Multi event stars, Theisen-Eaton and Warner, sweep sprint hurdle podium

Edmonton, Alta.- Canada’s mutli-event stars, Damian Warner of London, Ont., and Brianne Theisen-Eaton of Humboltd, Sask., shined brightly on day three of the Canadian Track and Field Championships. The Commonwealth Games champions each scored victories in their respective sprint hurdle races. Warner’s winning time in the 110m hurdles tied Mark McKoy’s 30 year-old Championship record of 13.27, while Theisen-Eaton ran 13.06 to claim victory over the women’s field in the 100m hurdles. The hurdle finals, like the 100m finals on day two, were run on the backstretch to avoid running into a headwind. The legal 1.9 m/s wind helped push runner up, Jonathan Cabral and third-place finisher Sekou Kaba of Ottawa, Ont., (13.43) to the IAAF World Standard.

The first event of the day was the 10,000m race walk where Rachel Seaman of Peterborough, Ont., set a new Canadian record for the women with a winning time of 44:16.98. Jessy Lacourse Victoriaville, Que., set a Championship record of 10:42.97 in the junior women’s 3000m steeplechase. Derek Drouin of Corunna, Ont., set a Championship record in the men's high jump with a win of 2.34m. 

Hometown favourite Carline Muir of Edmonton, Alta., went sub 52 seconds again, running 51.84, to take the victory in the women’s 400-metre final. Two days after winning the women’s 5000m, Nicole Sifuentes of Winnipeg, Man., completed the double by crossing the line first in the 1500-metres (4:20.29). Thanks to a strong kick on the last lap, Thomas Riva of Qualicum Beach, B.C., secured his first national title in the men’s 1500m.

In the wheelchair 200-metres, Diane Roy of Sherbrooke, Que., and Colin Mathieson of Winnipeg, Man., each claimed top spot (34.23 & 26.84). Alexandre Dupont of Hemmingford, Que., came back from defeat in the 200-meres, to battle and hold off Josh Cassidy of Ottawa, Ont., in a close finish in the men’s wheelchair T53/T54 1500-metres (3:27.65 and 3:27.88 respectively).

Day 3 Canadian Champions

Mandy Roach - Junior Women 10,000m Race Walk, 1:00:12.03

Rachel Seaman - Women 10,000m Race Walk, 44:16.98 Canadian Record

Evan Dunfee - Men 10,000m Race Walk, 40:29.04

Becky Richter - Women Seated Discus, 6.42m

Billy Bridges - Men Seated Discus, 24.90m

Jessy Lacourse - Junior Women 3000m Steeplechase, 10:42.97 Championship Record

Patrick Hanna - Junior Men Triple Jump, 15.26

Ashley Pryke - Junior Women Javelin, 47.90m

Alyxandria Treasure - Women High Jump, 1.86m

Angela Mercurio - Junior Women Triple Jump, 12.28m

Aaron Hernandez - Men Triple Jump, 14.98m

Sarah Mitton - Junior Women Shot Put, 14.48m

Tyler Kostiuk - Junior Men Javelin, 59.98m

Diane Roy - Women Wheelchair T34/T51/T53/54 200m, 34.23

Jean-Philippe Maranda - Men Wheelchair T34/T51/T52/T53 200m, 28.76

Colin Mathieson - Men Wheelchair T54 200m, 26.84

Alexandra Lucki - Junior Women 1500m, 4:37.55

Braydon Rennie - Junior Men 1500m, 4:01.67

Pamela Le Jean - Women Seated Javelin, 10.55m

Billy Bridges - Men Seated Javelin, 25.34m

Becky Richter - Women Seated Club Throw, 17.70m

Brett Babcock - Men Seated Club Throw, 15.59m

Madison Evans - Junior Women Pole Vault, 3.70m

Kelsie Ahbe - Women Pole Vault, 4.30m

Brian Obonna - Junior Men Long Jump, 7.31m

Natasha Akbarizadeh - Junior Women Hammer Throw, 57.08m

Taryn Suttie - Women Shot Put, 16.88m

Jennifer Brown - Women Ambulatory Shot Put, 10.26m

Alexandre Dupont - Men Wheelchair T53/T54 1500m

Carline Muir - Women 400m, 51.84

Philip Osei - Men 400m, 46.59

Stuart McGregor - Men Ambulatory T11/T12/T13 400m, 53.75

Julia Wallace - Women Triple Jump, 13.18m

Derek Drouin - Men High Jump, 2.34m Championship Record

Holden Gill - Men Para Ambulatory T20/T35/T37 400m, 54.21

Nicole Sifuentes - Women 1500m, 4:20.29

Sultana Frizell - Women Hammer Throw, 70.97m

Thomas Riva - Men 1500m, 4:06.16

Kendra Clarke - Junior Women 400m, 53.58

Matthew Leliever - Junior Men 400m, 48.00

Matthew Coolen - Junior Men 110m Hurdles, 13.81

Damian Warner - Men 110m hurdles, 13.27 Championship Record

Lexi Aitken - Junior Women 100m hurdles,13.77

Brianne Theisen-Eaton - Women 100m hurdles, 13.05


What to watch on the Final Day (all times local MT) 

The men’s pole vault (12 p.m.) features Shawn Barber of Toronto, Ont. He is the Canadian record holder and 2015 NCAA indoor and outdoor champion. Jason Wurster of Toronto, Ont., will join Barber on the Pan Am Games team. 

The men’s shot put (12:15 p.m.) features 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Tim Nedow of Brockville, Ont., Jordan Young of Windsor, Ont., and Tim Hendry-Gallagher of London, Ont. Nedow and Hendry-Gallagher will represent Canada in the shot put at this year’s Pan Am Games.

The women’s 400m hurdles (12:15 p.m.) is one of the deepest fields in Canadian athletics. Sage Watson of Medicine Hat, Alta., has the IAAF World standard after finishing 4th at the NCAAs. 2012 Olympian Sarah Wells of Unionville, Ont., joins Watson on the team for Pan Ams. Fawn Dorr of Marten River, Ont., and Olympian Noelle Montcalm of Windsor Ont., can also challenge for the win. 

The men’s and women’s 200-metre finals (1:35 & 1:40 p.m.) features the defending Canadian champions in Kimberly Hyacinthe of Lachenaie, Que., and Brendon Rodney of Toronto, Ont. Hyacinthe will be challenged by training partners and 100-metre champion/runner-up, Khamica Bingham of Caledon, Ont., and Crystal Emmanuel of Pickering, Ont. Rodney’s top competition should be 100-metre runner-up Aaron Brown of Toronto, Ont., Gavin Smellie of Etobiocoke, Ont., and Dontae Richards-Kwok of Mississauga, Ont.

The women’s 800-metre final (2:15 p.m.) will also showcase one of the most competitive fields at the Championships. Pan Am Games team members Melissa Bishop of Eganville, Ont., and Jessica Smith of North Vancouver, B.C., will be challenged by recent sub two-minute performer Fiona Benson of Dawson Creek, B.C. Anything can happen over the last 200-metres of this race.

The men’s wheelchair 1500m (1:00 p.m.) features Alexandre Dupont and Josh Cassidy. These two have battled to a couple of close finishes throughout the weekend and this race should be another exciting event.

Junior finals include the men’s 5000m (11 a.m.); men and women’s 400mH (11:40 a.m. & 12:05 p.m.); men’s 5000-metres. 

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