by Chris Moulton

Update: July 11, 2013:

Anthony Romaniw moved into the World University Games 800-metre final in dominant fashion winning his heat in the fastest qualifying time of 1 minute 47.44 seconds.  Romaniw led from the gun taking the race out 51 seconds, by the time he came through the 600-metres, passed in 1 minute 18.07 seconds, he had built up a substantial lead on third assuring himself a spot in the final as he cruised down the home stretch.  Romaniw will have his hands full tomorrow as he will take on Nijel Amos the London Olympic Games silver medalist.   Romaniw’s race will be run at 11:00 am eastern time, teammate Andrew Nixon will race in the 5000-metre final at 12:00 pm eastern.

July 10, 2013

The University of Guelph’s Ross Proudfoot finished ninth overall in the men’s 1500-metre race at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia. Proudfoot moved well in the second half of the race to move up from 11th into the top ten. The event was the first major multi-sport championship for the 21-year-old from Lively, Ontario.

In other action, Anthony Romaniw easily advanced to the semi-finals in the 800-metre event after placing second in his section to Olympic silver medalist Nijel Amos.  Romaniw will race Thursday evening at 7:25 pm local time (11:25 EST).

In other international news, three Gryphons were named to the New Brunswick team for the Jeux De La Francophonie. Lydia and Nadine Frost will contest the women’s 1500-metres and Genevieve Lalonde will compete in the steeplechase.  The three grow the number of Gryphons competing in the championships to seven as Tim Hendry, Brent Roubos, Anthony Romaniw, and Andrea Seccafien were previously named to the team as members of Team Canada.  The Francophonie Games include multiple sports and artistic events that are contested every four years for French-speaking countries and regions. Canada sends three teams to the Championships; one from New Brunswick, one from Quebec and one from the entirety of Canada.

Chantelle Groenewoud came tantalizingly close to breaking the Canadian Record in the 3000-metre steeplechase Wednesday night at World University Games in Kazan, Russia. Groenewoud finished fourth in a race won by Olympic Champion Yuliya Zaripova. Groenewoud used a lean at the line to nip Canadian teammate Jessica Furlan. Her time of nine minutes 51.17 seconds was seven-hundredths of a second off of the Canadian Record held by Carol Henry. In other action involving Speed River athletes, Andrew Nixon placed fourth overall in his 5000-metre heat to advance to Friday’s final, Nixon’s time was 14 minutes 4.08 seconds was the fourth fastest in the preliminaries.

Meanwhile, at the World Youth Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine Ben Preisner placed 16th overall in the men’s 2000-metre steeplechase. Preisner narrowly missed qualifying for the 15 man final coming nine-tenths of a second shy. Preisner’s time of five minutes 57.60 is the second-best performance of his life.