Speed River’s Mark Patton of Fergus was fifth in the junior men’s 1,500m with a time of 3:58.20. Brendan Hoff of Campbell River, B.C., won at 3:56.81 while David Poloni of Speed River was 10th at 4:05.04 and clubmate Michael Coccia of Guelph was 11th at 4:05.95.

Sevanne Ghazarian of Speed River was fifth in the junior women’s 1,500m at 4:37.51 while teammate Danielle Jossinet was 12th at 4:43.49. Lucia Stafford of Toronto club won at 4:32.61.

Nicole Smith of Speed River was seventh in the junior women’s 100m with a 12.38-second clocking. Tatiana Aholou of Laval won at 11.96.

Speed River’s Francesca Maltais was ninth in the junior women’s 3,000m steeplechase. She finished in 11:54.13 while Catherine Beauchemin of Quebec City won, lowering the meet record to 10:24.85 in the process.

The national meet is to conclude Sunday and the Olympic team is to be confirmed Monday.

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