Former Gryph Cliff claims women’s 10,000m title

GUELPH – Rachel Cliff returned to the University of Guelph campus and left with another award.

Cliff, the university’s female athlete of the year for the 2009-10 school year, was back Wednesday to compete in the Canadian women’s 10,000 metres championship race on the Alumni Stadium track.

The B.C. Endurance Project runner ran away with the event, lapping the other four competitors in the women’s class as she clocked a time of 33 minutes, 6.53 seconds. She was more than a minute and a half ahead of runner-up Kristina Popadich.

Fellow former Gryphon Robyn Mildren was third in 34:50.51 while Melanie Myrand of Athlétisme Ville-Marie was fourth in 34:53.43 and Rachel Hannah, who has recently joined the Speed River Track and Field Club, was fifth in 35:21.81.

For Cliff, Wednesday’s victory came about two weeks after she retained the national women’s 10K road race championship in Ottawa.

It’s been quite a year so far for Cliff as she had earlier broken the Canadian women’s half-marathon record by 39 seconds in winning the Woodlands, Tex., Half-Marathon and she also finished ninth in the women’s 10,000m at the Commonwealth Games in Australia in April.

Wednesday, due to the small size of the women’s field, the men and women ran together in the national 10,000m championships.

Sergio Ráez Villanueva of Harbour Track – Hamilton won the men’s race in 30:19.19 as he outsprinted defending champion Evan Esselink of the Speed River club who finished second in 30:20.16.

Kevin Blackney of London Western TFC was third in 30:37.95 while marathoner John Mason of the Speed River club was fourth in 30:48.22. Brayden Seneca of Speed River was seventh in 31:13.00.

Gerrard Wallace of the Guelph Gryphons won the men’s long jump with a leap of 7.36 metres. Nicholas Fyffe of York University TFC was second at 7.29m and Adam Lee of Speed River was third at 7.25m. Joerg Ahne of Speed River was fifth at 7.15m and clubmate Timothy Wang was seventh at 6.25m.

Erika Fiedler of Speed River was the runner-up in the women’s pole vault as she cleared 3.85m in her second event in as many days. She had competed in a competition at Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square Tuesday night. Kristen Hixson of Team USA won at the Inferno by clearing 4.60m. Tessa Hamilton of Speed River was fourth at 3.40m.

Kendra Leger of Speed River was third in the women’s 100-metgre hurdles as she was clocked at 13.33 seconds. Shermaine Williams of Jamaica won in 13.25 while Keira Christie-Galloway of the Ottawa Lions was second in 13.31 and Farah Jacques of Perfmax-Racing fourth in 13.36.

Canadian steeplechase champion and record holder Genevieve Lalonde of the Speed River club was third in the women’s 1,500 metres in 4:17.36. Jenna Westaway of Calgary International won in 4:15.76 while Lauren Paquette of Team USA was second in 4:17.03. Kate Ayers of Speed River placed fourth in 4:22.13 while Anne Forsyth was sixth in 4:31.81, Charlotte Ward was 10th in 4:38.64, Danielle Jossinet was 13th in 4:44.55, Sadie-Jane Hickson was 14th in 4:45.71 and Haley Davis was 17th in 4:49.08.

Mostafa Elkurdy of Speed River finished third in the men’s 1,500m in 3:51.45. Jeff Tweedle of Harbour Track won in 3:49.96 and Nick Falk of University of Windsor TFC was second in 3:50.22. Mark Patton of Speed River was ninth in 3:57.84 and Josh Kellier was 10th in 3:58.79.

Morgan Byng of Speed River finished sixth in the women’s 200 metres. Schillon Calvert-Powell of Jamaica won in 23.29 while Speed River’s Shyvonne Roxborough was fifth in 24.10 and was followed by teammates Nicole Smith in sixth at 24.31, Naomi Lance in seventh at 24.52 and Zoe Sherar in eighth at 24.60.

Speed River’s Logan Martineau and Marcus Kemp were fourth and fifth respectively in the junior boys’ 1,500m. Martineau finished in 4:01.73 and Kemp recorded a time of 4:03.94. Isaiah Frielink of South Simcoe Dufferin won in 3:52.21 while Speed River’s Nicholas Bannon was ninth in 4:09.31.

Maddy Kelly of the University of Toronto TC won the women’s 800 metres in 2:04.97 while Speed River high schooler Tiana LoStracco was sixth in 2:07.37.

Andrew LeBlanc of Speed River was sixth in the men’s 800m in 1:52.27. Corey Bellmore of the University of Windsor AC won in 1:50.06 while Nick Willis of New Zealand was second in 1:51.17.

Mohammed Yassin of Speed River was eighth in the men’s 200m in 22.30 seconds. Andre Ford- Azonwanna of Strive AC won in 20.69.

Other winners in the main meet were Jasmine Scott-Kilgo of Border City AC in the women’s long jump with a leap of 6.04m (Emily Bowerman of Speed River was eighth at 5.28m), Oonagh Webster of University of Windsor AC in the women’s high jump as she cleared 1.55m and Herbert Gray of Team USA in men’s high jump as he cleared 1.95m, the same height cleared as Sam Hall of the University of Toronto TC. Gray won by having fewer misses in the competition.

Winners in the pre-meet included Guelph natives Sarah Wells and Charlie Sutton who both compete for the University of Toronto Track Club. Wells won the women’s 400m hurdles in 58.52 seconds while Sutton took the men’s 400m hurdles in 54.77 seconds.

Tristan Allen of Stride Ahead Tough TC won the men’s 800m in 1:55.54 while Cameron Hoggarth of Speed River was second in 1:56.17.

Guillaume Dupire of Les Vainqueurs won the men’s 1,500m by more than six and a half seconds.

Kelsey Balkwill of Border City AC won the women’s 400m in 54.41 while Speed River’s Jenna Smith was third in 56.64.

Balkwill’s Border City teammate Brandon McBride took the men’s 400m in 47.64.

Unattached competitor Ingvar Moseley won the men’s 110m hurdles in 14.06 seconds.

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