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Coates, Esselink win first Canadian titles; Papaconstantinou sets Canadian record

Victoria Coates of Hamilton, Ont., and Evan Esselink of Courtice, Ont., won their first national titles in Guelph last night at the Speed River Inferno. The Speed River Inferno, the second of three stops on the 2017 National Track League circuit, was also host to the 2017 Canadian 10,000-metre Championships.

The top performance of the Speed River Inferno came from Toronto’s Marissa Papaconstantinou. She set a Canadian record of 28.10 in taking the win in the women’s ambulatory 200-metres. Marissa owned the previous Canadian best mark of 28.16 in the T44 classification 200-metres. 

2016 Olympian Kelsie Ahbe took the win in the women’s pole vault with a best jump of 4.30-metres. Olympic finalist Nathan Brannen placed second in the men’s 1500-metres with a time of 3:43.64, slightly behind Australia’s Rorey Hunter who took the race in 3:42.59. Geneviève Lalonde led the entire race in the women’s 1500-metres and improved her personal best along the way to take the win in 4:10.91. 

If you missed the AthleticsCanada.tv free live webcast you can watch all of the races on-demand with a RunnerSpace Plus+ subscription.

10,000m Canadian Championships – Women

Gold > Victoria Coates – 33:34
Silver > Melanie Myrand – 33:56
Bronze > Rachel Hannah – 34:55

10,000m Canadian Championships – Men

Gold > Evan Esselink – 30:09
Silver > Kevin Tree – 30:31
Bronze > Kevin Blackney – 30:42

Complete results from the Canadian 10,000 Championships and Speed River Inferno: http://speedrivertiming.com/res/inf17/index.htm

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