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On day three of the Canadian Track and Field Championships the men’s and women’s 1500-metre and men’s 110m hurdles and women’s 100m hurdles events were perhaps the most entertaining to watch with windy conditions influencing the outcome of these stacked fields.

Winnipeg’s Nicole Sifuentes captured her second national title at these championships. She accomplished the first one on day one in the 5,000m event and today she took the title in her speciality, the 1500m.

The 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships bronze medallist was up against Toronto’s Kate Van Buskirk, who earned a bronze medal at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Van Buskirk is coming back from injury and had a tough spring after experiencing a fantastic year in 2014.Inglis_Flash

Sheila Reid is also on the comeback from injury. She is an NCAA champion and appeared to be ready to demonstrate her talent as Canada’s best middle distance runner since graduating from Villanova. And there was Sasha Gollish, who is taking Canadian track by storm as she was competing in the triathlon and has risen to the top of Canadian middle-distance running in 2015.

Sarah Inglis, who lives in Canada but is Scottish and attends Trinity Western University in Langley, BC, ran very hard from the gun, taking a solo lead by up to 50m, which she held for the first 1200m of the race. Inglis finished fifth in the time of 4:26.42. The Canadian women held back and let Inglis run away from the group until fatigue caught up to her. She was overtaken by a very hard charging set of, Sifuentes, Gollish, Van Buskirk and Reid at the 200m mark, leaving the rest of the field of eight other athletes in their wake.

Women's1500_FlashWhen the leaders turned on the jets, Van Buskirk appeared to be gaining on Gollish and Gollish appeared to be gaining on Sifuentes, especially with around 60m and 50m to go; however, the finish order was set. Reid laboured a little at the end. Her full comeback will have to wait.

Overall the race produced slow times, but was an entertaining event.


1 Sifuentes, Nicole         86 Unattached-Manitoba   4:20.29
2 Gollish, Sasha              81 U Toronto TC              4:20.43
3 Van Buskirk, Kate       87 Newmarket HU             4:20.70
4 Reid, Sheila                  89 Nike                          4:24.08
5 * Inglis, Sarah              91 Scotland                     4:26.42
6 Ayers, Katelyn             95 Speed River                 4:26.79
7 Watts, Sophie              94 Unattached N              4:27.07
8 Roy, Joanie                  91 Coureur Nordique        4:29.53
9 Pomfret, Kendra         91 Uvic Track Club             4:29.75
10 Kelly, Mariah             91 Niagara Regi                 4:30.56
11 Digby, Erica                89 Vancouver TH              4:32.08
12 Soderberg, Nicole     92 Unattached Alberta       4:40.97
— Bibault, Emma            94 Uvic Track Club             DNS

Men's 1500mStart_FlashThe men’s 1500m was bizarre. The men burst off at the sound of the gun for about 60m, presumably to establish positions. At 100m, Cameron Levins – a sort of pre-race favourite and a curious entry, being a 5,000m and 10,000m specialist, slowed the pace down to a very pedestrian gait. The entire field ran for about 1000m set in position, then the jockeying began. Brannen was on the outside drafting his main threat in Charles Philibert-Thiboutot, Alex Wilkie of Physi-Kult Running from Kingston, Ontario popped out from the back of the field into lane three and tried to get to the front; he did.

With 300m to go, Brannen, the defending champ looked out of place. He was near the back of the field on the outside of the curve. With Levin’s and Philibert-Thiboutot’s kicks, it was not a position that anyone wants to be in.

The potentially least suspecting competitor, Thomas Riva from the University of Victoria, stayed in the middle of the pack biding his time. He has a little swagger when he runs, his trunk rolls a little. He seemed to be analysing the very slow race with humour. With 300m to go Alex Wilkie pulled up beside Levins – perhaps a Hail-Mary move – and Sprint1500mFlashthat action spurned on the kick of Levins, which spooked the field into movement.

Riva was still tucked neatly behind Wilkie and Levins and waited and at 200m to go, tidily went around Levins for the lead. At this time most track fans would assume Riva was going to relinquish the lead during the final 100m, he never did – while Brannen came close, he faded hard in the final few metres to fifth place. Wilkie in his efforts faded to 11th over the final 200m.

Levins faded to sixth. He fell hard in a previous race and had won the 5,000m national championships two days earlier. The kick was likely taken out of his legs for this race.

Instead of potentially three men in the 1500m going to the Beijing World Championships, there are zero. The top three finishers need to also have bettered the qualifying standard of 3:36.20 between January 1, 2015 and July 5, 2015. So far none have done so.

1 Riva, Thomas                        92 UVic Track Club    4:06.16
2 Philibert-Thiboutot, Cha   90 C. A. Univer                 4:06.58
3 Gorman, Daniel                    88 Halifast Athletics    4:06.88
4 Rae, Jeremy                       91 Speed River             4:06.98
5 Brannen, Nathan              82 Phoenix Athl               4:07.07
6 Levins, Cameron              89 Nike                           4:07.24
7 Kent, Justin                       92 Coastal Track Club    4:07.80
8 Morin, Nicolas                  94 C. A. Univer                4:07.84
9 Falk, Nicholas                  91 U Windsor AC            4:07.94
10 Darlington, Connor        93 Harbour Track               4:08.29
11 Wilkie, Alex                      94 Physi-Kult Kingston  4:10.44
12 Lapointe, Jean-Samuel  91 C. A. Univer                  4:10.82

The women’s 100m hurdles saw a surprise winner in Breanne Theisen-Eaton. Although she is a strong hurdler, she is a heptathlete and was up against a trio of women with better personal bests in Angela Whyte, Nikkita Holder and Phylicia George. Perdita Felicien who is Canada’s record holder for the event was colour commentating for, who was streaming the event. She suggested the win had as much to do with Theisen-Eaton being able to handle the effect that a strong wind has on the event, as well as her fast turnover.

1 Theisen-Eaton, Brianne    88 Nike                           13.06   1.8 0.166
2 George, Phylicia                 87 Nike                         13.10   1.8 0.164
3 Holder, Nikkita                  87 Flying Angel                13.14   1.8 0.168
4 Chase, Chanice                  93 Durham Legio             13.19   1.8 0.185
5 Whyte, Angela                   80 Unattached Alberta     13.21   1.8 0.150
6 Gordon, Christie               86 Legacy Athletics           13.33   1.8 0.240
7 Setterington, Nicole         95 Unattached –                 13.57   1.8 0.211
8 Maddex, Ashlea               92 Ottawa Lions T.F.C.      13.67   1.8 0.190

The men’s edition, the 110m hurdles was an exciting race. With a strong, but still legal wind, Damian Warner was pushed to a very fast time unofficially tying Mark McKoy’s event record of 13.27.

1 Warner, Damian             89 Nike                              13.27   1.9 0.190
2 Cabral, Johnathan         92 Kitchener WA                13.37   1.9 0.155
3 Kaba, Sekou                    90 Ottawa Lions T.F.C.    13.43   1.9 0.155
4 Moseley, Ingvar              91 The Speed AC              13.67   1.9 0.173
5 Brisson, Matthew           88 Border City AC              14.38   1.9 0.194
6 Wilson, Brandon            92 Project Athl                   14.43   1.9 0.186
7 Léveillé, Simon               90 Sherbrooke                  14.43   1.9 0.230
— Theriau, Christopher     87 Unattached N               DNF   1.9 0.229

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