The Speed River New Balance Track and Field Club relay team at the Run For The Toad race shattered the course record by over 9 minutes crossing the line in 2 hours 50 minutes and 28 seconds. The club held the record previously at 3 hours and 8 seconds. The team of Jeremy Rae, Barry Britt, Jacob Smith and Ross Proudfoot won the team competition by nearly 19 minutes. The Run For The Toad is Canada's largest trail race and is held in Paris, Ontario.
Reid Coolsaet recorded a lifetime best and the second best performance in Canadian history Sunday morning at the BMW Berlin Marathon in Berlin, Germany. Coolsaet’s time of 2:10:29 came within 20 seconds of Jerome Drayton’s nearly 40 year old Canadian record. Coolsaet finished sixth overall in the race that is widely regarded as one of the top marathons in the world. Coolsaet used nearly even splits to record the performance coming through halfway in 64 minutes 57 seconds. Throughout the race he consistently moved up through the pack before finishing 6th, one spot behind Geoffrey Mutai, who has run the second fastest marathon ever.
The Speed River Track and Field Club is thrilled to announce the addition of three new coaches to our Junior Speed/Power group Rachelle Campbell, Derek Haley and Chuck Canfield. Recently after serving the club for 7 years long time junior sprints coach Maureen Hay stepped down to focus on other projects. "We are extremely grateful for everything Maureen has done for our junior group, she and (Assistant Coach) Tara MacDonald have been huge influences on our club and the development of young athletes within our program" commented Club Manager Chris Moulton. Taking over for Hay will be Campbell, Haley and Canfield. Campbell joins the club after a decorated career as an athlete that saw her represent Canada at the Olympic Games, she is a member of the Guelph Sports Hall of Fame. Campbell is an educator by trade, is one of the lead directors of the University of Guelph Child Care & Learning Centre. Both Haley and Canfield are former varsity track and field athletes at the University of Windsor. Haley was a long and triple jumper and is currently a professor at the University of Guelph Population Medicine department. Canfield works for Oracle and is one of the fastest sprint hurdlers in Canadian University history. "A great deal of credit goes to our Speed/Power Lead Jason Kerr for pulling together such a great staff, we are beyond thrilled to add three great individuals to continue the great program that Maureen, Tara and proceeding them Max Paquette have built" added Moulton. The Junior Speed/Power group will resume practices on Monday September 21st at 5 pm at Alumni Stadium. New members are welcome and should contact Chris Moulton at email@example.com.
Photo Credit Athletics Canada
Making her debut at the World Athletics Championships Genevieve Lalonde had a strong showing in the 3000 metre steeplechase. The 23 year old from Moncton, New Brunswick placed 19th overall in the women's 3000 metre steeplechase in 9 minutes 36.83. The result was impressive for the youngster, who narrowly missed advancing to the final, which required a top 15 finish and was just outside of her personal best of 9:35. Lalonde has enjoyed an outstanding season, she entered the year with a 9:50.79 personal best and has sliced 15 seconds off of her personal best and qualified for her first senior World Championships after having competed at the World Junior and World Youth Championships previously. Lalonde has already achieved her qualifying standard for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Photo Credit Athletics Canada
It was a tough day at the World Championships in the men's 3000 metre steeplechase for Speed River athletes Alex Genest and Taylor Milne. After an incredibly slow first section the door was open for the two athletes to advance to the final on the basis of placing or time qualifying. Genest was in the section section and was well positioned in the main back until he crashed to the track after clipping a barrier. The fall left Genest well back of the field, despite a strong effort to try to bridge the gap, he could not close on his competitors as he would finish 10th in his section in a time of 8 minutes 52.49 seconds. Genest would finish 29th overall. With only two strong times in the second section, left a lot of time qualifier opportunities to the third section and with a strong pace all of the top seven finishers should advance to the final. After a strong first kilometre, the pace started to lag, conscious of the slow pace Milne moved to the front trying to keep the pace strong to get one of those time qualifiers. As the runners headed into the final lap Milne was slightly off the lead group and would need a strong final 400 to make the final. Regrettably the early pacing proved too much as he struggled over the final 400, failing to advance to the final. Milne would finish in 8:43.47 to finish 22nd overall.
The World Track and Field Championships will begin Saturday morning (Friday night in North America) in Beijing, China. Three Speed River athletes will be competing at the event Alex Genest and Taylor Milne in the men's steeplechase and Genevieve Lalonde in the women's steeplechase. Genest and Milne will race Friday night at 10:25 pm eastern time in the steeple prelims, while Lalonde will open her competition Sunday night at 9:45 pm eastern times in her steeple prelims. The races will be live streamed on www.cbcsports.ca.
Speed River athlete schedule (all times are eastern)
Friday August 21st 10:25 pm
Men's 3000 Metre Steeplechase Prelims- Alex Genest, Taylor Milne
Sunday August 23rd 9:45 pm
Women's 3000 Metre Steeplechase Prelims- Genevieve Lalonde
Monday August 24th 9:15 am
Men's 3000 Metre Steeplechase Final- Alex Genest, Taylor Milne*
Wednesday August 26th 9:00 am
Women's 3000 Metre Steeplechase Final- Genevieve Lalonde*
Leah Robinson won two medals at this week's Para Pan Am Games in Toronto. Robinson won a silver medal in the women's T38 400 metres in a T38. Robinson's time of 1:10.75 broke the Canadian and Area records in the time. Robinson also won a bronze medal in the T37 200 metres at the Para Pan Ams today at York University. Robinson recorded a time of 31.94 just outside of her lifetime best.
We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Jamie Burr to Guelph. Dr. Burr has been hired as a faculty member in High Performance Athletics. A portion of Dr. Burr's position will be working with the Speed River Track and Field Club. Find more information on his lab at http://hplguelph.weebly.com/. Photo credit UPEI.